Your quest for the gift that keeps on giving has brought you to this point. You want to give a present that has meaning. That has a conscience. That pays it forward. These five luxury gifts all have donations attached to them, proving once and for all that it is truly better to give than to receive.
A donation to the Rhinos Without Borders will not only fund the organization’s capture, transport and release of two rhinoceroses — but it will also include a once-in-a-lifetime 10-day safari visiting &Beyond and Great Plains Conservation lodges in South Africa and Botswana. Starts at $250,000. Email Wynandt Verster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gisele Bündchen’s limited Collector’s Edition book may be sold out, but you can still purchase a copy for 2016. The 536-page Taschen volume celebrates the Brazilian-born supermodel’s 20 years in the industry with a spectacular collection of personal insights and glamorous photos by David LaChapelle, Juergen Teller, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and Corinne Day. She is donating all her proceeds from the book to charity. $1,000. www.taschen.com.
A purchase of this diamond snake ring from AUrate gives the gift of reading to a child in need. Made with 18K white gold and 57 white diamonds, the sleek statement ring is also conflict-free. $2,000. www.auratenewyork.com.
Bourbon for a Benefit
Treat six of your friends to a three-night trip to the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky. With a purchase of The Orphan Barrel Project, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus foundation. They’ll go barrel hunting, taste newly discovered bourbons and create two completely unique Orphan Barrel variants to be handbottled with labels designed exclusively for your friends. They’ll also receive 24 bottles each of the remaining stocks of eight different Orphan Barrel bourbons and more. $125,000. www.neimanmarcus/bourbon.
You can always give the gift of barefoot luxury — but the posh and private Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands is offering the ultimate barefoot experience. Inspired by triathlons, the half-day challenge comes in two levels. The first, for “active fitness fans,” consists of a half-mile sea kayak course, a 5-mile loop by bike and a 2-mile run. Level 2.0 is a 1-mile ocean swim, a 10-mile bike ride and one lap running around the island’s scenic 5-mile loop. As an added bonus, the resort will make a donation to a local charity for everyone who finishes. $250 per person (not including accommodations). peterisland.com.