Stumped on what to get your friend who would rather give than receive — and she’s serious? Looking for the perfect gift of charity and thoughtfulness?
Read on for our 10 favorite gifts that give back:
World Repair Kit, $24.95 1 of 10Any do-gooder parent would want their kid to have this kit, which includes a 250-page guidebook filled with eye-opening facts, inspirational ideas, and proactive suggestions. There are also fun activities (with stamps! and stickers!), all with a positive message. Creating a better future starts with our kids — and this kit is a good way to encourage the future do-gooders we need.
Read more in Babble.com's Holiday Gift Guide
TOMS, $29+ 2 of 10Buy a pair of comfy, stylish TOMS shoes for a child or adult, and TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. (They have eyewear, too!) So far, TOMS has given 1 million at-need kids the shoes that they need, all around the world.
Buy from TOMS
Krochet Kids Hats, $21.95+ 3 of 10Every purchase from Krochet Kids, hand-made by women in Uganda and Peru, empowers these impoverished women with the skills and money to lift themselves (and their families) out of poverty. Order by Dec. 16 for Christmas delivery!
Buy from Krochet Kids
Personal Stationary, $1.49 – $1.79 per card 4 of 10If you're shopping for the do-gooder who has everything, this set of personal stationary is the perfect gift. Not only is it a classic, thoughtful personalized gift, but $1.00 of every card is donated to charity:water, which brings clean drinking water to unsanitary areas of the world.
Buy from Pinhole Press
Same Sky Jewelry, $50+ 5 of 10This gorgeous collection of handblown glass necklaces is made by HIV-positive women in Rwanda and Zambia (many infected during the 1994 Rwandan genocide), and every cent of the proceeds goes toward training and supporting the artisans, so they can bring themselves out of poverty.
Buy from Same Sky
MAC Viva Glam, $14.50 6 of 10Every cent from their MAC Viva Glam collection goes toward the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. One lipstick purchase can give 1 pair of school shoes to a child orphaned by AIDS, 2 safer-sex kits, 1 week's worth of groceries to two AIDS clients, 1 HIV-prevention workshop, 233 condoms — or a slew of other services and treatments. Their newest addition is this nude collection designed by their spokeswoman Lady Gaga.
Buy from MAC
Charitable Tote Bag & Badges, $36.40 7 of 10This tote bag (which comes with 21 mini badges) supports children affected by the 2011 tsunami in Japan.
Buy from Felissimo
Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creme de Corps Holiday Collection Set, $29 – $72 8 of 10In partnership with artist Jeff Koons, 100% of the proceeds from this limited-edition collection goes toward the Koons Family Institute, an Initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
Buy from Kiehl's
Nine West Handbag, $29.99 9 of 10Rather than buy an ordinary handbag, opt for this Nine West bag — 100% of which goes toward St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Buy from St. Jude
Non-material Gifts 10 of 10For the people who say they don't want gifts and mean it, there are so many non-material gifts that you can give in their name — like from Kiva (give affordable loans to create opportunities all over the world), Oxfam American Unwrapped (give a school meal program, a vegetable garden, an alpaca meadow, etc.), Operation Smile (give IV Starter Kits, Surgery, Feeding Bottles, etc.), or Compassion International (give sanitary bathrooms, school supplies, dental care, etc.).
Find more of our favorite charitable gifts in the Babble.com Holiday Gift Guide.
Read more of Michelle’s writing at Early Mama.