By Georgia Slater
‘Tis the season of giving, and there’s no better way to take part in the holiday spirit than to give a gift that will give back to more than just the recipient. Why not spread just a little more cheer this year by finding a gift that benefits maybe one more person — or one hundred more people — in the process?
Many companies are making it their mission this holiday season to share their proceeds with others who are in need. And the best part is that you don’t have to look too far to find these charitable options; tons of companies are jumping on board this year to make it easy to get on the nice list.
With a wide range of gifts available, check out our gift guide below to get started with buying best gifts this season, and without feeling the guilt of purchasing some for yourself.
1. For the jewelry lover
Alex and Ani, a popular jewelry company located nearby in both Bethesda and D.C., is donating 20 percent of the price of each Lotus Blossom Charm Bangle sold ($28) to the Women and Infants Hospital.
2. For the chocolate lover
Compartes Chocolatier, one of the nation’s hippest chocolate shops, has a 10-piece “Chocolates for a Cause” gift box, with their signature caramels and chocolates featuring African graphics. For $30, this gift comes with a Relief Beads bracelet and benefits Relief International in Darfur.
3. For the athlete
The trendy reusable water bottle company on the rise, S’well, has donated $200,000 to the UNICEF Tap Project since 2015 in efforts to provide clean water around the world. For $45, you can drink water in style and help the environment.
4. For the tech junkie
The RED Juice Pack Air iPhone 6 Case by Mophie ($99.95) not only keeps your phone at a full charge, but also sends five percent of the proceeds to fight AIDS.
5. For the animal lover
Hooray For The Underdog! features rescue dogs and cats on greeting cards for $19. All purchases allow them to take photos of dogs in need, and five percent of all profits go to animal welfare charities.
6. For the friend who’s always late
The Jane collection of watches by Rumba includes friendship bracelet-like style straps, and with each watch ($60) sold, $2 is donated to a variety of charities, including Social Tees Animal Rescue and Action Against Hunger.
7. For the writer
A journal ($18) by the Women’s Peace Collection not only provides a unique place to jot down your thoughts made from recycled cotton rags by rural women in India, but also creates sustainable lives for the women creating the gift.
8. For the shoe lover
With every pair of TOMS Classic Slip-Ons (now on sale for $44.25) purchased, a new pair of shoes gets donated to a child in need.
9. For the wine drinkers
Alcohol that leads to good deeds — what could be better? With every purchase of OneHope Foundation’s wine ($19), the proceeds are donated to a different cause. This bottle of California Cabernet Sauvignon helps provide ABA therapy to children with autism.
10. For the homebody
With every purchase of a sweet-smelling Moorea Seal candle ($18), there is a 7 percent donation to Semilla Nueva, a charity that teaches farmer education to rural Guatemalan farmers.