Gear That Gives Back: Shop These Brands and Pay It Forward

What’s better than getting gifts during the holidays? Getting gifts that give back.

The holidays don’t have to be about buying the most expensive gear or wrapping the most beautiful gifts. Sometimes, it’s better to focus on giving. — giving out, giving away, giving back. Check out these 10 gifts from brands that are giving back for the holidays.

Cotopaxi x MiiR Llama Water Bottle Collection: 100% of Sales Donated to Water1st 


These brands have come together to launch a new drinkware line that will support a nonprofit’s ongoing grant. Water1st addresses economic justice and health by providing communities in Honduras with access to house taps and clean water. The collection features a tumbler, camp mug, and 20 oz. bottle — each emblazoned with a shiny llama.

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Western Rise: 100% of Bundle Sale Proceeds Go to Climate Neutral

Shop Western Rise’s Climate Neutral Bundles and get 30% off — plus, all the proceeds are donated to Climate Neutral to promoting a more sustainable planet.

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Mystery Ranch: 10% of Pack Proceeds to Wildland Firefighter Education Scholarships

Mystery Ranch has launched its Backbone Series to raise funds for wildland firefighters. Plus, 10% of proceeds from two unique packs — the Urban Assault 21 and the 3-Way Briefcase in Wildfire Black — will fund the scholarships. Winning contributors will receive a $1,000 scholarship toward related education.

The Backbone Scholarship will “assist in the education of seasonal Forestry Technicians that want to further their careers in or outside of fire,” Mystery Ranch wrote. The packs will go on sale in 2021.

VSSL: 10% of VSSL x Kay Foye Knife Collections Donated to Communitas


VSSL is branching out from first aid kits and EDC tools to a collection of knives sure to impress any blade junkie. The three new collections of knives are a Buck 110 folding knife with custom handles made of mammoth tooth, ram’s horn, and elk antler.

The proceeds from all the knives will be donated. Communitas is a Vancouver-based nonprofit organization that helps find employment for youth with special needs. The knives go on sale today (December 1).

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Flylow: Brosé Workshirt Benefits Athletes With Life-Altering Injuries


We’re excited to shop giveback items like this shirt this holiday. The Brosé workshirt is an inside-out flannel, with a sturdy canvas and synthetic exterior fabric and an interior soft flannel canvas lining.

Proceeds from Flylow’s sales of Brosé workshirt go to the High Fives Foundation nonprofit. High Fives educates athletes about staying safe in winter action sports. It raises money and awareness for those who have suffered life-altering injuries, like SCI, paraplegia, and amputations.

Shop Flylow Brosé Workshirt

Zeal Optics: Buy a Zeal, Plant a Tree Giveback Program


Buy a pair of Zeal snow goggles, lenses, or shades and the brand will pledge funds to plant a tree. The campaign runs through December 31, and trees will be planted in places impacted by wildfires — the western U.S., western Canada, and Australia. Looking for ideas on what to gift or buy? Check out the brand’s new Beacon goggles, or sunglasses made from plants. 

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inov-8 Running Shoes: 5% of Sales Donated to Plant Trees

From now through November 27, 5% of all of inov-8’s sales will be donated to the Cumbria Wildlife Trust, a charity that plants trees and restores wetlands as part of its carbon reduction projects. Check out all of inov-8’s shoes on sale here.

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Patagonia: Worn Wear Collection Sale & the ‘Buy Less, Demand More’ Campaign

Patagonia Worn Wear jacket repair; photo credit: E Bissell.

It’s a bit of an odd thing to say during the holidays, but Patagonia is saying it: don’t shop. With its “Buy Less, Demand More” campaign, Patagonia is asking its customers to buy less or buy used on Black Friday. Buy used, repair what you own, or upcycle your old jacket into something new.

Demand recycled; demand fair trade. Basically, shop consciously with your dollar. (If you are shopping at Patagonia, they give 1% for the planet.)

If you are shopping for a special someone, check out Patagonia’s Worn Wear Collection, which sells gently used Patagonia gear at a deep discount. Patagonia also recently added an option to “buy used” on every product on its main retailer site — so it can offer more sustainable shopping alternatives.

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Wild Tribute: 4% of Proceeds From Every Purchase Donated Back to National Parks

Check out Wild Tribute’s National Parks Road Trip or Smokey Bear Collection T-shirts. For every purchase made with the brand, the brand gives 4% back to National Parks. With purchases over $75 during the holidays, you’ll also get a free Smokey Bear ornament.

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Thousand Helmets: Donations Through the Holiday Wish Fulfillment Center


From November 27 to December 24, Thousand is shifting its focus from saving lives with helmets to helping to make cycling wishes come true. Customers can simply submit a wish for themselves, a family member, or an organization in need, and Thousand will try to fulfill as many wishes as possible.

Wishes include people asking for bike and helmet donations, or asking for the brand to donate to nonprofits like People for Bikes. Read on to see what Thousand donated last year.

Learn About Thousand’s Wish Program

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