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16 holiday gifts that give back to great causes

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Image: Mashable Composite; LifeStraw, Cuddle + Kind, Sseko Designs, WeWood

Don’t let the stress of the holiday shopping season get you down this year there’s plenty of good to go around.

Various companies are giving their products a true philanthropic edge, appealing to consumers who want to give gifts and give back at the same time.

These quality gifts take on the world’s biggest inequalities and most noticeable causes and all without causewashing. If that doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.

These 16 gifts will help you make a difference this holiday season. To find more options for those on your holiday list, check out our gift guides from past years for more stellar gifts that give back.

1. Cuddle + Kind dolls

Image: Cuddle + Kind

What if a cuddle could change the world? The makers of Cuddle + Kind’s hand-knit dolls say it can.

Cuddle + Kind’s dolls are ethically produced by Peruvian women artisans, and they help curb childhood hunger around the word. The sale of one doll equals 10 meals provided to children in need through the World Food Program USA. Dolls are available in bright colors and dressed in fun outfits, making them the perfect gifts for children.

Price: $45 – $65

2. Conscious Step socks

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Conscious Step creates eye-catching patterned socks for more than simple style. Each pair is designed in honor of a particular cause, benefiting a trusted nonprofit working to tackle an issue of global concern.

A pair of socks that benefit Water.org, for example, provides 18 months of clean water access for someone in need. Another pair, benefiting UNAIDS, provides a week of HIV treatment for an expectant mother in a developing nation.

Price: $14.95 per pair; $44.95 for a three-pair collection

3. Alex and Ani “Charity by Design” bracelets

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Through its “Charity by Design” line, jewelry manufacturer Alex and Ani designs simple bracelets dedicated to a wide variety of good causes.

From UNICEF to the Alzheimer’s Association to the ASPCA, each bracelet represents a worthy global issue. And with 20 percent of the proceeds going directly to the nonprofit represented, this gift gives back in notable ways.

Price: $21 – $38

4. Love Your Melon hats

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For many parts of the world, the holiday season means winter weather. Warm winter hats are one gift everyone will have a use for especially with a good cause attached.

Love Your Melon beanies are made of cotton yarn in several different colors, featuring a patch that declares “Love Your Melon.” Half of the net proceeds from each sale go to pediatric cancer organizations.

Price: $30

5. Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box

Image: Tory Burch Foundation

Designer Tory Burch is known for her high-end accessories, but she also knows how to give back by supporting women entrepreneurs. The Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box features seven products from seven women-owned companies, giving female entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their talents.

The products included in this year’s holiday box range from a simple necklace to classic nail polish and a detox bath. All proceeds from sales of the box benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports female entrepreneurs with financial support and mentorship.

Price: $98

6. Ornaments made by female survivors

Image: Thistle Farms

These ornaments are more than just festive decorations they celebrate the resilience of women from around the world. The set of four handmade ornaments, assembled in a collection called “Love From Around The World II,” were each made by female survivors in Nashville, Cambodia, Peru and the Middle East.

The collection benefits Thistle Farms, an organization supporting survivors of addiction, prostitution and human trafficking. The organization says the collection of ornaments is meant to show that love is the most powerful force for change in the world.

Price: $26

7. The Starling Project candles

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The Starling Project’s ethically-sourced, hand-poured candles come in intriguing scent combinations, like Juniper Saffron and Vanilla Hemlock. The candles themselves tie in to the project’s mission of supporting work that grants solar energy access to communities in need around the world.

The award-winning candle company donates all profits outside of production and operating costs to UNICEF to fund its solar energy work in developing nations. In the last year alone, the company has raised more than $100,000 to help provide solar energy access to communities in Chad.

Price: $55

8. Vibes high-fidelity earplugs

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For the conscious concertgoer on your list, these earplugs are an essential item they never knew they needed. Vibes earplugs are designed for listening to live music, allowing wearers to protect their hearing without sacrificing sound quality or clarity.

The earplugs work by filtering acoustics to lower the decibel levels of any given environment all without muffling or distorting the sound like traditional foam earplugs.

Vibes earplugs have a partnership with the Hear the World Foundation. Proceeds from each pair purchased will help fund hearing aids, surgeries and programs for the hard of hearing around the world.

Price: $23.99

9. charity: water leather wristband

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Remember those plastic charity wristbands that were popular to stack on your wrist a few years ago? Nonprofit organization charity: water gave those same bracelets an upgrade with this leather wristband.

The black wristband is a sleek way to show support for clean water access around the world, with all of the profits going directly to charity: water.

Price: $15

10. LifeStraw Go water bottles

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Drinking clean water has never been easier. LifeStraw Go 2-stage filtration water bottles are equipped with a real-time filtration system, which cleans bacteria and contaminants out of water as you sip. The explorer on your list can even drink river water using the bottle all without worry.

Through the company’s Follow the Liters program, every LifeStraw product sold provides a child in a developing country with access to clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year.

Price: $49.95

11. Charcoal soap

Image: The Adventure Project

Even giving coal to someone on the “naughty” list can make a difference. Given the popularity of charcoal in beauty products this year, the Adventure Project and APOTHEKE teamed up to create a charcoal soap that gives back.

With each purchase of the “coal” soap, one woman in Kenya is provided with a charcoal-efficient stove. With 4 million people dying from smoke inhalation worldwide every year, these stoves can help curb the need to cook over open fires.

Price: $20

12. The Giving Keys matte black key necklace

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The Giving Keys is a Los Angeles-based company that employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make their products. Each key-themed product, including this matte black necklace, is stamped with an inspirational word “create,” “strength,” “inspire,” and more.

The wearer of a product from The Giving Keys is encouraged to embrace that word, and then “pay it forward” by giving their product to a person who needs the message more. Since their incorporation in 2012, The Giving Keys has provided job opportunities to more than 60 individuals transitioning out of homelessness with the support of their nonprofit partners.

Price: $42

13. Sseko leather iPad case

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This Sseko leather case, which fits an iPad Air and a Kindle, is handcrafted in Ethiopia by women in the region. The women who assemble the cases are paid fair wages, have their education subsidized and have the opportunity to assume leadership roles within the company. The material for the case is also ethically sourced from Ethiopian farmers, making a conscious product pipeline.

As a company, Sseko‘s goal is to help curb poverty in Ethiopia by employing women in meaningful, sustainable work. Additional profits from the products are also used to empower and provide education to women in Uganda through dedicated programs.

Price: $49.99

14. WeWOOD watches

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These stylish wooden watches hope to remind you not only of the time, but of the value of nature. The watch is completely free of toxic and artificial materials, making it more sustainable than other watch brands. But for those concerned about destroying trees in the process, WeWOOD has a solution.

The company partners with Trees for the Future, Treedom and American Forests to plant a tree for every wooden watch purchased, rebuilding the environment. Since 2011, WeWOOD has helped plant more than 420,000 trees.

Price: $125-$170

15. Lisa Hoffman rose quartz bracelet

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This classic bracelet is made of rose quartz beads and has a sterling silver leaf charm. Inside the charm, wearers can place a fragrance that acts like long-lasting perfume.

The bracelet not only looks good, but it does good. Through January 2017, all of the proceeds collected from sales of the bracelet will go directly to the National Breast Cancer Coalition.

Price: $95

16. STATE Mini Kane backpacks

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STATE’s Mini Kane backpacks are fashion-forward bags that deliver both style and impact. The bags feature a main storage compartment, zippered front pocket and velcro side pockets. Plus, they come in stunning color combinations, like pink and mint or green and navy. There’s even an old-school Nickelodeon-themed bag.

For each Mini Kane backpack sold, STATE will donate a pack filled with essential “tools for success” to a U.S. child in need, through the company’s #GiveBackPack campaign.

Price: $45

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/11/25/gifts-that-give-back-2016/

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