Charity gifts feel good and do good. They’ve also gotten way more sophisticated in recent years — meaning it’s vastly easier to find acceptable gifts for your friends and family. Mission-driven brands abound these days, so that even the pickiest fashionistas can find garments and accessories they’re proud to wear.
Here are nine chic charity gifts that’ll broaden the impact of your holiday budget in 2022.
1. Tentree joggers
Tentree is a sustainable clothing brand that plants 10 trees for every item purchased. The brand makes all its products with sustainably sourced and recycled materials.
Tentree’s women’s line-up is a large selection of fashion basics — t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, sweaters, dresses, and skirts. The styling is mostly classic, but some pieces have a nice twist. See the Highline Cotton Acre Sweater as an example. It’s a tunic sweater with a pretty scalloped hem.
My gift pick for this brand is Tentree’s best-selling Bamone jogger, available on Amazon. The 100% cotton pant has that easy style every woman loves. She can dress these up with a patterned crop jacket or wear them on lounge days with a soft t-shirt.
2. FAZL beanie
FAZL supports orphaned and impoverished children in India and sources its products from local artisans, paying fair wages for their handcrafted goods. All FAZL pieces are made from 100% vegan synthetic wool — a blend of acrylic and nylon. It’s warm, soft, and hypoallergenic.
The product line includes socks, beanies, mittens, and scarves. FAZL’s grey-and-white knit beanie is a cozy, stylish gift option for $28. See details at shopfazl.com.
3. Clove socks
Clove is a footwear brand that supports healthcare workers. The company donates and fundraises for front line healthcare pros around the U.S. Donations include $300,000 in Clove footwear and compression socks that keep nurses and doctors comfortable.
If someone on your gift list has a demanding, on-the-go job, a stylish pair of compression socks may be just the right thing. Clove compression socks are loved by shoppers and pretty, too. Pick them up at goclove.com for $28.
4. Everlane t-shirt
Everlane is committed to ethical manufacturing and transparency. The company regularly audits its suppliers on working conditions and presses for scores of 90 or higher. Everlane also publishes manufacturing cost details on its products, so shoppers know where their money is going.
The 100% my body t-shirt ($35) has an added mission. Everlane donates all profits on these tops to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Sustainable brand Woodwatch plants a tree for every product sold. To date, the company’s tally of trees planted exceeds 500,000. The goal is to reach 1 million trees planted by 2025.
You can take part in that mission by gifting a gorgeous watch this year. These watches aren’t in the budget category, so this is a gift for someone special.
My pick is the Copenhagen Beige watch, on sale for $89. It’s subtle and beautiful, perfect for the lady with understated style.
6. Purpose Jewelry earrings
Purpose Jewelry sources its collection from artisans in India, Uganda, Mexico, and the Philippines. All sale proceeds go to the brand’s non-profit International Sanctuary. The Sanctuary provides girls and women who’ve escaped from trafficking with fair wages, health care, education, and safe communities.
The Solstice Hoop ($34) puts an elegant spin on the classic hoop earring. The pretty curve, hammered detail, and shiny brass combine for a true conversation piece. This style is also available in silver tone.
7. Warby Parker sunglasses
Warby Parker launched as a company with the goal of making eyeglasses less expensive. The brand has accomplished that, and so much more. Through its Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, Warby Parker has donated 10 million pairs of glasses to people who need them.
You can keep that momentum going by gifting a chic pair of Warby Parker sunglasses this year. These aren’t cheap sunglasses from Target, mind you. They’re an investment piece she’ll keep for years.
I like the Beale style in Rosemary Crystal for $95. I’m toying with the idea of gifting these to myself this year, as I’m in need of a good pair of sunnies.
8. Feed canvas bag
Feed’s school lunch program provides daily meals for kids in the U.S. and around the world. To date, the company has delivered 100 million meals to kids, to help them learn and play. You can see how many meals your purchase will support on each product page.
The feed canvas bag (on sale for $68) provides 25 meals. The charity angle doesn’t take away from the practicality of this gift. The bag carries an iPad or smaller laptop, plus a wallet, phone, makeup essentials, and a comb. You know, everything you need to have with you on the go.
9. Kendra Scott friendship bracelet
Kendra Scott is a family-oriented brand that routinely donates a portion of its profits to charitable organizations.
You can have a hand in that mission by gifting an Everlyne Friendship Bracelet this year. For each bracelet purchased, Kendra Scott directs 20% of the proceeds to organizations that empower women and children.
The multicolor chord bracelets are on sale for $28, marked down from $40. You have three color options: dichroic glass, bronze veined turquoise, and abalone shell. All are beautiful, but I love the dichroic glass for its lilac, green, and brown tones. This is a gift she’ll cherish.
Charity gifts for good
Imagine how many people could benefit if each of us shifted a few extra dollars into charity gifts in 2022. Go on and make the world a better place, one gift at a time.