12 Easy Gifts That Give Back to Those in Need This Holiday Season and Year-Round

This year, shop for gifts that mean a little more. When you shop at the below retailers, you’re not only giving a gift to a loved one, you’re also giving to someone in need and that’s something we can all feel good about. Don’t forget, you can still earn Cash Back on everything below when you shop with Rakuten.

TOMS is popular for being the company behind the movement One for One, in which TOMS matches every pair of shoes purchased with a brand new pair of shoes for a child in need. Since 2006, the company has expanded to offer more ways to give through TOMS’ Eyewear, TOMS Roasting Co. and TOMS Bag Collection.

Several years ago, the founder of Tatcha, Victoria Tsai, decided that her company should and would help fund girls’ education. Today, every purchase benefits the Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program in partnership with Room to Read, and to date, Tatcha has been able to fund 3 million days of school for girls in Asia and Africa. If you’re in need of a gift for a beauty and skincare lover, this is the route to go.

Every girl needs a go-to red lipstick, so make Viva Glam the one. Every cent of Viva Glam is donated to the M·A·C VIVA GLAM Fund, and to date, the retailer has raised $500 million to support the health and rights of people of all ages, genders and races. If red isn’t your shade, choose from a nude or a brownish-plum.

Sackcloth & Ashes was founded to provide blankets to homeless shelters everywhere. When you purchase this throw blanket, another one will be donated to a shelter in need. Plus, this beautifully designed and colorful blanket would be a great addition to any home.

If you want to support mental health awareness and aid, shop philosophy. The brand has a hope & grace initiative, where each purchase helps support community-based mental health efforts. Since 2014, philosophy has donated $4.3 million – 75 grants, more than 65 organizations and 1.5 million women supported.

Shop the Charity By Design collection at ALEX AND ANI to support a multitude of causes. You can choose from bangles, bracelets and necklaces to fit your recipient’s style. 20% of the purchase price will be donated to the foundation, so you can make a difference and gift someone stylish jewelry. 

Popsockets has a special set of designs with Poptivism, a movement the company designed to make the world better. You can submit a PopGrip design or purchase one that you like and 50% of the sale will go to the non-profit that is connected to that product. So far, Poptivists have raised over $500,000 dollars for all sorts of non-profits. Check out all the Poptivisim designs here.

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Everybody needs bar soap, so why not gift one that smells great and gives back? With delicate scents of bergamot, eucalyptus, red tea and basil, this Cactus Blossom Bar Soap will leave your hands smelling clean and feeling soft. The best part is for every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar soap and one month of clean water to a child in Haiti. Add this to a DIY personal care basket for the perfect present.

With a deep-rooted belief in the power of knowledge, Better World Books is on a mission to make gaining knowledge more accessible with book donations, literacy grants, special projects and literacy partners. To date, the company has donated more than 26 million books, raised more than $28 million for literacy and libraries and reused or recycled more than 326 million books.

Shop with The Honest Company to contribute to the Honest to Goodness program. Every purchase supports the company’s Social Goodness work, which allows it to provide safe products to those in need and make progress in research and education for positive social impact. Since 2012, the company has donated 18.4 million diapers and 2.2 million products for personal care, cleaning and more.

A reusable water bottle is a great, eco-friendly gift for anyone. Get a S’well bottle and you’ll be doing more than helping the environment. The company has partnered with UNICEF to provide clean drinking water, educate communities on water-borne diseases and create sustainable, long-lasting change. S’well also supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Lonely Whale. The company has also established the Million Bottle Project, with which they aim to eliminate 100 million single-use plastic bottles from use.

You’re going to love the story behind the Hot Lips 2 lipsticks. Charlotte Tillbury made these shades in collaboration with 11 incredible icons such as Jennifer Aniston, JK Rowling and Susan Sarandon – just to name a few. Charlotte Tillbury has made a £1 million pledge of Hot Lips 2 sales to Women for Women International, which helps female war survivors take control and rebuild their lives.

When you’re shopping for loved ones this holiday season, think about how you can help others who are in need as well. These are simple ways to do more when you can. After all, it is the season of giving!

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