Some gifts are sweet for more than just the recipient – gifts that give back. ‘Tis the season of kindness and giving (shouldn’t every month be?), so today we’re showcasing products whose profits go to support charity! There are so many great causes in the world, and you might not be sure how you can help (especially when time and money are in short supply). So, if you have to buy something, why not choose a product with a purpose? The best thing about buying kid’s gifts that give back is that you can teach them an important lesson in kindness and empathy. Without further adieu, here are a dozen delightful kid’s gifts that benefit charity.
Kohl’s Cares On the Night You Were Born Book – 100% of profits from the sale of this book go to children’s educational and health related charities! There are also $5 stuffed animals and other books in this series so there are more options for gifts that give back! Check out Kohl’s Cares for more info.
TOMS Standup Backpack Collection – TOMS gives a pair of shoes to a child in need every time they sell a pair of shoes. That’s amazing enough, but now they are also selling backpacks that help fund anti-bullying programs at schools! They want to prevent 90% of bullying that is occurring in middle and high schools. What a great goal! Check out TOMS’ where we give webpage to see all the charities they work with.
MaxLove Brand is one of our favorites because the profits support our sole charitable partner, MaxLove Project. MaxLove Project is a nonprofit organization that empowers families fighting childhood cancers and related life-threatening conditions with quality of life care, whole-body wellness resources, education and research. 100% of the sales of their beanies, truckers caps, t-shirts, scarves, and other awesome products goes to helping sick kids!
SuperMax The Turtle – This miniature version of the Twilight Turtle is Cloud b’s nightlight on the go inspired by courageous 8-year-old Max Wilford who is battling brain cancer. The smile on this sweet turtles face is modeled after Max’s own! The toy is made entirely of plastic so it is easy to clean and because of it’s smaller size it’s easy bring with to day cares, hospitals, and anywhere else brave kids are travelling to. Proceeds from the sale of SuperMax The Turtle go to MaxLove to help them on their mission empowering families of children fighting cancer.
Every Mother Counts – This non-profit started by Christy Turlington Burns is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every woman in the world. You can donate on their website, but they also partner with many unique businesses that donate part of their proceeds to the non-profit.
Ten Thousand Villages – This company started the global fair trade movement after its founder, Edna Ruth Byler visited Puerto Rico in 1946 and was appalled by the extreme poverty. She wanted to find a way for global artisans to sell their creations directly to people in the U.S. Ten Thousand Villages sells handmade products from all over the world which preserves cultural arts and helps maintain healthier communities.
Global Goods Partners – This non-profit brings artisan products all made by women from 20 different countries to the U.S. You’ll love their kids selection with handmade stuffed animals, bags, puppets, and baby booties! Why buy something made on an assembly line when you can get something cute that helps alleviate poverty for women in developing countries?
Kauzbots – Kauzbots are robots with a heart! 10% of the retail price of every Kauzbot sold goes to the charity that it is associated with. Some of the “kauzes” the robots donate to are music therapy in children’s hospitals, planting trees, autism research, helping refugees, and fighting childhood cancer. They are all adorable and would make a great gift!
SallyJane – A company started by an aunt and her niece whose motto is Bee Courageous, Bee Bold, Bee a Survivor…Just Bee. They make beautiful charms all with a bee theme that represents accomplishing the impossible. One dollar of every item sold goes to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cancer Center.
UNICEF Market – UNICEF market was established in 2014 to create income for artisans around the world with sales helping save and protect children. UNICEF has helped save more children’s lives than any other humanitarian organization. They have many unique gifts available from around the world including board games and children’s toys. This chinese checkers game caught our eye because it’s especially beautiful!
Dsenyo – This company sells artisan goods made by women in Malawi, Zambia, and Brazil. They aim to empower women economically through the sale of fair trade gifts and ethical fashion. Their baby and toddler collection is super unique and absolutely adorable!
Rosie Hippo – These toys are made from sustainable wood, organic fabrics, and recycled materials. They are simple toys that will remind you of a past time when toys were less complicated and inspired more creativity. Rosie Hippo supports multiple charities including – Room To Grow, Charity: Water, and The Young Survival Coalition.
With the headlines these days, it can be easy to think the world’s getting worse and worse. But if you look past the headlines, you can find a lot of good people doing a lot of good things. Support their work by buying a gift that gives back!
Let us know in the comments if you’ll be buying any of these – or if you know of other options for kid’s gifts that benefit charity. We’d love to hear from you.