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    50 Holiday Gifts Under $50 That Improve The World

    This is year five of the holiday gift list and it feels completely different this year. Charitable contributions matter more than ever, as does social impact. This list has never previously leaned politically one way or another but this year, it will. You will also see Covid-19 specific items on here. This has been a tough year for many. Let's work together to make it better for all. *No partnerships or proceeds are made from this list. All products are independently sourced and have no financial benefits to the writer.

    1. Floating Quote | One Tree Planted

    The perfect edition to any wall in any room (even the bathroom). One Tree Planted helps global reforestation efforts, improving the environment, and air quality in our world. We are running out of time to fix the planet.


    2. Champey Camera Strap | Serengetee

    Sourced from traditional weavers in rural indigenous Mayan communities, this strap is perfect for all the 2021 moments you'll capture. 10% of proceeds are returned to grassroots projects in the communities where the items are made.


    3. Roaming Wild 2021 Calendar | Parks Project

    We've been stuck inside all year. It's time to plan a great adventure for 2021. Find some inspiration in the Parks Project 2021 Roaming Wild Calendar. Proceeds go to Habitat Conservation. Don't need a calendar? The Parks Project has awesome tees and accessories supporting the National Parks and conserving the land.


    4. Protest Tee | American Civil Liberties Union

    Say a lot without ever saying a word. The front shows your intent, the back shows your rights. Support the ACLU's hard work in defending everyone's right to protest.


    5. Love Mug | Citymeals On Wheels

    This is a universal message - LOVE ISN'T CANCELLED. It's also dishwasher and microwave safe! This store has tons of different mugs - most dedicated to the First Responders in your life - Nurses, Doctors, Police, EMS, Fire Departments, etc. All proceeds go to Citymeals on Wheels.


    6. Winter Treat Gift Set | Prosperity Candle

    Who doesn't love a winter treat? This has a calming candle that will transport you to the mountains and delicious sweet caramels that are begging to be eaten by a fire. Prosperity candle helps lift families out of poverty.


    7. Decorative Desk Calendar | UNICEF

    Spruce up that home office with a handmade wood, decorative, desk calendar. Each tile can be removed and replaced so it's easy to change every day of the year. This purchase can provide a polio vaccination to 48 children in need.


    8. Travel Capsule Bracelet | Reteti Elephant Sanctuary

    The capsule inside this bracelet is empty - fill it with sand, soil, or something special. You can carry the special elements with you everyday. This purchase helps support the first community run elephant orphanage in Africa as well as 12% of the proceeds going towards gorilla protection and conservation in the Congo rainforest.


    9. RBG Dissent Collar Magnet | ACLU Women's Rights Project

    Hold up every inspiring quote on your fridge with this RBG Dissent Collar magnet. 100% of proceeds from sales of this product will be donated to the ACLU, in support of the Women's Rights Project (which Ruth Bader Ginsburg co-founded in 1971).


    10. RBG Sweatshirt | Planned Parenthood

    In memory of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: activist, feminist, and supreme court justice. This is a super comfy sweater so you can get cozy and think about all the ways to honor her legacy. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Planned Parenthood.


    11. Meteorite Candle | The Children of Peru Foundation

    This incredible candle has a secret surprise - a Peruvian Tektite meteorite inside. 50% of proceeds benefit the Children of Peru Foundation, an organization dedicated to building a better future for children in poverty in Peru.


    12. Camp Quarantine Social Distancing Tee | Direct Relief Charity

    Reminiscent of old-school camp days, the Camp Quarantine shirt brings nostalgia to 2020. 50% of all profits go to the Direct Relief Charity in response to Covid-19 efforts.


    13. Landscape Wanderlust Print | Action Against Hunger

    This beautiful landscape both incites adventure and promotes calm. Action Against Hunger helps fight malnutrition and bring support to communities that are being severely affected by Covid-19.


    14. Tools for Change Silicone Spatula | No Kid Hungry

    William Sonoma asked celebrities to create original spatula designs to benefit No Kid Hungry in its campaign to end childhood hunger in America. You can grab a spatula designed by Kristen Bell, Gwen Stefani or Dolly Parton. Plus they're 30% off the retail price so grab them quick!


    15. Heart Mug | The Trevor Project

    A simple rainbow heart can speak volumes. 50% of the purchase price of each mug goes to The Trevor Project, the world's largest provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people.


    16. Hot Mess Earth Soy Candle |

    It's no secret Mother Earth is a fucking hot mess due to global warming. We've had record fires, floods, storms, and more this year. This eco-friendly soy candle encourages everyone to do their part and save our planet.

    $2 from every "Hot Mess" soy candle sold will be donated to, a nonprofit organization fighting the fossil fuel industry and building renewable energy.


    17. Espresso Blend 700 Whole Bean Coffee | Greater Goods

    Warm up with some drip and espresso beans. 100% of Greater Goods profits from this coffee help provide income to service workers currently out of work.


    18. “QUARANTINE” Wine | Frontline Responders Fund & Direct Relief & GiveDirectly

    Cheers to a quarantine holiday. Nocking Point has brought you Quarantine Wine, that benefits 3 different charities equally. They have very low overhead and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the organizations.

    $50 for 2 bottles

    19. Zia Leather Leaf Earrings | Raven + Lily

    Dagny Piasecki

    These earrings are made by some badass ladies and look so glam! Raven + Lily works with female artisans, while giving back to a micro-loan program supporting female entrepreneurs in East Africa.


    20. One Love Ring | One Love Movement

    Wear your heart on your finger, and come together as one collective human race. One Love Movement brings people together to fight for social justice. This year, we could all use a little more love.


    21. Backpack | FEED

    So you might not be going anywhere right now but you can still prep for your future organizational needs (plus this can hold a lot of groceries). This backpack provides 40 meals for those in need.


    22. Notebook | Mission 22

    Need somewhere to write that isn't your laptop? How about this beautiful notebook complete with 80 pages waiting to be filled? All while you support Mission 22's programs to treat veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI. "Each day 22 veterans take their own life. But together we can win the war against veteran suicide".


    23. Rose Gold Rush Pack | Pura Vida

    The rose gold trend is still going strong. This pack has five different bracelets you can mix and match, wear individually, or wear all at once. Pura Vida Bracelets provides full-time jobs to artisans worldwide, and donates millions to charity through products that give back.


    24. Hamilton Mini Glass | Boxlunch

    Watch Hamilton a dozen times since July? Get prepared for your next viewing. Don't throw away your shot. Instead - take a shot! For every $10 spent, BoxLunch provides meals to families in need through Feeding America.


    25. Vixen T-Shirt | RAINN

    Talk about a statement shirt, this is part of the "Vixen Not Victim" Micheline Pitt campaign to benefit RAINN and features her iconic styled Barbie Dolls. A minimum of 30% of all revenue from this item goes to RAINN, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network; the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.


    26. Stronger Together Bracelet | The Alzheimer’s Association

    Well it's true, we are stronger together; especially in our fight against Alzheimer's. Find a cure and have a great bracelet for holiday dinners.


    27. Phenomenal Woman T-Shirt | Phenomenal Woman

    Be phenomenal! The Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, inspired by Maya Angelou’s “Phenomenal Woman” poem, brings awareness to social causes. They especially shine a light on social justice organizations.


    28. Green and Blue Stripe Tie | St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

    Every suit needs a pop of color, even if your working from home. Add a little green and blue to a closet full of earth tone ties. All proceeds benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


    29. Signature Owl Silver Cufflinks | Tie Bar

    Owl be looking fine when parties come back. Proceeds of every purchase will be donated to to support LGBTQ equality.


    30. Cat Bookends | Ten Thousand Villages

    Playful stone cats hold your books firmly in place, plus they're super cute. Ten Thousand Villages globally sources artisans in an effort to breaks the cycle of generational poverty and ignite social change.


    31. Serving Equali-Tea Mug | Human Rights Campaign

    Serve up a little equali-tea with this iridescent mug. 100% of your purchase fuels the fight for LGBTQ equality and makes you an active member of the Human Rights Campaign.


    32. Defend Happiness Mask | Thorn

    Getting tired of the same flimsy masks you bought in bulk this summer? Time to get a washable one while helping to fight human trafficking. Every mask sold helps build us closer to a world where every child is free to simply be a kid. Thorn is an international anti-human trafficking organization that works to address the sexual exploitation of children.


    33. Cotton Apron | Survival International

    Artsy and washable - awesome! Time to upgrade your sourdough making attire. Survival International helps tribal peoples to protect their lives and land.


    34. One Beanie | ONE Campaign

    Equality isn't just for the select few- it's for everyone! That's exactly what the ONE Campaign is seeking to achieve through their fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease.


    35. Reading in the Library Candle | Save The Children

    Ok, maybe you can't go to a library right now but you can make your own living room smell like one. Curl up with a good book and an incredible library aroma. Save The Children improves the lives of children through emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.


    36. Arrow Laptop Case | Stand Up To Cancer

    When the work day is over, you deserve to pack up that laptop and relax. It can be hard to disconnect during WFH times, do put the laptop away with a laptop holder from Stand Up To Cancer. SU2C funds cancer research for treatments (and hopefully one day a cure).


    37. Together Together Together Crop Top | Same You

    Noticing a theme for this list, yet? Nope. Here it is. Together! Together, together, together. Let's come together for brain injury recovery. Same You's purchase helps raise funds to increase neurorehabilitation access after brain injury and stroke.


    38. Superman: The Unauthorized Biography | NPR

    Show love for public radio while enjoying a riveting book. This story chronicles the ever-evolving Man of Steel and his world while supporting National Public Radio's publicly funded non-profit media organization.


    39. Novelty Pillow | Save The Elephants

    Love elephants? Make it known to anyone who visits with this cuddly home accessory. 10% of net profits will go to Save The Elephants via Ivory Ella.


    40. Semicolon Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet | Project Semicolon for Suicide Prevention

    An adjustable wrist cuff to remind you to keep going because it's "Not Over Yet". Proceeds go towards suicide prevention.


    41. Wild Child Onesie | Keep Nature Wild

    How cute would a tiny human look in this? Every kid deserves a wild side. Plus, every purchase helps fund and host local wilderness cleanups so their generation has a better earth.


    42. Composition Notebook Pouch | Out Of Print

    Remember composition notebook's from your school days? Well now you can carry makeup and toiletries in them for nostalgia's sake. Since 2010, Out of Print’s mission has been to spread the joy of reading by transforming literary classics into bookish apparel and accessories. With every purchase, OOP donates books to those in need and support literacy programs around the world.


    43. Care Kit | Beelove

    Miss travel? Like a lot? I can't help you travel but I can help you find travel sized products. This pack's products include Amenity Shower Gel, Amenity Lotion, Lip Balm. Bee Love provide organic products and hires talented individuals with a criminal conviction in their past to provide a pathway to success.


    44. Warriors in Motion Scarf | Warriors in Pink

    Breast cancer creates warriors. Remind those going through the fight now that they are a warrior. Of this $36 purchase price, over $22 goes directly to breast cancer research through the Warrior in Pink initiative.


    45. Beware of Wigglebutts Desk Sign | The Animal Rescue Site

    Is your 2020 co-worker four-legged? Represent them in Zoom meetings, with a Beware of Wigglebutts desk sign. Your purchase provides bowls of food for shelter animals in need.


    46. Lemons Face Buff | Alex's Lemonade Stand

    Switch up the face mask game with a face buff. You can wear it around your neck when it's not needed and then bring it up when it is. Alex's Lemonade Stand is dedicated to finding a cure for pediatric cancer.


    47. Kindness Necklace | Autism Speaks

    One word can pack a punch. Kindness. For all. Each purchase contributes to Autism Speak's mission to provide aid and support for people with autism and their families.


    48. Lip Mask | Best Buddies

    So people may not be able to see your lips but these can take their place, at least for now. (Plus no makeup needed). The 2-pack mask set is 100% combed cotton fabric, making it both soft and non-allergenic.

    Best Buddies provides services for those living with disabilities, including opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living.

    $20 for 2

    49. Hope Lives On Crop Windbreaker Jacket | To Write Love On Her Arms

    We might be just a bit far from crop top weather but crop jacket weather is near. Plus it's water-resistant. More importantly, it's got a great message - Hope Lives On. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement helping people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.


    50. Gym Bag | American Heart Association

    Resolution to get in shape? One day gyms will be back in full swing and you'll need a gym bag. Why not get one from the American Heart Association that inspires you to hustle in 2021.



    Shop with the same vigor you had in March when stocking up on food and toilet paper.