Gifts That Give Back: Holiday Presents That Help People in Need

Shopping for a big-hearted tween or a pampered loved one who could use a tutorial in altruism? With this feel-good gift guide, you can confidently check both off your list. Find presents that they will cherish—with the bonus perk that they benefit charities.

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On Purpose Poppy Appliqué Mini-Leather Wristlet


Rwandan artisans handcrafted these chic Kate Spade bags, and each purchase helps provide them with valuable resources like job training, nutritional and reproductive health classes and more.

Buy now:, $128

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Disney x Kiehl's Collection for a Cause

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Teens can get fresh with a Disney x Kiehl's cleanser, toner, moisturizer and mask, while profits go to Feeding America, which helps provide meals to families in need.

Buy now:, $45

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FEED Swingpack Crossbody Bag


The purchase of this fashion-forward bag helps to provide 50 school meals via the United Nations World Food Program.

Buy now:, $98

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Alex and Ani Queen Bee Charm Bangle


Give your busy bee something sweet while giving Habitat for Humanity 20% of the purchase price. Check for other charities in the Charity by Design campaign.

Buy now:, $32

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Out of Print Wonder Tote Bag


R.J. Palacio's best-selling children's book 'Wonder' celebrates kindness. Each purchase of this tote sends one book to a community in need.

Buy now:, $18

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Bennett Sunglasses


Through Warby Parker's Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, these mirrored must-haves help contribute to vision care services for global citizens in need.

Buy now:, starting at $145

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Women's Girl Power Tee


Make a fashion statement and spread an uplifting message, all while supporting advocacy for women's and girls—30% of profits go Equality Now.

Buy now:, $50

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MaxLove Brand Brave Cap 2.0


All net proceeds from these cool-kid caps fund wellness initiatives for children fighting cancer and life-threatening conditions.

Buy now:, $24

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Rumba Jane Watch


When you gift this friendship bracelet-inspired watch, GiveDirectly helps families living in extreme poverty in Uganda and Kenya by sending them unconditional cash transfers via mobile phone. According to their site, GiveDirectly is "the first charity dedicated exclusively to cash transfers with approximately 90% of donor funds sent directly to the recipients." $2 from the sale of this watch or strap goes to the charity.

Buy now:, $65

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The Giving Keys Dream Mini Stud Earrings


These posts are mini but their message is mighty: Dream. It's fitting, too, because Giving Keys employs individuals who are transitioning out of homelessness.

Buy now:, $42

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Black Cherry Velvet Ella Booties


By now, Toms' One for One model is famous; for every purchase, a person in need is provided everything from shoes to clean water to bullying-prevention services.

Buy now:, $99

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Carabiner Multi-Tool Gift Set


Trail trekkers and urban warriors alike can put these tools to good use and benefit National Geographic's science, conservation and education programs. All proceeds support that mission.

Buy now:, $55

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Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bluetooth Speaker


The Force will be with you when you snap up this Star Wars collectible. When you spend $10 at Box Lunch, you'll help provide a meal via Feeding America.

Buy now:, $49.50

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Kane Flatbush Backpack


For every bag purchased, STATE delivers a backpack filled with essential tools for success to an American child in need through its #GiveBackPack program.

Buy now:, $75

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Edie Parker Hello iPhone Case


Buying this perky phone case from "Fashion for Good" shop Olivela helps the Malala Fund in its global girls' education efforts.

Buy now:, $45-$50

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Education Is Freedom T-Shirt


Sevenly uses 7% from your purchase to help provide teachers for disadvantaged kids through Teachers Without Borders.

Buy now:, $28

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More Ways to Give


You don't have to buy a product to make an impact. Here are other ways to help others during the holidays.

Make a direct donation.
In the true spirit of the holidays, why not remind them of the Golden Rule? Match their personal passion to a charitable cause and make a donation in their name.

Donate goods to local charities.
Your local Salvation Army and Goodwill locations always want your donations. Consider donating your wearable clothes and usable gadgets, tools, electronics, and other essentials. Donate non-perishable food, hygiene and grooming products, and household cleaning supplies to a variety of local groups.

Give back while you shop.
Install the browser add-on Gumdrop to donate a portion of what you spend back to your favorite cause—for free. 

Donate a dollar.
Get Google's One Today app which allows you to give just $1 a day (or whenever you want) to a cause of your choice. Follow the money and see where it goes.  

Send a letter.A Million Thanks connects you with American military troops deployed overseas so you can send a letter to wish them happy holidays and to thank them for their service.

Donate your miles.  Make a Wish Foundation uses donated miles to send thousands of kids to their wish destinations each year.