Generate non-GMO goodwill with gifts and choices that keep on giving.

In a world where the profound differences between those who “have” and those who “have less” have grown increasingly more visible, the joy of holiday gift giving offers a singular opportunity to make the spirit of the season even more meaningful.

Many of the brands who support the Non-GMO Project through verification of their products also support causes that reach far beyond their immediate circles of commerce. With generosity of heart they have chosen to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of others.

These brands strive to level the social playing field with equal opportunity for all through education, enrichment, and empowerment. For a truly memorable holiday, consider giving a gift that keeps on giving long after the wrappings have been discarded. We’ve compiled some of our favorite Non-GMO Project Verified gifts-within-gifts below.

1. Acure Organics

Family owned and operated, ACURE offers a collection of high quality plant and food-based personal care products that are effective and affordable. A strong company culture of efficacy, purity, and sustainability impacts every decision made – from product development to packaging. For each jar of Day Cream and Night Cream sold, ACURE will donate 10 cents to Unite For Her, a compassionate nonprofit organization that provides accessible initiatives and complementary therapies to support the physical and emotional wellness of breast cancer patients during medical treatment.

2. Andalou Naturals

Andalou Naturals, makers of extraordinary body care products and another longstanding Non-GMO Project Education and Outreach Sponsor, has gifted over $721,300 dollars through their line of A Path of Light Hand Creams. 100% of the net profits from this line fund socially responsible programs for women and girls. Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO of Andalou Naturals, sought, “…to create an empowerment brand with a mission to influence an industry to do better, while creating a sustainable source of revenue for social responsibility.” The meaning of Andalou is “path of light,” and Andalou believes their name reflects their intention to foster good things in the world and to enrich the lives they touch, one responsible product at a time. Andalou also supports SHE-CAN and Vital Voices Global Partnership.

3. Annie’s Homegrown

Did some-bunny say the hot cocoa is ready? Annie’s, a longtime sponsor of the Non-GMO Project, both partners with and supports organizations that create an ecosystem of positive change. Annie’s has donated nearly $2.5 million dollars in the last 6 years to organizations that protect and support both people and the planet, including Feeding America, FoodCorps, and the Sustainable Food Trade Association. Annie’s also believes in connecting kids to real food, and gives grants to support and sustain school gardens. To date, Annie’s has contributed to almost 400 school gardens.

4. CocoTherapy

Even our furry, four-legged friends can benefit from the multiple therapeutic properties of virgin coconut oil. With its abundance of lauric acid, virgin coconut oil is a significant source of antioxidants. CocoTherapy has created great tasting and easily digestible treats for your pet to support and maintain healthy body functions and wellbeing.  Made from USDA organic human-grade ingredients, coconut oil and coconut chips are easily absorbed to pass on essential healing nutrients. Ever passionate about pets, CocoTherapy launched Violet’s Friends in Need Fund to help pet owners with financial assistance for urgent veterinary care. Funded solely by product sales, a portion of every purchase is earmarked for Violet’s Fund. CocoTherapy also supports the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), caring for more than 500 neglected and abused dogs and cats each year.

5. Deep River Snacks – We Give a ChipTM

During the holidays, it’s inevitable that you’ll host or attend a festive assembly of friends and family for food and drinks. Consider offering salty snacks that do more than just satisfy a craving. Relying on simple, better-for-you ingredients to create bold and flavorful snacks, Deep River Snacks proudly offers up 14 delicious Non-GMO Project Verified selections.  And – with a brand slogan “Because we Give a Chip!”, they are the embodiment of leading by example. Committed to supporting charitable causes with personal connections to friends, family, and coworkers, Deep River Snacks raises awareness and dollars by featuring charity partners on every bag of chips, while donating hundreds of thousands of bags of product through their In-Kind Donations program. Dedicating 10% of annual net profits to charitable organizations like Feed the Children, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Deep River Snacks further raises the bar on giving back.

6. Lily’s Sweets

Lily’s Sweets makes stevia-sweetened chocolate with no added sugar. As one of the few US brands to offer only sugar-free chocolate, they deliver a carefully formulated product with all the indulgence, fewer calories, and no bitter aftertaste. Beautifully packaged in dreamy and imaginative wrappings, these premium dark chocolate bars and baking chips would delight anyone with an eye towards the exotic. Lily’s Sweets is the namesake of the original Lily, a childhood brain cancer survivor and niece of one of the company’s founders. Each year, Lily’s Sweets donates a percentage of profits to grass roots nonprofit organizations that provide services to children with cancer.

7. Meyer’s Clean Day

To quote Mrs. Meyer, “Who doesn’t like the gift of a clean and happy home?” Garden-inspired fragrances and formidable no bleach/no ammonia ingredients, make Clean Day products a pleasant powerhouse against dirt and grime. Handy household helpers in limited edition seasonal scents brighten the air and the counters and are easy on the budget. Choose from single staples or gift boxes of hand soap and lotion, multi-surface cleaners and scented soy candles to merry the mood. Not afraid to get their hands dirty, Garden Inspired Giving gives back through campaigns, partnerships, volunteer efforts, and donations to improve our environment one plant at a time.

 8. NuGo Nutrition Bars

NuGo makes a full line of dark chocolate protein bars to fit most lifestyles or dietary requirements – you’ll find the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list. Never sacrificing nutrition for taste, NuGo bars are available in a wide variety of healthy choices, from high-protein and high-fiber to vegan and gluten-free. With guiding principles rooted in health and family, NuGo Nutrition is committed to giving back and making a difference in the lives of children. Inspired by personal experiences, NuGo donates a portion of their proceeds to the Children’s Alopecia Project (CAP), the only nonprofit devoted to children living with alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss.

9. One With Nature

Elevating the art of pampering to another level, One With Nature soaps are crafted with a 100% vegetable base, beautifully colored with plant and natural mineral pigments and lightly scented with pure essential oils. Their Dead Sea Bath Salts are pure Dead Sea salt and contain 21 soothing and restorative minerals. Thoughtfully bundled collections of soaps and salts deliver spa-worthy products and take the guesswork out of gift giving.  Committed to environmental consciousness, One With Nature has partnered with Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) to support preservation of the Dead Sea through cooperative efforts of cross-border communities sharing a common water source.

10. SeaBear Wild Salmon

With the FDA’s recent approval of GMO salmon, it’s more important than ever that consumers are able to make informed choices. Located in the rich waters of the Pacific Northwest, SeaBear Wild Salmon offers an extensive selection of Verified salmon and seafood options – perfect for holiday meals and gifting. Ensuring that US troops are not forgotten, SeaBear has initiated a 100% match Treat the Troops campaign – sending cases of Ready-to-Eat Wild Salmon to Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard personnel stationed overseas. Purchase a pouch to donate and SeaBear will match it with another; when a case is filled with 60 pouches, it will be shipped off to a military unit with gratitude for their service and warm holiday wishes.

11. Seattle Chocolates

A holiday tradition since 1991, Seattle Chocolates has delivered another assortment of festive and gaily-packaged holiday treats that couldn’t be more indicative of the season.  Hanukkah Truffles, Hot Buttered Rum Bars, and Holiday Cheer Eggnog Pieces make lovely hostess gifts – but we suggest stashing away the divine Arabica Cherry Espresso (18 mini bars) for your own personal pleasure. A leader in community engagement with a team dedicated to giving back, Seattle Chocolates continues to touch many local charities including Gilda’s Club, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. But their generosity extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest. By setting a goal of donating 10 million servings of fresh food to American families, Seattle Chocolates supports food banks as far away New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. They recently hit their 1 million serving milestone!

12. Sunrays – Easy to Peel Mandarins

Holiday stockings wouldn’t be the same without a bit of Christmas citrus tucked in the toe. This year, consider updating tradition by replacing the customary orange with a Sunray, a sweet, easy to peel – and Non-GMO Project Verified – mandarin. Subscribing to strict global standards, Sunrays are grown on 400 farms in six countries, 365 days a year under best practices for agricultural sustainability and worker safety. Proud partners with Save the Children, Sunrays makes a donation for every bag and box of Sunrays they pack, supporting an organization that feeds, protects, and transforms the lives of children in 120 countries across the world.

13. Wedderspoon

Wedderspoon, a Non-GMO Project Education and Outreach Sponsor, is a proud partner of the Rodale Institute, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. Wedderspoon supports Rodale’s “Your 2 Cents Program,” which unites producers, consumers, researchers, and educators to launch the next generation of organic farmers. 

Wedderspoon also supports the Honeybee Conservancy at Rodale Institute by sponsoring a beehive. The Honeybee Conservancy was started in 2012 in response to the major health problems that have decimated the honeybee population in North America, and promotes healthy beekeeping practices through education and outreach. What could be sweeter?

For more gift ideas, revisit our “Non-GMO Gifts that Keep on Giving” lists from 2015 and 2016!

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