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 gift-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 in developing countries, there is no shortage of options for presents with social impact. As if a gift that gives twice wasn't enough of a draw, these items are often one-of-a-kind or released in limited qualities. (Read: a perfect 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 for an extra perk this holiday season.
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
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Ikea organized a children's drawing competition worldwide, and picked 10 lucky winners out of 70,000, who saw their drawings turn into soft toys. As part of its efforts to help children's charities, Ikea is donating 100% of the proceeds from every purchase from the Sagoskatt soft-toy collection to Save the Children's hurricane-relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Ikea Sogskatt Soft Toy, Multicolor, $2.99-4.99, available at Ikea (in-store only).
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These bracelets are not only cute, but they can also help cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma. Alex and Ani will donate 20% of the purchase price from each Lighthouse Charm Bangle to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can also check out the other nonprofit partners the company supports through its designs
here. Alex and Ani Lighthouse Charm Bangle, $28, available at Alex + Ani.
Photo Courtesy of Bordahan.
Oh, the calendar — that perennial holiday standby gift. This one from Bordahan is hand-embroidered by women in the town of Anapla in the Philippines. "We are working to empower the native women of the Philippines to have the opportunity to send their children to school and provide for their families — most of the women we work with did not have a reliable source of income before this cooperative was created," the company says on its Etsy site.
Bordahan Hand Embroidered Calendars, $14.99, available at Bordahan.
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Who doesn't love a beautiful necklace that can help a good cause? The products sold through the
online store for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital directly benefit the organization. According to its website, 100% of the profits (after all related expenses) aid St. Jude's. The gift shop has everything from jewelry to clothing to home products. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital XO Matte Gold Necklace, $20, available at St. Jude Giftshop.
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Drink up for a worthy cause with OneHope wine. A glass of the Sonoma rosé, for example, can help educate women on the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer.
OneHope Sonoma Reserve Rosé, $24.99, available at OneHope.
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This holiday season, give the gift of a goat. Seriously.
With a $50 donation, you can provide an animal to a family in need. And it can make a huge difference. "A hardy goat is the gift of sustainability, which means fertilizer and food for families — especially those living in areas that cannot support less-durable critters," Oxfam Gifts' website reads. The organization has a list of other "symbolic" presents you can gift in someone's honor, including providing clean water to a group of people, helping plant a forest, and giving out books to kids in need. After you make your donation, the honoree receives a personalized card featuring your symbolic gift and explaining how it makes a difference. Oxfam Gifts Goat, $50, available at Oxfam Gifts.
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Many refugees don't have access to basic needs such as clean water, hygiene kits, food, and shelter. With a $30 donation to Oxfam Gifts, you can help alleviate the needs of at least one person.
Oxfam Gifts Support a Refugee Gift, $30, available at Oxfam Gifts.
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Help your favorite host share the love (and food) far beyond her living room. Local + Lejos features stylish home decor made by talented artisans around the world. The Neri Tray, for example, is handcrafted in Rwanda by members of the
Kwizera Cooperative. Each sale allows the artist to add a chicken or a rabbit to her farm. Kwizera Cooperative Neri Tray, $72, available at Local + Lejos.
Photo Courtesy of Women for Women International.
With your support, you can give women across the world the opportunity to learn. You can purchase the Women for Women International's "Literacy Training" gift for $50 in honor of a loved one. This will allow women in the countries in which the organization works to attend classes that will help them with their business keeping records, and the person you're honoring will receive a beautiful thank you card.
Women for Women International "Literacy Training" Gift, $50, available at Women for Women International.
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Sudara's T-shirts and pajamas help end sex slavery in India. That's a monumental task, given the high rate of human trafficking there — the country is home to an estimated over 3 million sex workers, many of whom are believed to be victims of exploitation. Sudara forges partnerships with indigenous organizations to create sewing centers that employ survivors and "offer these women a fresh start and place to heal."
Sudara This Shirt Does Good, $24.75, available at Sudara.
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For a truly life-changing gift, try providing a farm animal to a family in need. Options offered through
Heifer International range from rabbits ($60) to a heifer ($500). You can even donate a llama ($150) on behalf of that friend who was glued to the television during the great llama chase of 2015. If a full animal is beyond your budget, you can contribute a share. Either way, the impact will be lasting. "Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs, and more," Heifer says on its website. "Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food, and a sustainable livelihood." Heifer International Llama, $150, available at Heifer International.
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You can help female entrepreneurs in every part of the world when you purchase an item through The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 program. This initiative gives global exposure to female artisans and connects them with the training and tools they need to advance their businesses. This soda-can reindeer is made by Acacia Creations, a group based in Kenya. (All proceeds go to Acacia Creations.)
Acacia Creations Can Reindeer, $28, available at Coca-Cola.
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Because we can never have too many temporary tattoos, Tattly partnered with Charity: Water to create these teardrop tats. Sales support efforts to provide clean water to communities around the world.
Charity: Water/Tattly Temporary Tattoos (set of 2), $5, available at Tattly.
Photo: Courtesy of Girls Not Brides.
More than 700 million women living in the world today
were married before the age of 18. A donation to a group such as Girls Not Brides can help girls like these across the globe escape that fate. Girls Not Brides, donate here.
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Give the gift of a clear mind this holiday season. Sales of Incausa's incense, soap, and meditation sets support indigenous communities in founder Vinicius Vieira de Vieira's native Brazil. "
With this work, we hope to uplift the appreciation for their own traditions and stimulate a return of indigenous peoples back to their own cultures while giving them an opportunity to sustain a living on trade," Vieira de Vieira told Cool Hunting. Incausa Bath & Meditate Set, $38, available at Incausa.
Don't let dress restrictions leave girls on the sidelines. A donation made through Care helps provide culturally appropriate Islamic sportswear for female students in rural schools around the world. Care, which recently got a shoutout from
, features opportunities to donate to many different causes and campaigns. Search through topics that include education, agriculture, and one of our favorites, women's empowerment, to find the perfect altruistic gift for everyone on your list. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof Care Culturally Appropriate Islamic Sports Wear for Girls in Secondary Rural Schools, $61, available at Care.
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No gift guide would be complete without one super-cute buy for the baby in your life. These booties,
sold by Accompany, are handmade in Patagonia from natural materials. The female artisans behind the booties learn management skills and sustainable business practices as part of a model that has won international awards for design and social responsibility. Chilote Baby Shoes, $49, available at Accompany.
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This one's a triple threat: practical, eco-friendly, and carrying a serious social impact. Lunapads, a company based in Canada, produces a wide array of reusable products to help manage menstrual flow. Purchases made through the company's
One4Her partnership shop support a program that provides pads to girls and women in developing countries. That one pad can make a big difference — one in 10 girls in Africa misses school or drops out because of her period, according to one UNICEF estimate. Lunapads Maxi Pad & Insert, $16.99, available at Lunapads.
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shaved head isn't the only way to help out St. Baldrick's Foundation with its work. All proceeds from the charity's online store go directly to promising studies that will help children with cancer. St. Baldrick's Foundation Cap, $14.95, available at St. Baldrick's Foundation.
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The Brave Collection features beautiful jewelry that is handmade by women in Cambodia. The artists, mostly mothers, "come from underprivileged backgrounds or suffer from disabilities," the company says. "All artists work in a free, fair, and dignified work environment where they are paid above-average wages and receive benefits such as health insurance and stipends for their children's education," the company says. Plus, 10% of the proceeds are used to combat human trafficking in Cambodia — a huge issue impacting women and girls there. This bracelet's lettering translates to "brave" in Khmer, the official language of Cambodia.
The Brave Collection Teal, $38, available at The Brave Collection.