By Kaitlin Johnstone

8 Christmas Gift Ideas that Make a Difference

They say Christmas is a time for giving. Why not make it a time for giving back? Here are some awesome companies that give back with each purchase this holiday season.


1. Cuddle & Kind Dolls

These hand-knit dolls are ethically produced by Peruvian women artisans, and they help curb childhood hunger around the word. Each doll purchase results in 10 meals provided to children in need through the World Food Program USA.  Cuddle & Kind’s dolls are dressed in cute, fun outfits and come available in bright colors, making them the perfect gifts for children.


2. Lifestraw

Clean water made easy. Lifestraw Go 2-stage filtration water bottles are equipped with a real-time filtration system, which cleans bacteria and contaminants out of water as you sip. Perfect for the explorer on your list, who can even drink river water without the worry. Every LifeStraw product sold provides a child in a developing country access to clean, safe drinking water for one school year.


3. Thistle and Farms

Candles and room sprays from Thistle and Farms will not only warm your home, but your heart as well. Proceeds help to empower and employ survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.





4. Love your Melon is a knit hat company that donates 50% of all its proceeds to fight pediatric cancer. Help this company join in the fight for pediatric cancer and score yourself an awesome hat for the chilly winter nights!




5. One Hope Wine

Who doesn’t love a bottle of sparking wine on New Years Eve? This year, why not pop a bottle and do a little good at the same time?  Every four bottles funds one hour of operational costs for the Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is the leading national organization in providing crisis and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.



6. Fire Dept. Coffee

Fire Dept. Coffee offers delicious flavors of hand crafted coffee funded by firefighters such as a Christmas blend, and Bourbon and Rum infused flavors. A portion of each sale gives back to charities that support firefighters and military service people.


7. Bird & Stone 

This jewelry company Bird + Stone combats inequality one accessory at a time. With every purchase of The Future is Female brass cuff, for example, $5 is donated to Planned Parenthood of NYC.



8. Kind Cotton

Well, duh! Kind Cotton tops are trendy, soft, comfy, and inspirational. Best of all, with every item sold a book is donated to a child in need. Help us improve childhood literacy in the United States, one book at a time. 




This Christmas, join us in a new tradition of giving back!  Let us know in the comments which items you like, or plan to purchase this holiday season!


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