Christmas Gifts That Give Back


To be really honest, I have conflicted feelings about Christmas. 

I LOVE the lights, the trees, the decorations, the overall beauty and festive spirit…

…but quite frankly, I hate the consumerism. 

And it confuses the heck out of me how going broke buying gifts for people who already have everything, and throwing parties can be called a celebration of Christ’s birth.

Where to find Christmas Gifts that give back. This is  such a great list!

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be right there with you downing Christmas cookies, but the only thing in my mind that can reconcile the mass exchange of gifts as anything other than rabid consumerism driven largely by corporate greed is if my purchases are helping someone who actually does need it. 

After all, when Christ was born, his gift to us was to fulfill our ultimate need of salvation, and the spirit of Christmas is suppose to reflect that by showing our thankfulness in gifting others with help they need. 

I know that a lot of you won’t feel as strongly as I do on this subject, but since I’ve compiled a list of places that use a large portion of the money spent with them for charitable causes for my own purposes anyway, I thought it wouldn’t hurt to share it with you, and I urge you to use it, and to think twice before thoughtlessly buying another toy at Target. 

Finding Christmas Gifts That Give


Toms. You probably already know that when you buy a pair of shoes from Toms, you give a pair to a child in need, but that’s not there only program. My own favorite, because childbirth is near and dear to my heart, is that when you buy a Toms bag, you help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. Now that’s a charitable cause I could get in to!


The Mercy House. They’re not a big retailer like Toms, and maybe that’s to their advantage. While you can donate directly, you can also buy jewelry, bags, and other accessories made by women around the globe. Their earrings and bracelets would make fabulous stocking stuffers!


Love Your Melon. For every hat purchased, a hat is given to a child battling cancer. A hat is more than a way to cover a head, it’s a token of love, and encouragement to a child going through a rough time. 


Overflow Bottles. I can’t believe I’m recommending an aluminum bottle, but every bottle purchased provides a person with 20 years of clean water on average, and you can’t beat that! These bottles would make great stocking stuffers!


GoodSpread. It’s peanut butter make with honey (most peanut butter is filled with processed sugar), but it’s so much more than that! From their website We’ve found that a little bit of peanut butter can go a long way. For every Good Spread product sold, we provide a packet  of RUTF (basically peanut butter filled with essential nutrients) to kids suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition. With just 3 servings of RUTF a day for 4-6 weeks, malnutrition is completely eradicated in over 98% of children. To us, that’s miraculous.


Roma Boots. For every pair of Roma Boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. This is such a great concept! If you’re a mom, you know how hard it is to keep shoes on your kids (they grow and/or tear them up so fast!), and I can only imagine being so poor that we couldn’t put shoes on our kids’ feet!


Panda makes bamboo-framed sunglasses, and for every pair sold, they provide and eye exam, and a pair of prescription glasses to a person in need through Optometry Giving Sight. These are cool, unique glasses – even if a bit pricey – and I think we can all agree that this is a worthy cause!


Baby Teresa. From their website: “Baby Teresa sells a line of gorgeous 100% organic cotton baby clothing and accessories. For each baby outfit we sell we also donate another to a child in need. For each accessory item we sell, a portion of the sales go to purchasing formula for babies in need (typically in orphanages). So far we’ve made donations in over 20 countries from Peru to Indonesia, Australia to France and Uganda to Egypt to name a few. Our baby clothes and accessories are soft, cuddly, fair trade and make a superb baby shower gift.”


Twice As Warm. Each Purchase provides a new clothing item to a person in need. With winter coming on, I think we would do well to be mindful that there are those who can’t afford to dress warmly. That is a terrible position to be in, and I hate being cold, so I’m totally on board with this company’s mission!


Hand in Hand. By directly tying charitable donations to the sale of an everyday product, Hand in Hand is able to give soap and clean water to those in need and save lives without depending on a single donation.  For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and provides a month of clean water to children in need.

out of print

Out of Print Clothing. These are perfect for the book lovers on your Christmas list! Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through our partner Books For Africa.

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The Company Store. For Each Comforter sold, a comforter is donated to a homeless child in the U.S. I love this idea on a personal level, because more than anything, I despise being cold. 


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  1. I just found you and already adore you… I love what you have to say about the whole Christmas “buy craze”… Black Friday, beating the fire out of each other for 20%… Anyway, thank you for your site and can’t wait to read more!

  2. Thanks for sharing this list, Elise! I, too, don’t care for the way the stress of hosting gatherings, the Santa-everything, or the gorging on food & sugar takes our minds off of Christ. When it comes to gifts, though, I have a slightly different viewpoint. My love language is gifts (as well as quality time) and it means a ton to me when someone buys me a gift that they have been thought & effort into. I do the same when I buy gifts for my loved ones – I take note throughout the year what they like, and I choose something that I think they will appreciate. It gives me great joy to love others in this way, and in the same regard, when someone buys me a gift that I can tell they put no thought into, or even chose to not buy me any gift, I must admit I honestly do get hurt. I know many people who feel the same way as you do, though, and choose to show love through acts of kindness or encouraging words instead – and that needs to be okay with me, because everyone has different way of showing & receiving love 🙂

    1. That’s so true Rhonda! Everyone has a different love language, and learning to appreciate someone speaking another language to you other than your own is very hard indeed!

      My beef isn’t really about giving gifts per se, as much as the gross commercialization of Christmas. The pressure to give a bigger, better gift kind of thing.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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