The holidays are a joyous time of year, but the stress of finding quality gifts that will really mean something can quickly cause that joy to fizzle out. Thankfully, the Goodness Exchange is here to help you save time, joy, money, and sanity by hand-selecting gifts that give back to causes we all care about!
As consumers, we all have an incredible superpower—the ability to choose who we support with our purchases. In this curated guide, you’ll find products by companies who share our passion for helping people, animals, and the environment.
Keep an eye out for these icons to see which causes each company supports, so you can make purchases based on what you and your loved ones care about most.
🐘 Animals 🌎 Environment 💞 People
We’ve got something for everyone, at every price point. So let’s do some shopping and fill each other’s hearts with goodness by gifting items that keep giving long after the new year!
Disclaimer: We are so excited to be working with some of the amazing companies on this list as an affiliate advertiser 🤝. If you purchase from any of those companies by clicking on the links we provide, the Goodness Exchange gets a small boost of financial support that helps us keep doing what we’re doing. We want to assure you that we wouldn’t promote any companies that we haven’t researched and deemed great organizations for us (and you!) to support. That means that by purchasing from these companies via the links we provide, you can support the planet, some phenomenal charities, and the Goodness Exchange all at the same time! For more information, see our affiliate disclosure here.
SUSTAIN Red Lip Kit
Cheekbone’s SUSTAIN Lip Kits are fan favorites for creating a complete lip look that glides on with ease for a perfect pout and leaves your lips feeling moisturized. Their Red Lip Kit is designed to create a classic red lip, which is great for special occasions or when you just want to add a pop of color to your day.
A clean, vegan, black mascara that enhances the appearance of the lashes, leaving them looking full and defined without weighing them down. Apply one layer for a natural look, or layer up for a more dramatic effect. The brush is designed to separate the lashes and add volume. No eyelash clumps here! This product contains Castor Oil as a hero ingredient. The Castor Oil makes for a smooth and delicate application, making your lashes appear longer and more separated.
About Cheekbone Beauty:
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned Canadian cosmetics company established in 2016 that is known for creating high quality, cruelty-free beauty products designed for low environmental impact and maximum wearability.
To the core, Cheekbone Beauty aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth. Our mission is to help all Indigenous youth see and feel their tremendous value in the world while we develop sustainable colour cosmetics. Giving back to our community is the centerpiece of Cheekbone’s mission.
To date, Cheekbone Beauty has contributed upwards of $150,000 in monetary, product, or project-focused donations.
Apply the code GOODNESSEXCHANGE15 upon checkout to receive 15% off their entire website! (coupon expires 12/31/22)
Blick Art Supplies is the perfect place to get that perfect gift for the budding or established artist in your life. They have more than 90,000 art supplies online, including the best selection of painting supplies, drawing supplies, and more. But did you know they do a lot of good in the world, too? Their Blick Gives Back initiatives give back to the creative community by supporting arts education and providing nearly $500,000 in support each year through sponsored events, artists awards, and in-kind contributions. To learn all about the great causes and arts events they support, click here.
To shop with Blick, check out this great list of gift ideas for artists, courtesy of Blick! Or, if you have the same artist friend I do (the one who loves to paint with a delicious drink in hand), check out one of my favorite products from Blick: Art Boozel: Cocktails Inspired by Modern and Contemporary Artists. At just $15, this book is sure to be a hit.
You care about the planet. Pela makes it easy to show it! This electronics accessories company is not only B Corp and Climate Neutral certified, but they also create the most protective phone cases I’ve ever used. Made from plants, these accessories have prevented the equivalent of 48,433,866 plastic bags from entering our oceans, and counting!
From phone cases, to sunglasses, to smart watch bands, to airpods cases, airtag holders, card holders, and phone grips, Pela has anything you could ever want for your phone. Stylish AND fantastic for the planet, we know you’ll love this company as much as we do.
Everyone in my life would tell you I drop my phone at least twice a day, and have shattered probably 10 phone screens in my time. But ever since I got a Pela Case (I have this one) my screen hasn’t seen even a scratch. (That isn’t a guarantee, just a testimonial—these things really protect your phone!) And hey, we get that choosing a phone case for another person can be hit or miss. If you’re worried about choosing the wrong one, you can go with a gift card instead.
Vessi Shoes 💞🌎
Vessi is a 100% waterproof shoe brand on a mission to stop the weather from stopping you. They offer a range of all-weather products that deliver on comfort, style and convenience so you can do what you love without worry.
When you wear Vessis, you aren’t just treating your feet to all-day waterproof comfort, but you’re also giving back to communities and causes around the globe. Through their Community Fund, Vessi has donated over $500,000+ to date.
Enter code GOODNESS-EXCHANGE to receive 15% off any pair of shoes on their website! (Coupon expires 12/31/22)
As seen on Shark Tank, these eco-friendly swim trunks from Bermies are made of post-consumer recycled materials, including plastic bottles and fishing nets. Plus, with every purchase, Bermies plants trees to fight climate change and offset their carbon footprint. Plastic bottles into beachwear? Sign us up!
For the person in your life who loves a good afternoon or day on the beach, boat, or by the pool, any pair of Bermies are sure to be their next favorite pair of swimming trunks.
Click here to explore the beachwear made from plastic bottles from Bermies!
This holiday season, don’t forget the furriest member of your family—your pup deserves a present too!
Pawlife Pets knows that these days, our furry friends are like our children. With a mission to improve the lives of pets everywhere, Pawlife believes in helping your pet live an active, healthy lifestyle that nourishes their body with high quality natural ingredients, vitamins, and minerals.
To get one of these tasty treats that can improve your pet’s life, check out Pawlife Pets!
Tembo, meaning ‘elephant’ in Swahili, is an 8″ stuffed elephant doll made out of soft grey fabric and green overalls. Kiki is an 8″ stuffed elephant doll made out of soft grey fabric and a beautiful pink dress. No matter your age, you’ll love cuddling up with these little softies!
About The Elephant Project:
The Elephant Project is a company that is dedicated to protecting Elephants across the globe. The Elephant Project started after an eye opening trip to Thailand, where its founder witnessed abuse and mistreatment of elephants. Through the Elephant Project, they spread awareness and education about the poaching crisis and the mistreatment of elephants as well as raise funds which directly benefit elephants in need. Their elephant plushies, lovingly named Kiki and Tembo, come with a sweet poem and an educational information card. 100% of the net proceeds are donated to several highly respected agencies that care for orphaned, abused, and injured elephants. The organizations they partner with have well established programs and on-the-ground experience, ensuring that every purchase directly benefits the elephants. The Elephant Project continues to inspire children to be changemakers and use their powerful voices!
Apply code GOODNESS22 upon checkout on their website to receive 15% off your purchase!
Pura Vida 🐘💞🌎
When two friends from Southern California, Griffin and Paul, took a trip to Costa Rica after their college graduation, they came across two artisans who were selling colorful string bracelets but struggling to survive on their artisan wages. Paul and Griffin were desperate to help, and bought 400 bracelets to bring back to the US. They sold out in days, and Pura Vida Bracelets was born. What started out as selling just a few bracelets a week has grown into a worldwide movement with millions of bracelets sold each year.
Pura Vida now provides full-time jobs to more than 800 artisans worldwide in Costa Rica, El Salvador, India, and more—and also has a thriving charity program. On their website, you can even shop by cause, whether it be mental health awareness, cancer, autism, wildlife, suicide prevention, the environment, or one of many others. Each set is linked to a cause, and when you buy that item, 5% of your purchase price is donated to the cause you choose!
In their words…
At Pura Vida, giving back has always been at the core of what we do, which is why we also created the Charity Collection. Over the last few years, we’ve partnered with more than 175 charities around the world to donate nearly $2.8 million to causes you care about. We’re always striving to do more and are constantly on the lookout for more charities that can benefit from Pura Vida Bracelets.
Perfect for the daughter, sister, partner, or friend in your life that loves cute jewelry, you can shop Pura Vida’s Charity Collection here, or take a look at their Sale Items and Best Sellers Lists! (Or if you know they’ve shopped with Pura Vida before, check out their New Arrivals to make sure you’re getting them something new!)
“Everyday self care routines shouldn’t come at the expense of our planet.”Antonia Pitica, Founder of EcoRoots
EcoRoots is on an endless mission to provide the best sustainable products out there. Made for every person, body, and identity, this women-owned and vegan small business provides high quality and low-waste alternatives to everyday essentials! Plus, a portion of every sale is donated annually to organizations that give back to the planet, including the Ocean Conservancy.
For the people in your life who give a crap about the planet but still love a little pampering, EcoRoots has you covered for all your gift needs. Shop their Bath and Beauty Products or their luxurious Shampoo & Conditioner Bars for the perfect gift.
The Sienna Bowl Candles
These adorable bowl candles liven up the kitchen, dining room, or bedside. The simplicity of the black and white design creates a clean, classic look. Once the wax is gone, these decorative bowls can be repurposed for a candy dish, cereal bowl, or jewelry holder.
About Prosperity Candle:
There’s a person and a story behind every candle we pour. Each Prosperity Candle is handmade by a woman artisan who has been resettled after living for many years as a refugee and is now creating a brighter future for herself and her family in the U.S. What started as a mission to teach war widows in Iraq the art of candle-making and entrepreneurship has grown into a social enterprise that helps thousands of refugees and artisans around the world.
Use code Welcome10 to receive 10% off your first order from their website!
Here’s one thing almost every Millennial or Gen Z has heard of and cares about: fast fashion. But Happy Earth is one of the many companies in this wave of goodness and progress, making fashion not only sustainable, but going the extra mile to do good for the planet at the same time!
This Certified B Corp, Carbon Neutral, 1% For the Planet Member goes the extra mile, combating climate change (4,921,759 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions averted so far), planting trees (496,158 trees planted and counting), and cleaning up trash (12,251 lbs of trash picked up from natural spaces to date). And the best part is, you get to choose which of those causes your purchase supports!
With clothing made out of organic cotton, sustainable cork, and reclaimed fibers, this apparel is pillowy-soft and unbelievably comfortable. Shop Happy Earth here for the present that puts people and the planet first.
Sign up for the Happy Earth newsletter for 15% off your purchase from their website! (You can sign up for the newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of their homepage.)
We know what you’re thinking. Giving laundry detergent… as a holiday gift? Here’s why we think it’s a good idea: We all have that minimalist in our lives. The person who always says they have too much stuff and couldn’t possibly need anything else. So why not gift them something they need? In the past, I’ve given thank-you notes, kitchen towels, and fancy soaps to rave reviews. When it’s something they’ll actually use, you can’t go wrong!
This eco-responsible planet-before-profit laundry detergent comes in sheets, not bottles. It is biodegradable, vegan, cruelty-free, safe for skin, AND tough on stains and odors. Their Hope Cloth Paper Towels can replace up to 1500 paper towels in your home, and provides 10 meals to those in need with every purchase.
Not only is Earth Breeze great for the planet, but they give back, too! During 2020’s horrible wildfires in the western U.S., Earth Breeze was able to donate 100,000 loads of laundry detergent to distressed and displaced families in need. Today with their Buy One Give Ten program, every purchase donates ten washes to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, animal care shelters, and disaster relief. Being clean is so important to dignity and humanity, and, according to Earth Breeze, “being able to support these missions through laundry detergent donations has been an incredible honor.” (All this, and we haven’t even mentioned their ocean clean-up and native tree-planting efforts!)
TerraCycle Zero-Waste Boxes
TerraCycle’s award-winning Zero Waste Box program is known for its ability to provide convenient, easy-to-use solutions for difficult-to-recycle waste streams, regardless of scale. Do not be fooled by the name, these are not just your average cardboard boxes. The Zero Waste Box solution provides consumers, businesses, municipalities, and anyone interested in ensuring their trash does not go to the landfill the peace of mind of knowing that everything sent to TerraCycle in these containers will be recycled regardless of the brand. Further, depending on the customer’s need, TerraCycle is able to provide capacity solutions that range from a pouch to a pallet and every size in between, all with an average lifespan of two to four months or longer, depending on the waste stream. Everything collected through the Zero Waste Box solution is sorted and processed into raw materials that can be reused instead of sent to landfills.
TerraCycle is on a mission to Eliminate the Idea of Waste®. Businesses, government entities, and people like you work with TerraCycle globally to keep trash out of landfills or from incineration. Through collaboration and innovation, they’ve developed the world’s first solutions in everything from recycling to reuse.
TerraCycle works to provide people with an easy-use resource and knowledge on how to dispose of hard-to-recycle waste properly—offering consumers a variety of products to practice their sustainability goals.
Enter code FESTIVE15 to receive 15% off your purchase from their website!
For the more expensive tastes on your gift list, Artisan Carat is an ethically sourced fine jewelry store where 3% of your purchase price is donated directly to the charity of your choice. With transparent pricing, ethically sourced diamonds & precious metals, and a deep focus on social responsibility, Artisan Carat is a great place to shop for the jewelry lover who cares about the world this holiday season.
The six charities Artisan Carat supports are The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of America, American Humane Association, Chabad.org, CDC Foundation, and Operation Support Our Troops.
Conscious Step 💞🐘🌎
With 76,266 books for kids donated, 559,149 trees planted, 6,300 lives changed with water, 950,959 trees protected, and 170,664 meals provided, Conscious Step is on the forefront of companies doing good for the world. Every pair of socks sold gives back to one of Conscious Step’s nonprofit partners. With socks that save dogs & cats, restore oceans, educate kids, protect endangered species, support space exploration, stop violence against women, support mental health, save LGBTQ lives, and many more, these comfortable socks give the gift of impact they can wear!
Practical, sustainable, ethically produced, and extra comfortable, these socks will delight anyone and everyone on your list. With Conscious Step, you can get everyone on your list a gift that gives back to the causes they care about.
You can even get them a Conscious Step subscription, to treat their feet to a monthly pair of organic cotton socks at the discounted member price. (And if you want to go all in on the cozy theme for your gift, they have candles, too!)
Click here to explore socks that give back from Conscious Step.
Click here to get 20% off when you bundle 5 pairs (which is like getting one free!)
Maple Moose Treats
Bellcate School’s treats are made with Vermont Maple Syrup and naturally-shed moose antler powder which has numerous health benefits for dogs!
All Bellcate School Dog Treats are nutritious and delicious. We are also proud that our dog treats are made in Vermont, are All Natural, Cruelty Free, Non-GMO, Eco Friendly and they contain no preservatives.
About Bellcate School:
Bellcate’s motto is simple, yet profound; Good Jobs, Good Treats.
Their vision is to offer a practical solution to a real problem. They explored making dog treats and they fell in love. Mixing, baking, packaging, oh my! Fast forward two years and Bellcate School Dog Treats is fully operational.
Students in special education with disabilities need meaningful education and employment and your dogs need good treats. With each purchase of Bellcate School Dog Treats, you’re supporting both. Students and their families are filled with hope and enthusiasm about the far reaching impact of our program.
Looking to give the gift of adventure this holiday season? There’s nothing quite like receiving a good, hand-picked book! Connecting readers with independent booksellers all over the world, Bookshop.org puts the mission of public good above financial interests, giving over 80% of their profit margin to independent bookstores. And in 2022, they placed in the top 5% of B Corps by B-Labs in terms of the best businesses for good, worldwide.
In their words…
We believe local bookstores are essential community hubs that foster culture, curiosity, and a love of reading, and we’re committed to helping them thrive.
Every purchase you make with Bookshop financially supports independent bookstores around the world. Since 2020, Bookshop has raised and donated more than $22 million directly to bookstores, both in funds from direct purchases and from company profits.
For the little ones in your life who could benefit from a good picture book, the teens who need a good reason to set the phones down, or the adult bookworms you know, Bookshop is the perfect place to get that special gift.
Check out Bookshop.org for everything under the sun from fact to fiction, cookbooks to thrillers, fairy tales to biographies, and more!
It’s no secret that pets contribute to your happiness. Studies have shown that dogs “reduce stress, anxiety and depression; ease loneliness; encourage exercise; and improve your overall health.” 1 So for your pet obsessed friend or family member, why not give them something that makes them happy each and every time they see it? With a mission to illustrate the bond between pet and owner via artwork, Portfolio Pet contributes to the improved mental and physical health of their customers, one cute portrait or mug at a time.
In their words…
“I think oftentimes we don’t realize how much our furry friends actually mold us. And they undoubtedly do! They bring joy, they know just how to make moments better, and they’re always excited to see you, no matter how long the day has been. Now that’s love. That unconditional love, incomparable bond, and desire to celebrate just how special our furry pals are is the driving force of what inspired Portfolio Pet in the first place.”
So get the zoomies on your way to their website to get the absolute perfect gift for the pet-obsessed person in your life!
Wonder Blanket (grey)
This Oeko-Tex baby blanket is super soft and cuddly, making it the perfect naptime companion for humans and dogs alike. But that’s just the beginning. The Wonder blanket also features a sweet face and soothing colors that are sure to bring a smile to your little one’s face. And it’s not just for show—the Wonder blanket is also made from high-quality materials that are designed to withstand wear and tear.
Love Blanket (pink)
This pink throw blanket is the perfect way to add a cozy touch to any room. Made from soothing and lightweight Oeko-Tex certified materials, it’s ideal for snuggling up on the couch or taking a nap. The soft color is calming and peaceful, making it the perfect addition to any space where you want to unwind. So whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one or simply want to update your décor, this blanket is the perfect solution to making any home more comfortable and inviting.
About Thread Talk:
Thread Talk is a B Certified, ethical retail brand selling cozy home goods with a bigger meaning. Their products are a platform that inspires change and makes survivors feel safe, brings positivity and hope, provides community, makes survivors feel like they are not alone, encourages and uplifts, and spreads awareness. 10% of proceeds goes to domesticshelters.org to fund critical wishlist items for shelters all across the country. To date, they have provided over 100,000 critical wishlist items.
Apply code Goodness10 to receive 10% off your purchase from their website!
FLEX Watches 💞🐘🌎
Time to make a difference! FLEX Watches was created a decade ago with the adamant belief that you can look good and do good at the same time. The world’s problems can seem daunting, but the little choices we make every day can help make a BIG difference. Each color watch in the FLEX Charity Collection represents a different nonprofit that FLEX has partnered with to give back. For each watch purchased, FLEX donates a portion of the sale to the corresponding charity, and plants a tree in celebration. They have provided…
$30k+ To The Dream Machine Foundation, $50K+ For Autism and Cancer research, 45,000+ Meals served to children in need, 500+ People received clean water for life, 300+ Animals rescued, 350+ Veterans received counseling, and 250+ Classrooms received support for anti-bullying.
In addition, FLEX has planted more than 40,000 trees and counting. That alone translates to 27,000,000 lbs of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and more than 400 days of work generated for those in need.
Free the Ocean launched in August 2019 to give anyone, anywhere, the opportunity to have an impact on plastic pollution—for free. When you answer daily trivia questions, Free the Ocean funds the removal of plastic from our oceans… 36 million pieces of plastic so far, to be exact! We all know plastic in the oceans is a problem, so Free the Ocean’s advocacy for everyone to shop sustainably, say “no” to single-use, and start conversations about how we can all be a part of the solution is making a real difference. Working with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii (SCH) and the Parley Global Cleanup Network, Free the Ocean has made it easier than ever for you to help fund the removal of plastic from oceans and coastlines—all without spending a dime.
To further fund these initiatives, Free the Ocean has partnered with some incredible organizations to get products that make a difference out into the world! So for the person on your list who’s interested in a jumpstart on their plastic-free journey, check out the eucalyptus shower steamers, ornament seed kits, lip balm that saves sea turtles, garden in a bag, candles, and more.
But wait… there’s more!
Free the Ocean has more than just incredible gifts, they’ve also got supplies for all your Christmas needs! We recommend their eco-friendly wrapping paper and natural cotton curling ribbon to wrap this season’s gifts. And instead of traditional Christmas Cards that can’t always be recycled, check out their beautiful cards with envelopes made of plantable seed paper, embedded with non-invasive wildflower seeds for the gift that keeps on giving.
For the friend or family member who wants to reduce waste without wasting money, look no further! Zero Waste Outlet provides high-quality zero-waste products at low prices. With each product on their site hand-selected to reduce waste without sacrificing convenience, the Zero Waste Outlet considers every step of every product, from creation, to shipping requirements, to affordability, to lifetime, to end-of-life disposal.
100% family owned and operated, this company based in the rural Idaho countryside on a 5-acre farm is committed to bringing you the best in zero waste, providing earth-friendly products they believe in.
Visit their website for zero-waste gifts from self-care and water bottles to every room in the home!
From all of us here at the Goodness Exchange, we wish you a joy-filled holiday season.
We hope you enjoyed this selection of gifts that do good, and that giving them makes you feel amazing. Keep spreading the warm, fuzzy, goodness by sharing this list with your friends!
Warmest regards to you and your loved ones,
Liesl, Dr. Lynda, Ellen, Renee, Brittany, and Owen