Best Gifts That Give Back 2017

I recently learned that the sale weekend doesn’t end with Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As it turned out, there is a global initiative called Giving Tuesday that supports charitable shopping. While the easiest way to participate in the #GivingTuesday movement is by picking holiday gifts from the brands that give back, there are also all sort of activities that you could get involved in. For instance, donate your time and volunteer for a good cause or donate some warm clothes to a charitable organization.

Personally, every holiday season I’m trying to do at least few things to give back. I collect some of the shoes and clothes and distribute it between Goodwill and Salvation Army (if you follow me on Instagram Stories, Ben and I just did it this weekend). I also send a check to a charitable organization that I believe in (this year, it would be World Vision and ASPCA). I didn’t get involved in any volunteering opportunities lately, but if you have any ideas please let me know in the comments!

While I understand that not many people could donate their time and money for a bigger cause, I wanted to share with you some of the ideas how you could turn your typical holiday shopping into a meaningful experience—by picking the brands and products that help to make the world a better place. Below, I list some ideas for the gifts that not only look great but also give back. Please let me know in the comments if you know about any additional brands that are giving back!


L’OCCITANE SHEA BUTTER DELUXE COLLECTION SET ($104, // One of my favorite beauty brands, L’Occitane, not only offers the best selection of holiday gift ideas but also gets involved in many wonderful charitable causes. This holiday season, L’Occitane has partnered with UNICEF to help children and mothers in developing countries. The brand put together two gift sets of best-selling products, Shea Butter Collection Set and Shea Butter Deluxe Collection Set, and will donate $4 from each gift set purchased to UNICEF. In addition to this important monetary contribution, L’Occitane helps to create jobs for women from Burkina Faso who produce Shea Butter for the line. In other words, by picking any of these gift sets, you are also contributing to two charitable causes at once!

What’s in the set: Shea Butter Ultra-Rich Body Cream (haven’t tried it yet), Intensive Hand Balm (my personal favorite!), Foot Cream (it really works!), Shower Cream (smells amazing!), Extra Gentle Milk Soap (gentle indeed!), and Shea Light Face Cream (to be tested), and Shea Butter Tin Box.

This gift gives back to: UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund).

This gift is perfect for: Anyone! Regardless the age and gender. If you ask me, I would gift it to my mom, dad, or a boss.


BABO BOTANICALS RADIANT LIP TINT TRIO ($19.99, // This beautifully packaged set of tinted lip balms will make a great stocking stuffer for any woman in your life. Whether it’s a mom, a sister, a friend or a coworker, everyone could benefit from rich lip smoothing balms. The best part about this lip hydrating pack is that each of the balms in the set not only offers a beautiful tint of color but also helps to protect sensitive skin on lips from the sun. Formulated with certified organic ingredients, this gift of soft lips will become such cute and helpful gift this holiday season!

This gift gives back to: Babo Botanicals is involved in a few wonderful causes such as educating children on gardening and nutrition through brand’s Plant For Change Initiative.

This gift is perfect for: Any girl in your life! Or anyone you don’t know too closely as lip balms are beauty products that are truly universal and work for anyone!


ETHIQUE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR ($38, // What if I told you that this colorful advent calendar includes everything you could possibly need for your skincare, haircare, and body care routine? Sounds exciting, right? And what if I told you that all these products look like… a soap? That totally brings this vegan-friendly advent calendar on a completely different level! Not to give you any spoilers, but I’ve been testing some of Ethique goodies for the last few weeks and I must say that I am impressed. It was one thing when I loved a soap shape shaving cream, but when your hair conditioner also looks like a soap and hydrates hair like nothing els—it’s fascinating! In other words, this advent calendar is a perfect opportunity to explore some of the Ethique goodies in a fun and entertaining way and help to save the environment. Since all the products are packed in paper boxes, by purchasing from the brand you become a part of the #GiveUpTheBottle movement that prevents the manufacture and disposal of plastic containers worldwide.

This gift gives back to: It helps to eliminate plastic consumption. Also, Ethique donates 20% of its profit to charitable causes: World Animal Protection, Helping You Help Animals, Animal Rescue International, and The Orangutan Project. Check out photos of Monti and Maurice, cute animals adopted by the brand.

This gift is perfect for: A vegan friend or anyone who lives a sustainable lifestyle. Also for a person who is obsessed with advent calendars or a beauty fanatic who loves experimenting with unique products.


KOPARI COCONUT CRUSH SCRUB ($38, // While I’ve been using Kopari Organic Coconut Melt for years, I first heard about the scrub from Sephora’s Allure Best of Beauty 2017 section. I was excited to test this product out since it received such important award from the beauty editors and it did not disappoint. I already wrote about Kopari’s lip balm set in my Color-Coded Gift Guide: Pink Edition, so I decided to feature in this post a product from a permanent collection that is truly versatile and will work for anyone. Feel free to check out brand’s holiday gift set collection if you are specifically looking for a value kit option.

This gift gives back to: Waves For Water, an international charitable organization that provides clean water to communities in need around the globe. For every order placed with Kopari, the brand donates $1 to Waves For Water.

This gift is perfect for: Anyone who appreciates beautiful, smooth skin, and doesn’t like chemicals in their skincare products.


CLARISONIC MIA FIT ($219, // A lot of people know about the difference using Clarisonic brush makes to your skin, but not many people are aware that the brand supports an important social cause. Together with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, Clarisonic started #CleanTheMean social media campaign that is designed to prevent bullying. As per Clarisonic’s website, PACER educates parents, education professionals, and students on how to prevent bullying, help people to resist bullying and spread positivity. Clarisonic helps to spread the word about this important mission as well as fund it. For every Facebook or Instagram post with the hashtag #CleanTheMean the brand donates $1 to PACER.

This gift gives back to: PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

This gift is perfect for: Yourself! Or anyone in your life who doesn’t have a Clarisonic brush yet.


AWE JEWELRY STARLIGHT NECKLACE ($160, // I case you haven’t heard about AWE Jewelry on my Instagram account (make sure to enter a giveaway for a chance to win this cute necklace!), it’s a brand created by a 3-time cancer survivor to bring hope to other survivors from across the globe. Whether it’s an illness that dramatically changed someone’s life or a devastating life event that turned the entire world upside down, the mission of AWE is to give back to fellow survivors and send them the message or support, strength, and resilience.

This gift gives back to: AWE donates 20% of sales to their National Charity Partners that include CancerCare, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Trevor Saving Young Lives, and Rainn.

This gift is perfect for: Anyone in your life who went through a traumatic event as a reminder that there is hope, no matter what is happening with them at the moment.


HOPE FRAGRANCES SCENTED CANDLE ($50, // If you are looking for a luxury hostess gift, check out a selection of Hope Fragrances products available at Saks Fifth Avenue. In addition to offering deliciously scented candles and home fragrances, the brand supports an important social cause. Hope Fragrances donates 100% of its profits towards Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF), created in 2006 to discover new medications and treatments for depression and related mood and emotional disorders (including bipolar disorder, postpartum depression, PTS, anxiety, and suicide).

This gift gives back to: HDRF (Hope for Depression Research Foundation).

This gift is perfect for: A home buddy or anyone who is obsessed with scented candles!


EVERYONE AROMATHERAPY DIFFUSER ($24.49, // I recently started experimenting with essential oils and this compact diffuser has been a favorite of mine. If you have someone in your life who has the appreciation for home scents and knows about mixing aroma oils, it would be such a gorgeous holiday gift idea. In addition to the sustainable manufacturing of aroma oils, the brand is involved in a lot of good causes that support shelters in the San Fransisco Bay Area as well as many national charitable organizations.

This gift gives back to: Homeward Bound (provider of shelter for homeless families and individuals), Delancey Street (residential self-help organization), Turning Green (nonprofit that encourages young adults to adopt an environmentally conscious lifestyle) and other causes.

This gift is perfect for: Anyone who is into aroma oils.


ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN MARINE OIL ($79, // For all the skincare junkies in your life, consider this antiaging hero. Not only it’s one of the most hyped anti-aging oils, it also comes in such fancy packaging that any beauty lover will appreciate and adore. Formulated with a trio of seaweeds, this nourishing face is designed to be applied before a serum and moisturizer twice a day – for a radiant and smooth-looking skin.

This gift gives back to: Women For Women International (nonprofit organization that support female survivors of war), Breast Cancer Care (provides care and support to people affected by breast cancer), Wellbeing Of Women (a fund that works to improve women’s gynecological and reproductive health), and Gavi Alliance (helps to increase access to immunization in undeveloped countries).

This gift is perfect for: A skincare lover who appreciates high-end products and cute packaging.


JANE IREDALE LIMITED EDITION DREAM LUMINIZER TRIO ($45, // If you have a girl in your life who loves wearing “no makeup makeup,” this illuminating set will make a perfect gift. Not only those all-over-skin highlighters create a beautiful soft-focus finish, they also come in such unique travel-friendly package that will put a big smile on any makeup lover’s face. This set is more than just a highlighter set though as it’s formulated with skincare grade ingredients and could be used not only on cheeks but also on eyes and lips.

This gift gives back to: LBBC (Living Beyond Breast Cancer) nonprofit organization who helps to connect people diagnosed with breast cancer with educational resources and a supportive community. And many other charitable organizations and causes listed here.

This gift is perfect for: A makeup lover or a person who only uses vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.

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AVEDA HAIR PRODUCTS ( // In addition to creating some of the most effective and “clean” hair and beauty products, Aveda is known for its social responsibility and leadership. The brand follows Ayurvedic principles that entail caring about the Earth and thus work with organic materials and follow sustainable practices to create the most balanced products for your hair, body, and skin. I tested almost every single product from Aveda’s hair care line and I love how these products work for me. Here, I provide just a few products for your reference that will make a great holiday gift. Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser is a gentle exfoliator for your hair that helps to clean product build up. Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil is a perfect solution for dry hair that also brings shine and softness to hair. Damage Remedy Split and Repair is great for people with hair damaged by excessive heat tools usage.

This gift gives back to: Aveda uses handcrafted paper from Nepal which helps to create jobs in this country. Every October, Aveda donates $4 of Hand Relief’s purchase price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The brand also donates 100% of the purchase price of limited0edition Light The Way Candles to Global Greengrants Fund.

This gift is perfect for: A friend who loves experimenting with different hairstyles. Or any guy in your life—everyone washes their hair so why not gifting them high-quality all-natural Aveda products?

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There you have it: a roundup of some awesome holiday gifts to consider supporting this Giving Tuesday. I hope this list was helpful for you and you were able to find some interesting ideas that not only make a great present but also give back. I look forward to hearing your feedback! Which products did you like the best? Are there any additional brands that are supporting good causes that I should have included in this list? Please let me know in the comments!

Gifts That Give Back 2017