Feel good about this season’s shopping
When it comes to gift giving, do you ever play tug-of-war in your heart? You want the gift that will be fawned over and appreciated, but you also want it to be meaningful and do good for others. Now you can “win” on both counts by giving an awesome gift AND making a small move for social good via a donation. If you’re looking to celebrate the TRUE reason for the season, consider giving a gift that gives back!
DO GOOD, FEEL GOOD.
- BOMBAS SOCKS
At homeless shelters, new clothing is in high demand. This fact is the driving force behind Bombas. It supports the homeless community and bring awareness to an under-publicized problem in the United States. The more clothing items it sells, the more they donate. One purchased = one donated.
2. MALIA BAGS
Malia Designs is a fair trade handbag and accessories brand with lively design, recycled materials and affordable prices. The products are handcrafted in Cambodia and every purchase helps to fight human trafficking. It supports organizations that work to break the cycle of human trafficking in Cambodia.
These artisan-made products are designed with recycled materials. The company gives back to hunger organizations in 63 countries, including the United States. For example, the “Woman on a Mission” necklace helps provided 50 meals to hungry children in schools all across the world for every purchase.
4. COOKIES FOR KIDS’ CANCER
For every box of cookies purchased, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer donates a portion of the proceeds to fund research for new pediatric cancer treatments. Since 2008, nine different treatments have been developed with the support of Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
5. ONEHOPE WINE
ONEHOPE was founded by eight friends who wanted to inspire people while making quality wine. To date, it has given nearly $5 million in donations, planted 105,172 trees, helped 65,267 pets to find a forever home, provided 2,758,428 meals for children, and delivered 190,802 vaccines to end tropical diseases.
6. HAND IN HAND SOAP
Buying this all-natural, lightly fragranced soap helps Hand in Hand give a bar and a month of clean water to a community in need. So far, it has donated more than 1.6 million bars of soap to children in Haiti and built or repaired four wells.
Sweet Beginnings, an employment program that brings formerly incarcerated people back into the workforce. makes an all-natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products.
8. ADVENTURIST BACKPACK CO.
For every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S. Through Feeding America, Adventurist buys excess produce at the end of each harvest that U.S. farmers have to throw away and then distributes it to food banks in each state. This helps to reduce the food waste in the country, supports local farmers and provides nutrition for families in need.
Buy a Cupanion bottle and “fill it forward.” Each bottle is shipped with a tag that connects to the Fill It Forward app. Every time you refill, Cupanion gives clean water to a person in need.
10. LOVE YOUR MELON
When you buy one of these beanies you help fight cancer in America. Fifty percent of the profits will go to nonprofits that work to end pediatric cancer.
11. TOMS SHOES
The shoe brand is known for its charitable efforts working with more than 100 philanthropies. For every pair of shoes purchased, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need. Toms has expanded their mission to eyewear, clean water and safe birth.
12. WARBY PARKER GLASSES
Give the gift of sight to those in need through Warby Parker’s Buy a Pair, Give a Pair mission, where a pair of glasses is donated to a nonprofit for each pair of glasses bought. The company also trains men and women in impoverished communities abroad to give basic eye exams and spread awareness of eye care.
13. FIRE DEPT. COFFEE
This coffee is made by actual firefighters and sourced from environmentally friendly farms in Central and South America. A portion of every sale is donated to firefighter, veteran and military assistance programs.
14, THE GIVING KEYS
If you feel uncomfortable shelling out money to the homeless on the streets, purchase a key necklace from The Giving Keys so you can ensure your money is going to the right purpose. Each product purchased from The Giving Keys supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. Each product is stamped with an inspirational word like Dream, Create or Inspire.
15. UNICEF MARKET
Buy a beautiful hand-crafted artisan gifts, and Unicef sends lifesaving supplies to children in the name of your friends and family.