When you’re wracking your brain to find gifts for the friends who have everything, holiday shopping can feel a little, well, indulgent. As you’re picking out new shoes, games, and accessories, wouldn’t it be great to find gifts that actually give a little back to the world?
You can. We’ve compiled a shopping list of the perfect presents that will delight anyone on your list—and let you contribute to a great cause at the same time. Here are five picks for gifts that keep on giving.
Gift your warm-weather friends (or anyone who’s planning a beach vacation) these cool square-shaped flip-flops from Chipkos. For every pair purchased, the organization will donate funds to conserve 100 square feet of rain forest land in Guanacaste Costa Rica. Its ultimate goal: preserve 100 million square feet to protect the endangered land, species, and natural resources of the rain forest.
For the cheeky t-shirt lover in your life, check out the tops from the “Good Shirts Do Good” campaign, a partnership between UNICEF and Threadless. Each shirt design bears a symbol representing a type of relief aid provided by the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, like a mosquito net or a motorbike. Pick your favorite, and 100% of your purchase will go to that effort in the Horn of Africa.
If she loves watches, check out this fabulous, chunky silver one from Guess, adorned with a tiny, sparkling pink ribbon on the face. For each watch sold, Guess will contribute $21 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support breast cancer research. (Or, use your holiday cash to snag one for yourself—the watch will be available through New Year’s Eve.)
Give a gift that’s naughty and nice: When you purchase this (festively wrapped!) lump of coal from The Adventure Project, you’ll also donate stoves to five women in Haiti, where half a million people are still living in tents. These stoves reduce toxic smoke, use less energy, and help provide warmth to a family in need. Coal in your stocking never looked so good. (You can also pick up a holiday e-card, which will donate a stove to one family.)
Give her TOMS sunglasses, and you’ll also give someone in the developing world the gift of sight. The TOMS company, known for its innovative buy-one-give-one shoe initiative, sells eyewear, too—and it’s the same deal: With every purchase, TOMS will donate glasses to a person in need. Sweet shades for her, a huge difference in someone else’s life—that’s a great holiday all around.