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15 Gifts with Extra Impact Because These Luxury Brands Give Back

Luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor, so holiday gifts have extra impact.

Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has curated a list of 15 of our favorite luxury brands that give back to community and environmental groups with every purchase, so that when you give a gift, it has amplified extra impact in spreading joy. From apparel and jewelry to accessories and home décor, shopping brands that give back is a great way to practice gifting with intention.

What are the top luxury brands that give back to others?

The old adage goes that it’s better to give than receive. And when gifting from philanthropic companies, that goodwill is potentially doubled — not only bringing a smile to your recipient’s face but directly impacting those less fortunate.

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It’s been well-documented that consumers today, especially Gen-Zers and Millenials, want to buy from brands that align with their values. Our friends at Accenture found that 60% of consumers were making more environmentally friendly, sustainable or ethical purchases since the pandemic began. 90% intend to do so long-term. Gifting with intention isn’t a trend, it’s becoming a way of life.

Luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor, so holiday gifts have extra impact.

Luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor, so holiday gifts have extra impact.

In this post, we’re highlighting 15 ethical brands that give back. If you’re looking for gifts of apparel, jewelry, accessories, and home goods that can help address issues ranging from elephant conservation to the refugee crisis, this list is for you. It’s never been so easy to spread the wealth and good intentions.

Luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor, so holiday gifts have extra impact.

Luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor, so holiday gifts have extra impact.

15 Gifts with Extra Impact, Because These Luxury Brands Give Back

Here are some of the luxury brands to know that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor.

1. aurate jewelry for literacy

AUrate’s elegant contemporary jewelry is all designed, sourced and made in New York City. Giving back is an intrinsic part of the brand’s values as they “believe your gold shines extra bright when it actually helps others shine, too.” With every piece of jewelry purchased — we’re loving this deco fan pearl ring — a book is donated to an economically underprivileged child with their ‘A Book for Your Look’ program.

ethical brands that give back

BUY NOW – $150

2. jollie yoga mats to support pediatric cancer patients

Have you ever wondered what’s in your yoga mat? Jollie did and decided to create eco-conscious mats that are recyclable with no PVC or harsh chemical dyes. They also use non-Amazon harvested rubber so you can practice in good conscience. With every mat purchased, another mat is donated to a pediatric cancer patient who participates in yoga therapy programs. This whimsical cheetah mat features the bespoke, hand-painted designs of Houston-based illustrator Kristen Leigh.

ethical brands that give back

BUY NOW – $92

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3. bombas family sock collection to support the homeless

Inspired by Disney’s Cinderella, Ariel, Belle, Mulan, Tiana, and Moana, these adorable socks are made to bring a whole household of feet together, cozily ever after. They’re made with extra-long staple cotton with a honeycomb arch support system that cradles the arch of the foot. Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, so Bombas donates 1 pair of socks for every pair purchased.

ethical brands that give back

BUY NOW – $138

4. paper culture photo books for the environment

The holidays are your chance to get all the photos off your phone and into their hands. Paper Culture’s photo books feature 100% post-consumer recycled pages that enable you to create a stunning and fully custom album. Plus, a tree will be planted with every order where reforestation is most needed. Customers also have an opportunity to dedicate a tree with every purchase.

ethical brands that give back

BUY NOW – $39.99

5. epimonia bracelets to support refugees

Epimonía was founded by a Somali refugee in 2018 to support refugees through providing employment, spreading awareness, and donating to education, citizenship, and resettlement initiatives. The Tent bracelet is made by refugees in Minneapolis from upcycled tent material as a symbolic gesture of support for millions of refugees around the world.

ethical brands that give back

Best ethical brands that give back to others. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $80

6. sawa sawa tote for ending period poverty

Look no further for the perfect resort bag inspired by the colors of the sun and handwoven by artisans in Kenya. Made from native African sisal plant fibers, it’s strong enough as an everyday laptop carrier or weekend activity bag. The proceeds from this bag not only empower the women who make them with a dignified, sustainable income but also provide girls with menstrual kits that help them stay in school consistently.

BUY NOW – $125

7. the elephant project doll to fight poaching and improve the lives of elephants

Tembo, meaning ‘elephant’ in Swahili, is an adorable 8″ stuffed elephant doll that the little ones will cherish. 100% of net proceeds go to various organizations that help aid in fighting the poaching crisis and also provide care to injured, abandoned, orphaned, and abused elephants through the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

BUY NOW – $39

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8. hey dewy facial steamer for clean water

This Allure 2021 beauty award winning facial humidifier is wireless and rechargeable so you can hydrate your skin throughout the day. It uses ultrasonic wave technology for quiet, efficient cool mist control and its small and minimal design will not look out of place even at the office. 10% of proceeds will be dedicated to initiatives that make an impact through water, starting with The Water Project which helps provide access to clean, safe and reliable water across sub-Saharan Africa.

BUY NOW – $49.95

9. sackcloth & ashes blanket to support homeless shelters

This soothing blanket combines clean style with sustainability. Woven from recycled, dye-free, and chemical-free cotton, it’s perfect for Netflix marathons on the couch or lounging at the each. For every blanket purchased, a blanket will be donated to the customer’s local homeless shelter.

BUY NOW – $110

10. blqk coffee for social justice

Blqk Coffee believes that coffee is not just a drink but a cultural intersection. It “has the power to set the revolutionary wheels of justice in motion.” Sourced from 100% Arabica beans from expert producers, and then hand-roasted by artisans in Los Angeles, it has a balanced, not-too-light and not-too-dark flavor. 25% of profits are donated to organizations that improve access to quality education, bridge opportunity gaps, and cultivate food justice.

BUY NOW – $25

11. whispering willow soaps to support the national multiple sclerosis society

The husband and wife team behind The Whispering Willow seek to be an agent of change in their own little way. Only the best natural and organic ingredients go into their bath and home products to support sustainable farming. This lovely Self-Care Gift Box includes a bar of soap, lip balm, hand salve and a cedar soap dish —  finished with a purple satin ribbon. 10% of their profits go to the National MS Society to help support those who are touched by this incurable and debilitating disease.

BUY NOW – $27

12. state backpacks to support kids and education

STATE backpacks need no introduction — they’re the coolest bags for the school-age set with their clean lines, chic colors and whimsical embellishments. The company is passionate about supporting American kids, families and communities of need. Their signature bag drop rallies #GiveBackPack, serve thousands of students with fully-packed, school-ready backpacks while DJ’s and celebrities lead a program filled with dancing and inspiring messages encouraging kids to stay in school.

Best ethical brands that give back to others. Courtesy Photo.

BUY NOW – $105

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13. grey state clothing to support global reforestation and girls’ educations

This woman-owned company is all about making women feel good in their sustainable, casual apparel line. They also seek to empower the women that make their clothes. We love this elevated waffle-knit, tunic-style sweatshirt any day of the week. Each purchase helps the brand to fully fund Malek Chowdhury Memorial Girls’ School, in Gazipur, Bangladesh where their factories are located. And, $1 of every purchase goes towards One Tree Planted, a non-profit organization focused on reforestation.

BUY NOW – $108

14. corkcicle drinkware for clean water

The first step to staying hydrated is a canteen that keeps your beverage fresh — either cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12. Of course, these are first world problems but for those who don’t access to even clean water, Corkcicle helps bring it to those in need with every purchase. To date, Corkcicle has contributed to clean water projects in Ethiopia, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Nepal.

BUY NOW – $39.95

15. madi apparel robe for women in need

Here’s another one of the luxury apparel brands that gives back to consider for gifting purposes. This lovely bamboo robe with scalloped lace trim is sustainable, made in the US and pays a living wage to the people who sew it. Underwear is the most under-donated item of clothing. So for every staple basic purchased, MADI donates a pair of underwear to a woman in need. From homeless shelters to domestic violence shelters to disaster relief orgs.

BUY NOW – $108

15 Gifts with Extra Impact, Because These Luxury Brands Give Back

Those are just a handful of the luxury brands that give back with every purchase, including apparel, jewelry, accessories and home décor.

There are so many ways to have impact by being intentional with the purchases we make. And the gifts we give. As you’re shopping for gifts this year, consider supporting brands that align with your values. ‘Cause that’s a gift that everyone on your list will love.

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Crediting her training as a cultural anthropologist at Wellesley College, Julie has immersed herself in various industries in the last 15 years including fashion design, event planning, and fitness. Julie lives in New York where she loves trying every ramen and dumpling restaurant with her husband and three children. She finds joy in bold prints, biographies of fierce women, kickboxing. And spending way too long finding the perfect polish color to express her mood.

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