It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over. As Christmas nears, many consumers are still scrambling to buy gifts online and at stores.

Several retailers from Nordstrom to Toms shoes, have stepped up this holiday season and are donating to some worthy causes. As you continue to check off items from your shopping list for loved ones this month, consider buying gifts at the following companies as they do their part to support local and global communities. 

Amazon Smile is one retailer helping shoppers transform the holiday season into an act of charity. The retailer donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choosing. This means you can shop and donate items directly to charities in need. 

The best part is that all year-round Amazon Smile provides this feel-good shopping, letting customers pick their favorite charitable organization. This can be done via a web browser at smile.amazon.com or can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.

If you need a mattress this year or perhaps want to gift one, consider Avocado Mattresses. The company is part of 1% For the Planet. This means 1% of the company’s revenue is donated to environmental nonprofits such as Plastic Oceans International and Big Green.

What goes better with a new mattress than new bedding? Brooklinen, which is dubbed the Internet’s Favorite Sheets, has partnered with Good360 and donates its returned products to shelters for women and survivors of domestic violence across the nation.

Buying shoes or socks? Turn to Bombas and Toms. For every pair of Bombas socks, underwear, or t-shirt purchased, the company will donate one to someone in need at homeless shelters. For every pair of Toms shoes purchased, the brand donates one pair. Toms additionally donates one third of its total profits to grassroots nonprofit organizations working to better their local communities.

Instagram’s favorite sustainable sneakers, Cariuma, is doing their part by planting a pair of trees in the Brazilian rainforest for every pair of shoes that they sell.

For clothing purchases, several retailers are worth looking at, including American outdoor apparel company Carhartt. Carhartt is donating to many nonprofits and organizations all year round. This includes the Future Farmers of America, National Parks Foundation, and local food drives. The company donates all year round.

Outdoor Voices, another outdoor apparel company, has teamed up with the YMCA for a limited-edition collaboration. All the profits from the collection will be donated to the YMCA.

Apparel company Everlane is donating 10% of its proceeds to the ACLU for every purchase from their 100% Human Collection. The collection includes sweatshirts, joggers, and tees.

Need bags? For every bag you purchase at State Bags, the company will donate either a fully packed backpack to schools in need or donate to one of its education-related partner charities. All year long, the company supports American children and families in need.

If you can afford to give a financial contribution, every monetary donation to No Kid Hungry, will be matched and tripled by apparel company Made Well. Donations of up to $100,000 can be made up until December 31st.

High-end retailer Nordstrom is also allowing shoppers to make a monetary donation to Operation Warm or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. You can add the donation to each purchase made online or in person. The company is additionally donating 1% of all gift card sales to nonprofits that give families access to housing and food.

Tory Burch is another high-end retailer giving back by donating 100% of their proceeds from its Embrace Ambition Bracelet to the Tory Burch Foundation. The foundation helps empower female entrepreneurs and business owners.

For intimate apparel such as bras and underwear, consider the largest donor of undergarments, ThirdLove. The retailer works with nonprofits such as I Support the Girls, Soles4Souls, and Good360. 

To further support women, Thinx, the makers of the famous period underwear, is donating to nonprofits like Chicago Period Project, Girls Inc. and PERIOD to promote menstrual equity and access to feminine hygiene products globally.

If kitchenware items are on your shopping list, consider Our Place, the company behind the wildly popular Always Pan. The retailer will donate 10 meals to Feeding America for every single purchase.

If you are looking to buy new glasses this season, or gift a pair to someone, look at Warby Parker. The company will distribute a pair to someone in need and donates to nonprofits like Pupil Projects to improve access to vision screenings and services. Next to their shoe line, Toms is also donating one pair of glasses for each pair purchased. 

Many charities like Good Will, UNICEF, and the Salvation Army have their own local and online stores to purchase from as well. 

During this festive time of the year, it is important to stop and think about how to help others. By shopping at any of the retailers on this list, you can surely help make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season.

Sources: 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/reviewed/2021/12/12/brands-giving-back-during-holidays-carhartt-cariuma-nordstrom/6478832001/

https://abc7news.com/giving-tuesday-charity-sites-apps-shopping/2671092/