Valentine's Day Gifts that Give Back

Chocolates, jewelry, flowers… These are impressive gifts to give or receive on Valentine’s Day, but the romantic holiday is the perfect opportunity to buy your loved one a gift that gives back to great causes. At ThatHelps, we vet nonprofits and organizations for integrity. We believe that even small actions like buying a Valentine’s gift that benefits a good cause can make a big difference and cause a ripple effect of altruism for others.

Check out these Valentine’s Day gifts that give back to causes at the forefront of humanitarian aid, clean water, childhood disease, and more. Your sweetheart will be touched by the thoughtfulness behind any of these gifts. Who knows? Maybe the gift that gives back will inspire you and sweetheart to take part in a few good deeds together. How does the saying go? The couple that helps together, stays together…

Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back

IRC’s Teddy Bear Rescue Gift in your Valentine’s name, $45

The International Rescue Committee works to deliver aid to people in the most dangerous conflict areas. Their Teddy Bear Rescue Gift provides children with their own soft stuffed friend to snuggle with and a coloring kit that will help them cope with the psychological distress of war. A Teddy Bear Rescue Gift in your Valentine’s name will definitely put a smile on their face and a child’s in need.

Oceana’s Adopt A Penguin Stuffed Animal, $50 

How cute is Oceana’s stuffed penguin animal? Bonus: it comes with a personalized adoption certificate. The animal lover in your life will adore this Valentine’s Day gift, not only because it’s adorable, but because the purchase of a stuffed animal helps protect these feathered cuties from habitat loss due to climate change.

Any GANT Purchase, price varies

The American lifestyle brand announced a partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance to patrol and protect rivers, streams, and coastlines on six continents. The first step of the partnership is the Ocean Plastic Recovery Initiative, in which GANT will contribute to expanding Waterkeeper Alliance’s recovery facility and operation in Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. Any purchase on Gant.com benefits Waterkeeper’s clean water activism. We think GANT’s dapper men’s pocket square makes a great gift that gives back!

Audubon Society’s Suncatchers, $75

The perfect gift for a nature lover or someone who seems like they have everything. The set of three stained glass suncatchers brighten up any room in the house. (The three birds in the collection: a Painted Bunting, Baltimore Oriole, and the Atlantic Puffin.) The suncatchers are a gift with a$75 donation to the National Audubon Society. All funds are directed towards efforts that protect birds and their habitats. Bonus: the gift’s tax-deductible.

Ben & Jerry’s The Tonight Dough Ice Cream, $5

If your sweetie has a sweet tooth, pick up a pint of Ben & Jerry’s flavor that benefits the SeriousFun Children’s Network for your Valentine’s Day dessert. Launched with “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, all royalties of The Tonight Dough go to give kids with serious illnesses the opportunity to have a one-of-a-kind camp experience. And if there’s one lesson the SeriousFun kids have taught us, it’s that life is all about the simple pleasure.

Little Steven’s Magic Bandana, $30

Got a music buff in your life? Legendary rocker Steven Van Zandt designed Little Steven’s Magic Bandanas to benefit Ronald McDonald House New York. All proceeds from his bandana sales go to help support more than 35,000 families while their child battles cancer, including lodging, transportation, and emotional support.

Luca + Danni Puzzle Piece Bangle Bracelet, $32

It’s pretty hard to go wrong with the gift of jewelry on Valentine’s Day, especially a piece that educates. The Puzzle symbol reflects the complexity of Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as the diversity of the people affected by it. Luca + Danni’s autism awareness bracelet will warm the heart of anyone with a special needs kid in their life. 20% of the bracelet’s proceeds go to The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation!

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