Holiday Gifts That Make a Difference



The holiday season is here, and with it comes spiked eggnog, holiday parties, Santa, family photos, endless decorations, Christmas movies, cookies, and present shopping…



Christmas shopping can be stressful to say the least. Insane traffic, endless lines, crying children, and who knows what else! It can be tough to determine just which present to buy. You want to find the perfect blend of: wow-factor, meaningful, thoughtful, and fun. Getting a headache just thinking about it? Don’t worry, I’ve got some great ideas for you.


This season consider going with a gift that gives back. There are plenty of incredible philanthropic organizations that will make you feel good about buying presents this year. If your looking to turn a donation into a meaningful gift, check out some of these amazing non-profits, and if you want to give a physical present while supporting an awesome cause, be sure to give these one-for-one companies a look!


NOVICA is an organization that connects artisans to a global market of socially conscious customers. They also empower artisans to build a sustainable business from their craft, and help preserve ancient artistic traditions. NOVICA works and partners with National Geographic, UNICEF, Kiva, and many other big-time non-profits to aid and assist artisans around the globe. Through NOVICA, you can purchase beautiful and unique paintings, decor, jewelry, and much more. The site even tells you the individual artisan who made each piece and where they’re from, giving a truly personal feel to the buying experience. When you purchase a gift through NOVICA you know that the artisans received fair prices, no binding contracts, and the freedom to make a success of their craft by building a sustainable business. These uniquely crafted pieces make amazing holiday presents and leave everyone feeling good about helping to nurture and elevate the craft of global artisans.

One World Futbol

Got a sports fan to shop for? Check out One World Play Project and take a look at their One World Futbol. Founded in 2010, the organization is centered around their buy one, give one concept. When you purchase one of their ultra durable soccer balls, you are also sending one to youths in a disadvantaged community. It’s a win-win situation! The person you’re shopping for recieves an all-environment soccer ball, and so does a child in need. One World Futbol will leave you and the recipient of your gift feeling good about making a difference.

Warby Parker

Let me start off by saying, I can’t express enough about how awesome this company is. Warby Parker is a company that offers designer eyewear at an affordable price, while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. They offer great looking eyewear in so many different styles that everyone can find a pair they look good in; and all at exceptional prices. Now here’s the amazing part: Warby Parker tallies up the total number of glasses sold and makes a monthly donation to their nonprofit partners, which cover the cost of sourcing that number of glasses. These nonprofits train individuals in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices. These individuals then go on to work hard and spread awareness and make eyecare available in their communities. So essentially, every time you purchase a pair of glasses from Warby Parker, a person in a developing nation is receiving a pair. Warby Parker glasses and sunglasses make amazing holiday gifts due to their incredible cause, stylish products, and affordable prices. They also offer gift cards if you don’t know exactly which style to choose.


Soapbox is another great one for one company that sells quality hygiene products and makes a positive impact. As their websites says, “SoapBox Soaps was founded in 2010 with a simple mission: to empower people to change the world through everyday, quality purchases.” For every product sold a bar of soap is given to a person in need. Soapbox offers a wide variety of soaps and hair care products that make for one-of-a-kind gifts that help make the world a happier (and cleaner) place.


Just about everyone knows Toms, because it is the original one for one company and has grown to become a massive company that’s truly making a difference. Toms started as a shoe company that donated a pair of shoes for every pair purchased, but has since expanded into the eyewear, bags, and apparel markets. Toms is also dedicated to more than just the one for one system, they are helping people and communities around the world to succeed through production, social entrepreneurship, investment, program integration, and product development. Toms products make excellent presents for friends and loved ones who’d enjoy something stylish and philanthropic!


MiiR is a cool company that sells bikes, water bottles, and bags. They’re all about an simple and beautiful functionality. MiiR gives and helps make a difference through their product to project system. 5% of all of their revenue goes to trackable giving projects. Buying their water bottles gives clean water, buying their bikes gives mobility, and purchasing their bags gives and supports education. MiiR’s products are durable, simple, and timeless, making them the ideal gift for the outdoor adventurer on your list.


You might not think of a men’s laundry detergent and lifestyle company as being a great philanthropic organization, but let me assure you, FREY is just that! FREY is about much more than just selling; the company is bringing household products into the 21st century, breaking down outdated gender stereotypes, bringing fashion into a realm that has not experienced it before, and making a philanthropic impact all at the same time! 10% of all FREY’s net profits go to charities, and through the Wash For Wash program FREY partners with the Laundry Project to assist low-income families with meeting a basic need – washing clothes and linens, by turning laundromats into community centers of hope. FREY products make great holiday gift packs for the important gents in your life, and you can buy them knowing you’re helping make a difference!