These Gifts That Give Back Will Remind You What The Holidays Are All About

The holidays, if you do them right, are just as much about giving than receiving, if not more. Want to pick a few gifts for loved ones that keep on giving? This list of 10 gifts that give back this year are a good place to start looking if you want to "do good" while shopping for your friends and family.

More and more businesses are focused on philanthropy and charity then ever. Perhaps it's because millennials are the prime consumers right now and that's what we're always focused on (no we aren't always focused on ourselves, thank you very much). We love to support businesses that believe in causes we also believe in and who also give back to their communities with their profits they make. And if they're also small businesses? Talk about a score. This list is comprised of all sorts of companies, big and small. And I can guarantee that even if you're not feeling the holiday spirit this year and are the grinchiest of the Grinches, if you purchase one of these gifts for someone, your heart will grow three sizes with all the good you're doing for others. And on the plus side, these gifts are pretty rad on their own.


TOMS Shoes

Originally starting out with a "buy a pair of shoes, give a pair of shoes to a kid in need" campaign, TOMS has expanded to give people jobs, health checkups, vaccines and other medicines: Proceeds from eyewear go toward helping to provide people with sight-saving surgery; their roasting company helps support water systems in seven countries; and bags help provide training for "skilled birth attendants" and "vital materials needed to help a woman give birth safely," according to the TOMS website. Additionally, if you purchase a TOMS backpack, proceeds will go toward "training school staff and counselors to help prevent and respond to instances of bullying."


Cuddle + Kind Hand-Knitted Dolls

This company was started by a family of five who wanted to give back in an important way — by providing children nutrition, according to the Cuddle + Kind website. The purchase of one doll supplies 10 meals to children in need. The dolls are made to look like deer, dogs, cats, bears, lambs, unicorns, bunnies, fawn, fox, penguins, flamingoes, mermaids, and people — something for every kid's interest. The automated ticker at the top of their website says they've provided 5,073,949 meals to kids in need as of this writing.


Isabelle Grace Jewelry


Love Your Melon Hats

Love Your Melon not only has a clever and adorable name for their company, they also sell some pretty amazingly cool hats to keep your melon warm. And even better? 50 percent of the net profit from the sale of any of their products — whether it's a beanie, a cap, or accessories — are given to the Love Your Melon Fund, which supports the company's nonprofit partners in helping to create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable programming initiatives for children and families battling cancer, according to the website.


Zulily Books For Kids

Zulily is teaming up with Penguin Random House and nonprofit First Book to give the gift of literacy this holiday season through their "Buy 1 Give 1" initiative. For each book purchased on the Random House website that has the special "Buy 1 Give 1" badge, a child will receive a free children's book as a gift. Additionally, "each time a shopper likes, shares or comments on a Books for Kids social media post, a book donation will be triggered," according to the press release. First Book provides new books "and other essentials" to children in need nationwide.


Pintrill Pins

This exclusive Pintrill toy pin via eBay for Charity is not only cute and guaranteed to give you all of the nostalgia feels, but 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Baby2Baby. There's an amazing Care Bears pin, a Game Boy pin, and even an Etch-A-Sketch pin, bringing you back to your childhood one pin at a time.

Baby2Baby is a nonprofit organization that provides diapers, clothing and other basic necessities to children, from infants to 12 years old. Thanks to their efforts, 50,000,000 donations have been distributed to children.


How Do You See The World? Game

This game was created to "stimulate thoughtful conversation," which is so, so important these days, right? As a press release explained, the "How Do You See The World?" card game "encourages people to go beyond their comfort zone while truly hearing and understanding how others view the world through important question asking. The essence of this game is that every interaction is an opportunity." Sounds like the makings of a cool evening, plus a portion of the proceeds from this game and any other Authentic Agility Games will support educational and entrepreneurial organizations that are changing the world.


Calm Mind Kit

Everyone needs a little zen these days, and Rose & Rex believes children do, too. Their "Calm Mind Kit" for kids teaches mindfulness and meditation. And to give you even more zen and good karma, the company will donate eight toys to children in need through Second Chance Toys with each Calm Mind Kit purchased.

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