Christmas Gifts That Give Back

In a season marked by giving, we love the idea of giving back to our community and our planet. This year, my family decided to forego gifts for the adults, and give donations in each person's name instead. It's been so fun thinking of each family member and finding ways to honor each of them with a unique donation.

We wanted to provide you with a list of ways you can do your Christmas shopping and give back at the same time. Here are some great ways:

Punjammies - Punjammies are adorable sari-inspired pajamas. Each Punjammi™ is created in an after-care facility for women who have been rescued, released or escaped from a life of forced prostitution. Holistic aftercare involves quality medical care, emotional safety, education and the tools to create a new way of life for herself.

Tiny Rockstar - Looking for a cute top for your tot? Tiny Rockstar has two missions: 1) making cool shirts for kids, and 2) ending the phenomenon of orphans living in extreme poverty. Their first step is to fund a "Care Point" run by Children's Hopechest in Swaziland, Africa. For every shirt you buy, Tiny Rockstar will donate enough to feed an orphan for a whole month. We think that rocks.

The Hunger Site - If you go under Gifts that Give More on the sidebar, there are a lot of interesting things you can purchase in someone else’s name - things as different as a child’s education for a year or a microloan for a pig or goat.

Pediped - this children's footwear company is committed to giving back to the community in spite of the current rocky economy. From Dec. 17-31, pediped will reduce the price of select shoe styles and then donate 50 percent of the sales from these shoes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Booda Brand Clothes - Booda Brand is a unique line of “conversation clothing” made of supersoft cotton and printed with inspiring messages for kids. For every t-shirt you buy, Booda Brand promises the gift of a book through the incredible organization, Room to Read.

Vintage Momma Designs - We've featured this fabulous jewelry as a giveaway (and may have a few more up our sleeves). This inspired mama makes this jewelry and some of her profits go to help a clinic in Haiti and the Susan G. Komen Breat Cancer Fund. Check out her Etsy store as well!

Light Gives Heat sells necklaces and shirts that support a village in Uganda. Each piece is hand-made by a women in Uganda, providing them with a consistent income.

Rocks in the Sun is a gorgeous photography book filled with Haitian proverbs and photos of this beautiful but impoverished country. It's compiled by Troy Livesay, who lives in Haiti and does great mission work there (and just happens to be a stellar photog). This would make a great coffee table book, and the proceeds go towards their missions work with Heartline Haiti and Worldwide Village.

Tom's Shoes is giving a pair of shoes to a child in need for EVERY SHOE PURCHASED. And their shoes are cute! Really cute!

Real Hope for Haiti - Sponsor a child in Haiti for a year through Real Hope for Haiti. For $200 you could send a child in Haiti to school for the entire school year. That's right - for the cost of a new outfit, you can give a child the gift of an education.

World Vision has an amazing gift catalog where you can buy a number of innovative and sustaining gifts for people living in poverty. Their website even allows you to purchase and print a card letting a loved one know you have donated in their name. You can purchase medical attention for a pregnant woman, a goat that can provide milk to a child - even a grove of fruit trees!

31 Bits Jewelry is made out of 100% recycled paper, posters, and magazines by internally displaced women in Northern Uganda. Each piece of jewelry is unique and hand-crafted by a woman in the community of Gulu, Uganda.

Saint’s Coffee is tasty, and it’s fair trade, organic AND every lb you buy feeds an orphan for a month!

Invisible Children is selling bracelets made in Uganda to benefit former child soldiers. Each bracelet is a different color, and each color represents an individual child. These colored bracelets are accompanied by an inspiring short film about a child that has been personally affected by this unrelenting war.

Eastside Women of Purpose is selling $25 microloan gift cards to support a mircrofinance program through Bridges to the Nations, a non-profit ministry in Pattaya, Thailand. There are currently 50,000 young adults caught in the sex industry in Pattaya, Thailand, and a giftcard helps provide formerly enslaved men and women with education, job skills training and microloans to start their own business.

Do you know of more gifts that give back! Do share. Leave a comment with other resources for making a difference.


  1. Great info..I will check these out. I love when I buy something and part goes to a great organization..that is important!
    -sandy toes

  2. Thanks! Pediped and Vintage Momma are two of my favorites!

    All of my adult gifts this year were either purchased from the NieNie Etsy Benefit sale (all proceeds went to the recovery fund) or were direct donations to the Nielsen recovery fund, in each of our family members' names. You really can't argue with a gift like that.

  3. these are great!! too bad I did not see it yesterday cause today i posted some on my blog too! great minds think alike!

  4. This is great info. You might consider making a loan to a freind in need. Hope your readers check out our site. - we enable people and organizations to manage micro-loans & family and friend loans. Zimpley, Steve Rabago, ZEO, ZimpleMoney

  5. Check out this website where you can buy items that former prostitutes in India made. ALL proceeds go to the girls or to buy supplies for the girls to continue making their items. It is SO awesome!

  6. Another site like World Vision is Heifer International

  7. Hi,

    Thank you for your post. I need some more unique gifts to make my loved one happy.

  8. Yes, this is the time to enjoy Christmas shopping with whom you love too much and make them happy.Hope, everyone doing the same as I am enjoying Christmas shopping with my family. As, it was really hard to choice proper gifts to your family members and this time, I was bit confused to choose gift for my baby whom I love too much. That’s why; I searched out lots of website and shopping stores, however didn’t not manage to get any single gift from there. At last, my friend suggested me one Online Christmas shopping site. This is really good resource for shopping and at last I was managed to get all my gifts from there.

    Marry Christmas to all,


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