Welcome to this year’s Gifts that Give Back Guide! For the last three years, I have gathered up some of my favorite gift ideas from businesses who give back to communities around the world. Each year I am overwhelmed by the creative, beautiful, and innovative products I find. When you shop from these businesses you get more than a unique gift for a loved one. Your dollars also support real people around the world–survivors of human trafficking, women refugees, transitioning homeless, children in underprivileged neighborhoods.
As always, I’ve tried to spotlight some new organizations this year, but if you’re looking for even more ideas, please check out the Gifts that Give Back Guides from 2017, 2016, and 2015 or scroll through my Gifts That Give Back Pinterest Board for inspiration! I hope you enjoy picking out gifts for every special person on your list this year!
For the Hostess:
A pretty kitchen towel can go a long way to brightening up a kitchen, and it’s one of my favorite housewarming and hostess gifts. These Lily Kitchen Towels from Bloom and Give are absolutely gorgeous and 50% of the profits from every purchase help educate girls in the developing world.
For the Coffee Lover:
Every batch of Fire Dept. Coffee is fresh roasted from high quality coffee beans. The company is run by firefighters and 10% of the proceeds from each order goes to support wounded or ill firefighters and first responders. And yes, they make spirit infused coffees, including this Bourbon Infused Coffee. Get excited.
For the Cozy Seeker:
Mitscoots Outfitters collection of men’s and women’s beanies, socks, gloves, T-shirts, and oversized fleece blankets will keep you warm and cozy all winter long. Mitscoots employs individuals transitioning out of homelessness, and for every purchase made, they donate a product of equal value and quality to an individual in need.
For the Bookworm:
I had such a hard time picking just one product from Out of Print to share, as I truly love so many of them. There’s something here for every book lover on your list, including T-shirts and gear featuring favorites like Jane Eyre, 1984, Harry Potter, and Charlotte’s Web. This library card tote comes in several different colors and is perfect for stashing your weekly library haul. Every purchase helps donate books and support literacy programs around the world.
For the Dog Lover:
Hooray for the Underdog makes adorable greeting cards, fine art, and stationary, like this What’s Shaking card featuring rescue bull dog Mater. Every purchase helps support rescue pets and animal welfare charities.
For the Justice Seeker:
The Happy Givers NPO donates 100% of their profits to one of four projects, including prison reconciliation, a children’s home in Peru, an adoption fund for families in West Africa, and U.S. disaster response. I love all of their collections, but their Love Thy Neighbor sweatshirts, tees, hats, and mugs are a personal favorite. The “fearfully and wonderfully made” collection would also make a meaningful gift for a new baby.
For the Cocktail Enthusiast:
The gorgeous Hammered 100% Copper Moscow Mule Mugs from Moscow Muled make the perfect vessel for cocktails, and every purchase supports non-profits dedicated to preventing impaired driving.
For the New Mom:
With a 3 year old and 1 month old at home, I’ve developed a new appreciation for a good baby wrap. Kantha Bae carries gorgeous baby wrap carriers and slings like this Ring Sling. Every purchase supports Bangladeshi women coming from at risk and trafficking environments. Be sure to check out their baby quilts, kimonos, muumuus, and swaddles as well. They would make gorgeous gifts for your next baby shower!
For the Baby Bookworm:
This is my sneaky way of showing you more from Out of Print! For the little book nerd in your life, find T-shirts, onesies, and tiny totes featuring classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Corduroy, and Good Night Moon.
For the Crafty Kiddo:
Got a kiddo who loves to craft? The fun colored beads in 31 Bits’ Bitsies Kid’s Jewelry Kit are sure to delight the jewelry and craft lover in your life. Be sure to check out 31 Bit’s website for their full collection of gorgeous jewelry, all of which give displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to fight poverty through fashion.
For the Kiddo Who Loves Dolls:
Each of the Kind Dolls from Kind Culture Co, including this gorgeous Joy Doll, encourages kids to practice acts of kindness with clever, age appropriate ideas. As part of their mission, Kind Culture Co donates a doll to a child in need for every doll purchased.
For literally anyone:
A nice candle is my go-to for holiday gift exchanges. Practical, beautiful, and affordable, a candle makes a great gift for almost everyone on your list. Eleventh Candle Co is based right here in Columbus, OH, and each of their candles provides employment for previously trafficked women and supports orphans in Ethiopia. I’ve had my eye on the cozily named Grey Flannel candle all year!
Pair your candle with a fairly sourced chocolate bar from Askinosie and you’ll have a gift everyone can enjoy.