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10 Gifts That Give Back To Wildlife And The Environment

In Volunteering, Blog, Wildlife, Interests by ajauntwithjoy@gmail.com20 Comments

The holiday season is officially upon us! It’s always so stressful trying to scramble for last-minute gifts. Let alone finding the time and the funds to make it all happen! You constantly ask yourself “Will they like my gift?”, “Is this a good deal?”, “What if they never use it?”.

Take a bit of stress out of your holiday shopping routine this year by giving gifts you can feel good about. Every one of these 10 items gives back to wildlife or the environment! Your friends and family will love knowing that their gift has helped support an important cause. And raving about it to everyone else will hopefully inspire others to snag that same gift — spreading environmental awareness and conservation of our planet!

1. LUSH Charity Pots

LUSH is known for handmaking fresh, organic, and mostly vegan cosmetics that fight animal testing. On top of all that greatness, they’ve come out with Charity Pots. The Charity Pot is a body lotion you can buy that gives 100% of the purchase price toward animal rights, environmental rights, or humanitarian rights organizations they’ve partnered with! Each pot has a sticker on the lid that tells you what one of their charities is. ( $7.95 − $27.95 )

gifts that give back

2. Nuubia Chocolates

Nuubia is a premium artisan chocolate shop located in San Francisco, and is the world’s first confectioner to commit to sourcing wildlife-friendly ingredients. They refuse to use palm oil and have earned the labels of being “orangutan safe” and “cruelty-free”. Order caramels, pralines, malt balls, truffles, and more on their website! Vegan and gluten free chocolate options are also available.
( $5 − $65 )

nuubia chocolates

3. Nectar Sunglasses

Nectar is a sunglasses and apparel company that partners with The Bee Cause to increase the population of bees in the US. Each pair sold saves around 33 honeybees. A portion of sales goes toward repopulating hives of bee colonies that are located within  schools for educational purposes! These sunnies are also lifetime guaranteed and the company has a try before you buy option! Plus, you can get prescription or monitor strain reducers too! Use my code AJAUNTWITHJOY for 15% OFF at checkout. ( $20 − $60+ )

nectar sunglasses

4. Pura Vida Bracelets

Handcrafted by local artisans in Costa Rica, Pura Vida Bracelets supports over 190 charities. They are also a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning 1% of their annual net revenue is donated to environmental organizations. Each bracelet is unique and funds a different cause — from Manatee Conservation Awareness to Marine Debris Solutions to the Amphibian Survival Alliance. Use my code AJAUNTWITHJOY20 for 20% OFF at checkout. ( $5 − $15 )

pura vida bracelets

5. Elephant Pants

Elephant Pants is an apparel company that sponsors the International Elephant Foundation. A portion of every sale goes toward anti-poaching of ivory, wildlife and habitat protection, and research on curing elephant diseases. Made in Thailand, the seamstresses are paid double the average wage and are given healthcare benefits! Save the elephants by gifting your friends (and yourself!) with cute harem pants, kimonos, yoga tanks, leggings, and more! Use my code JOYSHEEHAN10 for 10% OFF here at Elephant Pants! ( $5 − $35 )

elephant pants

6. TenTree Clothing

With every clothing item purchased from tentree, ten trees are planted. These trees are planted where currently needed most in the world, and the planting is done by locals. Manufacturing of the clothing is also done responsibly. A fun thing about this brand is that each item has a code on the tag that allows you to track your trees and see where they’ll be planted! ( $28 − $170 )

tentree clothing

7. Patagonia Women’s Bivy Down Jacket

This stylish wind and water-resistant jacket is insulated with 100% recycled down. Patagonia promotes fair labor practices and safe working conditions throughout the supply chain, and does their best to ensure that all chemicals, dyes, and finishes are managed and that resource consumption is reduced. They’re also part of 1% for the Planet (like Pura Vida Bracelets) which donates 1% of annual net revenue to environmental organizations. A bit of an investment, this is a hip yet functional gift for the outdoorsy adventurer in your life! Comes in two other colors. ( $249 )

patagonia down jacket

8. The Parks Project Beanie

The Parks Project is on a mission to connect people to our national parks. Purchases made at this apparel company support projects within parks, such as trail restoration in Muir Woods or bear conservation in Denali. These beanies help fund trail cleanups and invasive plant removal. Other rad accessories and clothing are also available. ( $34 )

parks project beanie

9. S’well Bottle Wood Collection

S’well Bottles are reusable stainless steel bottles that keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24! S’well has teamed up with the US Fund for UNICEF to provide clean drinking water to children around the world. And if you buy one of the gorgeous bottles from the Wood Collection, they plant trees with American Forests — another organization they support! ( $25 − $45 )

swell bottle

10. Heifer International Donation

Heifer International is a reputable charity that’s working toward sustainably ending world poverty and hunger. Women’s empowerment and environmental care are also being worked on through this goal. Giving a donation to Heifer International in a friends name is a great gift, because it’s not necessarily money you donate! You can choose to donate livestock such as chickens or alpacas. You can even donate shares of a gift or an animal to be given to a family in need. Other donations you can gift are things like stoves for a village, sending a girl to school, irrigation pumps, etc. Find a Heifer cause you like and donate here! ( $1 and up )

heifer international
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  1. I love your blogs. I hope I can get some of that vanilla extract from Mexico. Greetings from Charleston, South Carolina

    1. Author

      Aren’t they great?! My parents discovered Heifer when my sister and I were kids and every Christmas they let us pick an animal. We thought it was so fun so we’ve both kept the tradition going! :)

  2. Hi Joy – I’m just popping in to say that your posts are awesome and inspirational. I love every one that I read. Also, I really really love your blog design. You’re going far, lady!

    1. Author

      Aw Thank you! You just made my day! You’re so sweet! My cousin had a HUGE part in designing and creating my blog layout based on my chicken scratch drawings when I was first getting started. He’ll be so happy to hear all the great feedback!

  3. I love this guide so much I shared it on my facebook page! So good that you’re helping spread messages like this because sometimes it’s hard to know where to start when you want to support a cause.

  4. I love this list! So many thoughtful out-of-the-box ideas! It feels great to give back. Have you checked out Wylder goods? Their mission seems to mirror this post. I’m not at all affiliated with them, just thought you might be interested :).

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