5 Unique Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Posted by Jolie Peters
(@Jolie Peters)

‘Tis the season for mindless consumerism, over-played Christmas songs and spending money you don’t have out of sheer guilt. Is it just us, or have we started celebrating the winter holidays for all the wrong reasons? Be the one to break the chain this season, and gift one of these five unique presents that gives back to a bigger cause.


iTouch Wearables

The iTouch Wearable is like an Apple Watch-FitBit love child. They’re super chic, and whoever sports one will have the perfect workout partner come the “new year, new-you” season. What’s more? 10% of in-store proceeds are donated to Jewelers of Children to help children who are victims of catastrophic illness or life-threatening abuse and neglect.


Keurigs are convenient, but guilt-inducing as the single use plastic pods are super damning for the environment. The VitaCup’s coffee and tea are vitamin-infused, so you can get your daily dose of caffeine and your multi-vitamin nutrients all at the same time. The pods are LEED certified and BPA-free. Their single serve capsules and foil lids are fully recyclable, unlike most single-serving pods. In addition, VitaCup has partnered with Vitamin Angels, an organization that fights to end global malnutrition. They will donate 2% of all profits to the organization, so you can get your caffeine on for a cause. Say hello to the perfect stocking stuffer.

Reliable Corporation

This is a great gift for someone with a type-A personality that likes to travel, and also cares about bettering the world. This 2-in-1 travel-sized steamer and iron will keep you looking spiffy on-the-go. Starting on December 10th, Reliable Corporation is matching every dollar customers give, and donating the proceeds to an awesome organization called Sketch.  Sketch is a a community centre that provides homeless and underprivileged young adults with a safe sanctuary that offers creative workshops like textile-making to wood-working, as well as hot meals.

Project Fire Wine Stoppers

Fighting gun fire with actual fire, this Chicago-based org helps with the trauma recovery of youth who have been effected by gun violence by providing them with employment in glassblowing, mentorship and psychoeducation. The products are impeccably made, and stunningly beautiful. Learn more about how you can purchase a wine stopper of your own.

Packed with Purpose

Who doesn’t love a good gift basket? Especially one that impacts the world in a positive way. Packed with Purpose is a gift box filled with quality eats and goodies that are hand-selected based on the social impact they have. For example, the wine stoppers above from Project Fire Chicago can be found in some of the boxes, as well as cocoa-covered pretzels that help with reforestation efforts in Brazil, teas that help with cancer-wellness, and much, much more. There are a variety of options to choose from based on your budget and the aesthetic of your gift-receiver. Pick your perfect box today!