Gifts that Give Back
Mark Louis Weinberg
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Pay it Forward with 18 Gifts that Give Back

What’s better than giving a gift that makes someone’s day? Giving a gift that makes someone’s day and supports a charitable cause. Get something for everyone on your nice list this year with our guide to travel gifts that give back.

1 Truss Rhombus Tote
Gifts That Give Back: Truss Rhombus Tote
Courtesy of Truss

A Rhombus tote ($175) from NYC-based Truss makes for a chic companion on farmer’s market hauls and jaunts to the beach. A percentage of the carryall, hand-woven from recycled plastic, aids the weaver communities in Oaxaca, Mexico.

2 RxArt Between the Lines: A Coloring Book by Contemporary Artists
Gifts that Give Back: RxArt Coloring Book
Courtesy of RxArt

Volume five of RxArt’s “Between the Lines” coloring book ($20) is a picture-perfect gift for pint-sized Picassos and artful adults alike. One hundred percent of proceeds support RxArt in their mission to help childcare heal through the power of visual art.

3 Stellé Audio Portable Speaker
Gifts That Give Back: Stellé Audio Portable Speaker
Courtesy of Stelle Audio

Stellé Audio’s water-resistant portable speaker ($129) gets the party started anywhere and everywhere. Cheers to Neiman Marcus: ten percent of the proceeds to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports youth arts education across the country. 

4 Armand Diradourian Travel Set
Gifts That Give Back: Armand Diradourian Travel Set
Courtesy of Mr. Porter

For the jet-setter, splurge on a luxe eye mask and blanket set ($575) from NY-based Armand Diradourian. One hundred of proceeds go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

5 Miir Bicycle
Gifts That Give Back: Miir Bicycle
Courtesy of Miir

Go full cycle with Miir.  With the purchase of every simple-but-stunning bicycle ($499-$1,395), you help the Seattle-based company give another set of wheels to someone in need.

6 LifeStraw Go Water Bottle
Gifts That Give Back: LifeStraw Go Water Bottle
Courtesy of LifeStraw

Here’s something to drink to: when you give LifeStraw Go (a portable bottle with a built-in filter to make all outdoor water safe for consumption, $35) to a friend, a child in a developing country receives safe drinking water for the school year.

7 Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Eye Trio
Chantecaille Protect the Wolves Eye Trio: Gifts That Give Back
Philip Friedman

Go wild with Chantecaille's Protect the Wolves eyeshadow palette ($70). Five percent of the proceeds are donated to Conservation Northwest, a non-profit that protects and restores old-growth forests. 

8 Fashionable Sisay Striped Scarf
Gifts That Give Back: Fashionable Sisay Striped Scarf
Courtesy of FashionABLE

Wrap up your holiday shopping in style with a hand-woven scarf ($38) from Fashionable, a company that works with and supports women around the world who have overcome major struggles like homelessness, addiction, and depression.

9 TOMS Coffee
Gifts That Give Back: TOMS Coffee
Courtesy of TOMS

Skip the wine and wrap up a bag of beans from TOMS ($13) for your host. They’ll appreciate the fresh roast come morning, especially knowing that for each bag purchased, TOMS provides a week of clean water to someone in need.

10 Feed Passport Holder
Gifts That Give Back: Feed Passport Holder
Courtesy of FEED Projects

A FEED passport holder ($15) for their next getaway will surprise them, and knowing that it provided ten school meals to children around the world will delight them. 

11 This Bar Saves Lives
Gifts That Give Back: This Bar Saves Lives
Courtesy of This Bar Saves Lives

Stuff stockings with a treat that literally does a body good: for each This Bar Saves Lives snack purchased ($25 for a box of 12), a packet of food is given to a child in need. 

12 The NPR Road Trips Collection
Gifts That Give Back: The NPR Road Trips Collection
Courtesy of NPR

Let their imagination run wild with NPR’s Road Trips collection. The five CD set ($56) shares stories that will transport them everywhere from odd roadside attractions to state fairs and beloved national monuments, without ever leaving home. Every purchase from the online shop supports NPR programming.

13 Warby Parker Sunglasses
Gifts That Give Back: Warby Parker Sunglasses
Courtesy of Warby Parker

Give a nod to his sunny disposition with a new set of frames (from $95). We encourage you to gift a pair of the unisex frames to yourself, too, because with each purchase, Warby Parker distributes glasses to people in need through their buy a pair, give a pair program. 

14 Fait La Force Travel Checkers Board
Gifts That Give Back: Fait La Force Travel Checkers Board
Courtesy of Fait La Force

Get their game on with a portable checkers set ($98) from Fait La Force. The handmade set is produced by artisans in Port au Prince, Haiti, and includes a quilted indigo board and carved horn and bone game pieces. 

15 WakaWaka Base 5
Gifts That Give Back: WakaWaka Base 5
Courtesy of Waka Waka

Make a bright move and gift WakaWaka’s Base 5 ($159) to your most mobile pals. The solar-powered device stores enough energy for two smart-phone charges and, with every purchase, a WakaWaka lamp is donated to families in need of light by the International Rescue Committee.

16 ONA Sahel Camera Strap for charity:water
Gifts That Give Back: Ona Sahel Camera Strap for charity:water
Courtesy of ONA

Outfit your favorite shutterbug with ONA’s leather camera strap ($109). Proceeds from each sale support charity:water and its efforts to provide clean drinking water to people in developing countries.

17 Apple Watch (PRODUCT)RED
Gifts That Give Back: Apple Watch (PRODUCT)RED
Courtesy of Apple

Lighten the load of travels with Apple Watch ($549), the water-resistant smart watch that provides easy access to everything needed while on the go: information (transit info, maps, walking directions, health stats), money (Apple Pay), and communication (messages, calls, emails). The good vibes won’t just come from the Taptic Engine, which gives digital notifications a physical touch: Apple donates a percentage of gross profits from the sale of this watch to (PRODUCT)RED, the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa. 

18 Public - Supply Notebooks
Gifts That Give Back: Public - Supply Notebooks
Courtesy of Public Supply

Write on! Public - Supply donates 25 percent of the profits from every sale ($32 for three books) to teachers in high-need classrooms. While you’re gift shopping, make sure to grab a set for yourself, too.

19 Tie One On Scarf
Gifts That Give Back: Tie One On Scarf

Help her stay warm in both body and spirit with the Tie One On scarf ($1000), a block-printed cotton and silk blend hand-loomed by WomenWeave in India. One hundred percent of proceeds go to T+L partner organization Global Water Challenge, which builds water sanitation centers across India and Africa and brings clean water to five million people each day.


For more travel gift ideas, head to the main Travel + Leisure Holiday Gift Guide.

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