This year, consider giving your birthday babe the gift of gratitude by wrapping up packages that are so much more than a play thing. From soccer balls that reach the corners of the earth, to charming jewels that donate to causes of all kinds, scroll through the album below for 10 ideas on where to score feel good gifts that give back to a world-wide community. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Teething Isn't All Bad
You know and love Sophie the Giraffe, and now thanks to the company’s collaboration with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) your purchase will help kids in need around the globe. Here’s how it works: for every new gift set purchased the company will donate three vaccines against measles across the world. The initiative will be in effect in more than 80 countries globally with Sophie the Giraffe committed to providing a minimum of 150,000 vaccinations. These special gift sets retail for $27. Get yours by clicking here.
It’s all about the Power of Play. Purchase one of the super durable soccer balls from One World Play Project for your dribbling darling and a second one gets donated to impoverished communities all over the world. One million balls have been donated so far, making it easier for kids everywhere to do what they do best… play!
Available at Amazon.com, $45.
Art for All
They’ve got the blank canvas; all you need to do is provide the tools for inspiration. This colorful 12-pack of chalk and chalk holder from Yoobi is perfect for hours spent outside. By setting up your budding Thiebaud with everything she needs to create a masterpiece, you’ll be providing much needed art supplies to children’s hospitals all over the country—with every item purchased, Yoobi donates one to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Available at Amazon.com, $18.75.
We are charmed by these birthday bracelet sets from Altruette. Each one is handmade and supports various organizations, like the African Wildlife Foundation, Girls Write Now, Global Giving, Operation Gratitude, and more. Set up the birthday girl with a subscription (she’ll get a new charm for 3, 6 or 12 months) or purchase a gift set. For each charm purchased, Altruette donates $1 to the related cause.
Available at Amazon.com, $65.
Bags and Books
What better place to store lunch money than her very own Very Hungry Caterpillar tote? It’s durable and adorned with the bright illustrations she loved as a kid; you'll love the fact that when you purchase an item from Out of Print Clothing, the company donates a book to a community in need.
Available at Amazon.com, $18.
Bears for a Cause
Made with organic cotton and by at-risk women in the California welfare-to-work program, these Bears for Humanity Organic Puppy Animal Pals Plush Toy are lovable and huggable. All stuffing is hypoallergenic and made from recycled plastic bottles. The best part? For every bear you buy, one will be donated to a child in need through a variety of charities. You can even send a personalized note to accompany the donated bear.
Available on Amazon.com, $25
Boot-Kick Poverty to the Curb
Purchase a pair of puddle-stomping-worthy rain boots from Roma boots and another pair will be donated to a child living in poverty. Inspired by, and following in the footsteps (pun intended!) of TOMS, the fun, colorful boot comes in a traditional design or a more modern streamlined version decked out with funky Pop Art style illustrations.
Available at Amazon.com, starting at $32.
Skating For a Purpose
When you purchase this skate deck by Kenny Anderson, you aren't just helping your budding skateboarder look awesome–– you're donating $7 to the Global Fund and helping (RED)'s effort in fighting AIDS. The unique shape is perfect for the Sponge Bob Square Pants logo and in honor of (RED).
Available on Amazon.com, $55.
The Gift of Water
When you purchase a copy of Zen Pig: Where You'll Find Love, you aren't just buying a sweet tale on love and kindness. Each copy sold means you've purchased enough water for someone for an ENTIRE year. We can't deny the story of Zen Pig helping a sad chick find love in even the most common ways is worth the purchase alone, but potentially saving a life with water? Priceless.
Purchase on Amazon, $7.95
Blocks that Build Jobs
Get your kids out from behind their electronic devices and get back to basics with a toy like Tegu's Pocket Pouch Magnetic Wooden Block Set. Named after the capital city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras which happens to be one of the poorest in the world, these locally constructed blocks are made from Huesito wood. Even better? When you purchase a Tegu product, you help create stable jobs and therefore improve the livelihoods of the company's current 200 employees at the factory in Honduras.
Find on Amazon, $31.99
Do you know other toys and gifts that give back? Share with us in a comment below!
— Gabby Cullen