10 Hostess Gifts That Give Back
A trip to the Grand Canyon may not be in the cards, but a scented candle inspired by a national park should be. Pick up a Paddywax Parks Collection Candle in Yellowstone or Great Smoky Mountains aroma ($28 each); the brand will donate at least $25,000 to the National Park Foundation.
These chain-wrapped-bead Akola Noel Earrings ($28) are totally giftable. Who can argue with a touch of glitz around the holidays, especially when they're handmade by female artisans earning a fair wage in Uganda?
The bright, bold colors in this supersoft throw make us so happy. Made of a wool, acrylic, and polyester blend, Sackcloth & Ashes' Tribal Sunrise Blanket ($100) is ideal for curling up on the couch. For every blanket sold, another will be donated to a homeless shelter.
Buy this 7AM Enfant Feminist BK718 Backpack (from $78) and the nonprofit Girl Rising receives a portion of sales to put toward its mission of getting girls around the world into schools.
Nurse Mates Align Jewel Sneakers ($129) are for that friend who's always on her feet and loves a little glitter. OK, a lot of glitter. For every pair purchased, $100 goes to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Charity by Chocolate
What's sweet? Wild Ophelia Mix 'n' Match Chocolate Bars ($16 for four bars). What's sweeter? Ten percent of the proceeds funds a grant for female food entrepreneurs.
Help a Helping Hand
Give the gift of baby-soft skin with Youth in Hand Cream by Fountain of Truth Beauty ($28), which backs breast cancer charities FAB-U-WISH and the Pink Agenda.
No shady business here—10 percent of profits from Life Is Good Himalaya Aviator Sunglasses ($38) goes to the Life Is Good Kids Foundation, which helps kids dealing with traumatic experiences.
For every BPA-free Hip Bottle ($15) you buy, the company provides two days of clean water to someone in need, so consider grabbing one not just for hostesses but for everybody on your list. They come in fun colors, and the flat, flask-like shape makes them easy to pack.
Make Maysara Winery Immigrant Pinot Noir ($45) your go-to gift bottle this season—33 percent of the proceeds benefits nonprofits helping refugees and immigrants gain visas and residency.