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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.