last minute gifts that give back

The holidays are here, shipping deadlines for your favorite generous brands have passed, and you haven’t checked off everyone on that list yet. Don’t panic – we’ve got you covered! A gift card is always the right size, a gift subscription gives all year long, and a local membership never goes out of style.

Gift Certificates from Generous Brands

Let your friends and family feel the joy of getting and giving back. Gift cards take minutes to purchase and are available from many of the brands featured on Generous Goods. Most can even be delivered right to an email inbox. Not sure which brand to choose? Here are a few of our favorites for everyone on your list.

Even mega brands offer gift cards that do good. Nike gives 1% of gift card sales to Marathon Kids, and Nordstrom gives 1% to a variety of community nonprofits.

Subscriptions that Do Good

Keep the gift vibes going all year long with a monthly subscription that delights and does good. Personal care brands Harry’s (for men) and Billie (for women) will deliver a fresh batch of razors and shaving products every month. Max and Neo’s Collar of the Month program decks out dogs in seasonal style, and Love with Food brings delicious snacks right to the doorstep.

Local Memberships

When you purchase a gift membership to a local museum, zoo or aquarium, you give your loved ones access to world class exhibits and experiences. Your dollars also support the organization’s advocacy, research and stewardship – in your community and around the world. Bonus? Museum and zoo shops are also full of great gifts, and your purchases there go directly to supporting the organization. A few favorites in our own back yard: Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo, Northwest African American Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific Experience.

Planning a vacation next year or want to purchase a gift membership for someone who lives far away? Visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums or the American Alliance of Museums to find the perfect place in hundreds of cities across the country.

Here’s to a season of light and love and gifts that give back. Happy Holidays from all of us at Generous Goods. We’ll see you in 2020!

Give Gifts That Give Back

Going generous for the holidays may take a little planning, but we promise it’s a worthy investment. Here are some tips for making this season your most generous yet.

Shop Early

To #gogenerous for the holidays, we suggest you set aside some time early in December. Cozy up to your phone or computer with a glass of something you love, then peruse the Generous Goods collection and make a purchasing plan. Our cause-forward community has made it clear that their desire to support small businesses and social enterprise start ups that give back is especially strong. And conscientious consumers know that brands with big hearts and small margins can’t necessarily get your goods to you in 48 hours at no cost. Allowing plenty of time for your gifts to arrive will save you stress and money. Check out our gift guide for great suggestions, or send our downloadable wish list to friends and family for inspiration.


Not sure where to start? How about concentrating a large chunk of your holiday shopping with a single give back brand that offers a wide variety of items? Many such brands offer free shipping once you’ve hit a minimum order, which means you get to enjoy one stop shopping, free shipping, AND the joy of giving Great Things That Give Back™.

Make quick work of your holiday list shopping brands like Sand Cloud (free shipping on orders $100+) and United By Blue (free shipping during holiday sale).

We like Yoobi (free shipping on orders $35+) for fabulous kid gifts, and Home T (free shipping on orders $100+) for universally appealing state-themed apparel and home goods. The gorgeous notebooks from Denik (free shipping on orders $35+) will add a touch of class to any stocking.

Subscriptions & Gift Cards

Missed the window to plan ahead and bundle? Not to worry. A monthly subscription from a Generous Goods brand is the gift that gives (and gives back) all year long. Coffee lovers will delight in a coffee club membership from Grounds and Hounds Co that benefits shelter animals. 4Ocean’s Bracelet Subscription removes a pound of trash from the ocean for each bracelet.

Or, let folks pick out their own gift with an always appreciated gift card. Almost all of our brands offer a gift card option, but you’ll find especially good variety and extra generous give backs at Parks Project and Thistle Farms. Bonus? Gift cards are an eco-friendly choice too, especially when sent by email.

We love the way people light up when they learn they can put a little more goodness into the world by giving a gift that gives back! It really is a remarkable three-part phenomenon: your loved one gets something fabulous, a good cause gets a cash or in-kind donation, and you get that unparalleled, all-the-good-feels sentiment of giving twice!

Shop the Generous Goods collection by price, by product, by recipient, or by cause – there’s a gift that gives back for everyone on your list!