40+ Gifts That Give Back
Scooters and cat hammocks and malas oh my! We've collected more than 40 great gifts for the holidays, from solar-powered robots to sustainably-crafted sunglasses. Each comes from either a unique, socially-conscious vendor or is itself an item, experience, or donation that gives back. Our five guides, which you can read more about and access below, offer options for almost everyone on your holiday shopping list, be they nature-lovers, cat-lovers, kids, or co-workers.
When it comes to gift-giving, animal lovers are a breed of their own. Sure, you can always toss a dog a bone, get a cat another nip toy, or buy your fish-favoring friend the latest exotic marine life calendar. But why not do something different this year? There’s a wild world of animal-related items out there for those willing to look a little deeper to find something meaningful. From presents for the furriest member of your family; to offerings for humans who want to make a difference; to high-tech gadgets that make your pets’ lives just a little more fun, this selection of gifts should please even the pickiest creature cuddlers on your shopping list.
It’s hard to keep perspective when it comes to showering the children in your life with presents during the holidays. After all, who doesn’t want to give the coolest, cutest, funnest, bestest gifts to their favorite kiddos? Well, we’ve got those. But they’re also good for the mind and the world, too.
You need a gift for someone who volunteers with Greenpeace, spends their weekends in Yosemite, and wears upcycled, repurposed, sustainable everything. Well, you’re in luck. The modern outdoors lover is blessed with an abundance of cool companies making the world a better place while simultaneously pushing the limits of design, function, and style. Every backpacker, climber, and fly fisherman will freak out over the gifts gracing this list, but those with a fond heart for the environment are really going to appreciate the fact that your generosity extends to the planet they love so dearly.
For friends and family whose favorite seat is actually a standing desk, it can be a challenge to find gadgets and gear that are both functional and fun, let alone good for society. But we rounded up a few of our favorite gift ideas for the hacker with a heart of gold.
We all have that fit friend who’s just a little too flexible when it comes to gifts. Don’t sweat it—these presents are perfect for the mindful yogis and healthy athletes in your life.
Art by Eli Miller