9 Holiday Gift Ideas that Give Back

photo courtesy of Picjumbo

December is here and so are the festivities of Hannukah, Ramadan, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and other holidays bearing unity, gratitude, and generosity.

In the spirit of the holidays this year, give a meaningful gift that will positively impact our local and remote communities. We scoured the web for brands and organizations that do good in the world and picked the top nine for our readers.

We hope that you’ll ditch the usual Macy’s this time for these curated gifts that fund community development and environmental sustainability, as well as other programs that will benefit the world.

For Jewelry Lovers

Savannah’s mission is to save Africa’s Endangered Lions. They donate 10% of profits to Lion conservation at the end of each month.

For Dog and Wine Lovers

 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon
In 2008, A Dog’s Life launched its Rescue Dog Label Series to celebrate dogs that have been rescued or are waiting to be rescued. Each package highlights the rescue dog’s story and has information about the organization that saved the dog. A Dog’s Life contributes 10% of proceeds from the Rescue Dog Series to rescue groups and shelters.

For Bird Watchers

Peregrine Falconwww.audubon.org
The National Audubon Society operated for more than a century by combining science, education, and policy expertise to connect people with nature and conserve and restore natural ecosystems focusing on birds. Adopt their plush birds and receive an adoption certificate and depending on the bird, a local chapter membership.

For Coffee Lovers
Laughing Man Dukale's BlendLaughing Man
Inspired by a young coffee farmer in Ethiopia, Hugh Jackman (yes, Wolverine), opened the Laughing Man café in NYC. Hundred percent of his profits go to the Laughing Man Foundation, which serves to provide a marketplace for farmers in developing countries to sell their goods to consumers in the U.S. The proceeds support educational programs, community development, and social entrepreneurs around the world.

For T-Shirt Lovers
Girl Up Bicycle
Every week, Sevenly highlights a new cause or charity partner, promoting the cause for seven days and unique cause-art apparel custom made for the fundraising. Seven percent of every Cause of the Week item’s proceeds is donated to the partner.

For Wine Connoisseurs
ONEHOPE is a lifestyle brand with a vineyard in the heart of Napa. They give back and create a measurable impact through every product in their family of brands. Their donations are powered by their ONEHOPE Foundation, through which they support nonprofits vetted by a rigorous selection process.

For Stationary Lovers
Twister Crayons, 24 Pack - MulticolorYoobi
Yoobi, pronounced “you-be”, meaning “one for you, one for me”, donates a Yoobi item to a U.S. classroom in need for every item you purchase.

For One-of-a-Kind Gifts
Gin and Tonic Diagram Glassware - Set of 2www.uncommongoods.com
Uncommongoods started with a commitment to sustainability and the creative community, supporting artisanal craft, design, and innovation.
Through their Better to Give program, they connect customers to charities around the globe. With every purchase you make, they donate $1 to the non-profit of your choice.

For Everything in Between
 Blue Blue (close up) Red (close up) Floral Silk Chiffon & Felted Wool Scarf
Shopping for a Change is a nonprofit organization that partners with artisan organizations from 30 developing countries to sell handcrafted, original, and eco-friendly goods. They contribute half of their proceeds to fund Community Improvement Projects in their artisan communities and half to various U.S.-based nonprofit organizatioins chosen by their shoppers.

Edit: this article originally had 8 Gift Ideas and the Audubon Society bird adoption was added on December 2nd.