33 Affordable Christmas Gift Ideas That Give Back

Show your loved ones how much you appreciate them this season with a thoughtful and meaningful gift. In this gift guide, we run you through 33 gift ideas at three different price points so you can find the perfect gift for your budget. What’s more, every dollar spent goes a long way to supporting a differently-abled person, disadvantaged community or protecting the environment, so you give back while shopping this holiday season!

Under $10

Lovingly handsewn by beneficiaries at Feiyue Community Services, these simple Keychains come in myriad of fun designs! They also make meaningful yet affordable Christmas gifts.

Threads of Courage is a project that equips individuals who are unable to secure permanent employment due to health, family circumstances, and other causes with sewing skills and enables them to earn a supplementary income.

Get the best of both worlds with the Classic Chocolate Chip and Walnut Double Chocolate Chip Macadamia cookies from Foreword Coffee Roasters. They’re nutty, buttery and chocolatey and you can’t miss out on them! Get a pack for yourself or gift one to someone special today!

Your purchase supports inclusive hiring practices and recognizes the potential of persons with disabilities and special needs.

Share the joy of art with these notebooks printed with CPAS beneficiaries’ vibrant artwork.

Each notebook comes with the artist’s profile printed at the back. Choose from 8 designs and support the creativity and effort of these artists!

Be on the go in style with this Snack Pouch from Reco. This multi-functional snack pouch comes with a waterproof, food-grade inner lining that can withstand up to 90 degrees C! When it’s not in use, it can be folded into a compact pouch. Your purchase goes towards creating a more sustainable future.ย 

Looking for a practical and eco-friendly option Christmas? Check out Altereco’s stylish wood-free Recycled Paper Pencils that are hand-painted with natural inks – indigo, chebula fruit and madder root.

Your purchase helps build a circular economy, preserves traditional crafts and empowers a disadvantaged communities. Comes in a set of 6.

Choose from three of Metta Cafe’s signature Eggless Cookie flavours – Cranberry, Butter Almond and Cornflakes! Each cookie is lovingly baked by a person with mild intellectual disability and/or autism and are halal-certified. This Christmas Edition is sure to bring some cheer to you and your loved ones!

Interested in supporting local artists? Take a look at these Heartland Coasters by [email protected], which feature designs by people with special needs or disabilities. There are 3 designs available, all inspired by the sights, sounds and food of Singapore.

Enliven yours or a colleague’s desk with Journey’s Anti Slip Mouse Pads that come in 5 vibrant patterns and designs! Each design features the artwork of special artists and supports them in their journey towards financial independence. The product is made from natural rubber and comes with a non-slip base.

You’ll never have a messy table or bag again with this compact pouch! It’s just the right size for chargers, phones or power banks. Choose from 4 colours: Dark Grey, Light Grey, Maroon or Yellow and even customise it with a name for an additional $3.

This adorable penguin keychain from SACS will be the best companion to you or your loved ones this Christmas season! Each purchase helps SACS provide support to the underserved and disadvantaged.

Sleek, functional and meaningful! Support seniors in isolation when you purchase this reusable straw set by Social Gifting which comes with 4 stainless steel drinking straws and a straw cleaner. You can also personalise the gift by adding a customisable alphabet bead chain!

Brighten up anyone’s day with this pin from Artably! There’s also a greeting card for you to write a message to your loved ones! Artably collaborates with differently-abled artists to showcase their talents and support them in being financially independent. By making a purchase, you support their community outreach projects with disadvantaged children and underserved communities.

$10-$20

Get someone a very special gift with this very special pouch! I AM A VERY SPECIAL PROJECT is a creative merchandise project initiated by Very Special Arts Singapore. Each purchase goes towards helping artists with special needs gain financial independence and eliminating prejudice towards them.

A simple, duo-function item that works as a tissue holder on one side and card or coin purse on the other! Choose from a variety of unique batik designs, all expertly handsewn by elderly from TeddyThotz, which supports the elderly, poor, disadvantaged, single mums, homemakers, crafters and indie designers through the sales of unique handmade items!

Wish someone “Happy Owlidays” with this Owl Coin Pouch from Social Gifting! Your support empowers crafters to be more than a beneficiary, allowing them to earn a passive income, relieve stress and use crafting as a distraction from their illness.

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These Macadamia Choco Chip Cookies from Flour Power will really bake your day and sweeten the holidays! They’re handmade and baked by people with special needs or those on the path to personal recovery so your purchase goes towards supporting them.

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Have a Christmas Light-up at home with these scented soy tealights from Botanicals And Bees. Choose from 8 gentle scents and relax as you set the mood for the holidays! Each tealight burns for around 4-5 hours.

This Tiger Keychain from TeddyThotzStore will keep your keys or bag company and is the cutest size for a Christmas gift! Your purchase helps to support the elderly, poor, disadvantaged, single mums, homemakers, crafters and indie designers who create such unique designs.

This pouch from Design for Good is the easiest place to store all your trinkets. Choose from Brown, Maroon or Navy handmade pouches. Proceeds go towards supporting more villagers in learning new skills, where they can produce quality custom-made products for a sustainable livelihood.

Take notes in style with this Linen Journal from Cocoachnutty Store. Everyone needs a good notebook so this gift is great since it has 128 pages so you won’t run out of space too soon! Help Cocoachnutty make mental healthcare more affordable and provide resources to support people living with mental illness today!

Crunch on a delicious, chocolatey snack from Revive Snacks. It’s the perfect gift to satisfy any cravings and contains hazelnuts rolled in maple and sea salt, oats, cocoa powder, and raw cacao nibs for a rich dark chocolate flavour. A portion of proceeds will be donated to selected charities.

Who can resist such a cute panda! Display your support for the environment with these tote bags from WWF Singapore and add to cart fast because this is a limited edition design!

Lovingly handsewn by Sew Much Love, this signature Fabric Basket is available in a variety of stylish fabrics and 2 sizes. A functional item, it is great for storing toys or other small items while still lending your home a cosy feel.ย 

Spread the joy of reading and the love for animals with Little Tiger by SWAG, Singapore Wildcat Action Group. Follow the adventures of a little tiger in Malaysia in the first of a series of childrenโ€™s books which highlights conservation. Written by the legendary Linda Gan and illustrated by the young and talented Rionna Muniandy.

These Signature Batik Pouches by [email protected] are specially designed, painted, and processed by their youth with special needs. Each batik painting goes through the tedious process of tracing, waxing, painting, being treated with a batik fixer, washing and scrubbing with hot water, and ironing before it is curated into a product.

The product comes in 5 unique designs and is machine-washable.

JOJOMAMAย is a mother-son duo who creates beautiful resin pieces. These stunning designs are unique and made by youths with special needs.ย 

Explore JOJOMAMA’s store for other unique home and living designs, and inquire early for customised words and colours!

Celebrate Christmas with this vibrant, Singapore-themed cup from SPD store inspired by the vintage-style grille gates and peranakan tiles. It will be a welcome addition to any dinner table.

Your support provides training and employment opportunities to more than 100 people with disabilities and and assists them to become financially independent.

These delicious treats are from Oh My Goodness! and that’s a very fitting expression indeed! Treat yourself and usher in the festive season with a fresh batch of Gollymint Signature Dark Chocolate Cupcakes which are tasty and satisfying.ย 

A basic item like a tissue box can be a quirky touch and conversation starter! SACS‘ signature Samsui Woman Tissue Box is made from durable denim fabric and features Singapore’s historical past. With your purchase, you’ll also be supporting those in need.

“Let’s live life with LAKSA love & laughter”! What a great daily reminder for yourself or a loved one!ย 

Head to Artably’s store to check out the other adorable designs and functional gifts; you’re sure to find one that fits your loved ones personality perfectly!

$20-$30

Cocoachnutty is a RaiSE-registered social enterprise that offers counselling and mental wellness resources to caretaking professionals. This Self Worth Necklace is a unique and meaningful gift to remind yourself or your loved ones to take time to appreciate one’s self.

This 750ml large bottle is sure to keep you hydrated throughout the day or a vigorous workout. It keeps cold beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot beverages warm for 12 hours! Add on the incredible artwork by JOURNEY’s beneficiaries with intellectual disabilities, and you’ve got the most meaningful and function gift!

Enjoy jotting down your thoughts in a hand bound journal with striking cover designs by SPD. SPD empowers persons with disabilities with skills and employment. Your purchase goes a long way in helping them gain confidence and independence.

Choose from 5 stunning marbled designs and select lined or plain pages.

That’s it for our favourite Christmas picks this year! Head over to our Christmas page to browse more gifts and remember, every dollar spent goes to supporting a person in need or protecting the environment!

Shop early to get your gifts on time. Merry Christmas and have a happy new year!

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