9 Holiday Gifts That Give Back

December has arrived and the holidays are officially here. If you’re like us and have yet to do any sort of holiday shopping, don’t stress! Our annual alchemy inspired Holiday Gift Guide has everyone on your list covered. From your boyfriend to your mom, to your long distance BFF, these gifts are guaranteed to spoil all the loves in your life. While these gifts will make anyone’s heart explode with gratitude, what makes them even more special is the intention you put behind them. So above all this holiday season, make it your mantra to be generous, give with gratitude, and of course, spread the love.

This year we’ve decided to take the benevolence up a notch with gifts that give back. Meaning, everything you see below comes with a corresponding charitable component. Conscious gift giving at its best. Happy holiday shopping!

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1. A Tee (Or Two) From Parks Project

Up first, altruistic apparel. Not only does Parks Project make some of the softest tees on planet Earth, each purchase contributes directly to one of over 30 different conservancies across the USA providing funding for the ongoing care of National Parks. For all that these awe-inspiring places give to us, Parks Project is on the ground giving back. Also, Stephen, if you’re reading this, I wear a medium.

2. Grounds & Hounds Co. Coffee

Born out of the passion and compassion to give back to the animals who selflessly provide us with so much bliss, 20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. is donated to one of their animal rescue partners or shelters. Perfect for all the good doing, coffee drinking, dog loving humans in your life.

3. Precious Hands Clutch

While we have our eyes on everything from Lauren Conrad’s commendable philanthropic project The Little Market, these one-of-a-kind pieces from Precious Hands are at the top of our list. Precious Hands works closely with artisans in Guatemala to help design, produce, market and sell their handmade goods. Committing part of its profits to their micro-loan program through which individuals can earn fair wages, grow their businesses and prosper, Precious Hands is helping women actively change their lives. Empowering female artisans from around the world? Sign us up.

4. Rescue Chocolate Bar

Eat chocolate, save a life! For each Rescue Chocolate purchased (they’re organic and vegan, btw), 100% of net profits are donated to animal rescue organizations around the country. I’ll take one of each.

5. Handmade Leash By Found My Animal

For your four-legged furry friends, these lovingly handmade rope leashes by Found My Animal (they’re made in Brooklyn) supports animal welfare efforts by promoting animal adoption. Yes. Yes. Yes!

6. The Neshama Project Necklace

Made right here in Sunny California, every piece from The Neshama Project directly benefits Innovation Africa, a 501(c)(3) organization bringing Israeli solar, water, and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. I’m loving the Mini Leah Necklace and the Blue Opal Hamsa Anklet but I’m not opposed to surprises.  

7. Philanthropic Frames By Warby Parker

We’re completely in love with Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Plus the frames are super chic. So yes, this year it’s Warby Parker gift cards for all.

8. Maya Chia Illuminating Face Serum

This illuminating face serum makeup will be the highlight of your holiday. In addition to providing next level luminous, Maya Chia donates a portion of profits to charities that help build schools and farms for the Maya people. Buy one for yourself and your health-conscious beauty junkie best friend. And maybe buy it soon because I snuck a peek at your Google calendar and there are endless holiday parties in sight!

9. A Whole LottoLove

For your co-workers, stocking stuffers, and other small-scale gifts, we’re obsessed with these LottoLove scratch off cards. For every card purchased LottoLove donates to one of their nonprofit partners helping people receive either clean water, solar light, nutritious meals or literacy tools. The recipient of the card does not need to do anything. It’s the only scratch card where everyone wins.


What’s on your wish list this year? Let us know in the comments. Then go ahead and forward this post to your inner circle with a not so discrete note that reads, “I want them all!!”

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