Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers: 5 Gifts That Give Back

Holiday gift guide for toddlers


Gift-giving. Christmas shopping. That has to rank as one of the main reasons so many people are stressed at this time of the year. Let us help you relieve some stress with this holiday gift guide for children, aged 2 to 3. 

The best part of this guide is not the affordable prices though – it's the fact that each and every one of these gifts give back to those in need. All or a portion of profits from these purchases, go to a deserving cause or organization. What better way to give, than to give in more ways than one? 

It is also a great way to teach children that the season is not just about ‘me, me, me', to be thankful, and to think about others who are less fortunate. 

Image via ever / after

ever/ after is a family-owned and run clothing company, who is dedicated to creating the best pima cottonwear for adults and children. 25% of ever/ after's net profits go to their non-profit partners who share their vision of creating powerful and sustaining change in lives of those most in need. Purchase an item and you can choose one of three organizations (Loving Hearts Babies Homes, Minnie Street Learning Centre, and Lo Mejor Del Trigo Church) to receive your generosity. We recommend this beautiful Pima Boxy Boyfriend Tee for Girls, available in 3 colors.

Image via GreaterGood/Melissa & Doug

GreaterGood began in 1999 to provide support for worthy causes through easy, online actions. Each of their cause-related websites partners with nonprofits to provide support through many different easy actions, including a free, fast ‘click', shopping, and through the Gifts That Give More™ online donation program. Each year, grants go to more than 130 charities working in the United States and worldwide. Recent grants include, but are not limited to: providing meals for the hungry and supporting sustainable practices to end poverty; providing micronutrients and oral rehydration formula to bring ailing infants and children back to health; supporting breast cancer research and programs helping women receive free mammograms; rescuing and caring for abandoned pets or endangered animals until a permanent home can be found; helping families cope with autism; feeding homeless veterans and assisting them in finding housing and jobs; funding leading-edge diabetes research; encouraging reading and literacy through providing books, scholarships, and other educational services; and preserving rainforests and other wildlife habitat. Simply click ‘Shop to Give' on the main site, choose your cause, and pick a gift. We love this Slice and Bake Christmas Cookie Play Set.

Image via SkipHop

A portion of all Skip Hop profits go to charities benefiting parents and children. In particular, three organizations – Baby Buggy, dedicated to providing New York City's families in need of essential items for infants and young children;  Ovarian Cancer Research Fund; and Operation Shower, an organization that sends baby shower baskets to expectant military families. Whenever you purchase Skip Hop products, you are also helping to support the work of these great organizations. We love this adorable Busy Bead Tree

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Image via Monkeez™ Makes a Difference

Monkeez™ Makes a Difference, is a first-of-its-kind, fun, and interactive experience that teaches children the importance of helping others in need. In partnership with Genuine Monkeez and Friends™, Monkeez™ Makes a Difference provides a rewarding experience for children through secure online games, “Do Good”™ challenges, and empowers children to understand organizations that make a difference on a local, national, and global level. The program gives children the opportunity to select one of three partnering charities to direct Monkeez™ Makes a Difference donations made on their behalf. It's child's play that instills philanthropic values to last a lifetime! This Giraffe Night Light is a perfect gift for the little one in your life!

Image via Happy Nappers

A portion of Happy Nappers proceeds are given to the Home Sweet Fund benefitting The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation. Happy Nappers are the perfect play pillow, reverseing from a house shaped pillow into a cuddly pet and then back again. Ring the house's doorbell to hear your Happy Nappers' sleeping sounds. When it is time to wake up, simply unzip the door of the house and pop out your Napper. The house tucks away in the back of the Happy Napper – it is two toys in one! Our choice is this Castle to Dragon Happy Napper.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Toddlers: 5 Gifts That Give Back

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of mommy nhoj mommy nhoj says:

    Good deeds! We see it that we are doing our share in our own little ways.

  2. Profile photo of Ashley Ashley says:

    We give to St. Jude. And our local churches. We firmly believe in giving back to the community.


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