20 Gifts That Give Back This Holiday Season

Rather than fighting the hordes at the mall, flex your plastic here in cyberspace with these unique gifts that give back.

Lara McGlashan MFA CPT | November 30, 2016

It’s that time of year to roll up your sleeves and get down and dirty with your credit card. But rather than fighting the hordes at the mall, flex your plastic here in cyberspace with these unique gifts that give back. The purchase of each of these items helps benefit a specific charity or endeavor, bettering the world in the true spirit of holiday giving.

Shape Mags

Shape Mags donates product all year-round to schools in need, and for every follow made on Chai Lifeline social media, Shape Mags will donate 25 cents to Chai Lifeline, a health support network for seriously ill children, their families and communities.

Inspire an interest in building and geometry with these award-winning magnetic building tiles. These nearly indestructible tiles in varying shapes build fine-motor skills, critical thinking and math skills. Ages 3+.

$24.99 - $99.99

Gather Chocolates

Gather donates 2.5 percent of sales to the Pollinator Partnership, a nonprofit that advocates and educates about honeybee protection.

Made by hand in small batches, this treat comes neatly packaged in a honeycomb-shaped box and is 70 percent dark chocolate complimented by a note of wildflower honey. Enjoy six unique flavors: caramelized honey, pomegranate molasses, sour cherry, cashew caramel, coconut cluster and sesame crunch.

6-piece box: $12.50; 12-piece box: $18.50

Enter promo code LOVE2GATHER and get 10 percent off your Gather Chocolate order!

Me to We Tea Tin

Every 4-ounce purchase gives three months of clean water to a Kenyan child in need through Me to We.

Steep positive change with this caffeine-free pineapple, hibiscus, fig and cranberry tea blend from DavidsTea. Packaged in a limited-edition tin with a raindrop motif, it’s a guaranteed hit with tea lovers of all ages.

$18

Dreaming Tree Wine Holiday Entertaining Pack

Dreaming Tree donates a portion of all bottle sales toward The Wilderness Society (helping protect our nation’s shared wilderness) and Living Lands & Waters (hosting cleanup initiatives, tree plantings and other conservation efforts). To date, it has donated more than $500,000.

This eco-friendly California wine is the brainchild of musician Dave Matthews and award-winning winemaker Sean McKenzie. Three signature bottles (Chardonnay, Crush, Cabernet Sauvignon) have been grouped with a $50 gift card to Ticketmaster, the perfect gift for wine and music lovers of all ages.

$69

Fiji Yoga Mat

For every three mats sold, La Vie Boheme Yoga donates one to a school participating in the Sean O’Shea Foundation, which provides at-risk youth with basic core yoga practices.

The weather outside might be frightful, but you can hold paradise close to your heart with this yoga mat from La Vie Boheme. Featuring a fresh design of island plants, you’ll get a feeling of deep relaxation and will help stave off the chill of Old Man Winter (well, kinda) as you Down Dog this December.

$86

Enter promo code oxy20 at checkout at laviebohemeyoga.com and get 20 percent off!

Tentsile Flite+

For every tent purchased, Tentsile will plant three trees in association with WeForest (helping manage, plant and restore forests globally) and the Eden Projects (which employs local workers to plant trees in their communities).

This tent combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent, and it can be suspended above the ground between trees or set up like a standard tent. Ultralight, it’s perfect for backpacking and adventuring in the wilderness.

$350

Enter code TentsileOxygen10 at checkout and get a 10 percent discount.

(Head) RED Special Edition Gym Bag

A portion of all proceeds goes toward The Global Fund to Fight AIDS via (RED) charity, providing 20 days of lifesaving medication.

Rally and save lives by sporting this lightweight gym bag at your next match or gym workout. Made of easily washable polyester.

$60

“Today I Shall Be Epic” Mug

A portion of all sales is given to Water.org, helping ensure people all over the world have safe drinking water.

Start your day with a positive intention with this mug from The Love Bomb Co. Magnets, mason jars, prints, gift cards and clothes are also available. Check them out online and drop a “love bomb” on your friends and family!

$16

Cheeky Ojai Dinnerware Collection

For every Cheeky product purchased, one meal is given in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

Cheer up your bland, boring meals with a new set of dishes. Great for everyday use, this gray and pink porcelain dinnerware set includes 16-pieces: four mugs, four bowls, four salad plates and four dinner plates.

16-piece set: $69.99

Eco Vessel Collapsible Food Container

A percentage of all proceeds is donated to Water for People, a nonprofit that helps build safe and clean water facilities in underdeveloped countries.

This four-cup, leakproof container is perfect for the nutritionally conscious, allowing you to take your carefully prepped meals anywhere. Made with food-grade silicone, this BPA-free container can go from the freezer to the microwave and collapses to half its size for storage. A reusable spork snaps into the top so you don’t need any disposable utensils.

Single compartment: $16.95; double compartment: $19.95

Soy Candle

A portion of each sale provides solar energy to an under-resourced community.

These candles, designed by The Starling Project, burn for 60 hours and are hand-poured in Brooklyn, New York, with a custom blend of premium soy-based wax and high-quality, all-natural, essential oil-based fragrances. The candle is available in four scents.

$55

Yes You Can Socks

Ten percent of proceeds go to CanCan Health in support of its early detection cancer awareness workshops for breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.

With an inspiring mantra knit right into them, these socks by Posie Turner are individually constructed with the finest Peruvian cotton on a 200-needle knitting machine, resulting in a finer, softer finish, better fit and less pilling.

$16.50

Enter promo for OXYGEN at checkout and get 10 percent off all sock purchases!

Zhenzee

Profits from the sales of all shoes go toward Ocearch, which researches, tags and tracks great white sharks.

The perfect après-sport shoe, Zhenzee knit slippers are not only adorable, but they also have a rocker sole and a cushioned midsole. They are made of natural fibers to stretch and form to your feet after just a few wears.

$68

Enter promo code OXY at checkout and get 15 percent off!

Stand Up to Cancer Hoodie

Eighteen percent of all proceeds go to fund collaborative, translational cancer research to bring treatment from the bench to the bedside faster and save lives quicker. 

Join the fight against cancer in this classic, cozy hoodie. Made with vintage-style, super-soft fleece fabric, this zip-front hoodie will quickly become your favorite statement garment.

$59.95

Give Love Charm

For every charm sold, Chamilia will donate $4 to the Humane Society International, helping save the lives of animals affected by disaster, laboratory testing, puppy mills and more.

The perfect gift for the animal lover on your list, this delicately sculpted sterling silver charm has a black enamel rendering of a paw print on one side and “give (love)” on the other.

$40

Puzzle Piece Necklace

Twenty percent of the selling price goes to Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to increasing the understanding and acceptance of autism.

If you love someone with autism, keep her close to your heart with this Love Tag necklace designed by Chelsea Charles. The 18-inch beaded chain drops to a subtle, hand-stamped pendant with a puzzle piece on one side and a heart on the other. Pendant and chain are 925 sterling silver.

$49.95

Emma Opal Earrings

Ten percent of all purchases go toward Innovation Africa (a nonprofit that brings solar and agricultural innovations to African villages) and Zeno Mountain Farm (an organization that runs camps that integrate people with and without disabilities to forge long-lasting friendships). 

These gold-filled studs made with radiant blue Israeli opal from The Neshama Project are the perfect everyday jewelry. 

$72

TO112 Lotion

A dollar of every sale of the lotion is donated to Water.org, helping ensure people all over the world have safe drinking water. 

An earth- and health-conscious hair-care and body line, and free from harmful ingredients such as SLS, DEA and parabens, TO112 lotion is infused with amino acids, proteins and exotic oils to hydrate and nourish the skin.

$13 (8-ounce bottle)

Enter OXYGEN30 at checkout and get 30 percent off sitewide!

Coconut Skin-Care Kit

For every sale, Kopari donates $1 to Waves for Water, an organization that works on the front line to provide clean water to communities around the world.

The perfect traveling skin-care kit, this holiday four-pack of Kopari’s multitasking products is TSA-approved and free from sulfates, parabens, silicones and GMOs. The kit includes Coconut Balm and Coconut Melt — perfect for relieving dry skin; Coconut Body Glow to hydrate and add a little shimmer and shine; and Coconut Sheer Oil — a light and fresh treatment for face and hair.

$38

BuddhiBox

In December, BuddhiBox will donate a percentage of proceeds to Stand Up for Kids, a nonprofit that provides lifesaving outreach programs for homeless and at-risk youth. 

This monthly subscription box will kick your asana into gear. A curated assortment of five to six unique and artisanal products will inspire your life, workouts and community. The December box includes an organic lip scrub, lip and cheek tint, a mala necklace, a gratitude intention candle, a dark chocolate sea salt bar and peppermint tea.

one-month solo order: $34.95; monthly subscription: $34.95/month; one-year subscription: $432

Enter promo code yogagratitude at checkout and receive 15 percent off all store and subscription purchases!

About the Author

Lara McGlashan MFA CPT

Oxygen Fitness Editor Lara McGlashan has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and editor, who specializes in health, fitness, and nutrition. 

Lara is an ACE-certified personal trainer and fitness consultant. Her sports background includes skiing, snowboarding, flying trapeze, yoga, competitive beach volleyball, dance, mountain biking, hiking and running, to name a few endeavors. She is currently exploring the world of CrossFit in her home base of Connecticut, where she lives with her 2-year-old son, Alex.

You can follow her on Facebook at LaraFitnessEditor.