There’s one universal truth about babies. People LOVE to buy them gifts! Aunties, grandmas, neighbors and of course parents love spoiling little ones.
While gifts are always fun, let’s be honest: babies don’t need much. So if you’re going to invest in a gift for an itty bitty, how about supporting a baby brand that has gifts that give back?
I’ve been overjoyed when I’ve received a gift for one of our kids and realized there was a give back portion to it, whether it was giving to a charity, was ethically made or helped create jobs.
Like the idea of that too? Here are some of my favorite baby gifts that give back.
Baby Gifts That Give Back
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1. cuddle+kind // 2. TOMS Shoes // 3. Tegu // 4. Tea Collection // 5. Badger Balm // 6. B. Toys // 7. Magic Bag Warmy // 8. GooseWaddle // 9. Little Market // 10. PlanToys // 11. Olive & Annie // 12. Rose and Rex // 13. Happy Blankie
I was first introduced to cuddle+kind dolls when I was pregnant with Roy and now we have a whole collection of their stuffed friends! They’re soft, beautiful dolls that all my kids love.
The mission behind cuddle+kind is to provide one million meals to kids in need each year. Every doll purchased gives 10 meals to a child in need.
The owners have a background in health and know the crucial role nutrition plays in a child’s development. They saw a documentary about the devastating impact of hunger around the world and wanted to do something about it! So they started cuddle+kind to feed children all over the world.
All the better, these dolls are made in Peru providing sustainable, fair trade income for women there. They’re made from natural, high-quality cotton so they’re extra soft and cuddly!
Product Pick: Ella the Unicorn
- Empowers talented women artisans with equitable, fair trade employment
- For every doll purchased, 10 meals are provided to children in need.
- Lovingly handcrafted in Peru using premium 100% cotton yarn
- Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio’s Platinum Award for Best Toy three years in a row
2. TOMS Shoes
Is there anything cuter than little baby and kid shoes? When Roy was little I went to a TOMS warehouse sale and picked out a few pairs for him – one of the best decisions ever!
Not only are they super cute, but he’s able to put them on himself and many of the styles are gender neutral, so now Penelope wears them.
For every shoe that is purchased, a pair of shoes is given to a child in need.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time in third world countries, and I’ve actually seen TOMS on little kid’s feet in Malawi and Uganda! I love seeing a company’s mission in action.
Product Pick: Alpargata Tiny Shoes
- With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need
- Loafers with a printed canvas upper
- Hook-and-loop closure for easy on and off
The kids and I both love these magnetic wooden block sets from Tegu. There are tons of different varieties of block sets, including this pack with a traveling case that you can throw in your diaper bag for when your little one needs a distraction. (Restaurant meltdown, anyone?)
Tegu established a fully independent toy factory in Honduras to ensure employees make a living wage and prioritize long-term career growth and development. Tegu is bringing world-class employment standards to Central America.
They also work with local Honduran cooperatives to harvest their wood responsibly.
Product Pick: Tegu Travel Set
- Perfect for building on-the-go
- An heirloom-quality toy that will last for generations
- No lead, no plastic, non-toxic, water-based lacquer finish, no small parts
Tea Collection takes inspiration from all over the world to design modern kid’s clothes, getting ideas from landmarks and handicraft as they travel the globe. With this global perspective in mind, they give back to the global community.
Tea Collection gives back 10% of its profits to causes and organizations around the world that improve the lives of children. They’ve partnered with the Global Fund for Children since 2003, which helps develop grassroots organizations to advocate for youth in communities that need it most. You can read about their other giveback projects on their website.
Product Pick: Fair Isle Sweater Dress
- Intricate fair isle design on the skirt
- Blouson sleeves and back keyhole
- 100% cotton
- Machine wash, lay flat to dry
5. Badger Balm
We were recently gifted a tin of the Badger Sleep Balm and let me tell you, no parent will ever say no to anything that encourages sleep for their little one!
They have a variety of baby products from sunscreen, diaper cream and even belly oil for mom.
Badger Balm donates 10 percent of before-tax profits to organizations that focus on the health and welfare of children, and they also match a portion of their employees’ contributions.
Product Pick: Badger Sleep Balm
- Mix of lavender and bergamot
- Calming, soothing blend of essential oils
- Free of artificial ingredients, fragrances, dyes, parabens, GMOs, synthetic chemicals or harsh ingredients
- USDA Certified Organic and petrolatum-free
6. B. Toys
Target carries B. Toys, so most likely you’ve seen their cute products before.
They donate a portion of sales to WE (formerly Free The Children), whose mission is “to free children from poverty and exploitation, and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to effect positive change.”
Product Pick: Snail Ride-On
- Comfortable, ergonomic seat with storage
- Horns light up and beep
- Good for new walkers
- Requires 3 AAA batteries (included)
- Recommended for toddlers 1 year+
Magic Bag is a Canadian company that makes hot and cold compresses, including the Warmy, which is basically a stuffed animal that can be warmed or put in the freezer to help kids feel better. There are several animal options, and they can soothe tummy aches, chills, bumps, bruises and more.
And part of every Warmy purchase goes toward the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit that helps make big wishes come true for children with critical illnesses.
Product Pick: Duc the Dog
- Filled with hypoallergenic rice
- Can be warmed in the microwave for 30 seconds or put in the freezer for 3 hours to relief up to 30 minutes
- 10.5″ x 13″
- 100% polyester fabric
GooseWaddle creates adorable baby blankets, stuffed animals, teethers and more! I particularly love their gift sets because they includes essentials a new-to-the-world little one needs: a stuffed animal, blanket, teether and bib.
For each GooseWaddle blanket, blankie or gift set that is purchased, they’ll donated another bundle to a baby in need through Building Hope.
According to GooseWaddle, “Building Hope is a faith-based non-profit youth and family development organization founded in 2001 with a desire to serve the children and families of our community. Building Hope has served over 1,500 youth and their families by providing academic support, spiritual formation, character and leadership development, service opportunities, summer programs and parent engagement.“
Product Pick: Gift Set
- Super soft plush bear
- Gray knit blanket
- Mint wooden and silicone teether
- Peas and XO bib two pack
Little Market is a nonprofit fair trade shop started by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla that features ethically sourced, artisan-made products. Their mission is anchored in the belief that every person has the right to dignified, safe jobs and fair, living wages. (You’ll also find Little Market items on my fair trade gifts post and toddler gifts post!)
Product Pick : Baby Bear Mittens
- Keeps little hands cozy
- Hand-made from super-soft Peruvian alpaca
- Each purchase supports Artesania Sorata artisans in Bolivia
PlanToys started with a mission to make sustainable, safe toys. The toys are made with reclaimed rubber trees that no longer produce latex and leftover sawdust and wood chips.
Besides using sustainable materials and manufacturing, PlanToys also engages in a reforestation effort each year, planting thousands of trees to increase absorption of carbon dioxide from production.
Product Pick: My First Phone
- Improves dexterity and cognitive skills
- Encourage pretend play
- 5 bead buttons
- 2.48″ x .75″ x 4.33″
11. Olive & Annie
Olive & Annie was started by a single mom and survivor of sexual violence who wanted to provide employment to artisans while supporting vulnerable women and children.
Olive & Annie provides support to children and families affected by sexual violence in Nairobi, Kenya. All of the jewelry and leather goods are also handcrafted in Kenya providing ethical employment
Also, 100% of its profits directly support ZLT Hope Homes!
Product Pick: Tsavo Green
- Soft-soled baby moccasins handcrafted from ethically sourced materials using chrome-free dyed leather
- Easy to slip on, with a comfortable elastic fit around the ankle
- Every purchase empowers artisans in Nairobi, Kenya, with 100% of profits being donated to ZLT Hope Homes
12. Rose & Rex
Rose & Rex is a teacher curated collection of toys that encourage imaginative play. If anyone knows great, educational toys, it’s teachers.
They partner with other organizations that share their love for people and our planet, so each purchase has a positive impact.
Product Pick: Nelly the Elephant Chew Bracelet
- Made from 100% plant-based latex
- Hand-painted with safe food-grade dyes
- For sensory play and teething
- Biodegradable and eco-friendly
13. Happy Blankie
Happy Blankie started when 7-year-old David wanted to make the world smile by combining his little sister’s two favorite things: stuffed animals and blankets. These are the softest blankets, made from plush minky and silky satin, and look like your kid’s favorite animals.
When you buy a Happy Blankie, the company also sends one to a child in need. You can choose whether your One to Give goes to a sick child in the hospital, to a battered women’s shelter or to the child of a first responder or military member.
Product Pick: Rumble Blue Bloom Swaddle Set
- Small elephant blankie
- 46″ x 46″ knit swaddle blanket
- Bandana bib
- Optional bow and personalization; your choice of newborn hat or headband
I hope these nine baby brands give you plenty of options for baby gifts that give back! Still stumped? Another helpful list may be my 9 Best Books for Kids.
Don’t forget to check out all of my other gift guides, like gifts for her (think MIL, sister, wife), him (husband, brother, dad), fair trade, toddlers and more here! Also be sure to check out other organic baby clothes brands here!
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