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Your Guide to Holiday Gifts that Give Back

by Kate Klassa | Nov 18, 2020
The best holiday gifts go beyond simply function or fashion - they’re meaningful. This year, with vulnerable populations like seniors at extra risk from a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down, charitable gifts might even help save lives. We compiled a list of suggested gifts to get you started in finding the perfect one for friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and loved ones. It will be sure to warm their hearts and put smiles on their faces to know they made the world a better place.

This guide includes a range of options, from products to activities, that all support a worthy cause: Meals on Wheels America.  

Designate Meals on Wheels as Your Charity of Choice

Giving back doesn’t have to be complicated. You can start by simply doing your shopping at a retailer that donates proceeds from its sales to charitable organizations. Be sure to designate Meals on Wheels America as your charity of choice through any of these online retailers and feel good about your shopping this season! 

  • Amazon Smile. Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Simply log in to shop the entire selection from Amazon.com through the AmazonSmile.com entry point, and choose Meals on Wheels America.
  • Goodshop. This online shopping mall offers deals and coupons at thousands of stores. Virtually every time you shop, a percentage of your purchase total is donated to your favorite cause. Just choose Meals on Wheels America when you sign up.
  • Mastercard. We’re proud to partner with MasterCard on the launch of the MasterCard Donate app. Enroll your Mastercard to round up purchases and donate extra to Meals on Wheels America. Visit your app store to download now!
  • eBay Giving Works. When selling items through eBay, you can designate Meals on Wheels America to receive a donation of anywhere from 10-100% of your final sale price. You can also keep an eye out for items that prompt an additional donation to Wheels America when purchased.
  • Shop & Support. Support Meals on Wheels America while you shop in-store and online with many participating retailers, like PetSmart and Lowe's – at no cost to you. It's really easy, safe and only takes a few minutes for this one-time enrollment. Link your existing credit or debit cards and shop as your normally would and a portion of each purchase, up to 20%, is automatically sent to us on your behalf.

Grab these Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

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This list is fantastic for stocking stuffers and gifts for those special people in your life who deserve a small token of appreciation this holiday season. It has been a difficult year, so it’s even more important to recognize essential workers and first responders. Treat them to one of these gifts that also gives back to Meals on Wheels and make a bigger difference. 

  • Lasting Smiles Lip Balm. The world’s most caring lip balm donates 50% of all their e-commerce sales to the cause of the customer’s choice. Just choose Meals on Wheels America. 

  • McAlister’s Deli. From November 1 - November 30, 2020, McAlister’s Deli is donating 10 cents for every soup sold, with a minimum donation of $100,000 going to Meals on Wheels.  

  • Bonrisu x Meals on Wheels Mask Collection. Bonrisu designed a custom line of fashion masks exclusively for Meals on Wheels. Now, for every mask in the series sold between November 16, 2020 and January 31, 2021, Bonrisu will donate 20% of your purchase to Meals on Wheels America, up to $50,000.

  • Subaru of America. We know what you’re going to say, a car would be quite the stocking stuffer. But between November 19, 2020 - January 4, 2021, Subaru will donate $250 for every new vehicle leased or sold to the consumer’s charity of choice. So, if you do happen to buy or lease a Subaru, select Meals on Wheels.

  • TouchNote is donating 25% of its profits from U.S. sales of Christmas cards to Meals on Wheels America, with no donation limit. So, send a note to the special people in your life and know it’s helping a charity at the same time!

  • Haverhill Collection. From now until April 1, 2021, 10% of of the purchase price of each item in the Haverhill Collection's recently launched Wisdom jewelry line will be donated to Meals on Wheels America.

  • FirstRespondersThankYou. If you’re looking for apparel that thanks our first responders and supports Meals on Wheels, look no further. For each purchase you make, 25% will be donated to the charity of your choice supporting COVID-19 relief, including Meals on Wheels America.

That’s not all! These last three companies have already generously donated to Meals on Wheels America. So, while sales don’t directly impact how much goes to the organization, you can still shop there knowing the brands are supporting a cause you care about.

  • Anchor Brewing. A proud supporter in 2020, Anchor Brewing has donated to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund and is celebrating through their annual Christmas Ale. Cheers to making a difference in the world! 

  • William Hill Estate Wine. A new national partner this year, William Hill donated $100,000 to Meals on Wheels America and is fundraising throughout the year to support local Meals on Wheels programs, as well. 

  • LG Electronics. In celebration of their #homestyle campaign featuring a variety of celebrities, LG has donated $50,000 to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund.

Get All Your Meals on Wheels Gear

Is Meals on Wheels extra close to your heart? If so, our branded gear might be for you and your loved ones. Our all-new masks have already sold out once and are now back in stock. So grab them for the whole family while you can! You can also choose from an abundance of Meals on Wheels America swag at our online store and grab everything from t-shirts to koozies.

Don’t Miss the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Macy’s has already donated $1.9 million to the Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund. To spread even more holiday cheer this year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade team partnered with Meals on Wheels to deliver holiday meals and smiles to seniors in a one-of-a-kind Macy’s Parade-themed delivery truck and clown volunteers. Watch the special delivery below and visit the microsite to learn more about this partnership.

Make a Difference Online This Holiday Season

Believe it or not, there are even more ways to support Meals on Wheels America this holiday season beyond the traditional gifts. Check out these online activities and jump in to make a difference! 

  • Launch a Facebook Fundraiser. You can create a Meals on Wheels fundraiser on your personal Facebook page to inspire others to donate directly to Meals on Wheels America. 

  • Take a survey. SurveyMonkey contributes thousands of dollars each week to participating charities. Sign up today and, for every survey you take, they will donate $0.50 to Meals on Wheels America. Take as many as you like.

  • TikTok. For the month of December, TikTok will celebrate generosity and goodwill through its #GivingSzn campaign, featuring a variety of nonprofits including Meals on Wheels. Donation links in profiles, a new feature, gives users the ability to raise funds for causes and charities they care about, like ours. TikTok also generously donated to Meals on Wheels America and is supporting us in our efforts to raise awareness about our mission.

  • Giving is the Heart of Grilling. This holiday season, Weber has generously donated $25,000 to Meals on Wheels America to support seniors this holiday and all year long. And, knowing that “giving is the heart of grilling”, they’d like you to share your favorite grilling memory with them.

  • Fisher Nuts. For every #FisherTogether post on social media between November 9 and December 31, 2020, Fisher will donate $30 to Meals on Wheels America, up to $30,000.

These are just some of the many places where you can do your holiday shopping and give to a great cause at the same time. What better way to end the year than by giving to a cause that really makes a difference and is close to your heart?



Looking for ways to support Meals on Wheels America all-year long? Check out our Shop for Good page and keep an eye out for updates and ongoing campaigns to make a difference.

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