2017 Charitable Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

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Since I started Goldwill Digger, I’ve shared a holiday gift guide of charitable products that allow you to honor and celebrate a friend or family member while supporting a great cause! There are tons of companies and products out there making a difference in the world, but here are my favorite gifts that give back for 2017! (Check out past holiday picks here and here.)

FOR THE MOM

1. Tory Burch Seed Box This curated selection of seven items from women entrepreneurs, including Tory Burch herself. One hundred percent of the net proceeds benefits the Tory Burch Foundation, providing access to capital, education, and mentoring and networking opportunities to women entrepreneurs.

FOR THE MAN

2. The Tie Bar – Tie the Knot  Jesse Tyler Ferguson curates limited edition collections of neckwear and accessories benefiting Tie the Knot. Founded by Ferguson, Tie the Knot advocates for a more stylish and equal world by raising awareness and advocating for the LGBTQ community throughout the world. $20 of your $25 purchase benefits Ferguson’s foundation.

FOR THE BFF

3. Sevenly Coining the term ’cause art’, Sevenly created 7-day campaigns promoting the purchase of advocacy art, apparel, and accessories.  To date, Seveny has donated over $4.8 million dollars to causes such the National Breast Cancer Foundation, National Parks Foundation, and First Book Foundation.

FOR THE KIDS

 4. Sprout Pencils The world’s first sustainable pencil, Sprout pencils can be planted when too short to write or color with. The pencils grow into herbs, vegetables, or flowers! Sprout pencils are a great way to introduce kids to the idea of sustainability.

FOR THE CELEB OBSESSED

5. DIFF Eyewear You’ve spotted these shades on all your favorite celebs, Bravolebrities, and social media influences, but did you realize they’re actually making a “diff”erence! For every pair of DIFF shades sold, a pair of glasses is donated through The Sabo Project.

FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHY AFICIONADO

6. Chicago Monumental A gorgeous, photographic tribute to one of America’s greatest cities from photographer and writer, Larry Broutman. All author proceeds are donated to The Chicago Lighthouse, a nonprofit agency servicing the blind, visually impaired and Veteran communities with vision care and support.

FOR THE BIBLIOPHILE

7. Better World Books Started by three Notre Dame grads believing that education and access to books are a basic human right, Better World Books collects and sells books online to donate books and fund literacy initiatives worldwide.To date, they have donated over 24 millions books and raised over $26 millions dollars to find literacy initiatives and libraries! (Those numbers pull at my bookworm heartstrings!)

FOR THE ONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING

8. ‘4 Things’ Personalized Tote Even if you’re not a Bobby Bones Show devotee like me, the 4 Things tote is unique way to give a personalized gift without the traditional monogram. I received my tote a couple of months ago and carry it all the time! It’s a great conversation starter. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefiting Espwa, an organization spreading hope in Haiti. (Tip: There’s currently a 3 week lead time on orders! Order ASAP!)

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

9. Love Your Melon With 50% of profit dedicated to providing a hat to every child in America fighting childhood cancer and providing support to pediatric cancer foundations, these beanies have become a very popular charitable gift.

I hope this gift guide helps your holiday shopping a little easier! Even though this doesn’t cover everyone on your list and you’ll probably be shopping on Amazon, don’t forget to sign up for Amazon Smile! Amazon will donate 0.5% of all Amazon Smile eligible purchases to a charity of your choice. (I chose Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, obviously.) It’s super easy to sign up!

Though the holidays can be a very stressful time, I always try to embrace the madness and remember what’s most important during this busy time! I make it a priority to give back by adopting a family, volunteering at a local lights’ display, or performing a random act of kindness. How do you stay grounded and embrace the tradition during the holidays? Leave me a comment below.

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2 Comments

  1. November 29, 2017 / 8:40 pm

    I myself try to be kind to everyone, you never know what someone is going through. I try to do a little something nice everyday, I love seeing people smile.

  2. Brittany
    November 30, 2017 / 8:05 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I love all of your suggestions. My goal this year is to purchase all my gifts from small, local businesses, business that give back like the ones you mentioned above, or gifts from thrift/antique stores. 😀

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