Gifts That Give Back

Halle Mckenzie, Editor

With Christmas right around the corner, many people are starting to search for the perfect presents for their friends and family. But because many of us are considering what to give to our loved ones, we often forget about the opportunities to give back to our community. Here are some companies that give some of their proceeds to charity along with a list of some of the most popular items! 

Grounds & Hounds

Grounds & Hounds is a coffee company that has a wide range of brews as well as a couple of fun holiday flavors and several hot chocolate options. Twenty percent of their profits are given to rescue programs for dogs who need help. 

Jewels for Hope

Jewels for Hope sells handcrafted jewelry and ten percent of the profits made are given to one of these charities:Hospice/ Caregivers Fund, Save the Sound, and STARelief (Animal Rescue).

Out of Print

Out of Print transforms some of the most beloved pieces of literature into wearable fashion. One of their more popular selections is their wide array of totes. Their proceeds support literacy programs around the world.

Alex and Ani

Alex and Ani is a jewelry company that is partnered with over 50 non-profit organizations. They have a holiday collection including several wonderful items that can be used as stocking stuffers. If you go to their website, there is an option for you to “Shop for a Cause.”

Bridgewater Candles

This company is actively fighting against world hunger. They are partnered with Rice Bowl which is an organization that provides food for orphanages around the globe. Every candle you buy, you provide a child with three meals.


Lush sells a lotion called Charity Pot in which the proceeds go to one of the companies they are partnered with. These companies seek to end animal cruelty and ways treat our planet in a beneficial way.


Thistle Farms

Thistle Farms creates all natural bath and body products in order to use their proceeds to provide for women who have survived through trafficking, prostitution, and addiction via a safe place to live, a job, and a support system.

Roma Boots

Roma Boots promises that for every pair of shoes you buy, a pair is donated to a child in need.

Sackcloth & Ashes

For every blanket you buy from Sackcloth & Ashes one is donated to someone in need. A soft blanket could make for a wonderful Christmas present!

Hand in Hand Soap

After discovering that 5 million children die from a water-related illness and that 45% of those deaths could have been prevented by common hand soap, this company wanted to find a way to provide children with soap. Every bar of soap you buy, one is given to a child in need.

The Giving Keys

This company seeks to help individuals make the transition out of homelessness by providing jobs for them.


Sprout creates spoons and pencils that are not only biodegradable, but they will grow into herbs, vegetables, or flowers once they are put in the ground.