If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s the importance of supporting our communities and neighbours as well as doing our bit for those who need it the most. The best kind of Christmas gift this year? The one that gives back to charities in need.
Whether it’s a food bank, causes for animals, the environment or the people who need help the most, you can always make a difference by buying gifts that pay it forward. Of course, the best way to give back is to donate directly to the causes that are important to you, but buying charity gifts is a great way to boost those donations and make your holiday purchases even more meaningful.
The knowledge that you’re helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Research has identified a link between making a donation to charity and increased activity in the area of the brain that registers pleasure – proving that as the old adage goes, it really is far better to give than to receive.
Here is our Christmas gift list that also supports charitable causes. All products are easily accessible online and can be purchased in just a click away without you having to leave the house.
Hand Knit Dolls By Cuddle + Kind
Each doll from the Cuddle + Kind collection not only comes with a name, birthday and “about me” card but for every purchase, the company will provide 10 meals to children in North America and around the world. We love Charlotte the dog!
From $40, cuddleandkind.com
The design of this Obakki silk scarf was inspired by the answers that children gave in response to the questions: “What makes you happy?” or “What makes you afraid?” All proceeds from the purchase of this scarf go towards providing food, education, housing and medical support for the children of St. Valentine’s Orphanage in Cameroon.
This cookbook celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, the country’s largest military charity. Written with help from celebrity supporters including Rick Stein, Jamie Oliver, Ainsley Harriott, Sophie Thompson, Melissa Hemsley and the Hairy Bikers, this is a lovely gift for any budding chefs in your life.
This moisturizing cocoa butter body lotion is good for the skin and even better for the planet — 100% of proceeds go to grassroots organizations working for human rights, animal protection and environmental justice.
From $8, lushusa.com
Pass on your passion for the natural world, by sharing WWF’s Panu the Panda with a little one you love. He is an adorable panda toy, created especially for WWF’s youngest supporters. It’s a fantastic way to inspire a lifetime of love for wildlife and conservation. The purchase of the Panu gift will help WWF protect pandas and their natural habitats in China. It will also support WWF’s crucial conservation work around the world.
Since 1994, MAC has been selling Viva Glam lipsticks for an important cause. The proceeds from every MAC Viva Glam Lipstick are donated to help people living with and affected by HIV/AIDs through the MAC AIDs Fund. The newest member of the Viva Glam family is a warm terracotta-plum with a pearl finish.
True to their name, the Daisy Earrings hug your ears and are a perfect addition to your collection. They are handmade and brush-finished in brass with sterling silver posts. These ethically handmade earrings support young women escaping human trafficking in India, Uganda, Mexico, and the United States of America. Each artisan receives fair wages, education, health care and community through the non-profit organisation International Sanctuary.
$ 26, purposejewelry.org
Need a break from chasing your kids? This journal offers guided questions with regard to your health, career and relationships to help you practice mindfulness. A percentage of every journal sold will go towards supporting global mental health organizations.