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33 Admirable Gifts That Give Back To Charity & Other Good Causes In 2021

By February 11, 2021 August 12th, 2021 No Comments

Gifts That Give Back To Charity

Why give just one good feeling when you can give two at the same time?

Gifts that give back provide your co-workers, friends, and loved ones with a double-dose of positivity: the feeling of receiving a gift and the feeling of donating to a charity or non-profit organization.

Just imagine how it would feel to receive your favorite fair trade chocolate and know that a portion of the proceeds goes into generating clean water, mitigating homelessness, or leaving no kid hungry.

And it gets better.

All those good feelings, don’t just fade once the gifts have been given or used; they strengthen bonds, relationships, and feelings of goodwill. That sentiment is exactly what inspired SnackNation Chief Revenue Officer Chelsie Lee to sit down with Briana Crane, the Director of Development at Feeding America, to discuss the connections between purpose, profit, and giving back.

Gifts that give back make appropriate and even applause-worthy offerings for all people and all occasions: retirement, the holiday season, employee recognitionall-purpose office gifts—anything!

Browse this list to find the perfect do-good gift ideas for everyone you’re shopping for.

 

1) Caroo Unplugged Box

“A much-needed break in a box.”

The Unplugged Box

Wholesome snacks, a fragrant candle, and other rejuvenating essentials make this snack gift box a perfect treat for anyone looking to unwind after a hard day or project.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: It encourages recipients to feel better by practicing some much-needed self-care.

Price: $48.95+

Where to get it: Unplugged Box

 

2) Packed with Purpose Gather Round

“Bring even more happy to any home.”

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A gift set for bringing a little joy and beauty into any home or office. It features olive wood utensils, a lavender candle, and a kit for growing fresh mint.

What charity this gift gives back to: The Pollinator Project

Why we love it: It’s like sending someone a fresh spring breeze.

Price: $70.00

Where to get it: Gather Round Gift Box

 

3) Earthlove

“Love the earth and let it love you back.”

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Everything in this box was carefully screened for desirability and also adherence to rigorous environmental and ethical standards. Natural ingredients and waste-free packaging are the name of the game. Past boxes featured mindfulness books, gourmet teas, and reusable bamboo cups.

What cause this gift gives back to: Environmental protection

Why we love it: It’s the perfect gift for employees who love nature and want to find new and creative ways to give back.

Price: $54.95 a quarter

Where to get it: Earthlove

 

4) Mindfulness Box

“Mindfulness makes a perfect gift for all occasions.”

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This care package includes a stress ball, a pocket journal, and a mindfulness activity as well as other feel-good gifts and treats that empower people to focus on the present moment.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: It might just inspire someone to start practicing beneficial mindfulness habits in the long run.

Price: $48.95+

Where to get it: Mindfulness Box

 

5) This Shirt Funds Mental Health Services

“Tie-dye for a good cause.”

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This tie-dye t-shirt draws the eye and lets everyone know you support mental health while, with hope, inspiring others to do the same.

What cause this gift gives back to: Community mental health and well-being resources

Why we love it: It supports mental health resources while also spreading mental health awareness. It’s a safe bet for even your pickiest coworkers.

Price: $27.00

Where to get it: This Shirt Funds Mental Health Services

 

6) Falsa Blanket

“Woven by hands—not machines.”

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Hand-woven on traditional looms, this blanket looks good and serves tons of practical purposes. Use it as a picnic blanket, a beach towel, a wrap, a throw, a hand-tied weekender, and so much more.

What cause this gift gives back to: Fighting poverty

Why we love it: It has a gorgeous design, bright colors, and a soft touch thanks to a weave made of recycled materials.

Price: $19.95

Where to get it: Falsa Blanket

 

7) Happy Hour Box

“Skip the bar; keep the fun.”

This gift box features a cocktail kit, a wine tumbler, and loads of other festive goodies, including better-for-you snacks that even foodies will love.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: It delivers all the celebratory fun of happy hour straight to your door.

Price: $48.95+

Where to get it: Happy Hour Box

 

8) A Token of Appreciation 

“A little something special for any occasion.”

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This gift is all about perfectly sized sweetness. It features a rich dark chocolate bar, sweet rose earl grey tea, and 3 cute little pocket notebooks.

What causes this gift gives back to: School building, organic production practices, and clean water

Why we love it: It’s a perfectly sized gift that’s somehow appropriate for anything. You can easily use it for both standalone holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.

Price: $28.00

Where to get it: A Token Of Appreciation

 

9) BlackLIT Box

“Hear new voices.”

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This box features books by authors of color, products that support growing businesses, and even discussion questions you can use to start dialogues in your own groups and communities.

What causes this gift gives back to: Black authors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses

Why we love it: Literature and personal growth have always come hand in hand. This box elevates the voices of historically underrepresented groups.

Price: $32.50 a month

Where to get it: BlackLIT Box

 

10) Know Your Rights Popsockets

“Take a stand with your phone stand.”

blm-pop-socketIncorporating form and function, this accessory makes a convenient stand for your cell phone while also reminding you, every time you reach for your phone, to stand up for equal rights—even by just sharing a social post on social justice.

What charity this gift gives back to: Know Your Rights Camp

Why we love it: It’s small and inexpensive, yet it packs so much meaning.

Price: $15.00

Where to get it: Popsockets

 

11) An Afternoon At The Park

“A go-bag for afternoon retreats.”

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A Turkish cotton towel, an organic cotton tote, and other perfectly portable items make it easy to head out to the park, pool, playground, or patio for a little sunshine.

What causes this gift gives back to: Ocean protection, human trafficking, social reform, and safe drinking water.

Why we love it: It’s perfect when you need a last-minute gift for your boss that doesn’t seem last-minute at all.

Price: $64.00

Where to get it: An Afternoon At The Park

 

12) Snacks + Essentials Box

“All your new normal necessities.”

This box features everything you need to take on the new normal, namely cloth face masks, disinfecting supplies, and delicious snacks to keep you going.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: It’s incredibly versatile. Use it as an all-occasion gift or even as the perfect way to reward employees.

Price: $34.95+

Where to get it: Snacks + Essentials Box

 

13) Handmade African Notecards

“Stylish stationery that improves lives.”

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These boldly artistic notecards were handmade by women in Kenya. They make gorgeous holiday cards, thank-you cards, or even little pieces of art.

What causes this gift gives back to: Widows, children, and HIV orphans in Western Kenya.

Why we love it: Bright colors, bold designs, and that inimitable handmade look make frameable greeting cards no one will ever want to throw away.

Price: $12.00

Where to get it: Handmade African Notecards

 

14) Grounds For Health

“Drink good coffee. Do good things.”

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Receive your choice of just-roasted ethically sourced coffee from different roasters you won’t find featured on the shelves of your grocery store.

What charity this gift gives back to: Grounds for Health

Why we love it: Not many other richly flavored brews can say they also support cervical health while being delicious.

Price: $19.00 a month

Where to get it: Grounds For Health

 

15) Brighten Their Day At Home Box

“Send joy with the simple pleasures.”

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This collection of beautifully simple treasures includes a national parks coloring book, classic playing cards, and drool-worthy snacks.

What causes this gift gives back to: Wilderness preservation, job creation, and people with disabilities

Why we love it: Coloring a gorgeous national park illustration while munching on salted caramel popcorn will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Price: $49.00

Where to get it: Brighten Their Day At Home Box

 

16) St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Logo Sweatshirt

“Show your support for life-saving research.”

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This cozy sweatshirt spreads optimism. Each time you wear it, you can think of all the research going into cures and treatments for suffering children. Wearing it might even inspire the people you pass to send in their donations.

What charity this gift gives back to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Why we love it: It’s cozy comfort that also makes a statement. Now that’s positive multi-tasking.

Price: $31.99

Where to get it: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Logo Sweatshirt

 

17) Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit

“Start your own tabletop mushroom farm.”

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This kit includes everything you need to grow non-GMO mushrooms inside your home during any season.

What causes this gift gives back to: Classroom donations

Why we love it: This kit comes with a growth guarantee. If your mushrooms don’t sprout, the company will send you a replacement kit.

Price: $19.93

Where to get it: Back to the Roots Organic Mushroom Growing Kit

 

18) Pangolin Tote Bags

“It’s not just a tote; it’s an adorable shoulder accessory.”

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With their unique scaled bodies and adorable little faces, pangolins make an unforgettable and uplifting design for a tote bag. This minimalist bag keeps the spotlight on its adorable beneficiary.

What charity this gift gives back to: World Wildlife Fund

Why we love it: It features cute animals and benefits cute animals.

Price: $21.69

Where to get it: Pangolin Tote Bags

 

19) Caroo Super Snack Box

“Snack attacks, beware.”

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This box comes practically bursting with snacks. You get 30 of the most creative, delicious, and health-conscious snacks out there.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: Everybody loves snacks, and 30 of them equals a whole lot to love.

Price: $38.95+

Where to get it: Caroo Super Snack Box

 

20) Ponto

“Love the planet you walk on.”

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Ponto is a sustainable footwear brand built with the changemaker in mind. A brand committed to making an impact on the world, they have recently partnered with Soles4Souls to donate used shoes to aspiring entrepreneurs in developing countries.

What causes this gift gives back to: The Changing Tides Foundation and Soles4Souls

Why we love it: Made from recycled leather, plant based foam, and many other recycled components, their shoe looks like work and wears like leisure- all while keeping the planet in mind.

Price: $129.00

Where to get it: Ponto

 

21) Positive Vibes Gift Box

“The ultimate tea party.”

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Turmeric and ginger tea, organic clover honey sticks, chocolate, and sea salt cookies, and a porcelain mug create a tea-time spread that’s cozy and energizing at once.

What causes this gift gives back to: Environmental preservation and vocational training

Why we love it: These items fuel so many positive activities—relaxing, reflecting, brainstorming, and more.

Price: $49.00

Where to get it: Positive Vibes Gift Box

 

22) Caroo Concierge

“Expert advice makes gifting magic.”

Take advantage of expert guidance to curate fully custom gift boxes that make a lasting impression.

What charity this gift gives back to: Feeding America

Why we love it: It helps you win the game that is corporate gifting.

Price: Varies

Where to get it: Caroo Concierge

 

23) Deforestation Awareness Charm

“Stand in solidarity with trees.”

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This gender-neutral bracelet sports a minimalist design—a simple gold charm and a durable nylon band.

What causes this gift gives back to: Planting trees

Why we love it: It makes a tasteful environmental statement that doesn’t scream for attention.

Price: $21.32

Where to get it: Deforestation Awareness Charm

 

24) KOS Artisan Soap Club

“Fresh and clean from the outside in.”

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Each delivery features 2 new bars of soap that take the idea of soap to a whole new level. These bars are cold-pressed, hand made, and free of toxins and synthetic dyes.

What causes this gift gives back to: Children’s education

Why we love it: Each bar of soap features natural colors and fragrances, like lavender and jasmine, that bring new delights to daily showering.

Price: $17.08+ a month

Where to get it: KOS Artisan Soap Club

 

25) Bombas Socks

“Comfy socks = classic gifts.”

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Bombas aren’t just socks. They’re expertly designed socks, informed by tons of research and development to ensure optimal durability and comfort.

What causes this gift gives back to: Homeless shelters

Why we love it: People like to joke about getting socks as gifts, but let’s be honest: pretty much everyone wears socks. Exemplary ones make a great gift for absolutely anyone you know—from managers to near and dear loved ones.

Price: $21.00+

Where to get it: Bombas Socks

 

26) Fill it Forward Smart Cupanion

“Hydrate yourself and the world.”

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This BPA-free water bottle is vacuum insulated for temperature control and spill-proof for painless transport. Plus, it features a sticker you can use to participate in the Fill it Forward app and contribute to charitable projects long after the initial purchase.

What causes this gift gives back to: Providing clean drinking water

Why we love it: It makes giving back as much a part of anyone’s everyday routine as staying hydrated.

Price: $29.95

Where to get it: Fill it Forward Smart Cupanion

 

27) ASPCA Charity Mask

“Pandemic readiness and a style statement in one.”

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Designed with an adorable paw print, this reusable cotton mask comes in your choice of an elastic or adjustable band and also your choice of several different sizes for a safe snug fit.

What charity this gift gives back to: ASPCA

Why we love it: We admire face masks that make a statement.

Price: $15.00+

Where to get it: ASPCA Charity Mask

 

28) FreshJax Seasoned Sea Salts Gift Set

“Not your basic table salt.”

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You don’t have to be a chef to create flavor sensations with these scrumptious salts. Try a pinch of campfire on your sweet potatoes or a dusting of ghost pepper on your popcorn.

What causes this gift gives back to: Ending childhood hunger

Why we love it: Giving this salt kit is like giving your recipients months’ worth of flavor fun.

Price: $24.99

Where to get it: FreshJax Seasoned Sea Salts Gift Set

 

29) Keep Nature Wild Fanny Pack

“Keep your hands free for an impromptu roadside cleanup.”

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Tote all your important things without occupying your hands or weighing down your shoulders. Nothing will hold you back from picking up every piece of liter (or cool rocks and acorns, of course) you stumble upon during your outdoor adventures.

What causes this gift gives back to: Picking up trash

Why we love it: It’s compact and casual, perfect for both work and play.

Price: $32.00

Where to get it: Keep Nature Wild Fanny Pack

 

30) The Giving Wick

“Uplifting fragrances partner with uplifting causes.”

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Let the immersive power of fragrance transport you. Recall fond memories, dive into a daydream, and visit places you’ve only dreamed of, from Fiji to Peru. Past featured fragrances include Egyptian Amber, Island Orchid, and Leather Pants.

What causes this gift gives back to: Rotating causes

Why we love it: It delivers scent-based experiences you may not pick out for yourself but that will absolutely delight your senses.

Price: $45.00 a month

Where to get it: The Giving Wick

 

31) Be A Nice Human Slouchy Beanie Hat

“Style and kindness look good together.”

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Slouchy, stylish, and totally cozy, this gender-neutral beanie suits any style and goes with practically everything. Plus, the bold “be a nice human” tag sends positive vibes into the world.

What charity this gift gives back to: Hands On Hartford

Why we love it: Just one hat inspires tons of people to do good: the giver and the receiver (and also everyone who sees them wearing it.)

Price: $28.00

Where to get it: Be A Nice Human Slouchy Beanie Hat

 

32) The Bookworm Box

“Discover new authors and new thrills.”

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Get an autographed romance or young adult page-turner. You can also choose from different box options. Send a no-fuss digital-only gift or add swag items to round out the gift.

What charity this gift gives back to: Rotating charities

Why we love it: Avid readers will discover new authors and also experience the special connection of having an autographed copy of their book.

Price: $6.99+ a month

Where to get it: The Bookworm Box

 

33) The Our Place Lunchbox

“The best thing to happen to lunch since…you guessed it: sliced bread.”

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This is the perfect companion for your perfect packed lunch. This leak-proof box has two compact stacking compartments and comes with utensils that fit right into the lid.

What cause this gift gives back to: Ethical labor

Why we love it: A good packed lunch deserves better packaging than a soggy paper bag. This lunchbox gives even quickly packed lunches the perfect cafeteria presentation.

Price: $35

Where to get it: Our Place Lunchbox

 

 


People Also Ask These Questions About Gifts That Give Back

Q: Where can I find ideas for gifts that give back to a charitable cause?

  • A: You can find gifts that give back to charitable causes in this roundup, which includes gifts such as a t-shirt to benefit mental health and a box of delicious snacks that also helps feed those in need.

Q: Are there gifts I can send to my employees that also give to charity?

  • A: Yes, there are plenty of employee gifts that give back. Some examples include a tote bag that supports wildlife, socks to help the homeless and a face mask that helps the ASPCA save animals.

Q: How can I find gifts that support a good cause?

  • A: You can find gifts that support a good cause in this list of gifts that give back. Make note of gift providers that make giving back to worthy causes a standard practice, such as Caroo and Packed with Purpose, and remember to browse their offerings every time you need to find the perfect gift.

Q: What makes a good charitable gift idea?

  • A: A good charitable gift idea has something to offer your recipient and also a higher purpose, such as supporting ethical manufacturing, protecting the environment, or standing for equal rights.

Q: What gift companies support a charitable organization?

  • A: Caroo, Packed with Purpose, and many other gift companies support charitable organizations, including Feeding America and The Pollinator Project.

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