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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Travel Gifts That Give Back

Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Travel Gifts That Give Back
November 27, 2018 coraandkrist

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Travel Gifts That Give Back

As more people are shopping with their conscience, more companies are supporting causes and giving back to those in need.

This holiday season, it’s easy to use your purchasing power for good.

It’s also easy to rationalize buying more and throwing in a few treats for yourself since all of these items have a charitable component. Just think of if as making a donation – minus the tax deduction.

Sand-Resistant Towels from Sand Cloud

Sand Cloud donates 10% of its profits to save marine life.SAND CLOUD

Don’t head to the beach without these gorgeous, lightweight, absorbent and sand-resistant (yes, sand-resistant!) towels hand-loomed in Turkey from the most luxurious cotton. They can also be used as blankets, sarongs and throws, and as a way to help Sand Cloud support non-profit organizations dedicated to saving marine life. Price: $40 to $69

Welly Bottle

Sales of the Welly reusable water bottle help benefit charity: water projects.WELLY


Sure, we all have reusable bottles at this point but what makes this one special – besides the fact that it keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 – is that it comes with a removable infuser for tea or coffee on the go. Plus, it’s beautiful, and one dollar of every bottle sold goes toward bringing clean water to people in need. Price: $29.99 to $35

Pakt One

Pakt is 100% plastic-free and donates 10% of its profits to help other companies do the same.PAKT

Combining the lightweight portability of a duffel with the packability and organization of a suitcase, the Pakt One is a traveler’s dream bag. And, 100% plastic-free, a proud member of 1% for the Planet and the founders of SeaHive, to which it donates 10% of its profits, Pakt itself is an environmentally-conscious traveler’s dream company. Price: $325

Wonderbag Slow Cooker

With the Wonderbag, you can even cook on the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro while economically empowering women around the world.WONDERBAG

This award-winning eco-friendly, portable, non-electrical slow cooker is life-changing — not just for home cooks and traveling cooks but for women in developing countries, who are able to rise above poverty by drastically reducing the time they spend cooking. For every Wonderbag purchased, a donation is made to provide these miraculous inventions to communities in need. Price: $39.99 to $59

Canyon Striped Throw from Peruvian Connection

Peruvian Connection invests in non-profit organizations that support and protect the people and arts of Peru.PERUVIAN CONNECTION

This stunning throw is likely to become your cozy, take-everywhere security blanket. Handmade from the highest quality alpaca, wool and pima cotton fibers by artisans in Peru, every unique piece from this eco-conscious luxury brand promotes sustainable agriculture and is a work of art in itself. Advocates for both the arts and artists of the Andes, mother and daughter founders Biddy and Annie Hurlbut invest in non-profits that support and protect them. Price: $89

FEED Cosmetic Case

This cosmetic bag from FEED provides 15 school meals.FEED

This great-looking pale blue canvas dopp kit from FEED‘s travel collection comes with an interior middle divider pocket so you can finally get organized. And the 15 emblazoned on the back? That, like the numbers proudly featured on every FEED bag, stands for the number of school meals your purchase provides for children struggling with hunger. Giving these bags literally helps feed the world. Price: $48

Beanie from Love Your Melon

50% of profits from Love Your Melon beanies goes to fighting pediatric cancer.LOVE YOUR MELON

These cozy beanies will make you feel warm all over, thanks to Love Your Melon’s mission. They started out with the goal of giving 45,000 hats — one for every child in the country battling cancer — and have now distributed more than 149,000 hats, donated $4.7 million to fight pediatric cancer and continue to give half their profits to help children and families fight this disease. Price: From $30

Emergency Car Kits from The Earthquake Bag

The Earthquake Bag donates $5 from each order to Disaster Relief.THE EARTHQUAKE BAG

The Earthquake Bag curates must-have emergency kits so you’ll always have food, water and other essentials on hand just in case. They offer a variety of sizes for your house, your car, your office, your pets and you’re going to want to buy one for everyone you love. The Earthquake Bag doesn’t just offer the gift of security; it also gives $5 of every order to Disaster Relief. Price: From $34.99

Sense Travel Set from William Roam

William Roam plants a tree for every Sense product sold, in partnership with American Forests.WILLIAM ROAM

This 15-piece set features a perfectly-curated assortment of travel necessities from the bestselling Sense collection, all packed into William Roam’s signature ditty bag. Pleasing to every one of your senses, it goes even further by ensuring the future of our forests. For every Sense product sold, William Roam will plant a tree. Price: $44.99

The Everywhere Blanket from Ecuadane

The Everywhere Blanket is a work of art that supports the artisans who make them, as well as their communities.ECUADANE

Just looking at this aptly-named cozy blanket crafted by local artisans in Otavalo, Ecuador will have you yearning to wrap yourself up in it and head off to dreamland. You’ll sleep well knowing that your purchase benefits artisans and small businesses around the world. Price: $149.99

GLOW Assorted Teas Gift Box from Vahdam

Vahdam Teas gives 1% of its revenue to the education of their tea workers’ children in India.VAHDAM TEAS

Pop a couple of these tins in your bag along with an infuser and you can relax in your hotel room with a cup of tea so much more civilized and delicious than the generic black tea bag you’re likely to find there. Vahdam offers dozens of unique flavors, and through TEAch Me – 1% for Education, they earmark revenue to help the children of their tea workers in India have a better life than their parents. Price: $34.95

Lookout from Parkland

Parkland is all about recycling, and partners with a variety of charitable organizations.PARKLAND

Everyone needs a good, dependable duffle, and the Lookout is the one you’ll turn to for every trip. This eco-friendly company makes the exterior of all its bags out of 100% recycled water bottles. In addition, Parkland partners with various non-profit organizations. Price: From $29.95

Lumira Tahitian Coconut Travel Candle from Olivela

Buying a Lumira travel candle on Olivela provides a day of school for Syrian refugees.LUMIRA

This yummy-smelling travel candle will make you feel like you’re lounging on a tropical island, wherever you are – even if you’re on a business trip in some generic hotel room. Combining coconut, frangipani and bright mandarin, this paradise-in-a-tin will fit in your carry-on, and its purchase on Olivela will provide a day of school for Syrian refugees through CARE. Price: $30

Golden Door’s Sparkle and Shine Luxury Beauty Kit

100% of proceeds from Golden Door’s Sparkle and Shine Luxury Beauty Kit benefit children’s charities.GOLDEN DOOR

You may not be able to give them a week at Golden Door but you can add a little luxury to any trip with this sparkly travel kit, which includes four of the iconic spa resort’s best-selling beauty must-haves. 100 percent of proceeds benefit children’s charities. Price: $110

Reusable Silicone Straws from Keep Nature Wild

These reusable straws help the planet, as do Keep Nature Wild’s cleanup efforts.KEEP NATURE WILD

It’s time to get rid of plastic straws once and for all, and keeping a three-pack of these reusable straws in your bag is the easiest way to do that. It’s also an easy way to care for the planet, as a portion of every sale is used to host localized cleanup efforts. Price: $7

Pariah Men’s Underwear

Over 50% of Pariah’s profits will go to support men’s health initiatives.PARIAH

Perfect for travel, these good-looking and comfortable briefs and trunks are lightweight, anti-microbial, handwashable and fast-drying. It’s not just the men wearing them who will benefit, though. Pariah will give more than 50% of profits to fund men’s health care initiatives. Price: $20

Purlisse Believe in Your Beauty Deluxe Sampler Set

100% of the proceeds from this kit will go to the Look Good Feel Better Foundation to benefit Look Good Feel BetterPURLISSE

When you purchase any full size Purlisse BB Tinted Moist Cream SPF, you can get this adorable watermelon toiletry bag ($112 value) filled with goodies for only $10. They’ll nourish your skin as well as your soul since 100% of the proceeds from this kit will go to the Look Good Feel Better Foundation to benefit Look Good Feel Better. Price: $10

The world’s first magnetic notebook, Rekonect is donating to Orangewood Foundation to support foster youth.REKONECT

Blending modern technology with the classic style of a traditional notebook, Rekonect is the first and only customizable magnetic notebook that allows users to remove, rearrange and reconnect pages. Whether you use it to journal, draw or write your to-do list, this is a great travel accompaniment, encouraging creativity and giving you an outlet to express yourself. Rekonect is also giving that outlet to foster youth through a donation to Orangewood Foundation in California. Price: $29.95

R. Riveter Handbags

R. Riveter handbags are made by – and provide mobile, flexible income for – military spouses.R. RIVETER

Yes, this woman-owned company takes its name from Rosie the Riveter, the iconic symbol of the contribution women made to the workforce during World War II, and it provides income to military spouses around the country. The handbags they make are simple yet sophisticated, and 33% of every dollar goes back to them. Price: From $65


One dollar from every Ushood purchase goes to charity.USHOOD

Outdoor enthusiasts – and travelers who get chilly on planes – will totally appreciate this premium, one piece base layer that is unlike anything they have. A shirt with a hood and face mask attached, it can be worn in so many ways, and gives back in just as many, with $1 from each purchase will be donated to charity. Price: From $65