12 gift ideas that give back, in honor of Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday has arrived, right in the throes of the bustling holiday season. It’s the perfect time not just to give back to loved ones, but also to support a charity in need. So why not knock out two birds with one stone with gifts that give back?
Turns out there are tons of options for exciting gifts that will delight your friends and family while also benefitting some meaningful philanthropic organizations. Whether you’re tracking down a necklace for your sister or a lipstick for your Secret Santa, we’ve got you covered.
Here are some goods from brands that are donating proceeds to charity:
1Ban.do classic 12-month annual planner
Start the year off right (and feel good about it, too!) with a planner or any other item from ban.do’s inline products. The playful, colorful brand will be donating 10% of all sales from inline ban.do products to Girls, Inc, which is also charitable partner for ban.do’s Good Intentions Necklaces. Girls, Inc encourages girls to be smart, strong, and bold through mentor relationships and research-based programming.
2The Giving Keys Rose Gold Mini Key Pendant Necklace
Get a necklace for yourself or your bestie—either way, your purchase will help support the homeless community in Los Angeles. The brand employs people transitioning out of homelessness near Skid Row, according to a press release. The Giving Keys is a “pay-it-forward jewelry company” that imprints a special word or symbol for each recipient. If it helps, Taylor Swift, Ryan Gosling, and Selena Gomez are all fans.
3Brandless Clean Skin Regimen Bundle
If you’re looking for affordable stocking stuffers, check out Brandless, most of whose items are $3. With every purchase, Brandless donates a meal as part of its partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.
4Mayfair Soap Foundry Jasmine Bath Salts
Grab these goodies from Mayfair Soap Foundry for the bath enthusiast in your life. They’ll get a luxurious bathing experience while also supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation. For every product purchased, a donation is made to the organization to help improve quality of life for kids and families fighting health challenges.
5M.A.C. Viva Glam Lipstick, $18.50
If you’re looking for more lipstick (it does make a great stocking stuffer), head over to M.A.C. The brand has donated proceeds from its original Viva Glam color since 1994. Today, the line includes three shades that all support the AIDS Fund.
6Lush Charity Pot
A great gift for mom, the Lush Charity Pot is a long-beloved body cream that, true to its name, gives back to charity. Lush donates 100% of proceeds to a variety of grassroots organizations working on projects ranging from animal welfare and sustainability to human rights.
7Soko + UNTF Bracelet Set
Chrissy Teigen and Issa Rae love Soko, so we’re willing to bet your friends probably will too. Soko works with artisan entrepreneurs to help them build their businesses sustainably. The brand’s goal is “to shift the perception of ethical fashion and promote conscious consumerism,” all while looking chic. This particular bracelet was created in partnership with the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNTF), so every purchase supports UNTF’s programs that combat violence against women worldwide while empowering the global artisan community.
8Beelove Restore and Protect Ultimate Body Balm
You may not have heard about the Chicago-based company Beelove, but the brand sells “urban honey and skin care products with a social mission to give second chances to returning citizens.” Beelove helps provide employment opportunities to formerly incarcerated people, including bringing them aboard to make the Beelove Restore and Protect Ultimate Butter Balm.
9123FRÉ Skincare Set
For your environmentalist friend, look no further than FRÉ Skincare. FRÉ plants an argan tree in Morocco with each purchase of one of its skin care sets, which includes a moisturizer, facial cleanser and serum.
Earlier this year, The Lipstick Lobby launched a new moisturizing balm, infused with vitamin E for maximum hydration. The product is part of a partnership with Gloria Steinem and the unPrison Project. One-hundred percent of proceeds help imprisoned women prepare to acclimate back into civilian life.
11Akola Abalone and Pink Raffia Tassel Snake Chain Necklace
Akola specializes in statement jewelry, and with its expansive collection, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list. We love the One Hope necklace, but we love even more that Akola donates 100 percent of its proceeds to women in crisis in the U.S. and Africa.
Sometimes a simple candle is the perfect, no-stress gift, and Raven + Lily’s got you covered. This soy candle is infused with green tea and cucumber. Plus, it helps support homeless women in Los Angeles.