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5 gifts that give back

Desmond Tutu quote

I love this quote because it’s a reminder that we can all do a little bit of good every time we do anything — even when we shop for holiday gifts.

I’ve come to realize that the only way to foster change is to put your money where your mouth is and support companies that give back in some way. Here are five great options for gifts that give back. They’ll make your recipients happy and they’ll make a real difference in the world.

Cookies for Kids' Cancer1.  Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Who doesn’t love cookies?! These all-natural gourmet cookies come in 10 yummy flavors, and are preservative free, hand baked and delivered fresh. 100% of proceeds go directly to childhood cancer research and have already helped fund 48 research grants resulting in 9 promising new treatments now in clinical trial.

Beads for Learning2.  Beads For Learning: I’ve been a fan of the Leakey Collection for years not only because their jewelry is gorgeous but because they also make a difference. Order Beads for Learning bracelets, made from pieces of Zulugrass, for all your kids’ teachers.  100% of bracelet profits provide a teacher’s salary in rural Kenya for one day.

Kiehl's Creme De Corps3.  Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Collection: This holiday season, Kiehl’s is donating 100% of profits from their collection of six essential products, including Creme de Corps Nurturing Body Moisturizer and Ultra Facial Cream, to feed families in need in partnership with Feeding America. Kiehl’s has made a commitment to provide 1,000,000 meals to families in need this year.

One Hope Wine4.   OneHope Wine: Produced in partnership with Rob Mondavi, Jr. these quality wines make for a great gift or addition to a holiday party. Half of all profits from each bottle benefit charities such as Educate Our Girls, Support Our Troops and Help Children with Autism.

GIV 8 photo5.  GIV Mobile: GIV Mobile is the first wireless service of its kind to donate 8% of every customer’s monthly plan amount to charity. GIV Mobile utilizes T-Mobile’s 4G network and works on most unlocked GSM phones. Paired with GIV Mobile’s Unlimited service that starts at only $20/month, it is an affordable gift which allows the receiver to choose up to three charities to support, including The Humane Society of the United States and Kids in Need Foundation.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those all sound like wonderful organizations. It would be hard to pick just one.

  2. What wonderful gift ideas and some fantastic charities supported – it’s so nice to be able to give while you shop.

  3. Giving gifts with both your heart and your conscience is the most amazing feeling! I love these suggestions so much Lois!

  4. These are all great gifts. Love when a gift is useful.

  5. This is a wonderful post. I love gifts that give back!

  6. Love these. I actually try to give to small non profits. I do work for some global organizations, and try to support as many of the smaller groups here at home as I can. $200 can make a huge difference to them.

  7. The beads of No. 2 are lovely and what I’d most likely LOVE to give and receive. Although it’s the cause in No. 3 that’s closest to my heart. Feeding the hungry tops my list of “musts” as there’s nothing more necessary than food.

    All are super ideas, Lois. Thank you for sharing.

  8. My Hubs would be up for the wine. Nice to know that half of the profits go to charity.

  9. Love these gifts that keep on giving! Such an important thing to keep in mind while shopping this season. I have my eye on the cookies and the wine 😉

  10. There are so many great organizations doing good out there.
    Thanks for showing me some new ones. I love the Orphaned EArring

  11. Everyone wins when companies give back. I am going to have to hop over and check out that wine.

  12. These are the best kind of gifts. Because really – who needs more stuff?

  13. These are really nice gift ideas….all totally new to me. I will be checking out each organization. Thanks for sharing…

  14. I always love giving gifts that give back. These are some great options for several people on my gift giving list.

  15. Great gift ideas and the fact they give back is incredible! Great causes!

  16. Having worked at non profits in the past, i like to ‘give back’ to the non profits that I know actually trickle down enough money to those in need. Thanks for the great list- I will take a look at them one by one!

  17. I love gifts that give back. These are all some very good ideas. I’m still trying to figure out what to get my mom!

  18. What wonderful gifts and causes. We like to donate gifts to the children hospital in town. It is such a joy.

  19. I love gifts that gift back. Gifts that make a difference are a great idea. Thanks for sharing these ideas.

  20. Thanks for sharing this info. I love giving back.

  21. What great items. Love the beads the most – they look great!

  22. All of these are great ideas. I think the beads for learning are my favorites. Wonder if it’s too late to order some.

  23. I love buying from a company that gives back. These are all great organizations.

  24. First of all, I love that quote you started with! Second of all, these are fantastic options, and I can’t believe I’ve never heard of any of them!

  25. They are all great gift ideas and it is a big bonus that the company is donating to charity and giving back. I think it is important to support these companies too.

  26. Nothing better than a bag of cookies; I’d love some!

  27. These are such great ideas. A great gift that gives back sounds perfect.

  28. This is a great idea. I always love hearing about how companies are giving back when they make profits. I think it is so nice of them to think of others and not just their business. 🙂

  29. Thank you for sharing! I really love shopping with companies that give back to the community.

  30. Awesome gift ideas, this is really helpful!

  31. Great choices! I LOVE LOVE LOVE a gift that gives back and think everyone should do this. Thanks for sharing these resources with me.

  32. Thanks for all the great ideas! I love OneHope wine!

  33. One Hope Wine is really good! I’ve had it before and love their message.

  34. I like that the GIV mobile donates 8% each time to charity. That alone would sway me to use it!

  35. I love this idea! Such a great way to give more gifts !

  36. Rachelle J says:

    I LOVE companies that give back ,it’s so important this time of year to remember to give back!

  37. What a lovely collection of gifts! I love the thought behind this and that each gift benefits charity!

  38. 1010ParkPlace.com says:

    What a terrific idea! Thanks! Brenda

  39. I actually love Kiehl’s and had no idea they were doing this. Now I really have to purchase some stuff.

  40. Awesome gift ideas. I love buying something that gives a little too!

  41. I love that these product purchases support such important causes. It’s a great way to give back.

  42. Wow this is a great list. So now I don’t have to feel guilty when I eat cookies 🙂

  43. Those little bits of good put together, overwhelm the world… I love that. Simply love it. I’m keeping it!

  44. I will have to add Cookies for Kids to our list of charities for sure! All of them are great causes for sure! Thanks for sharing!

  45. I love companies that give back. It makes me want to support them more because they are giving back.

  46. Spending money on gift that give to a cause is so much more palatable. All great ideas!

  47. I did donate a lot this year, but if I can do it with Kiehl’s and wine, I just might do more good after all!

  48. I haven’t heard of Beads for Learning before, but it looks like a fabulous way to give a meaningful gift.

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