Want to Make a Positive Change This Holiday? Check Out These Gifts That Give Back


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By Giselle Balido

November 25, 2020

These beautiful gifts will delight your loved ones as well as help organizations you enjoy supporting, from Black Lives Matter and No Kid Hungry to St. Jude Hospital and Animal Rescue.

It is that time of the year. The time for giving. And not just to our loved ones during the holidays, but, many of us hope, to the world at large. But with finances stretched thin in many households due to the coronavirus, some may wonder if they can do both. The answer? A rotund YES!

These gifts will put a smile on the faces of you loved ones as well as help give back to the organizations you choose to support and that are making a positive impact in the world. An added plus: You can buy online, so you can stay safe as you shop.

Black Lives Matter Strength Necklace

With the purchase of this powerful, symbolic necklace, you will support the efforts of Black Lives Matter Global Network, as 100% of the profit made from the sale is donated to the organization. Each necklace comes in a gold-filled, sterling silver or rose gold finish. To make it more personal, they can be customized with personal engravings upon request. $33.90-$48.40.

The Future is Female Cuff Bracelet

Show the strong women in your life that you appreciate them with this classic one-size-fits-all cuff bracelet engraved with “The Future is Female.” It comes in gold-plated, silver-plated, or stainless steel. Bird + Stone makes the bracelets in New York City, and donates 10% of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. $32-$35.

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The Giving Keys Necklace

This quirky key necklace from The Giving Keys comes in gold, silver, or rose gold finish, and features your choice of three inspiring engraved phrases. Most inspiring? Each necklace purchased through The Giving Keys helps create jobs for those transitioning out of homelessness. $45.

Leave Philly Alone T-shirt, Sweatshirt, or Enamel Pin

Leave Philly Alone sweatshirts come in black and gray, and T-shirts come in black, gray, green, tie-dye, and camouflage. $10 from the sale of each T-shirt, sweatshirt, or enamel pin goes to support a Philadelphia business or nonprofit organization that has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and you get to choose the business or nonprofit from a list. T-shirt and sweatshirt prices range from $25 to $47.

No Kid Hungry Tools for Change Spatula

Home chefs will absolutely love this spatula, because they will get to help fight childhood hunger as they prepare the food that will nourish their families. Williams Sonoma’s No Kid Hungry collection features 10 unique, celebrity-designed spatulas to choose from. Best of all, 30% of their retail price is donated to No Kid Hungry. $14.95.

Optimism Necklace for Girls Inc.

A delicate gold-plated “optimism” necklace from ban.do is a beautiful and stylish way to remind your favorite girlfriend to embrace positivity every day. Sales will benefit Girls Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes girls’ development through one-on-one mentorships and researched-based programs. $38.

Peppermint Chocolate Animal Rescue Candle

Is there an animal lover in your family… or 10? This peppermint chocolate soy candle, hand-poured in a classic Mason jar, is the perfect gift for Fido’s dad or Garfield’s mom. It has a fresh, invigorating fragrance, and, best of all, the makers at Rescue Candle donate 15% of their proceeds towards animal rescue charities. $24.99. 

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Mitscoots White Loom-Woven Chevron Blanket

Anyone in your family will sleep better wrapped in this soft cotton throw. Even more heartwarming, for each blanket purchased, the company will donate one blanket of equal quality to a shelter helping people in need. Mitscoots also employs people transitioning out of homelessness to package and ship the blankets. $99.

Safe Place for Youth Face Masks

Show those closest to you that you care with this five-piece face mask set from Parachute. The set comes with five breathable linen masks. With each set purchased, Parachute promises to donate to two organizations: Get Us PPE, which provides protective personal equipment to frontline workers in under-resourced communities, and Safe Place for Youth, which empowers homeless youth. $30 (set of five). 

Super Soft T-shirt from The Home T

Help your friends and family show their Pennsylvania pride by giving them one of these super soft T-shirts from The Home T. Yinzers might like this one. And then there are T-shirts that can help them show their love of bourbon, coffee, Dolly Parton, Joe Exotic, “Hocus Pocus,” “The Office,” or “Schitt’s Creek.” The Home T makes all of its products in the US, and donates at least 10% of the proceeds to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. $32 for a T-shirt, on sale now for $24.

The Trevor Project Collection

Show your support for the LGBTQ community by buying a special candle or mug, among other nice items, from The Future is Bright collection. Do you know what will make your rainbow brighter? Fifty percent of the retail price from the collection goes to The Trevor Project to aid in their mission to provide suicide and crisis prevention for LGBTQ youth. You can buy here.


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