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2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

by Garrett Fleming

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes, Design*Sponge

Every holiday, we find ourselves tracking down gift after gift for the people we love. It truly is the most generous time of year. While this generosity is bound to put a smile on the faces of those we love, what if we strove for more? What if we sought out additional outlets for giving to others and extra ways to bring joy or a helping hand to those in need?

That being said, I say we make a pact. A pact to make this holiday the most charitable to date. And guess what? Now more than ever, companies are making it easier to help those in need. Some employ the “one-for-one” concept, some partner with charities to design fashionable goods, and others offer shoppers the option of sending products directly to those in need. No matter the strategy, each one of the 15 charitable gifts we’ve rounded up for you all today is bound to do a world of good. Scroll down to check them out. Happy Holidays! —Garrett

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

For every State bag sold, a backpack full of tools to succeed in school is delivered to an at-risk child in America.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

Recipients of a TisBest gift card select a charity to donate the card’s funds to.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Pendleton’s National Park Collection goes to restoring parts of our country’s parks. Last year the proceeds went towards rebuilding the Grand Canyon Train Depot and an early-1900s-era hotel in Glacier National Park.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

For every gift you buy at Hand in Hand, a bar of soap and a month’s supply of clean water will be donated to a child in need.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

The production of The Giving Keys has created over 106,344 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

When his mother found herself living on the streets in 2013, Bob Dalton went to homeless shelters and asked what he could do to help. The answer? They needed more blankets. So he founded Sackcloth & Ashes, a one-for-one, socially-conscious shop. For every blanket sold, they donate one to a homeless shelter.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

A portion of Raven & Lily’s profits is set aside and invested in up-and-coming female entrepreneurs.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

100% of the proceeds from the sale of this Clare V. tote go to non-proft organization Every Mother Counts. The group strives to make childbirth and pregnancy safe for mothers everywhere.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

Before filling their tins with delicious scents like Hot Cocoa and Santa’s Beard, Ohio company ManCan donates the soup inside to a local soup kitchen.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

Indego Africa produces some of the most beautiful pink home accessories out there. Plus, 100% of their profits head straight to Rwanda and Ghana, where they’re invested into educational and vocational programs for their artisans and their children.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

A gift of $300 to Save the Children will help open and operate a school clinic in one of the most rural parts of the world.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

If $300 is a bit out of your budget, Save the Children also offers a $100 Refugee Family Comfort Kit. The kits include “hygiene essentials and baby care items.”

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

Teach your child the power of kindness with a gift from The Doll Kind. Each toy comes with three tokens – aka random acts of kindness – for your child to hand out. Not only do these adorable dolls teach them a fine lesson, but for each one sold, one is donated to a child less fortunate than most.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

As a blood cancer survivor, this one’s particularly close to my heart. 20% of the profits from the sale of this Alex and Ani charm bracelet go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

2017 Gift Guide: Charities & Causes

Finally, perhaps the easiest way to give back is through AmazonSmile. Simply choose a charity, then shop like normal all holiday season long. 0.5% of the price of each of your Amazon purchases goes straight to the charity of your choice.

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  • What an amazing gift guide to showcase! I wish I could buy something from all of them!

  • This was super helpful! I’ve known about those keys for years, but this guide was the nudge that made me purchase one.

  • One heads up about Save the Children—I have donated to them in the past (they were the organization best in place to help during a particular natural disaster). Unfortunately, I feel like they in turn spent just as much in expensive direct mailings to me in the months (and years) that have followed. I expect some followup through email and direct mail, but they have been particularly excessive in comparison to other organizations. As a print designer, I know exactly how much these things cost to produce and mail. I wasn’t impressed.

  • I highly recommend Medair as another organization to consider when donating to organizations working with refugees. Medair works with refugees and other marginalized communities affected by conflict, natural disasters and chronic vulnerability by providing health care, safe water, and shelter services: https://donate.medair.org/.

  • This is such a lovely post with so many gorgeous causes to help, it would be so nice to give some presents that not only benefit our loved ones but benefit others this year & I can’t wait to gift some of your amazing ideas. I especially love the blankets, doll kind and man can! Brilliant!