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Meaningful and Unique Gifts That Give Back

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Presents With Purpose

Whether you're looking to be more charitable in your own gift-giving or you have a loved one in your life who would appreciate a gift with more meaning behind it, the items in this list offer a way to be more purposeful with holiday buying this year. From products that make donations to important causes to fair trade gifts and more, these are gifts that will leave you and your recipient feeling just a bit better about the world.

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Prices and availability were researched in late September and are subject to change.

Tisbest
Tisbest

Tisbest Charity Gift Card

$10 and up from Tisbest
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This service allows users to send a gift card via email, a printed version, or biodegradable plastic option that the recipient can use toward hundreds of charities. You can customize the plastic gift cards with your own photo, artwork, or a logo.

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WWFGifts Symbolic Species Adoptions
WWFGifts

WWFGifts Symbolic Species Adoptions

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Through this World Wildlife Foundation site, you can symbolically adopt one of nearly 150 animals, which helps "WWF's global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats." Symbolic adoption kits range from about $25 to more than $200, and include items such as stuffed animals, species cards, gift boxes, and more, depending on price.

Holt International
Holt International
Parks Project
Parks Project

'100 Parks 5000 Ideas'

$30 from Parks Project
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Sure, this popular book is available on other mega-retail sites, but buying it here — or any Parks Project merch — for the outdoor enthusiast in your life provides a donation toward a specific project. As of this writing, the site had donated more than $1 million to parklands.

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4Ocean Bracelets
4Ocean

4Ocean Bracelets

$20 and up from 4Ocean
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Know someone who's particularly passionate about our oceans' health? For each purchase of a 4Ocean bracelet, this certified B-corporation (a designation for-profit companies can get when they show their missions are about more than shareholder profit) will pull a pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines. To date, 4Ocean has cleaned more than 10.6 million pounds of plastic and other refuse from the planet's seas.

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Women's Bean Project
Women's Bean Project

Women's Bean Project Soup

Around $5 and up from Women's Bean Project
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This Colorado-based nonprofit is a food manufacturing business and a transitional employment program that supports women trying to turn their lives around. By buying the company's soup (or any of their other products) you help women learn the job and life skills needed to get themselves back on track.

Native Works
Native Works

Native Works Jewelry

$20 and up from Native Works
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Those who make the apparel, jewelry, prints, and more for this Seattle-based site are all Native apprentices who are homeless, have a criminal history, and/or are struggling with addiction and mental health issues. One hundred percent of this organization's shop proceeds "go directly to providing meals, mental health care, drug and alcohol counseling, housing referrals, legal consultation, and more to those in need within Seattle’s Native community."

The Samburu Project
The Samburu Project

Beaded Pet Lead

$60 from The Samburu Project
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A portion of proceeds from sales on this site help the semi-nomadic Samburu people of Kenya gain "access to clean water and continue to support well communities with initiatives that promote health, education, women’s empowerment, and general well-being." In addition to pet products such as this one, the store offers locally made jewelry, baskets, beadwork, kitchen items, and more starting at $10.

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ACLU
ACLU

ACLU Merch

$5 and up from ACLU
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If you've got someone on your list who's passionate about civil rights — and shouldn't we all be? — they'll love a gift from the ACLU. But they'll love it even more knowing that a portion of that gift's proceeds will benefit ACLU-supported programs and initiatives.

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Conscious Step
Conscious Step

Conscious Step Socks

$15 and up from Conscious Step Socks
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This sock company has a pair of foot-warmers for all kinds of worthy causes: socks that save koalas, socks that plant trees, socks that save LGBTQ lives, and so on. To date, the company has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars toward around 15 charities, and the socks are cool — win-win.

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Starfish Project
Starfish Project

Starfish Project Jewelry

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This site aims to "restore hope to exploited women and girls" who've been victims of human trafficking, investing 100% of purchases into the mission. Choose from seriously beautiful and chic bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and more.

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Terra Thread
Terra Thread

Bumi Duffel Bag

$60 from Terra Thread
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We love this duffel for its color alone, but you can also feel great buying it as a gift. Why? For starters, it's made from fair trade organic cotton, but each purchase also contributes 20 meals to U.S. children and families in need through Terra Thread partner Feeding America.

Azizi Life
Azizi Life
Cuddle + Kind
Cuddle + Kind

Cuddle + Kind Doll

$52 and up from Cuddle + Kind
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Each purchase of an adorable doll set from this Toronto-based shop donates 10 meals to hungry kids all over the world. The dolls are handcrafted by female artisans in Peru, and also helps provide those women with a sustainable, fair trade income.

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Kula Project
Kula Project

Nyamasheke Camp Mug

$25 from Kula Project
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The Kula Project uses part of the proceeds from its shop to benefit Rwandan female entrepreneurs. To date, they've helped around 600 entrepreneurs by investing in 65 businesses, providing 10,000 hours of training, and planting a quarter-million coffee trees. If your gift recipient loves coffee, the shop also has single-origin whole bean coffees and bundles to choose from.

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Out Of Print
Out Of Print

Out of Print Gift Card

$25 and up from Out Of Print
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Each Out of Print purchase helps "donate books and support literacy programs around the world." In addition to books, the shop sells apparel, masks, and more. A gift card lets the recipient choose their own purposeful product.

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Unicef Market
Unicef Market
Ivory Ella
Ivory Ella

Wildfire Recovery Tee

$32 from Ivory Ella
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Not only is this T-shirt adorable, but 100% of net profits from it go to the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA to help efforts to rescue and heal animals affected by the California wildfires. Or shop elsewhere on the site — to date, Ivory Ella has donated nearly $2 million to Save the Elephants and other charitable organizations.

Heifer International
Heifer International