15 Holiday Gifts for the Kind Traveler

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The ultimate guide for gifts that give back and inspire eco-conscious travel.

From eco bath bombs that provide soap to those in need to camp cups that celebrate women's empowerment, high five to traveling kindly this holiday. 

1. Soapbox Soaps

For every Soapbox product purchased, a bar of soap is donated to someone in need, either state-side or abroad. To date, more than 3 million lives have been impacted by Soapbox purchases. Beyond being kind to others, Soapbox products are also kind to you, the environment, and animals by design as they are certified by PETA as cruelty free and vegan friendly and are also free from parabens.

 
Bath Bomb Kit, $25

What’s a bath without a bath bomb? Travelers looking to be kind to themselves and others while taking a soak in the tub at their favorite Kind Hotel will appreciate the new Bath Bomb Kit by Soapbox Soaps. Comfort your body and mind knowing these bath bombs are free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates and other harmful chemicals. Your purchase of the kit, a 5-pack of bath bombs, also donates 5 bars of soap to someone in need, supporting its mission of soap=hope. You can track your impact by entering your Hope Code found on the back of your bath bomb pack.

2. Numi Organic Tea

The kindest of travelers will appreciate Numi Organic Tea for its pure authentic taste made from premium organic teas and herbs with only 100% real fruits, flowers and spices and never any perfumes or artificial ingredients.

Every purchase of Numi Organic Tea benefits Together for H2OPE, a nonprofit initiative of Numi Foundation designed to ensure access to safe drinking water in its global farming communities. Because of Numi Organic Tea, more than 10,500 people have regular access to clean drinking water. Explore Numi's full impact report outlining many incredible wins for Mother Earth and its inhabitants. 

 

Tea by Mood, $24

Allow your mood to inspire which type of tea to enjoy. This assorted collection of Numi Organic Tea blends comes in a whimsically elegant octagonal gift box containing 8 different teas (40 tea bags) with a wide range of moods, flavors, and caffeine levels.

 

 

World of Tea, $24

We invite you to celebrate people, planet, and pure tea with an array of flavors that will take you on a journey of tea tastes and their history within different cultures. This assortment contains 9 organic tea blends (45 tea bags) representing iconic tastes from around the world and presented in a keepsake bamboo tea box.

5. Miir

Existing to empower people for a better future, Miir, a Certified B-Corp, designs functional and simplistic products for daily used based on timeless, thoughtful, beautifully simple, and sustainable design values. Every Miir product funds a trackable giving project.

 
12oz Empowerful Camp Cup, $21

Whether hiking on a trail or strolling the city, conscious travelers will enjoy Miir’s Empowerful Camp Cup for its Thermo 3D ™ Double Wall Vacuum Insulation Technology designed to keep beverages hot or cold. Its lid and cup are BPA free and its press-on lid prevents splashes and keeps drinks warm longer. The design is inspired by the Empowerful collection—limited edition products celebrating the empowerment of women.

4. DoTERRA

Built on the mission of sharing therapeutic-grade essential oils with the world, DoTERRA is a Latin derivative meaning “Gift of the Earth.” Known for its Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) process, its essential oils do not contain any added fillers, synthetic ingredients, or harmful contaminants. DoTERRA gives back by providing significant financial support to its 501(c) nonprofit, DoTERRA Healing Hands Foundation, empowering people and communities worldwide to make a positive change.

 

Signature Aromas with Monogram Clutch, $65

Travelers of all types will appreciate traveling with essential oils for their abilities to soothe, calm and reduce stress. Don’t miss DoTERRA’s limited edition of 10 mL essential oil blends, Dream and Radiant, to include a monogram clutch. Dream essential oil blend was created to inspire and support you to dream with your heart wide open—made with Cedarwood, Pink Pepper, Juniper Berry, Magnolia, Roman Chamomile, Lemon Myrtle and Osmanthus. Bring out your inner glow with the daring and vibrant aroma of Radiant, designed to reduce stress and calm with the essential oils of Cananga Flower, Patchouli, Clary Sage and Cypress.

5. TOMS

What started out as a company has become a movement raising awareness for the global issues of poverty and avoidable blindness and visual impairment. Through your purchases of shoes, eyewear, coffee, apparel, and handbags, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth and bullying prevention services to people in need.

 
End Gun Violence Together White Short Sleeve Crew Tee, $28

Show your support for the movement to end gun violence with this 100% cotton, classic crew neck t-shirt featuring the End Gun Violence Together icon and TOMS flag. With every product purchased, a person in need will be helped.

6. bigtruck®

bigtruck®, a Certified B Corporation, got its start making a simple yet symbolic beacon of California Mountain Life: the trucker hat. But they’re far more than just a hat. The brand represents an outdoor counterculture that could only exist in the mountains of California.

 

 
Classic Black on Black Trucker Hat, $35

Its trademarked three block design on a structured cotton twill medium profile crown comes in a wide variety of earthy colors with subtle trims. Timeless design that looks great on all head sizes and face shapes.

7. Kind Traveler

As the first socially conscious ‘Give + Get’ hotel booking platform empowering travelers to benefit local communities, the environment, and animals, travelers get exclusive rates and perks upon a $10 nightly donation to charities that benefit the visiting destination, or to a favorite charity of choice. 100% of donations go to charities. Travelers can choose from more than 80 Kind Hotels in 8 countries and 60+ charities.

A Kind Getaway: Support People + Animals Affected by the California Wildfires, $125 and up

The Camp Fire, near Chico, now California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire burning more than 151,000 acres, has claimed the lives of 82 individuals with more than 700 people still missing. The Woolsey Fire, northwest of Los Angeles, started the same day and has destroyed nearly 100,000 acres. 

Through December 31, Kind Traveler will double your donation with charities helping the hundreds of animals and individuals displaced from California’s fires and in need of shelter, medical care, and support. Such charities include San Francisco SPCA, spca LA, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. A $10 donation will unlock exclusive rates at any Kind Hotel—with many Kind Hotels offering perks as a thank you for your donation. Give the gift of travel that gives back. 

8. Simply Straws 

Traditional plastic straws are one-time-use and cannot be recycled, so they wind up in landfills and in our oceans as little micro-particles. Fish end up eating them and we end up eating the fish with plastic. By the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish if our habits don’t change. In the U.S. alone, more than 500 million disposable plastic straws are used and thrown away every year. As a solution to this epidemic, Simply Straws exists to create reusable, durable, and beautiful glass straws and utensil kits that are BPA free, dentist recommended and dishwasher safe.

 
Reusable Utensil Kit – Adults – Classic 8” Straight Glass Straw + Brush, $22

Whether you’re heading to the office, the beach, or backpacking, this utensil kit is the perfect pairing for your adventure. Includes everything you need to stay plastic free. A must-have gift for the Kind travelers in your life, this kit includes a bamboo fork, knife, spoon, and chopsticks as well as a Simply Straws classic 8” straight transparent straw, Simply Straws classic brush and a RePEat (recycled PET plastic) utensil holder with carabiner.

9. Soma 

Soma believes in smart design and transparency. As a Certified B-Corporation committed to ending the global water crisis, green packaging and products, and responsible supply chain partners, Soma creates beautiful glass carafes with filtration technology, glass water bottles, brew bottles and more. For every Soma Bottle purchased, a donation is made charity: water, its nonprofit partner to support safe drinking water projects globally.

 

Soma Glass Water Bottle, $21

Beautifully designed and artfully crafted for healthy hydration on the go. Made from high quality, shatter-resistant glass, with an easy grip protective sleeve, the Soma Glass Water Bottle is perfect designed to fit into your bag, your cup holder and your life. Holds 17 oz. and features a natural bamboo cap that’s leak proof and made from a renewable resource.

10. Prana 

Prana creates versatile, stylish, and sustainable clothing and accessories that you can wear during every activity, every adventure, every day. When it comes to giving back, Prana partners with many local and international charities to serve its community, whether it's cleaning up beaches in Southern California or sending aid to areas affected by natural disasters.

 
Henna E.C.O. Yoga Mat, $50

Yogis who love travel and want to maintain their post-yoga ‘glow’ will feel good about traveling with Prana’s Henna E.C.O. Yoga Mat. Constructed from 100% thermoplastic elastomer, the recyclable mat is UV resistant, lightweight, PVC and chloride free. It's closed cell construction prevents germs from absorbing into the mat. Namaste, yogis.

11. Sunrays

For every bag or box of delicious, juicy mandarins packed, Sunrays makes a donation to Save the Children, helping to give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Globally, more than 150 million children in developing countries are malnourished. 

 

Sunrays Mandarins Bag, $5


Alongside purchasing with purpose, Sunrays mandarins also satisfies the need for a healthy on-the-go snack (we love its easy peel) that’s made with a lot of love: non-GMO Project Verified and sustainable packaging. Find Sunrays at major retailers across the country, including (but not limited to) Aldi, BI-LO, Brookshire, Fairway, Fresh Direct, Hannaford, Ingles, Kroger, Market Basket, Meijer, Safeway, Sprouts Farmers Market, Tops Friendly Markets, and Winn-Dixie. Find a delicious vegan cinnamon roll recipe utilizing Sunrays and a behind-the-scenes interview we did with Sunrays co-creator, here.

 

12. Eileen Fisher

Travelers looking to make sustainable choices will appreciate Eileen Fisher for its commitment to make ethical, timeless clothes designed to work together, wear effortlessly, and be part of a responsible lifecycle.

 

 
Viscose Jersey Drawstring Dress, $208 

When you travel with fashion staples that allow you to mix and match and dress up or down, it’s possible to travel lighter – and happier. We love this classic black staple dress made from Eileen Fisher’s signature Viscose Jersey that’s knit and dyed in Montreal and cut and sewn in NYC.

13. ROMA Boots

ROMA Boots merges fashion with philanthropy to give poverty the boot. For every pair of boots sold, a new pair is donated to a child in need. To carry out its mission to bring impoverished children throughout the world hope, love, and lasting change through aid and education, they launched the ROMA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. By closely working with its partners, they’ve donated boots in 26 countries.

 

Welly Matte Black Women’s Rain Boots, $89

This neutral matte black color mid-calf boot makes it perfect for adding an urban flair to any outfit. Travelers will appreciate its lightweight and 100 percent waterproof design, adjustable strap for ease and comfort, and its eco-friendly and vegan design made from natural rubber and quick-dry knitted cotton lining.

14. Patagonia 

‘Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis’ is of the ethos and mission statement behind values-driven Patagonia. From new to ‘worn wear’ Patagonia empowers conscious travelers to serve their appreciate of the wild and beautiful places by creating ways to save them. Patagonia donates their time, services and at least 1% of its sales to hundreds of grassroots environmental groups all over the world.

 

Patagonia Iron Forge Tote 18L, $129

Perfect for ‘bleisure’ travelers, those that wish to combine business and leisure travel, enjoy a timeless, utilitarian tote bag built with Patagonia’s burly Iron Forge Hemp™ canvas to stand up to years of use and abuse. Kind travelers will appreciate its innovative fabric blend that includes industrial hemp, recycled polyester and organic cotton blend. Conveniently throw your 15” laptop into its padded laptop sleeve and start your adventure. 

15. Wear Panda

Wear Panda makes bamboo sunglasses and watches that are sustainable for the planet and kind to those in need. You’ll find modern fashion design mixed with intentional sourcing and thoughtful manufacturing practices. Every time a pair of Panda Sunglasses are purchased from the Original or Ultralight collections, they donate an eye exam and new glasses to someone in need through their partnership with Optometry Giving Sight.

 
 
Joyce Ultralight – Brown, $120

Retro sophistication with a modern twist, the Joyce boasts rounded lenses with subtle cat-eye flair. Hand finished from sustainably harvested bamboo, each pair comes with a reusable bamboo case and a soft microfiber pouch that can also be used as a cleaning cloth.


 

 

 

 

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Kind Traveler CEO, Jessica Blotter, is a kindness curator who dreams of a world where people, animals, and the environment are treated with love and compassion. Follow her to discover where kindness can take you and insights on what it means to travel kindly.