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Gifts that Give Back

Tim Smith

Tim Smith’s name is synonymous with the coastal Orange County real estate market, where his well-established reputation and unmatched market knowled...

Tim Smith’s name is synonymous with the coastal Orange County real estate market, where his well-established reputation and unmatched market knowled...

Nov 18 5 minutes read

Around the holidays, the giving spirit naturally emerges. This year more than ever, you may be feeling pulled toward presents that are especially meaningful or that allow you to be thoughtful to a loved one and philanthropic at the same time.

In that spirit, we’ve rounded up several gifts that give back.

Debeers’ The Reset Collective is a unique offering from female jewelry designers Julez Bryant, Sara Weinstock, Jennie Kwon, Jade Trau, and Zoë Chicco. Each traveled to Botswana to learn about the sustainable sourcing of natural diamonds and then commemorated their trip by creating a one-of-kind pendant. Pieces will be auctioned December 10–17, with 100% of the proceeds going to Stepping Stones International, a charity focused on children and youth in Botswana, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

This fun tote is perfect to fill with holiday goodies or stuff with beach items (It’ll be beach weather again someday, right?). Clare V. donates 30% of the purchase price of this tote and all of the company’s “CV x EMC” items to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe around the world.

The Lush Charity Pot is a go-to body lotion year-round (Make sure to order one for yourself!). It’s velvety to the touch with a light scent, and Lush donates 100% of the purchase price to small grassroots groups.

Mulberry Silk Pyjamas are the luxurious way to lounge and slumber. The company is focused on ethical and sustainable practices and donates 10% of its profits to charity.

Who is a live plant perfect for? Anyone, when it’s from Léon & George. Their pristine plants are organized according to size, by the type of light and how much care they need, and whether they’re air-purifying or good for pets. Not sure what to order? Take the one-minute quiz on the site to guide your choices.

Léon & George hand-selected greenery comes in small-batch stoneware ceramic pots and includes free lifetime access to their Plant Doctor service. Each sale supports the National Forest Foundation’s goal of planting 50 million trees in our National Forests.

The Warm and Cozy Box from Marie Mae is so packed with goodies, you may need to order one for yourself. Items including a Fair Trade Gray Throw, herb tea and an artisan-crafted brass teaspoon, shortbread cookies, and an evergreen and eucalyptus candle are all ethically sourced and produced. You can also get the box monogrammed for no extra charged. A portion of each Marie Mae purchase provides business education, training, and mentorship for trafficking and abuse survivors around the world.

The Gift Set from Vinglace is the perfect hostess present, with a chilled wine bottle holder and two stemless wine glasses. You can choose from several matte or metallic finishes and even customize it with a monogram, logo, or design.

Need a little something for a stocking or gift exchange at work? A pair of Bombas socks makes for some stylish feet, and they do some good. For every paid purchased, another is donated to homeless shelters. The company has already donated more than 50 million essential clothing items to the unhoused.

This plush Venice Bedding Set from Parachute is offered in washed sateen as well as percale, brushed cotton, down, and down alternative. The company partners with the United Nation’s Nothing but Nets campaign to provide a life-saving malaria-prevention bed net for every purchase of a Venice set.

A bedding honorable mention goes to this quilted, 100 percent cotton weighted blanket from Baloo Living. A portion of all profits go to the Pajama Program to provide new jammies and books to children in homeless shelters and foster homes.

Described as an exquisite floral with delicate rose and honey accents and a subtle, green freshness, Jo Malone London’s Limited Edition Peony & Blush Suede Cologne makes a great gift for anyone looking for a fresh new scent. The company has pledged to donate 50% from the purchase price of all 100ml bottles of the cologne in the United States to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF).

*Article posted with permission from Coldwell Banker Global Luxury

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