10 Cute Gift Ideas That ‘Give Back’ This Christmas

By | December 15, 2018

Jasmine Garnsworthy is the skincare-obsessed founder of natural beauty brand, The Buff. She is also an Australian freelance writer, editor, and content producer based in New York. Jasmine lives in Brooklyn with her partner and two thriving house plants. When she’s not writing or building her beauty business, Jasmine can be found reading, waiting in outrageously long queues for brunch, and lecturing her friends on the virtues of various clean skincare ingredients.


The holidays are the season of giving, and this time of year choosing a gift that gives back is always a good idea. Like, perhaps, denim jacket-worthy pins that also donate sanitary items to girls in need across Southern Uganda. Or, a rosé-scented candle that helps to deliver solar energy to communities without electricity across Rwanda. It’s basically like giving two gifts in one.

Some of the buzziest holiday gifts this year are coming from companies with a conscience. There are mission-focused presents supporting just about every good cause you can think of—from children’s education to environmental projects, and even a fresh homewares brand supporting The Dyslexia Foundation. And, as always, we’ve curated a list of the 10 best and most beautiful. Keep scrolling to shop some stocking stuffers that you can be seriously proud of.

N5 & Sunny Yor (You) Are Loved Embroidered Cushion Cover, $ 58

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This is more than just a very Instagrammable cushion. When influencer and N5 & Sunny founder Viktoria Dahlberg received her first delivery of packaging ahead of the launch of her new homeware brand, she was filled with excitement. And then, seconds later, overwhelming disappointment at discovering she had made a spelling error on her packaging of the LOVE pillow. “I have dyslexia,” she told press at this week’s N5 & Sunny product launch, “but instead of hiding, I decided to use the misspelled packaging and donate 10% of proceeds from this product to The Dyslexia Foundation.” The entire brand, which launched this month, is also completely eco-friendly and plastic-free.

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Cotton On Foundation Pin, $ 5

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This is the ice-cream pin your sister/friend/colleague needs on her denim jacket. An impressive 100% of the proceeds from this pin help the Cotton On Foundation provide sanitary items for a girl in Southern Uganda. So, while you’re at it, grab one for yourself too.

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This Bar Saves Lives Variety Pack, $ 23.99

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You know that gluten-free, non-gmo, health-obsessed friend? This is what you should gift them. These delicious bars, in flavors like Madagascar Vanilla Almond and Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate, raise money for programs supporting malnourished children.

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Starling Project Candle, $ 55

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The humble candle has been a go-to gift for years, and now there’s an even better reason to wrap one up this Christmas: solar energy. Right now there are over 1 billion people without electricity worldwide, so the The Starling Project is working to develop solar power systems in countries such as Rwanda through the sale of hand-poured candles.

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Auguste Daughter Tee Off White, $ 59

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Ebony Eagles is the creative director at Australian fashion brand, Auguste. She designed a line of charity tees for the brand with women in mind. Every piece is sustainably made from an organic cotton and hemp blend, and, the best part, 100% of the retail price of each tee will be donated to UN Women National Committee Australia to support their important work with women in the pacific region and beyond.

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California Brut Sparkling Wine Silver Shimmer Edition, $ 29.99

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Everyone has someone on their gifting list in need of a glittery bottle of bubbly. This California sparkling wine is light in color and, according to the pros, “displays aromas of fresh green apple and nectarine with a hint of fresh baked bread.” Even better: each bottle supports vulnerable kids by providing two meals to a child in need.

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Girlfriend Collective Cherry Compressive High-Rise Legging, $ 68

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We’ve spotted the perfect gift for your fit friend. Buzzy activewear brand, Girlfriend Collective, is made entirely from post-consumer water bottles sourced from Taiwan. This small island nation used to be called “Garbage Island” until the government took action to make Taiwan into a world leader in recycling, with 55% of waste being recycled (as opposed to 35% in the US). Each piece in the Girlfriend Collective line takes discarded plastic out of the environment and turns it into a functional piece of clothing.

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Thankyou Mums and Bubs Massage Oil, $ 9.99

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Expecting mums swear by this avocado, rosehip, and coconut oil massage oil blend as a cure-all to relieve itchy pregnant bellies and target stretch marks. Plus, it’s the perfect massage oil, and smells delicious. In true Thankyou style, each bottle also helps fund safe births or health care to support vulnerable mums and babies.

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Mini Key Post Earrings, $ 25

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Instead of raising donations for a cause, The Giving Key sells damn cute products to provide jobs for homeless communities. Through customers (that’s you!) supporting the jewelry line, The Giving Keys has generated 145,006 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness.

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Christmas Gift Bag, $ 3

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Cuter than wrapping paper and perfect for small gifts, all proceeds from these mini reusable Christmas Gift Bags go to the Cotton On Foundation and deliver quality education to children in need.

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