Still haven’t found the perfect gift? What about a gift that gives back? We searched high and low for unique ideas with a philanthropic mission, and came up with this list of six ideas that give back.
These presents are perfect for the holidays, but don’t forget—you can be charitable all year round!
Wonderbag Slow Cooker
This portable and eco-friendly slow cooker works with your existing pot to keep your dishes cooking continuously, without using any electricity. Made with recycled materials, the Wonderbag retains heat for any slow-cooked recipe. It’s perfect for beans or vegetable curry. It was founded by social entrepreneur Sarah Collins whose idea was to empower women in Africa to cook without electricity, fires, or worry about burnt food. Wonderbag let us know that “to date, more than half a million bags have been directly placed in the hands of women in Africa (and refugee camps in the Middle East) who need help to feed their families.”
We love that the Wonderbag is extremely useful and has an inspiring mission. Go to wonderbagworld.com to learn more.
Baby Teresa Baby Romper
Started by two friends (Sammie Appleyard and Kirsty Dunphey) who wanted baby shower gifts with a purpose, Baby Teresa gives clothing or formula to a child in need for every item they sell. The apparel is 100% organic cotton, fair trade, and absolutely adorable.
Founder Kirsty tells us, “We started Baby Teresa in a way to solve our own problem. We’d go to baby showers (as non parents) and we would have no idea what to give. For us to have an easy alternative that offered a gorgeous and luxurious product, that also appealed to our social conscience by donating one for each one sold, meant that our problem was solved. We instantly knew that our baby shower gift dilemma (and hopefully that of many other people!) was gone. Now as mums of 4 little ones 5 and under ourselves we know how appreciated Baby Teresa is at baby showers – this time first hand!”
Find out more at baby-teresa.com.
The initials in OAK stand for Ordinary Acts of Kindness. It’s a fitting acronym, since for every OAK product sold, a backpack is given to a homeless or at-risk child to support their education. We love that the backpacks, bags, and t-shirts are fashion-forward with a purpose. One of the founders, Jessica Sjolseth, says, “It feels wonderful to give a gift that gives back. Not only does the recipient enjoy the gift itself, but you both enjoy the pleasure of knowing you are supporting and empowering others through your purchase.”
For backpacks that give back, go to oaklifestyle.com.
GreaterGood.org is an online community with thousands of items available, all of which give back to a specific cause. Proceeds benefit eight different causes; hunger, breast cancer, animals, veterans, autism, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, literacy, and rainforests. The wide selection means you’ll be able to find a gift that gives back for anyone on your list.
According to the team at GreaterGood.org, it “was born out of a desire to connect those looking to help with those who are on the ground helping.”
Imagine life without access to proper eyecare. As any glasses-wearer will tell you, it’s almost inconceivable. That’s why we love that for every pair of Panda Sunglasses sold, Panda and Optometry Giving Sight provide an eye exam and a pair of prescription glasses to someone in need. “Our business has a strong social component, for every pair sold we help restore sight to someone in need,” notes Panda founder, Vincent Ko.
Panda Sunglasses are handcrafted from high-quality, eco-friendly bamboo. To learn more about these stylish sunglasses with a purpose, go to wearpanda.com.
It’s rare to see socks on anyone’s wish list, but Bombas socks just might make you reconsider. These socks were diligently engineered to be some of the most comfortable and highest performing socks you’ll ever wear. In addition to providing a great product, they give one pair away for every pair sold.
“Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. When we learned this, we knew we had to do something, so we set out to make the most comfortable sock out there, and for every pair purchased, we donate a pair to someone in need. To date, we’ve donated more than 150,000,” the team at Bombas tells us.