Gifts That Give Back – 5 Cool, Feel-Good Options

My mom always did a lot of charity work when we were kids, but that was mostly because she grew up wealthy and that’s what those little debutantes did back then if they were being raised for a life of glorious housewifery. Even though my dad did a lot of work with his church, my sister and I never caught on to the idea of “giving back”. We were always horrific, selfish little girls who never shared and spat on the poor children.

I kid! We actually played with them if we were forced to.

Nowadays, teaching gratitude and giving back to your kids has become delightfully mainstream, and there are easy and creative and fun ways to donate.

Here are 5 fantastic ideas for holiday gifts that give back this season.

Gift a goat this season.

1. GOAT! Gift a family a goat in someone’s name and I promise this will be the coolest gift they have ever gotten. Heifer International has all sorts of gift options that range in price, for each gift your recipient will receive a card, and how awesome to know that you are providing food and maybe schooling for kids.


2. Sevenly donates $7 to charity for each item purchased from them. You can choose from prints, accessories, or clothing (or a gift card), and know that you’re helping to change the world. Each week they focus on a new cause to give money to, and you can watch their homepage for how much they have raised for that specific charity. They’ve raised over $4 million since 2011!


3. (RED) partners with big brands to offer products that give back to stop HIV. You could probably finish all of your holiday shopping on that one site, including stocking stuffers, and feel like a million bucks. And grow a halo.


4. Holy coolness. We Wood sells wooden watches. And they are gorgeous. They have all sorts of styles and for each one you buy, they plant a tree. Of course, they offer gift cards as well, and I just noticed wooden sunglasses on their site, which I hadn’t spied before. I want these:

wooden sunglasses from we wood

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5. Baby Teresa – for each yummy organic baby outfit you buy, they donate one to a child in need. For each accessory sold, they donate a portion to buy formula.

So? What do you think- do you seek out charitable sites when you are looking to shop? Researching these has been really fun and educational for me, and I love that you can actually find some really beautifully designed stuff to buy and feel good about doing it. Happy shopping!

Gifts that give back - 5 cool, feel-good ideas for this holiday

Also see Pragmatic Mom’s post for today as we team up for our 12 days of gift giving.

See all of the gift guides in our 12 Days of Shopping:

Day 1: DIY or Buy Advent Calendars – see Pragmatic Mom’s post on a DIY gratitude Advent calendar.

Day 2: Gifts That Give Back – Mine • Mia’s

Day 3: Gender Bending Gifts for Kids – My post on Gender Neutral gifts • Mia’s post on Gender bending gifts

Day 4: Gifts for Those Impossible to Shop for – My postMia’s post

Day 5: Gifts for Reluctant Artists- My post on Gifts for Reluctant ArtistsMia’s post on Gifts for Reluctant Artists and Gifts for Reluctant Readers

Day 6: Oops, I Did It Again; Worst Gifts Ever – My tacky gifts post • Mia’s post on ugly Christmas sweaters and other terrible gifts

Day 7: Gifts to Steal from Loved Ones – My postMia’s post

Day 8: Left Brain/Right Brain Gifts- My postMia’s post

Day 9: Gift Ideas for Clients (mine) •Gifts for Those Easily Forgotten (Mia’s post)

Day 10: Gifts for New Year’s Resolutions – my postMia’s post

Day 11: My post: Easy Holiday DIY Gifts • Mia’s post: Giving and Receiving Unwanted Gifts

Day 12: The Art of the Thank You Note- My post and Mia’s post

What do you think?

Written by Joanne Gonzales

Joanne Gonzales has a passion for getting creative. Whether she is making personalized DIY gifts or taking part in larger arts and crafts projects, she puts her all into making new and beautiful things.

She lives with a group of close friends and believes in the natural way of life. Joanne has built an outdoor arts and crafts gallery that overlooks the countryside in her hometown, which is where all of her creations come to life.

Art started off as a hobby, but over time Joanne has mastered her skills and sold some of her favorite pieces. She works full time as a florist and has done for many years. It helps keep her creative juices flowing and she hopes to one day open her own florist shop with a twist.


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  1. We totally did not duplicate anything! And I am coveting your wooden stuff ideas too! I love that we can buy and give back at the same time! That’s a gift that keeps on giving!

  2. I do not search out companies who give back for Christmas, mainly because I wait until thelast minute for everything and miss all the “ship by Christmas” deadlines. Sigh. I need to do better.

    • No, you’re perfect. I seem to alternate how I gift-buy from year to year. One year I’ll be done by Halloween and the next year we’re on Amazon December 22nd, power-buying.

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