Looking for a unique gift that will also give back to someone in need? There's a huge range of companies that work to better the world through their social activism, whether employing fair trade artisans or donating to charity. And by giving a gift that supports a cause, you are also investing in the well-being of those less fortunate. In the end, isn't this what the holiday spirit is about?
With such a wide range of products and charities, it's not difficult to find something that is close to the heart of the gift recipient. For instance, Ivory Ella gives back to animals by donating to a charity that prevents elephant poaching, while STATE supports education by supplying an American child in need with a backpack full of supplies for every bag sold. The list continues full of chic, fun, and stylish items that won't just make great gifts, but also a great impact.
Pura Vida Bracelets
Pura Vida Bracelets sells handcrafted bracelets made by artisans around the world. Founded in Costa Rica, they now have over 150 global artisans working. Not only does the company generate employment opportunities for these artisans, they also donate 1% of their annual revenue and have partnered with more than 190 charities and donated over $1 million. You can purchase single bracelets, packs, and even sign up for a monthly subscription service.
The Tote Project
Adorned with uplifting phrases, these totes and pouches are sewn in India by women who have left the sex trade. Aside from providing these women with employment opportunities, 20% of the The Tote Project’s profits are donated to the charity Two Wings to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States.
Specializing in pop-culture themed products, for every $10 spent, Box Lunch donates a meal through the Feeding America program. Thus far they’ve donated 10 million meals through the program, which works with local food banks.
Inspired by the Women's March, My Modern Met co-founder Alice Yoo founded Skylar Yoo. By pairing artistic hand lettering with bold, inspirational phrases, the company sells apparel and accessories meant to empower women. Intended to spread a positive message, Yoo is also currently vetting the charities that will receive 10% of Skylar Yoo's profits. The 10% will be divided between two organizations, one that supports women's rights and another that supports mental health awareness.
Featuring handcrafted elements from artisans around the world, Fernweh Jewelry’s pieces have global inspiration. Shop collections are themed around different countries of the world and 2.5% of every sale is reinvested into microloans for women in the communities that inspired the jewelry.
With poachers continuing to impact elephant populations, Ivory Ella is trying to make a difference. 10% of their net profits go to Save the Elephants, an organization in Kenya that helps protect these elegant giants. They’ve donated over $800,000 to Save the Elephants and continue to contribute to a range of other charities through special capsule collections.
Hiptipico specializes in vibrantly colored handmade goods from Guatemala, primarily made by artisans from indigenous cultures. that let you read more about the artisans who make each piece. The ethical fashion brand sells everything from handbags and shoes to colorful camera straps, all 100% handcrafted and created using traditional techniques. Each product lets you read a little more about the artisan who crafted it and as the company is located full time in Guatemala, they are able to cultivate deep relationships with the artisans, who set their own prices and hours.
Socks are a classic holiday go-to that can cause groans when opened, but what if those socks actually made a difference? Conscious Step sells organic and fair trade certified socks knit in India for both men and women—though most styles are for men. Collaborating with a wide range of charities, you can select your socks based on the cause, from treating HIV to providing clean water. For every pair purchased, a fixed fee goes directly to the partner charity, helping make tangible change around the world.
Stock up on fun, colorful school supplies for your kids—from lunch bags to notebooks and colored pencils and Yoobi will give back to a child in need. Yoobi—pronounced “you-be”—means “one for you, one for me.” And for every item purchased, a Yoobi item will be donated to an American classroom in need. Since 2014, they’ve donated enough to impact over 3 million kids. It’s a great place to load up on fun stocking stuffers that have a purpose.
The Brave Collection
Handmade in Cambodia by artisans who come from underprivileged backgrounds or suffer from disabilities, 10% of profits from The Brave Collection jewelry goes to help combat human trafficking in that country.
Featuring $150 worth of socially-conscious products for women, Cause Box is a quarterly subscription box that also features literature on the social causes aided by the products inside. There are different subscription options or you can buy a one-off box filled with goodies. Cause Box also partners with charities like Freedom Firm and Books for Africa to help them raise more funds.
Help children around the world get a good school meal when you purchase bags and accessories from FEED. All of their products—many of which are artisan made—list how many meals will be provided thanks to your purchase. FEED is partnered with the UN World Food Programme, UN Children’s Fund, and Feeding America to fulfill its promises to help end child hunger in 63 different countries.
For every backpack purchased, STATE delivers a backpack filled with tools for success to an American child in need. Their #WhatDoWeTellTheKids project aims to shed light on social injustices and marginalized populations around the US through sharing stories.
Working with charitable organizations such as Food Bank for New York City, Share Our Strength, No Kid Hungry, and New York’s City Harvest, Delicacies designs whimsical foodie jewelry—including necklaces inspired by pasta. Every purchase provides 20 meals to help feed the hungry. And each season they pair with a celebrity chef, donating at least 10% of profits to that chef’s favorite hunger-relief charity.
Like the convenience of Amazon, but still want to give back? AmazonSmile is an easy way to support your favorite charity while browsing the same products and paying the same price as you would normally. Just simply navigate through the AmazonSmile website, using your normal Amazon login, and select the charity you’d like to receive a donation based on your purchases. 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible products will automatically go to the charity of your choice.