This year, consider giving the gift of gratitude by wrapping up packages that are so much more than a plaything. From soccer balls that reach the corners of the earth to charming jewels that donate to causes of all kinds, scroll down for 19 ideas on where to score feel-good gifts that give back to a worldwide community.
There's no stopping your kids from growing, which means you're buying and going through shoes like hot cakes, especially during those intense growth spurts. Give back and score some cool kicks in the process thanks to PLAE. With the brand's PLAE-It-Forward campaign, you can designate 10% of any purchase price to any of PLAE's designated community partners. The cool part is that any organization with a 501(c)(3) can apply to be a PLAE-it-forward ambassador.
New in 2019 is a collaboration between artist POW! WOW!'s Jasper Wong and PLAE (check out the limited edition Art of PLAE collection here.The Wong-designed shoes go on sale at the end of February 2019). As part of the collab, customers can designate that 10% of their purchase go to POW! WOW!, who is currently conducting a project in Nepal to support an underserved school.
All kids and adults shoes available at Plae.co
Back to the Roots + Ayesha Curry Kitchen Herb Garden
Back to the Roots and Ayesha Curry have joined forces to create an eco-friendly and sustainable feel-good gift. With the mission of "turning every kitchen windowsill in America into an organic garden," this all-in-one-kit comes with organic mint and basil seeds, plant-based soil and some of Ayesha's go-to recipes. For each kit purchased, Back to the Roots charitable Grow One, Give One will donate grow kits to elementary schools across the U.S.
Available at Lowe's, $11.98.
Build to Give with LEGO
As part of the Build to Give Campaign, LEGO wants to give away sets to kids this holiday season! Until Dec. 13th, kids can build an ornament at home, or at any LEGO store across the country. They leave it to be displayed in the store, or snap a picture and upload to the LEGO life app or share on social media via #buildtogive and the company will donate a set of bricks to a kid in need. Not quite up to master builder status? LEGO also sells ornament kits to keep it easy.
Available at LEGO.com, $7.99.
Kidbox helps create a capsule wardrobe season after season with no commitment or styling fee. Just fill out a brief style questionnaire and Kidbox takes it from there, dressing your child(ren) from the toddler through pre-teen years. Five times a year you'll receive a box containing six to seven high-quality pieces from brands like 7 For All Mankind, Lucky, DKNY, Penguin, and more. Try on the items and decide what to keep within seven days. Plus, Kidbox keeps kids top of mind. For every complete Kidbox purchased, the company will donate clothes through their partnership with Delivering Good, a non-profit dedicated to collecting and distributing new clothing to children in need throughout the U.S. They recently just announced that they've donated over 12 million dollars in new clothing value to children in need ahead of the holiday season.
Available at Kidbox, up to $98.
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. This special gift set retails for $27. Get yours by clicking here.
Build Homes with Ecuadane
When it comes to blankets, nothing quite compares to this Cotacachi blanket that features a color scheme inspired by the dormant volcanoes nestled in the Andes. Made from a blend of alpaca and synthetic materials, it’s as durable as it is beautiful. And now until the end of Jan. 2019, the company that manages the fair-trade creations of these blankets will be donating 50% of its website sales back in order to build homes for five families of Ecuadorian artisans it works with.
Available at Ecuadane, $149.
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, $5.95.
Fair Trade with Fuschia
This start-up makes super comfy, sustainable flats that genuinely benefit the artisans in Asia who handmake them. Made in a remote town in Pakistan, each shoe is constructed with locally sourced leather and other raw materials that benefit the local community. The result is an incredible shoe, whose source you can trace to the beginning. The artisans receive a fair wage, which furthers their ability to provide food, clean water and education for their families.
Available at Fuschia, $65 & up.
We are charmed by these bracelet sets and charms from Altruette. Each one is handmade and supports various organizations, like the African Wildlife Foundation, Girls Write Now, Global Giving, Operation Gratitude, and more. For each charm purchased, Altruette donates $1 to the related cause.
Available at Altruette, individual charms start at $20, sets are $65.
Cactus for a Cause
When you buy something from WildFang, you'll help them donate to charities like Black Girls Code, the ACLU and more. They've donated over 400K this year alone! There are tons of fun items to choose from, like this cactus bottle opener, cozy socks, beanies, sweaters and more.
See everything over at WildFang.
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, $15 & up.
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, $17.64.
Cuddle + Kind Friends
With every one of these adorable hand-knit dolls purchased, 10 meals are donated to hungry children in need. Cuddle + Kind partners with World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund, and to date have given away over 5 million meals. Now, that’s in the spirit of giving.
Available at Cuddle + Kind, $50 & up for one doll and 10 meals.
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 and colorful boot comes in a traditional design or a more modern streamlined version decked out with funky Pop Art style illustrations.
Available at Amazon, starting at $19.99 & up.
Think of this as a checkup for the soul. MoonBox curates gift collections based on the lunar cycle, so you'll receive goodies like crystal jewels, vegan beauty supplies, star charts, oils and more. Choose between the monthly moon box, the Glow & Glow box or the Ultimate R&R box. And, for every box purchased, MoonBox donates a tree via Trees for the Future, an organization that teaches communities how to use the Forest Garden system to spread more sustainable farming practices.
Available at MoonBox, $45 for a box.
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
Tee Off for a Cause
Outfitting your budding Michelle Wie in a new set of duds from Wynnr (the junior golf apparel company donates 50% of all its proceeds!) means you'll be helping organizations like The First Tee, a non-profit that funds youth-focused programs at golf courses, elementary schools and other education centers.
Available at Wynnr, $24.99 & up.
— Gabby Cullen