8 Children’s Gifts That Give Back

Whether you’re shopping for a gift for your child’s birthday or holiday gift, consider purchasing from companies that donate a chunk of their sales to charitable organizations. Not only will you feel good about your purchase, but it’s a great lesson to kids on how important it is to help others. 

Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon makes hats for men, women and children in a variety of colors, and if hats aren’t your thing, they also sell blankets, sweaters, backpacks, scarves, headbands and other cozy products. The company gives 50 percent of their profits to organizations that fight pediatric cancer, a cause that is often underfunded.

Cuddle + Kind Dolls

These sweet, handmade dolls are a toy you can truly feel good about giving the little ones in your life. The dolls are handknit by fair trade artisans in Peru and for each one sold, the company donates 10 meals to children in need. Any child would love to cuddle up with adorable animal characters like Zoe the unicorn, Sadie the fox, Noah the dog and Hudson the polar bear.

S’well Water Bottles

S’well’s mission is to decrease single-use plastic consumption and they’ve also partnered with Unicef to help provide clean drinking water to the most at-risk areas of Madagascar. Plus, the bottles themselves couldn’t be any cooler, both in design and function.

One World Play Project Soccer Ball

A portion of each soccer ball purchase goes towards play equipment for those in need, plus One World is against child labor and fully committed to paying employees fair wages. Oh, and the ball is supposedly “unpoppable,” so your kids will be able to kick it around for years to come.

Out of Print

For the bookworms in your family, add some new tees and masks to their wardrobe featuring some of their favorite children’s books. With every purchase, the company donates books to literacy programs with more than 3 million book donations so far. Plus, a portion of their mask sales are given to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation to support bookstores impacted by COVID-19.

World Wildlife Fund

You can help wild animals from all over the world with WWF’s Symbolic Species Adoptions. For each adoption, you’ll receive a photo, adoption certificate, species card, gift bag and an adorable 12-inch plush animal. This stuffed animal will be an extra special gift to kiddos especially when they learn the story behind it.  

Rose & Rex

This online toy store makes sure giving back is part of their mission with their Play-It-Forward program. They partner with a charity and donate 10 percent of all proceeds from their give-back toy collection to the charity partner. This winter, proceeds will go to Welcome Baby, a non-profit helping pregnant women with infant supplies.

B.A.R.E. Soaps

B.A.R.E.’s bath and body products are free of nasty ingredients like parabens and synthetics, plus they come with the added bonus of benefiting the less fortunate. The company gives 20 percent of each purchase to organizations providing antiseptic services (such as vitamins, vaccines and hygiene products) to those in need in India and Uganda.


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This article originally published on Nov. 15, 2018. It has been updated with the most recent information. 

Chicago Parent Editorial Team
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Since 1984, the Chicago Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for Chicagoland families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.
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