Presents with Purpose

Joy! Giving Gifts

Your holiday shopping just got more meaningful. Our guide has 28 gifts that support charitable causes.


By Shannon M. Bauer
Photos by Jeff Westbrook
Too cool (and helps schools!)

1. The writer in your life can save her thoughts in a softcover notebook and the proceeds will help build schools around the globe. $12; denik.com

2. This handcrafted fair-trade Global Goods Partners Bone Waterdrop Photo Frame will look striking on a family member's mantel—and the artisans receive half of the wholesale price of each. $42; macys.com

3. How cozy! For each Vintage Alpaca blanket sold, a twin-size fleece one is donated to a homeless shelter. $125; sackclothandashes.com

4. By sending a friend these gourmet cookies, you'll support research at pediatric-cancer centers seeking less toxic, more effective treatments. $30 per dozen; cookiesforkidscancer.org

Vessels for change

5. The women who weave these vibrant hand-dyed baskets receive free business education through the nonprofit Indego Africa. $75 and $60; indegoafrica.org

6. Made from fresh serrano pepper, this festive green and red The Bronx Greenmarket Hot Sauce duo benefits the collaborative effort of more than 40 community gardens and the non-profit GrowNYC. $15; fromthebronx.com

7. The customizable Paper Culture Memory Game is a gift and a good deed no one could forget: It's made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled paper and a tree is planted for each purchase. $25; paperculture.com

8. You can't beat the price of this boho bracelet, especially since 100 percent of the proceeds are donated through the Cotton On Foundation to help build schools and sponsor literacy programs in southern Uganda. $3; cottonon.com

9. Benefiting The Global Fund to fight AIDS, the Anna G. or Alessandro M. corkscrews will offer the recipient a good excuse to raise a glass. $70 Anna G., $55 Alessandro M.; store.alessi.com

10. West Elm teamed up with Whole Foods Market to create these upcycled denim napkins that benefit the Whole Planet Foundation to alleviate poverty. $32 for four; westelm.com

11. The maker of this groovy-looking rucksack provides a fully stocked backpack to an American child in need for every bag sold. $110; statebags.com

12. For each candle votive sold Glassybaby donates 10 percent of the proceeds to aid people, animals, and the planet. $44; glassybaby.com

13. Pet lovers will be paw-sitively grateful to know that 20 percent of the proceeds from the Three Blend Starter Kit goes to no-kill rescue organizations. $26; groundsandhoundscoffee.com

14. The collage in this custom artwork is sure to delight grandparents. Half of the proceeds benefit Every Mother Counts, whose mission is to make childbirth safe. $74; minted.com

15. Bookworms will get a laugh out of these retro Library Card socks: For each pair, Out Of Print donates a book through Books for Africa. $10; outofprintclothing.com

Good-for-the-soul

16. Ride in style on Kent's pink bike that honors its $10-per-bike donation to Susan G. Komen and the fight to end breast cancer. $149; kent.bike

Chews us for charity!

17. You'll be giving more furry friends a home when you stuff a doggy's stocking with these Jax & Bones Good Karma Rope Toys that benefit The Rescue Train. $17 each; jaxandbones.com

18. The tote-ally chic Blu Bag supports Ocean Conservancy—a cause your eco-conscious recipient will appreciate. $10; containerstore.com

19. These festive spatulas will inspire your holiday baking and help support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. $13 each; williams-sonoma.com

20. Yogis will love a holiday BuddhiBox benefiting homeless and at-risk youth through StandUp For Kids. Namaste, indeed. $35; buddhiboxes.com

21. Your favorite beer lover can drink with a clear conscience: MiiR supports clean-water initiatives with every purchase of its Growler. $55; miir.com

22. The Lucky Iron Fish boosts the iron content of food that's cooking in a pot of boiling water—and another will be donated to a family in need with your purchase. $25; cb2.com

23. TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need for each pair of cozy slippers you buy. $49; toms.com

24. This Turquoise Medallion Necklace benefits World Vision, a humanitarian agency that provides emergency aid to families around the globe. $75; worldvisiongifts.org

25. Showcase home-state pride with the gift of a crew-neck tee from The Home T, which donates 10 percent of its profits to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. $30; thehomet.com

26. Inspired by the cofounder's daughter's brain condition, Locust Cider donates a portion of its proceeds to the Hydrocephalus Association. $5 per 500mL bottle; locustcider.com

27. Be green and on-the-go with a cool Minnow Complete Cruiser Skateboard. The deck is made from recycled marine debris. $149; bureoskateboards.com

28. Kiehl's partnered with Brooklyn artists FAILE for this gift box that provides 415 meals through Feeding America. $45; kiehls.com