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10 Gifts That Give Back To Make The Holidays Even Brighter

Looking to give a gift this holiday season that’s more than just another cozy blanket? *yawn* We’re breaking down our favorite products that are not only trendy and cute, but are also extremely charitable. 'Tis the season of giving, and bring on the warm and fuzzy feelings of Christmas!

(code)word Hats

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These stylish hats are simple in their look but do big things for local communities. Putting a strong emphasis on giving back and honoring your “home,” (code)word provides these cute hats that give 30 percent of profits to the local children’s hospital in that area code. Football star Eric Decker and fashion designer Kristin Cavallari have been known to rock these gifts that give back, and they will make the perfect present for your stylish friend who loves to make a difference.

To buy: (code)word Hats, (code)word, $35

Photo: Instagram | @codewordhats

The ABLE Scarf

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A fashionable scarf and a good cause? Sign us up, because this ABLE scarf is the perfect outfit accessory and helps provide jobs for women all across the world. The scarf is also an empowering reminder in itself, as it’s donned with inspiring phrases that all begin with, “I am able.” Buy the scarf for a woman that empowers you, and give the gift of encouragement this holiday season.

To buy: Able Scarf, fashionABLE, $48

Photo: fashionABLE

Grounds & Hounds

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For the dog-lover who loves a good cup of coffee, this is a howling good gift to put under their tree this year. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. donates 20 percent of all its proceeds to one of its dog rescue partners located closest to you. Looking to give the fur-babies of your local community the second-chance they deserve, this company strives to bring a fresh cup of coffee and a wagging tail to everyone they cross. This Three Blend Starter Kit is a great gift to send if you’re wanting to give a little variety, with the Morning Walk Breakfast Blend, Paper & Slippers Medium Roast, and Alpha Blend Dark Roast—there’s a cup o’ Joe for everyone.

To buy: Three Blend Starter Kit, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co., $27

Photo: Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.

12 Small Things

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San Francisco clothing and accessories brand 12 Small Things brings trendy gifts and fair trade together as one by featuring 12 artisan groups from all over the world to sell their unique products. By featuring these specialty pieces, 12 Small Things is paving the way for these artisans to earn a living wage, send their children to schools, and afford daily necessities. We love this Tibetan cashmere shawl, that is ethically harvested and sustainably made, which would make the perfect gift for your stylish friend who loves making a positive impact.

To buy: Cashmere shawl, 12 Small Things, $150

Photo: 12 Small Things

The Giving Keys

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We are so obsessed with these inspiring little keys, we’ve already got one for every woman we know in our online shopping cart. The company is dedicated to helping those less fortunate in our communities, and so with every purchase, you are helping to create employment opportunities for those transitioning out of homelessness. Hoping to inspire the world to pay it forward, their products offer motivating messages in addition to why they were created. This classic key necklace can be customized with 13 different motivating words to gift that special someone in your life who could use a little inspirational pep in their daily step.

To buy: Classic Key Necklace, The Giving Keys, $42

Photo: The Giving Keys

Uwezo Shoes

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These on-trend oxfords are classically beautiful and oh so purposeful. The cowhide adds a unique finish to the shoe, but the real long-lasting touch is the fact that every purchase of oxford shoes from Uwezo helps provide scholarship funds to East African children to further their education. Give your fashion-forward gal pal the gift of classic style and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the world with these dream-worthy shoes.

To buy: Women’s Oxford, Uwezo, $185

Photo: Uwezo


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Honestly, if we saw these pants hanging on a store rack we would totally buy them—the backstory to how they’re made is just the cherry on top. Punjammies lounge pants are proudly made by women in India who are working to remain free from sex slavery, and that is something we can support. With an uplifting message and a gorgeous floral print, these colorful pants would make such a meaningful gift for any woman in your life.

To buy: Anju Full Punjammies, Sudara, $59

Photo: Mistoots Outfitters

White Loom Blanket

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A cozy gift with a feel-good message, the White Loom blanket from Mitscoots Outfitters helps employ the transitioning homeless and provide comfort to those still in shelters. With each purchase, the transitioning homeless are employed by packaging them up and getting them sent out for delivery, while an additional equal quality blanket is sent a shelter to help individuals in need. It is a gift that will undoubtedly make the recipient feel warm and fuzzy, in every way possible.

To buy: White Loom Woven Chevron Blanket, Mitscoots Outfitters, $89

Photo: Mistcoots Outfitters

S’well Water Bottle

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At this point, you’ve probably seen S’well bottles all over your office, grocery store carts, and maybe even in your own cabinet, but did you know how eco-friendly and environmentally cautious these heaven-set water bottles are? Aside from being able to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and drinks hot for 12, they are also made to reduce the use of disposable water bottles to help eliminate waste worldwide. In addition, S’well proudly partners with UNICEF USA, committing to donate $800,000 to help provide clean and safe water to the world’s most vulnerable communities. So yes, this beloved water bottle is more than just your average desk accessory, but also a perfect gift for literally anyone on your list because we all need to drink more water, right?

To buy: S’well Water Bottle, S’well, $35+

Photo: S'Well

Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials

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The beloved skin care line, Kiehl’s, partners with Disney for the ninth year in a row to bring you the brand’s favorites for skin hydration and meals to those in need. The two companies join forces to benefit Feeding America with 100 percent of the net profits from the sale of this set going right to local member food banks. A single set provides 212 meals alone, so feel good about making your gift recipient look good this holiday season by giving back to your local community.

To buy: Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials, Kiehl’s, $29

Photo: Kiehl's

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