Give a gift that gives back

By 965koit on November 26, 2019

Some big shopping days are just right around the corner and this year, I am trying to be really mindful of the gifts that I give. I feel like we all have enough stuff, so I am looking for gifts that give back. Here are a few of my favorites. Hopefully, you can find some special gifts that suit the people on your list.

For The Person On The Go

(Photo Credit: LifeStraw)
LifeStraw. manufactures products that make contaminated water safe to drink, have for years given back to global impact programs. With every purchase of any of LifeStraw’s award-winning hydration products (which filter out contaminants, microplastics, toxins, etc.) a child in a developing nationgains access to safe and clean drinking water and health and hygiene education.

For The Chocolate Lover

(Photo Credit: Guittard)

The NEW Guittard Creative Growth Bar is a limited edition chocolate bar featuring artwork from Cedric Johnson. For every bar sold, a percent of proceeds will go toward supporting the cultivation of artistry at Creative Growth, a non-profit based in Oakland, California that serves artists with developmental, intellectual, and physical disabilities.

For The Environmentalist

(Photo Credit: Cool Effect)

Bay-Area based non-profit organization, Cool Effect is offering a chance to give back. Cool Effect is offering gift bundles that will offset any carbon footprint from business travel. The average American generates 16.6 tonnes of yearly carbon production. Each project is verified and vetted quarterly to ensure its additionality and contribution to making a greener and healthier earth. Instead of buying that special someone flowers, save one with an origami orchid. You’ll protect the forest they call home and help fight climate change. Your donation will help locals protect trees, flowers, and wildlife by creating programs that empower them to heal our planet.

For The Jewelry Lover

(Photo Credit: TALIA Jewelry)

TALIA Jewelry pieces feature an original, patented mechanism, so you can always easily change, rearrange, and expand on your design. TALIA allows you to build and customize your own unique jewelry pieces in a matter of seconds. With interchangeable pendants + charms you can create a unique look for every day of the week! TALIA Jewelry is perfect for the confident, successful woman who wants her jewelry to be both unique and versatile, affordable, contemporary, and easy to wear and change. TALIA Jewelry donates 10% of all proceeds to Girls Inc.  At Talia, they help girls explore and celebrate their strengths, their voices, who they are today, and who they will become.

For The Home Chef

(Photo Credit: Sean Hong)

Made In designs new products so the home cook feels like a gourmet chef. Now they’re releasing Made In’s Family Meal Volume 1, their first cookbook. The cookbook features 17 exclusive recipes from some of the country’s most renowned and respected chefs, including San Francisco’s Matt Horn. The limited-edition cookbook will give 100% of its proceeds to benefit Future Chefs, an organization that prepares teens for life and work after high school through cooking.

For The Green Thumb

(Photo Credit: Léon & George)

Give a gorgeous, green gift that keeps giving! San Francisco startup Léon & George has elevated houseplants to a luxe home indulgence. The sustainable houseplants are pre-potted and delivered to your door. The responsibly-sourced plants are pruned and styled by interior design pros and come with lifetime plant doc support if you’re black thumb prone. For every plant sold—funds are donated to plant a tree

For The Tattoo Lover

(Photo Credit: INKED by Dani)

INKED by Dani lets wearers test and try out sleek tattoo looks for any mood or occasion, without the permanent and costly commitment. A perfect stocking stuffer and holiday gift, INKED by Dani temporary tattoos are inspired by Dani’s fine art designs as well as coveted tattoo trends. All of the designs are made in the U.S.A. with cruelty free, waterproof and FDA-approved ink. INKED by Dani’s charitable tats collection gives back to various organizations. For the tattoo Happy Elephant, $1.50, proceeds go to Reteti Elephant Orphanage in Kenya; for Cancer Sucks!, $1.75, proceeds go to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation!; for Girl Power, $1.50, proceeds go to the #TIMESUP movement; and for Think Pink!, $1.75, proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

For Man’s Best Friend

(Photo Credit: Park James Hotel)

Park James Hotel, Silicon Valley’s premier luxury boutique hotel, rings in the holiday season for guests and their pups with the Paw-fect Holiday Package available now through December 31. The Paw-fect Holiday Package includes a one-night accommodations in a signature Park James Hotel superior room, pup spa services from local pet grooming spa, Bow Wow Meow, a Wickedbone Smart Bone interactive toy in-room upon arrival, a gift-wrapped gourmet healthy dog treats,  a festive holiday Santa doggy costume, holiday turndown service with warm and cozy doggie blanket,  and two puppy-inspired cocktails and appetizer delivered in-room or enjoyed at O+V Courtyard. 10% of the proceeds from each package booked benefit the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. To book, click here.

For The Movie Buff

(Photo Credit: Arena Cinelounge Gourmet Popcorn)

Arena Cinelounge’s Gourmet Artisanal Popcorn is the popcorn that gives back! The popcorn ships nationwide, so anyone, anywhere can enjoy a Hollywood art house cinema experience from the comfort of their own home! With names like Natural Corn Killers, Crouching Tiger Hidden Popcorn, Eternal Popcorn of the Spotless Mind, and Apopalyse Now, you are sure to satisfy the belly of your favorite movie buff. A portion of proceeds benefits the Hollywood PAL charity, which helps low-income youth in Hollywood with positive activities and mentorshipEach flavor is NON-GMO | GLUTEN-FREE | VEGAN | DAIRY FREE | NO PRESERVATIVES | NUT FREE

For The Jet Setter

(Photo Credit: Lulu Dharma)

You’ll never need to sacrifice the need for style, function or convenience with this roomy, chic, unisex linen weekender travel bag. Lulu Dharma donates a portion of profits each year to Blossomy, an organization that supports the recovery, wellness, and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking in India. Their Napa Vegan Tote has also been featured in Oprah’s Favorite Things. To purchase, click here.

For the Bay Area Local

(Photo Credit: The Crazy Cap)

TheCrazyCap is an innovative bottle cap that does so much more than top off your reusable water bottle. It contains deep UV LED sterilization technology to destroy microorganisms completely. Purify your water on the go and keep your go-to bottle sanitary at the same time! 5% of all purchases from TheCrazyCap go to

Which gift would you like to receive? You can let me know in the Facebook comments.

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