There’s nothing like giving gifts that make people happy and give back in the process! Here we’re sharing our top ten favorite gifts to give that give back!
If you’re like me, you love to give gifts! I love giving and watching the face of the recipient, and I love surprising with just the perfectly chosen gift.
But I also love to give to those less fortunate, and believe the holidays are always a time that is so important. So I look for gifts I can give that are winning for both the person to whom I am giving, and the organization that is receiving something as well.
1. Everything Happy makes the sweetest newborn gift sets that include custom onesies, bibs and luxurious blankies that can become lifelong friends. They have tons of personalization options for customizing, and they allow you to choose where your donation will go to — you can select a children’s hospital or the Ronald McDonald House, which helps families stay nearby when their children are in hospitals with illness.
2. Cuddle & Kind Dolls. Oh.my.heart. These dolls are seriously the sweetest for both boys and girls and they are ethically made by Peruvian women who are making a difference in the world of hungry children. Each doll purchase equals 10 meals for children in a donation to the World Food Program. Husband and wife/founders Jen and Derek Woodgate purposed Cuddle & Kind specifically to provide sustainable and ethical income to women, and feed children at the same time.
3. Alex and Ani Charitable By Design Bracelets. I am a sucker for Alex and Ani anything. I’m betting you know a gal or two in your life who might be as well! How great are these bracelets that support causes from Juvenile Diabetes Research to Special Olympica and the Global Citizen Fund — as well as a ton of others? They’re so reasonably priced and make a donation to great causes as well. Buy for your friends, buy for yourself — you’re helping people worldwide in doing so!
4. BogoBowl Dog Food. Okay, so not your traditional gift giving, but something to remember at this time of year. More dogs and cats are returned to shelters during this time of year than any other (puppies and kittens don’t always make the best gifts!) and they could use your help. Every bag of food bought for your furriest friend from BogoBowl will result in a bag of food being bought for a local shelter.
5. Roma Boots. Not only are these boots incredibly comfortable (they were the only brand my little guy felt comfortable in, and I didn’t even realize we were giving back!) but they’re adorable and their mission is to help give poverty ‘the boot.’ A cause that’s easy to join with these lovelies. Designer, Samuel Bistrian, wanted to put his fashion love to good use to help the children in his home country of Romania, and as such, he donates a pair of boots to a needy child every time a pair of Roma Boots are sold. Additionally, he gives 10% of all funds to various educational initiatives around the world. Be sure to check out the new Wonder boot — your little Wonder will love it!
6. Soko. If you’ve never heard of the company Soko, listen up! They are a girl power company formed in 2015, with the mission to use technology to enable local artisans of the world, giving them access to outlets to sell their wares, while returning their profits at two to three times industry standards. They specialize in beautiful jewelry (I love the stacking cuff bracelets!) and other unique gifts, and partner with organizations like the UN Fund to End Domestic Violence Against Women with donations from sales. A percentage of all sales goes toward local communities for growth and development in an effort to give them maximum control and sustainability.
7. Lush Sea Monster Soap. My little guy loves to play with soaps and colors in the bath, but it’s hard to find things that are safe for his skin and ethically produced. That’s where Lush products come in, with fun and ethically made soaps and bath items for the whole family. More, they donate to charity with their Charity Pot organizations, and with this particular soap? A percentage of sales goes toward victims of tsunami damage in Japan. Trust me, bath time will never be the same!
8. BeeLove Balm. These luxurious creams and balms made from raw honey are not just gifts to your loved ones (or yourself!) but your communities as a whole. All products made by BeeLove are high quality and part of their Sweet Beginnings program, which employs men and women returning to society from incarceration. Men and women are able to develop stable work histories and give to their communities, while they learn marketable skills and work to enter the workforce as citizens for good. They say their products transform us, while we transform the lives of others. Sign me up!
9. Go Lightly Clutch. This clutch by NET Effects Traders is the perfect take-along for your cards and ID wristlet. NET Effects products come from women who work for sustainable and positive change for the poorest of Cambodia by working fair-trade and socially conscious business deals and helping communities enjoy training, positive work environments, and living wages. Every product that is sold means a donation to Nothing But Nets, which is an international organization that gives mosquito nets to families in need. These nets can help prevent life-threatening illnesses like malaria. The artisans are fashion conscious, but in a way that they try to employ a ZERO waste product, using remnants and end-pieces of seasonal trendy colors for their products.
10. Himalayan Expedition Fleece. Not to leave our favorite guys out of the gift-giving, we love this softer-than-soft fleece for cozying up by the fire, though it was actually designed for comfort during runs. Runjanji says all it took was a blistering race one day to remember just how important clean drinking water is, and when they learned that one in 10 people in the world does not have access to the basic right of clean water, they decided to do something about it. Each purchase of their gear results in a 10% of the sale donation to various clean water efforts around the world.