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  • Writer's pictureMacalister Bali

Gifts That Give Back

As people around the world struggle with a whole range of pressing issues, the desire to be charitable and share our resources is stronger than ever. Donating directly and demanding policy change are still the best ways to support struggles against injustices, but if you’re already in the market for a gift, you may as well consider one with a charitable component.

To help you buy more meaningful gifts, here are 10 thoughtful gifts that, in turn, give back.

GoldBelly- Monthly NEW ORLEANS Subscription

With every purchase of a Goldbelly New Orleans Subscription, you’ll be helping the city’s restaurants and small food makers and gifting yourself or a loved one something tasty in the process.

Williams Sonoma - colors of the rainbow stoneware mug.

adorned with a vibrant heart and the phrase "Open Mind, Open Heart." Available exclusively through Williams Sonoma and created in collaboration with The Trevor Project, each mug sold benefits their lifesaving suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for LGBTQ youth.


For every pair of socks you buy at Bombas, another pair of socks is donated to a homeless shelter in the United States.

Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

Not only do its beans taste great, but it also deploys 20% of all profits to animal rescue organizations like Humane Animal Rescue, Secondhand Hounds, and The Anti-Cruelty Society. Grounds & Hounds also offers three-, six-, and 12-month subscriptions, if you’d like to give a gift that keeps on giving.

Love is Project

Your purchase from Love Is Project is much more than just a bracelet. It’s a message of LOVE to artisans, charities, and members of our community all around the globe. We started the project together with a handful of Maasai beadworkers in Kenya, and now we support thousands of artisans all over the world, as well as an ever-growing list of charities that are near and dear to our hearts.

Big Tom’s Jerky

A portion of the proceeds go to The Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness has been a leading voice for the ongoing protection, preservation, and restoration of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Advocacy is a broad endeavor and the future of the wilderness depends on people who are passionate about nature, along with getting the next generation and diverse people involved in wilderness. In honor of the business’s namesake Tom Lynch.

Family Meal: Recipes from Our Community

Send your foodie friend a digital copy of this charitable cookbook and let them know that all proceeds benefit the Restaurant Workers' Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund. Ina Garten, Alison Roman, and Bobby Flay are just a few of the notables that contribute their favorite recipes.

Phenomenal Women

Founder Meenakshi Ashley Harris, niece to Vice President Kamala Harris. The Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which creates statement fashion to support charity.

BAN.DO Optimism Necklace.

On the days when she needs a reminder to see the glass half full, she can put on this necklace for a burst of optimism. She'll feel even better knowing that her purchase supports Girls Inc., a nonprofit encouraging young girls to be just as ambitious, bold and inspiring as she is.

Juniper Ridge, Sierra Forest Room Spray

Fill your home with the enchanting scent of the pine, fir, and cedar trees from the Sierra Nevadas with this all-natural room spray. Juniper Ridge, an Oakland-based fragrance brand, donates 10 percent of profits to wilderness defense organizations.

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