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Give Back With These Awesome Gift Ideas

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    This story has been updated with additional gift ideas. It was originally published on November 26, 2015.

    The holidays are often a season for giving, not just to friends and family but also to people in need.

    Some gifts allow you to check both those bow-wrapped boxes at once.

    Whether you give a donation to a nonprofit in a friend's name or pick up a trinket crafted by artisans working in developing economies, there are no shortages of options for the shopper in search of a present that has a social impact. As if a gift that keeps on giving wasn't enough of a draw, these items are often one-of-a-kind or released in limited qualities. Read: another perfect present idea for that friend who has everything.

    An added bonus? Research shows giving to charity helps you feel good, too. So go ahead and add a few items to your shopping list that might help you deter those holiday blues.

    Click through for a collection of awesome gifts that give back to causes and communities around the globe.

    No matter who you're shopping for, or what your budget is, Refinery29 has all the holiday picks you need right here.



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