Today is #GivingTuesday — a day of giving where people can reflect on the goodness they want to spread in the world.
You are probably pulling together your list of holiday gift ideas for your friends and family. And since you’re already in the giving spirit, why not pick presents that also give back?
I sifted through some options to find some seriously clever holiday presents that also bring vital resources, services, and hope to those in need. These are gifts that I’d definitely give anyway—the fact that they have a charitable donation attached just makes them twice as nice! I’ve also included some ideas for straightforward giving.
So before you buy your friend a boring necklace or a scarf for your mom, check out this list of gift ideas that give back!
World Wildlife Fund
Make a donation of $25 to the World Wildlife Fund and enjoy the simple pleasure of coloring while also learning about your favorite species. Each of the three coloring book choices has 18 detailed animal and landscape designs and information on each species and landscape for hours of creative expression. Check it out HERE.
“Aromatherapy Accessories with a Meaningful Mission.” Delivering hope and healing one thread at a time, Therapy Threads is the product of passion for using fashion as a foundation for wellness. The company believes that it’s possible to integrate their products – jewelry, scarves, essential oils and T shirts – into a holistic approach to combating mental illness. And all ofo their products make for a great environment for coloring. A portion of the proceeds from each purchase goes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Tranquilogy Adult Coloring Book: Calming Animal & Nature Designs
The organization behind this coloring book – Lifestlye Dezign Coloring – donates 10% of all net profits to charity, mental health, and animal advocacy.
The book is 8-1/2″ x 11″ and 105 pages. There are inspirational quotes on the back of each page. The images include a variety of beautiful and serene pictures, and is on thick high quality paper.
Yoobi offers a huge range of coloring and art supplies, notebooks, and backpacks for anyone who loves coloring and crafting. For every item purchased, Yoobi donates a school supply to support a child in need in the United States. There is also a Yoobi Australia.
Yoobi is particularly good for gifts under $5 and stocking stuffers. You can also buy cute coloring books, highlighters, gel pens, a DIY piggy bank, and more. Two of my favorites are the set of 8 double-ended brush markers for $8.99, and a set of 18 colored pencils for $3.49.
Coloring for Charity
Smokey from the Block
This wonderful coloring book tells the story of a New York City tomcat and his discoveries and adventures as he roams the streets. Inspired by a true and happy animal rescue story, the book has 27 single-sided designs. A portion of the profits from the sale of the book help stray and feral cats, including the NYC Feral Cat Initiative.
Giving is also doing what you can to protect and improve our environment. In that vein, Sprout specializes in developing sustainable products with a second life.
The Sprout Color Pencil is the first plantable sustainable pencil in the world. The pencil has been given this dual function by replacing the eraser with a special seed capsule. You can grow delicious fresh herbs, crispy vegetables, or edible flowers, and each color has its own plant variety.The body is sustainable PEFC- or FSC-certified cedar wood, which means that a new tree is planted each time a tree is harvested. The core is a mixture of clay and graphite. You can also get a cute Sprout set including a coloring book.
Better World Books
How about keeping your eco-footprint smaller by buying used books or donating your own? BetterWorldBooks believes that education and access to books are basic human rights. Books they sell, including coloring books, help fund literacy projects in the United States and around the world by matching every purchase with a book donation to someone in need – Book for Book™.
All books are available with free shipping worldwide. And every order shipped is carbon balanced with Green-e Climate certified offsets.
Donate Your Coloring Books
Have books to donate – such as those coloring books that just weren’t for you? Better World Books collects used books (go here to find out about donating). So far, the company has converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education. In the process, they’ve also diverted more than 250 million books from landfills.
I found out from a friend that people love to color while in physical rehabilitation. So rehabs make a great place to donate coloring books and supplies. Crayons, coloring books, paper, colored pencils, markers and other related supplies are often welcome at:
- Emergency room waiting areas
- Social Services waiting rooms
- Foster care centers
- Local food banks
- Nursing homes
Adult Coloring 101’s #GivingTuesday
Today, I will donate all proceeds from sales made through affiliate links on my website to The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). DBSA is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses.
DBSA’s peer-based, wellness-oriented, and empowering services and resources are available when people need them, where they need them, and how they need to receive them-online 24/7, in local support groups, in audio and video casts, or in printed materials distributed by DBSA, their chapters, and mental health care facilities across America.
Will you be participating in #GivingTuesday? Tell us how in the Comments section below!