Gift Guide: Giving Back

Written by on December 7, 2012 in Shopping, Shopping Roundups - 7 Comments
Gift Guide: Giving Back

‘Tis the season for giving—and what better gift to give than one that benefits not only the recipient, but also someone in need? With that in mind, we’ve rounded up beautiful gifts from various socially responsible companies for you to consider this holiday season. From jewelry that supports African women, to coffee beans that are ethically sourced, to eyeglasses and shoes that provide a pair for those without—we have a wide variety of gifts for those of you who want to express your generous hearts. Here are our favorite gifts that give back.

Clockwise from top left:

31 Bits Petunia Necklace ($38): This stunning chunky necklace not only will turn heads at a holiday party, but also serves to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty.

Warby Parker Gift Card ($95): Timelessly classic yet oh-so-hip, every glasses gal will love the gift of Warby Parkers to boost her style this season. The best part? For every pair of glasses they sell, they provide a pair to someone in need.

Sseko Designs Harbor Tote ($240): The perfect carryall tote, made of genuine leather and fully lined in canvas. By gifting this bag, you’re not only ensuring a fabulous investment in your friend’s wardrobe, but also in Ugandan women and their continued education. The proceeds of this tote will go directly to the Sseko Scholarship Fund.

Peet’s Coffee Fair Trade Blend ($15.95 per pound): High quality coffee from people who have been paid fairly for their labor? We like the sound of that! This blend has the distinctive tang and clean character of Central American coffees—smoothed by fuller-bodied coffees from chapters in Indonesia and then finished in the Peet’s roast.

Proud Mary Textiles Cosmetic Bag ($36): This beautiful hand woven cosmetic bag will make any girlfriend smile, and you’ll be supporting global artisans in the developing world when purchasing it.

Radiant Cosmetics Matte Lipstick ($18): Bold lips are a no-fuss way to look fabulous. We love this lipstick from Radiant Cosmetics not only for its quality, but also because for every purchase, they donate time, money, and effort to help fight the injustice of human trafficking.

Hiip Pacific Heights Bag in Faux Black Leather ($65): Slide it around your shoulder or hip, or slide the strap out for a perfect clutch accessory. Any way you wear it, this is a super cute luxury piece that supports helping the homeless! For every bag you buy, they give a kit filled with basic life necessities away to a person in need.

FEED RED Love Bag ($112): The purchase of this adorable tote will help supply approximately 30 days of life saving assistance to people living in the countries hit hardest by HIV/AIDS.

TOMS Gold Glitters ($54): Every glitter girl needs a pair of glitters for her feet! Like Warby Parker, TOMS also has a one-for-one system. For every pair your purchase, they donate one to someone in need.

Raven + Lily Tiffany Kunz Antique Tube Collection Bracelet ($62): This stunning piece was handmade from melted bullet casings and recycled metals by HIV-positive women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing sustainable economic opportunities, Raven + Lily returns proceeds to fund healthcare and literacy programs for women and children in the community.

Written By Natalie Lynn Borton of Thoughts By Natalie

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  • Vanisha Mishra-Vakaoti

    I love the idea of presents that give back or gifts that give twice. I tend to do a little research on the companies though, I don’t buy TOMS as I think they take business away from local business people etc etc but I love your gift guide. I received a 31bits necklace as a present and now I’m hooked! xoxox

    Vanisha @ Vanisha’s Life in…Australia

    • Natalie Lynn Borton

      Glad you like it! 31 Bits is one of my absolute favorites—I have three of their necklaces and am always adding to my collection :)

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  • Jenny Lopze

    Thanks for sharing the idea. In addition, a proper pair of clip on earrings maybe can make the whole even better.

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  • Flynn Coleman

    I love this guide gift of companies that give back for good. I am enjoying exploring the missions and gifts I hadn’t seen before. Thanks!

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