Gifts that give back for Christmas 2021: Great charity gifts to donate and celebrate

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Christmas can feel wasteful at the best of times. Between the excess of eating, celebrating and gifting, it’s not hard to feel uncomfortable with spending money on presents when there are so many global issues and causes that need our support too.

Many of us may prefer not to receive gifts at all as a way of offsetting some of the excesses of the festive period. Or at the very least, would prefer to receive gifts that are ethically-conscious, sustainably-made or that directly support charities and causes.

Sometimes the most meaningful presents are those that manage to tick more than one of the aforementioned boxes. Choosing to buy gifts from companies or businesses that give back, by supporting charitable causes through profit sales, is a great way to take part in the magic of Christmas, while also minimising some of the guilt associated with giving and receiving presents.

Choosing to buy someone a gift they will love, which at the same time supports a cause they’re passionate about, is a surefire win-win. As December 25 fast approaches, buying presents for your loved ones can feel as if you’re racing against the clock.

The search becomes even more challenging when you’d like to ensure that the money you spend is also going to places that need it most. To lighten the load, we’ve curated a selection of gift ideas that give back.

Each of the items in our edit are gifts where a portion of profits raised go towards causes that support some of the key issues affecting the world today. From companies that will plant trees for every product sold, to small businesses that are committed to supporting specific charities through donating a percentage of their profits, there are a range of ideas and causes to choose from.

We’ve included gift ideas to suit all ages and tastes, from limited-edition beauty gift sets from high-end brands for the sustainably-conscious skincare aficionado, to bespoke plant subscriptions for the interiors and green-fingered, there’s something here to please everyone on your Christmas gift list.

Cloud Nine Evergreen Collection

For every product sold from Cloud Nine’s exclusive Evergreen collection nine trees will be sold.

Give the styling aficionado, hair obsessive or sustainable advocate a gift they will love with an item from the collection, available in a luxurious forest green finish complete with rose gold detailing. There are styling tools and gift sets to choose from that include items like silk scrunchies and luxe faux leather accessories holder.

Buy now £149.00, Cloud Nine

Christmas Snowflake Crew Sock 4 Pack

No Christmas stocking is complete without a fabulously festive pair (or four) of socks.

For every pair of socks sold, Bombas are partnering with St Mungos to donate a pair to someone experiencing homelessness, which means gifting this pack will be four pairs donated.

Buy now £65.00, Bombas

Caudalie First Hydrating Essentials Gift Set

This Christmas, luxury beauty label Caudalie are reinforcing their commitment to helping the planet with their sustainable gift sets. Each set is made with recyclable or recycled materials. Since 2012, the French brand have also planted eight million trees in areas suffering from the effects of deforestation.

The Vinosource-Hydra gift set contains three of the brand’s most skin-quenching hero products that is a worthy addition to any skincare lovers arsenal and ideal companion for braving out the winter months. It includes the S.O.S Thirst-Quenching Serum, a full-sized Grape Water Gel Moisturizer and a moisturising mask. The gentle formulas are also great for sensitive skin.

Buy now £27.00, Caudalie

Tada & Toy’s Saba Cheetah Hoops

The gift of a covetable piece of jewellery and a sizeable charity donation in one swoop is a rare find, but Tada & Toy have made it possible for ultimate feel-good gifting.

For every piece purchased from their Back To The Wild collection, the brand will give 100 per cent of the profits back to the Aspinall Foundation - an animal conservation charity that are committed to returning animals bred in captivity to protected wilderness areas.

The collection features two beautifully dainty sets of hooped earrings that include an animal charm in 18ct gold-plated or recycled sterling silver. Choose from the Masa Elephant or our favourite, the Saba cheetah set. The latter is dotted with white crystal spots and boasts a beaded hoop design for an instantly eye-catching yet delicate piece.

Buy now £955.00, Tada & Toy

Leaf Envy Plant Subscription

What could be more sustainable than a plant subscription gift for Christmas?

To add to it’s eco friendly credentials, Leaf Envy will plant a tree for every purchase. The brand is packing their plants in 100 per cent recyclable packaging and partnering with carbon neutral delivery companies to ship their products. Not only does it give back, it will keep on giving. A subscription will allow the lucky recipient to receive a bespoke plant each month until it ends.

With a focus on unusual plants and housed in design-led pots, these will be a treasured gift for the interiors lover.

There is also an option for a 10 per cent discount on pre-paid subscriptions of six and 12 months.

Buy now £35.00, Leaf Envy

Plant a Tree as a gift

You won’t be able to wrap this one up to place under the tree, but it’s a lovely gift idea for those passionate about fighting against the effects of deforestation.

Give someone a priceless gift by purchasing a tree in their name. You can choose from a selection of trees such as the towering Baobab. All the trees are geolocated and photographed when planted, and the recipient will be able to follow the story of the project.

Buy now £59.55, Treedom

Recognised Jewellery

If you’d like to gift someone special some jewellery this year, but prefer to choose a company that are committed to giving back then look no further than Recognised.

The brainchild of Anneka and Joel Wallington, the social impact brand allows people to invest in gorgeous jewellery, while supporting causes people are passionate about. The brand directly supports global issues including mental health and fighting modern slavery through the sales of their statement Popon pedants.

First, choose a base (we love the sterling silver bangles or the beautifully delicate 18ct gold plated bobble chain). Next, pick the perfect accoutrement for your base with a charm. 100 per cent of profits from each Ponpon goes towards a different chosen partner charity. Charities include NHS Charities Together, Blueprint for All, Maggie’s, Look Good Feel Better, MQ, Ella’s and Little Village. They have raised over £65,000 so far.

Each piece is ethically handcrafted by a family-run workshop and is available in a selection of designs and metals, from textured gold pebbles and alphabet letters to simple pearl pendants - there’s something to suit all tastes.

Prices start from £40 for a Popon and £55 for a jewellery base.

Buy now £40.00, Recognised

Ohne Crushing On Myself Bundle

Gift someone a self-care package with one of Ohne’s gift bundles.

This bundle includes self-soothing treats such as the citrus sweet CBD bath salts, a sugar plum scented candle and a dark chocolate CBD bliss bar for the ultimate luxurious and relaxing bath time.

Ohne give a portion of all profits to School Club Zambia and also customers have an option to donate their box to a chosen charity every month. December’s charity is London LGBTQ+ Centre. With their period pants, they also gift a free pair to someone with no access to period care per pair sold.

Buy now £27.00, Ohne

Muihood Good Chi Cleanser Gua Sha Bundle

This gift bundle from new female-founded skincare brand Muihood is a great gift for any skincare obsessive.

Inspired by her Chinese heritage, founder Charlotte Yau aims to celebrate traditional Chinese medicine and its ancient powers with modern day skincare.

The Good Chi Cleansing Balm is a luxuriously rich balm, made with soy bean oil, and ginseng and goji berry extract. It comes in a satisfyingly heavy glass jar, and effortlessly wipes off the day leaving your skin super soft and completely clean.

Muihood also donate 10 per cent of their profits to GirlDreamer, a community and space that helps women of colour to achieve their goals by supporting them with their professional and personal development.

Available to buy on its own or as a gift bundle that includes a jade Gua Sha spoon for the ultimate spa experience.

Buy now £46.00, Muihood

Gift a vaccine with Go Give One

Gift a COVID vaccine to someone this Christmas by making a donation in someone’s name. Launched by the WHO Foundation, the Go Give One campaign raises funds to provide vaccines to the places that need it most, prioritising the countries that can’t afford them.

A £20 donation will secure a vaccine for five people (six with GiftAid).

Buy now £20.00, Charities Aid Foundation

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