Start your holiday shopping with these generous holiday merchants.
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. This year’s hand-blown glass collectible ($60) features Santa holding a globe with a bag of gifts at his feet.
For your loved one who tries to live each moment of life to its fullest–a part of the Pura Vida philosophy–purchase the Adoption Awareness Bracelet ($5). Hand-made in Costa Rica, each purchase donates $1 to the Kinship Center to support families formed through adoption.
Gift a good morning, relaxing over a steaming cup of joe, to your favorite caffeine-lover. After adopting from Ethiopia, Rob and Emily Webb were staggered by the expenses, which they knew put it out of the reach of many prospective parents. Your purchase of the Hello Sunshine Blend ($13.95) will help them provide adoption assistance to hopeful families-to-be.
Help your loved one with a new baby avoid illness this cold season with the Sniffles Baby Chest Balm ($16). The organic, natural alternative will relax and soothe, and boost immune response. Erbaviva supports the BlinkNow Foundation, founder of the Kopila Valley Children’s Home and School, in Nepal, which houses 50 children and educates more than 350.
The Bears for Humanity stuffed toys ($25-$45) are snuggly, cuddly gifts that give back. For each bear, lion, monkey, or other plush toy sold throughout the year, Bears for Humanity will donate another to a child in need of a smile due to illness or hardship. The company is committed to building stronger families by giving jobs to at-risk mothers, fathers, and caregivers. Sewn with love in the U.S.
Whether it’s a journey to adopt, or an upcoming homeland trip, the jet-setter in your life will love this travel journal ($11) to record every moment. Raven & Lily’s paper products, crafted from recycled paper, benefit artisan women and their families in India who were previously marginalized by gender or poverty.
Keep Rustic Pear candles ($21.99) in the closet as last-minute host gifts (or for people you forgot to include on your holiday shopping list). Twenty percent of proceeds are used to fund meals and staff for “carepoints” in Uganda, where children who have lost their parents, or whose parent is unable to fully provide for them, can have a hot meal each day.
Your grandma put socks in your stocking every year. But this time around, these striped, polka dotted, and argyle-print toe warmers are a little more exciting—because they have the power to change the world. Each pair of socks ($14.95) benefits one of six partner charities, from Global Citizens to fight poverty to UNAIDS to provide HIV Therapy for expectant mothers.
One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Orphan Artwork Holiday Cards or Gift Tags ($3.95-$15.95), featuring collages and paintings created by Russian orphans, fund camps for the children through Faces of Siberia.
Make a wish, then gift this Wishbone Pendant ($32) to the person for whom you hope it will come true. After adopting her daughter, the founder was inspired to empower women and help them avoid the need to relinquish children due poverty. Tribe Alive partners with non-profits to employ artisans in Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, and India, paying a living wage that lets them provide for families and invest in communities.
Gift a pack of crayons ($7.99) or colored pencils ($3.49) to the budding artist or crafter in your life. For each item purchased, Yoobi will donate an item to an underserved classroom in the United States so that more children can experience the joy of learning and creativity.
It’s the quintessential hostess gift when visiting friends or family during the holiday season—a nice bottle of wine with a thoughtful snack pairing. OneHope takes the guesswork out of picking the perfect vino with this gift box ($69) that includes a Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, and a selection of crackers and spreads. Each purchase funds ABA therapy for children with autism.
When children experience hard times at a young age—in foster care, from illness, or an unhappy first home—it can “cut their wings.” My Wings wants to restore playfulness and a little joy for kids who’ve come through on the other side of tough experiences. Each shirt with attached wings ($39.20) transforms a child into a butterfly, a magical fairy, or a mighty dragon. Then, through Giving Wings, a child with special needs will receive a shirt to help in their healing recovery—and to soar in life..
Encourage the feminist of your family to lift up other girls with her fashion choices by giving the Girls Education Bracelet ($25). Bird + Stone partnered with Girl Up to donate $3 of each purchase to help protect girls around the world from gender-based violence, attend school, and become leaders in their communities.
You can give your little loved one a night under the stars, even in the middle of winter, with the B. Teepee ($39.99), sold at Target and specialty stores. Pulling the cord inside the tent sets off a colorful light show, as starts are projected all around. A portion of every sale goes to Free the Children, an organization dedicated to helping children out of poverty with education around the world.
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The Jockey Being Family Bear ($10) is an adorable gift that gives back. For each bear sold throughout the year, Jockey will donate $5 to the Jockey Being Family Foundation, which supports post-adoption efforts.
Alex and Ani give 20 percent of each purchase of their Little Brown Bear Bangle to the Child Mind Institute, an organization dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere.
Each sturdy canvas backpack, tote bag, or purse purchased from Stone & Cloth generates a donation to the Knock Foundation that will cover 25 hours of classroom learning for kids in the developing world.
Need something sweet to fill out that stocking? Pick up some of Project 7’s mints and gum in flavors from chocolate cinnamon to grapefruit melon (prices vary). Each purchase benefits one of seven causes: feeding the hungry, providing clean drinking water, planting trees, housing the homeless, providing malaria treatment, supporting school education in developing nations, and funding anti-bullying programs.
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 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 $12.99 for a 16-count box, give friends Dukale’s blend coffee to enjoy during the cold months ahead.
Give the trend-setter on your list the Sheebani metallic temporary tattoo set. Flash Tattoos named the set after the orphan who inspired the creation of The Miracle Foundation, which seeks to revolutionize orphanage care in India, and donates five percent of each purchase to the foundation.
MiiR offers insulated water bottles, growlers, and bicycles 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.
All proceeds from the sales of the Family Tree Bracelet, in smoky quartz, or the Becky Exclusive Bracelets in colors ranging from Turquoise to Fuchsia to Rainbow Pride benefit HelpUsAdopt, a national nonprofit organization that provides grants to hopeful adoptive parents.
For every pair of Roma rain boots you gift your family and friends, you get two gifts—one dry, happy loved one, and one brand-new pair stuffed with educational supplies given to a child in need. The classic collection comes in a rainbow of colors and prints. In addition to the donations in kind, 10 percent of all proceeds go to the Roma for All Foundation to help the children break out of poverty and succeed.
Customize a His and Hers Go Box for your favorite couple with their favorite grind and roast paired with sunny blue and yellow mugs. GoBena Coffee was founded by parents who adopted their daughter from Ethiopia, and named in honor of the elderly couple who found her and brought her to an orphanage in the hope that she would be adopted. 100 percent of profits help children around the world through a partnership with Lifesong for Orphans.
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.
Send an afternoon tea to a loved one with the Tea Time Gift Bundle, which includes scone mix and a box of black tea. Each purchase from the Women’s Bean Project helps chronically unemployed and impoverished women learn job, interpersonal, and life skills.
The modern style of Junk Posse Jewelry’s sterling silver “Be the Change” necklace 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.
Purchasing this whimsical Radish Necklace for your little one can help transform the lives of women and children in Bolivia. All of Ouef’s alpaca knits are produced by a self-managed community of indigenous women. The living wage they receive guarantees schooling and health care for their families.
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, 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 Baby Arrival Gift Set.
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, 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.
Thirty-five percent of the price of the Sweet Home Winter Holidays Gift Box, a delectable package of award-winning baked goods, benefits homeless mothers and their children.
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 support the Thanda After-School Project, which helps orphans and other vulnerable children in rural South Africa.
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.
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, 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.