Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Charity Gifts for Your Most Charitable Friends
You know those generous folks on your holiday shopping list—the do-gooders who make the world a better place? They’ll adore these handpicked charity Christmas gifts ideas and the range of “presents with a purpose” that give back to charity.
It’s here: that time of year full of magic, wonder … and lots of shopping. But this year, we’re here to help with making that list and checking it twice. We’ve already covered the ultimate list of gifts for travel lovers, but what about the best holiday gifts for charitable friends dedicated to supporting charities both close to home, and those organizations helping out in the communities they’ve visited on their travels?
For charity-focused friends, they may be working to save the planet, speaking out for struggling local charities, or advocating for women’s and children’s issues. No matter their nearest and dearest causes, these friends and family members have a heart of gold. They deserve the best, and that’s what they’ll get when you shop off our handy list of the ten best gifts that give back to charity.
Gifts for those Who Believe Charity Starts at Home
Collective Journeys (from $20)—the mission-driven friendship bracelets dreamt up by actress and activist Candice Accola—support small, local charities based in the U.S. that do amazing work with very little funding. Each bracelet comes with the story of the local charity its purchase helped. Each bracelet is sophisticated and on-trend, one even comes in 70s-esque muted shades of pink, orange, and mauve. Also consider bracelets and charms in ALEX AND ANI’s Charity by Design program (from $28), which similarly give a portion of proceeds to key charities focused on broad range of important issues.
Gifts for the Environmentalist:
Those who care the most about preserving our beautiful planet are often the ones who are out there enjoying it, always looking for the next adventure whether at home or abroad. That makes perfect sense, of course. Once the wonders of nature are experienced, one develops a desire to protect them. The explorers on your list will no doubt appreciate sustainable, durable gear to last them through years worth of travel—using sustainable products and changing personal habits is a profound way to help shift money to businesses prioritizing our planet.
The National Geographic Guide Series Utility Backpack 40L (199) just might be the perfect pick. It avoids harm to the environment by being PVC free. Crafted of weather-proof Tarpaulin, it’s easily wiped clean inside and out. A special front vertical zip compartment separates wet items, while an emergency whistle and reflective hits for low light provide an extra measure of safety.
Wearing the Wayfinder Waist Pack ($30) keeps hands free and lightens one’s loads, but there’s still plenty of room for adventure essentials. Perks include a fleece-lined electronics compartment, a key fob, and organizational compartments for tiny necessities. The main body is made of recycled plastic bottles (believe it!), which helps keep materials in the Wayfinder collection out of our oceans and waterways.
A whole lot lighter than it looks, Cargo Hauler Duffels (from 99) are the workhorse of any trip that goes off the beaten path. With huge wheels on the 110L and 130L versions, easy-to-access gear pockets and tie-down daisy chains on all sizes, Cargo Haulerscan nimbly handle whatever backroads journeys are dished out. Plust, the bag is covered, like all Eagle Creek products, by the No Matter What” Warranty—an expert repair team works hard to keep bags out of landfills.
Experienced travelers have learned the value of staying organized and packing smart. The Pack-It Original Sac Set ($28) is a great gift thanks to its versatility. The different size pouches easily tuck away odd-shaped necessities of varying sizes, and it can just as easily be put to use back at home stashing toiletries, makeup, and more in the bathroom. Double-duty products like these are naturally planet-friendly.
Gifts for Women’s Health and Empowerment Advocates
The OOmg all-weather Boot ($200) features a patented footbed design to reduce pressure on ankles and lower backs—the parts that always seem to take a beating while doing a lot of walking while traveling. It’s a featherweight boot, with a thin shaft that can easily be rolled down for packing. And while most charity-related breast cancer products are pink, these chic black boots still aid in the fight. Each purchase helps find a cure for breast cancer.
The Little Market, a nonprofit founded by actress Lauren Conrad to empower women around the world, specializes in handcrafted gifts with a global flair. One example: Layered Tassel Earrings ($38), the purchase of which supports female artisans in Cambodia.
Gifts for Folks Who Take a Global View of Doing Good
Through Heifer International—a nonprofit aiming to end hunger and poverty by providing agricultural training to impoverished communities around the globe—you can gift life-changing livestock in honor of a loved one. Or, if you have a child on your shopping list, Heifer’s Plush Animals ($17) can inspire her or him to learn about the needs of others around the world. A portion of that purchase helps families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock.
Now, with some of the toughest people to buy for taken care of, it’s time to find great gifts for everyone else on your list!
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By: Christina Vercelletto on October 14, 2019
A New York mom of three whose favorite vacation memory is hot air ballooning with her teenage son in Albuquerque, Christina’s work appears in Travel + Leisure, Family Circle, Newsday, and on Oyster.com.