It's the season of giving, and while it certainly feels good to treat our loved ones to special presents, it feels even better when those gifts are doing some good for those less fortunate. 

This is why we've curated a Giving Tuesday Gift Guide featuring products with proceeds that give back to the community. 

It's also why this holiday season Organic Authority decided to partner with Homeboy Industries and give eight percent of our net proceeds of our affiliate sales from Holiday Guides to Homeboy Industries. 

Our editor-in-chief and publisher, Laura Klein, had the honor of touring Homeboy Industries a few years ago (you can read about it here) and her experience touched her so deeply that she made it her mission to do what she could to support the organization's mission of taking in gang members and putting them on a path of rehabilitation and healing so they can reintegrate back into society and do the things so many of us take for granted.

The following guide features brands that offer not only premium and organic products, but also products that you can feel good about purchasing, knowing they are not only putting a smile on your loved one's face but also putting some kindness back into the universe. Something we're so much in need of right now. 

P.S. The following brands, Calm by Wellness and Baloo Living  are matching our eight percent donation. 

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1. Nunbelievable's Assorted Pack of Cookies 

The company was inspired by two San Francisco nuns who sold baked goods in order to pay rent for their soup kitchen where they fed hundreds of people. For every box of cookies sold they donate two meals to their partner soup kitchens. 

Satisfy your sweetie's sweet tooth with an assorted box of cookies featuring the flavors: Chocolate Chip, Gluten Free Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter, and Oatmeal Raisin. 

$17.99, or subscribe for $16.19

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2. Baloo Living's Weighted Blanket 

Made from premium and breathable cotton, and certified by the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard to be clean, safe and free of harmful chemicals, this weighted blanket is perfect to alleviate stress and anxiety. Bonus: each order includes a link to download three tracks of soothing singing bowl sounds, more than twenty minutes of music to help quiet the mind. 

Regularly $169, on sale for $101.

Shop for a Cause! Baloo Living will match Organic Authority's donation to charity - meaning if you buy anything from Baloo Living (using the links we provide), 16% (instead of 8%) of commissions earned from Baloo Living sales will be donated. The charity we've selected is Homeboy Industries - a non-profit doing amazing work helping reintroduce formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women back into society as contributing members of their communities.

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3. Calm by Wellness Vegan CBD Gummies 

These yummy sugar-free gummies are all-natural made with organically grown hemp, and are non-GMO, gluten-free and fully grown and processed in the USA in our farm and facility. Why take a gummy? Edibles not only an easy way to consume CBD, which may help to help alleviate stress and anxiety but the effects of taking an edible last much longer than other methods. 

$39.99, or subscribe monthly for $35.99.

Shop for a Cause! Calm by Wellness will match Organic Authority's donation to charity - meaning if you buy anything from Calm by Wellness (using the links we provide), 16% (instead of 8%) of commissions earned from Calm by Wellness sales will be donated. The charity we've selected is Homeboy Industries - a non-profit doing amazing work helping reintroduce formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women back into society as contributing members of their communities.

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4. Uma Pure Energy and Pure Rest Duo 

Not only is Uma committed to equal pay for its employees (half of whom are women) but also Uma reinvests a third of their annual profits back into the local community through a free health clinic, as well as academic scholarships to encourage promising local youth to pursue higher education. 

One hundred percent organic and free from synthetic fragrances and emulsifiers, preservatives, parabens, GMOs, and mineral oils, this essential Ayurvedic oil duo works together to give you the energy you need to keep you going throughout the day while also relieving nighttime restlessness so you can have a restful sleep at night. 

$140.  

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5. Adia Planter from The Citizenry

The Citizenry partners with artisans from around the world who use only local materials for their unique hand-crafted designs. With each product sold, 10% of the proceeds are invested directly back into the artisan communities through Entrepreneur Development Grants

This hand-carved planter is perfected for your succulent collection. Handcrafted by a group of 15 woodworkers in the Nakawa region of Uganda, produced exclusively in a fair trade environment, and is made from rich Mugavu wood. 

$65 each. 

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6. Black Speckled Beanie from Love Your Melon 

Love You Melon was founded in 2012 with the mission of to improve the lives of children battling cancer by putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. To date, the company has donated over $ 6.2 million to the fight against pediatric cancer and over 180,000 hats to children battling cancer.

Why not keep your head warm with a simple-yet-stylish beanie that gives back? Not to mention it's manufactured in Canada and the U.S. and made from 100% cotton. $30.

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7. One Grid Soy Candle 

With every candle you purchase, you'll be delivering one solar light to a person who lives without electricity in a rural part of the world. Your solar light helps eliminate dangerous and harmful kerosene lamps that is the toxic equivalent of smoking 170 cigarettes per year. 

Made from 100% Soy and Coconut Wax with a wick made of 100% cotton and phthalate-free, One Grid Candles are hand-poured and come in a variety of essential oil fragrances, including Clementine + Lavender, Tea Leaf + Tobacco, and Lemongrass +Sage. Orders also come with a branded burlap bag, information insert, and branded matches. $28.

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