15 Gifts That Give Back
We like nothing more than when shopping makes us feel good. Make this holiday the happiest ever by giving gifts that actually give back. From a set of baby blankets that support the fight against AIDS to a leather purse that helps provide meals to children in Kenya, these carefully curated presents are not only beautiful, cool and useful, they’re also philanthropic. Talk about the holiday spirit.
A portion of the proceeds from these slick headphones benefits (RED), the nonprofit organization founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage people in the fight against AIDS.
- Solo2 Headphones, Beats By Dre $200
Five dollars from every custom stamp purchased benefits Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that provides food to more than 37 million people through food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
- Motif Custom Ink Stamps, Three Designing Women $40
The purchase of this sweater—from the charitable women's line made by Phoebe Dahl (granddaughter of legendary children's author Roald Dahl)—translates to a school uniform, school supplies and a one-year scholarship for a girl in Nepal.
- Champion Sweater, Faircloth Supply $185
Proceeds from FEED's first-ever leather bags–all handmade by artisans in Kenya–provide 200 school meals for children in the country.
- Heritage Makindu Bag, FEED $295
10 percent of the profits from these adorable shoes go toward the Sseko Scholarship Fund, which enables young women in East Africa to receive university degrees.
- Gold Bow Accent Loafer, Sseko $110
100 percent of profits (up to $100,000) of this limited-edition spa set support Feeding America.
- Greatest Hits Collection, Kiehl's $45
Profits from this hand-spun cotton throw support developing artisan businesses in Kenya, India and other countries around the world.
- Wool & Cotton Throw, Nest $100
For each robe sold, Ten Thousand Villages gives artisans in developing countries the opportunity to earn a fair wage, while being treated with dignity and respect by bringing their products to consumers around the world.
- Paisley Cotton Robe, Ten Thousand Villages $59
With profits from each candle sold, Raven + Lily provide support for formerly homeless women in Los Angeles.
- Bamboo + Lemongrass Candle, Raven + Lily $22
100 percent of profits (25 percent of retail price) from this baby blanket 3-pack–designed by philanthropic celebrity mothers Jessica Alba, Gwen Stefani and our very own Editor-in-Chief Rachel Zoe–benefit (RED).
- Special Edition Swaddle 3-pack, Aden + Anais $55
Proceeds from each bracelet purchased benefit the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF).
- Bracelet Set, Soko + UNTF $35
For each clutch sold, 20 percent of proceeds go to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in support of pediatric cancer research.
- Flutter of Hope Deux Clutch, Thale Blanc $1100
The Giving Keys provides jobs to those transitioning out of homelessness by empowering them to make jewelry out of repurposed keys.
- Precious Metals Necklace, The Giving Keys $130
With every purchase of a pair of sunglasses, Toms provides the gift of sight to one person in need.
- Yvette Grey Crystal Sunglasses, Toms $139
50 percent of proceeds from each purse go to the Sickle Cell Disease Association, which promotes support, educational materials, service programs and awareness to those affected by the ailment.
- Distressed Silver Pouch, ZASHADU $156