Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

1Kiehl’s + Jeff Koons’ Limited Edition Balloon Flower Holiday Creme de Corps Collection

‘Tis the season for giving, so why not choose presents that spread the wealth? These pretty picks benefit a number of different causes to make the most of your generosity.

American contemporary artist Jeff Koons and Kiehl’s join forces to benefit The Koons Family Institute on International Law and Policy, which combats child exploitation and abduction.

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One hundred percent of Kiehl’s profits—up to $200,000—on sales of this vibrantly designed best-selling moisturizer and separate Balloon Flower sculpture bottle top will be donated.

From $29 to $72, available at

2Lancôme Holiday 2011 Color Collection by Kate Winslet

The Golden Hat Foundation, a non-profit group founded by Oscar winner Kate Winslet to improve the lives of those with autism, will receive 150,000 euros from sales of this limited edition trio. Winslet, who wears another hat, so to speak, as Lancôme spokeswoman, helped design the whimsical powder compact (featuring the foundation’s symbol and her signature), lipstick, and nail polish.

From $15 to $40,

3L’Occitane Get On Board for Sight Soaps

These cheerful, airplane-shaped stocking stuffers—inspired by the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital—do more than just cleanse, hydrate, and scent hands. One hundred percent of proceeds will be given to the foundation to help end vision impairment, which affects over 280 million people worldwide.

$6 each,

4Anthony Logistics For Men Holiday Body Cleansing Gels

Luxurious body washes containing skin softening glycerin, aloe vera, and wheat protein—in two refreshing scents (Eucalyptus or Mint and Spice)—will keep the men in your life soft and sweet. Bonus? A percentage of sales benefit prostate cancer research.

From $22 to $35,

5Beauty Bus Foundation Holiday Gift Box

Beauty Bus, which provides patients and their caregivers sprit-lifting pampering through free beauty treatments, offers two gift boxes this holiday season. Each contains an assortment of full-size hair, nail, and skincare products from brands such as InStyler, OPI, Alterna, and Murad. With each purchase, the organization will donate two bags of beauty products to terminally ill patients around the country.

$200 ($425 value),

6Peter Som For Clark’s Botanicals Holiday Travel Kit

Designer Peter Som’s bold floral print from the fall runways adorns this limited edition clutch, which contains travel-size samples of the company’s best-selling Smoothing Marine Cream, Intense Radiance Mask, Nourishing Youth Serum, and Anti-Puff Eye Cream, plus an Ultra Rich Lip Balm and two wearable shades of Ultra Rich Lip Tints. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal chord injury research.

$59, at

7GIVE Scent

A percentage of sales from this intoxicating citrus and spicy vanilla scent, developed by Virayoga founder Elena Brower, will be donated to Women for Women International, a foundation dedicated to supporting female survivors in conflict zones.

$48 for 7.5 ml, at

8TOMS’ Eyewear

Too many late nights this season? Conceal the damage with TOMS’ new collection of sunglasses. Thanks to the company’s One for One ™ initiative, the purchase of just one pair will provide medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery to someone in need around the world.

$135 and up,

9Aveda Time For Grounding is A Gift Candle

Eco-friendly hostesses will adore this soy-based candle, which releases a heady blend of vanilla, ginger, and cassia fragrance. Not only is the glass made from 95% recycled materials, the limited-edition box is covered in lokta bark paper that was handmade by rural communities in Nepal. It’s so pretty there’s no need for additional wrapping!


10JASON Simple Comforts Limited Edition Pure Natural Gift Set in Frosted Plum

Gentle-on-skin essentials made without parabens or phthalates, this ultra-rich body wash set also includes a sponge made from recycled materials.

$9, at