Start your holiday shopping with these generous holiday merchants.
For every item purchased, Sevenly donates $7 to the featured charity at the time of purchase. Past charities have included The Invisible Girl project, dedicated to protecting girls in India at risk of abandonment, and other organizations that help orphans find families. For $15-$24 you can gift a loved one with a print to decorate their home and do good.
At Blanket America, each item purchased generates a donation to end poverty. Give relatives bedding, or a bangle made from recycled materials that saves the environment, and helps create jobs in Haiti.
Each hand-crocheted item helps provide a job, education, and mentor to lift women in Uganda and Peru out of poverty and build a sustainable career path for the future. Choose an adorable hat ($17.95 to $25.95) to keep your little one warm—and be sure to check the tag, as each item is signed by the woman who crocheted it.
Fifty percent of every purchase from Laughing Man Coffee and Tea (their online store or their coffee shop in downtown New York City) goes back to Laughing Man Worldwide—founded by adoptive father Hugh Jackman to support educational and business development initiatives. For $35, give friends the Tropical Tryst tea trio to enjoy during the cold months ahead.
MiiR offers insulated water bottles ($15-$30), growlers ($59), and bicycles ($139-1,395) featuring clean, modern lines in a range of cheerful colors. For each bottle purchased from, one person in need receives clean water. For each bicycle purchased, another is donated.
Previous Year’s Gifts that Give Back Picks
Available at macys.com and select Macy’s stores. Each year, the Christopher Radko Company creates a special Celebrate Adoption ornament. Sales benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which works to increase awareness of foster adoption, with the belief that no child is “unadoptable.” This year’s hand-blown glass collectible ($56 ) features a Frosty family with heartwarming smiles holding a heart with the Dave Thomas Foundation logo.
Launched by an adoptive mom, this online store offers sweet cards and gift items, from jewelry to blankets, all celebrating adoption. A percentage of sales supports the Adoption Council of Canada or the Children’s Action Network. This keepsake keychain can show a treasured birth mother that she is always in your hearts.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds from these cards, featuring artwork created by Russian orphans, fund camps for the children.
The modern style of Junk Posse Jewelry’s sterling silver “Be the Change” necklace ($75) makes for perfect everyday wear. Thirty percent of profits go to the Adoption Exchange, which works with waiting children in the U.S. The designer is an adoptive mom and adoptive grandmother, and her jewelry benefits a range of adoption charities.
The hand-hammered Copper Heart Ornament($10.50) is a perfect token of your affection. Native Trails donates 20 percent of each sale of their “Share the Love” collection to CASA (Case Appointed Special Advocates for Children), a nationwide network of volunteers who represent the best interests of children in the foster system.
Francesca Kennedy spent her childhood summers swimming in Lake Atitlan. On a visit back home, she saw how polluted the lake had become and witnessed children walking from miles away to collect the contaminated water—and was inspired to found IX (the Mayan word for water) Style. Fifteen percent of the profits from each pair of Woven Leather Huarache Sandals ($89), handcrafted by a women’s artisan collective, provides clean drinking water to children in Guatemala through the organization “charity: water.”
This line of bath, household, and baby products (check out their cute, printed diapers) is all-natural and eco-friendly. The company partners with nonprofits to donate funds, volunteering hours, and Honest products to needy families in the Los Angeles area. Delight your little one with the Bath Time Collection ($49.95); treat someone a bit older to the Pampering Collection ($45.95).
The low-key style of the roomy and durable Ordinary Backpack ($60) makes it appropriate for elementary schoolers, college students, or adults. With each purchase, a child in need will receive a backpack, via The Neighborhood Kids, in Austin, Texas, or Africa New Life, in Rwanda. OAK stands for “ordinary acts of kindness,” and the company’s co-founders include several adoptive parents.
This women-owned and operated business donates a portion of proceeds to The Maya Relief Foundation, whose mission is to empower people with solutions to become self-sufficient and “work their way out of poverty, improve their health, and to insure a better future for their children and their communities. Shabby Apple’s clothing and accessories (prices vary) all have a vintage flair.
On the front of the handcrafted silver “I Knew I Loved You” medallion ($125 with chain), the words “I knew I loved you before I met you” circle a heart, and artist Julie Booras will personalize the back with your child’s name or other short text. The necklace is part of her “Giving Is Good” line, and 25 percent of the sale price is donated to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
After Heidi and Shane Fausel adopted a nine-year-old boy from foster care, he told them about a drink he’d had once and loved (“It tastes like Christmas”). As their first Christmas together approached, Heidi gave her son a glass of eggnog. He took a sip, jumped up, and shouted, “That’s it! It’s Christmas milk!” Each sale of their signature eggnog or ice cream, which you can find at your local store, helps children in foster care find forever homes. Either one would make a perfect holiday treat for your own family.
The Jockey Being Family Bear ($10) is an adorable and ideal gift that gives back. For each bear sold throughout the year, Jockey will donate $5 to the Jockey Being Family Foundation that supports our non-profit partners’ post-adoption efforts.
The MTX Weekender Bag ($40), made from natural cotton, is perfect for the gym or weekend getaways. One hundred percent of the proceeds will fund foster youths’ participation in sports, theater, and arts programs via the HELPS foster agency.
Thirty-five percent of the price of the Home for the Holidays gift($44.99), a delectable package of award-winning baked goods, benefits homeless mothers and their children.
All proceeds from the sales of the Family Tree Bracelet ($40), designed by two adoptive mothers, benefit HelpUsAdopt, a national nonprofit organization that provides grants to hopeful adoptive parents.
Adding a charming ornament hand-sewn from African textiles– choose from elephants, zebras, giraffes, or rhinos–to your tree this year will help provide care for children in East Africa.
Traditional beadwork meets modern aesthetics in various accessories, handcrafted by skilled Zulu beaders. Proceeds from items like the Summer Swan bracelet ($24) support the Thanda After-School Project, which helps orphans and other vulnerable children in rural South Africa.
Purchasing the artfully designed Chicks 4 Orphans T-shirt ($20) supports orphans and widows in Zambia. The organization raises day-old chicks for six weeks and sells them in communities devastated by HIV/AIDS.
Proceeds from the all-natural beauty line’s baby body wash ($13) and baby oil benefit Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
Angel Covers is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping orphaned and destitute children around the world. This Folk Painting Coloring Book is the perfect gift for any child, and 100 percent of the proceeds go to support Chinese Orphanages.
Sales of the Digital Scrapbooking Charity Kit ($10) benefit Love Without Boundaries and Half the Sky, two organizations that work to improve education, medical care, and everyday quality of life for orphaned and impoverished children in China.
Divine is the only fair trade chocolate company owned by its cocoa farmers. Each purchase directly supports the Kuapa Kokoo farmer’s co-op in Ghana. The Divine Classics 10-Bar Gift Set ($38.99 for 10 beautifully packaged bars), with flavors including dark chocolate with raspberries, orange milk chocolate, and white chocolate with strawberries, is the perfect choice for the chocolate lover on your list.