Holiday Giving: 17 Gifts That Give Back
Gift with purpose. Photo courtesy of CAUSEBOX.
You can gift any designer candle, but how much better if the one you choose provides solar light to under-serviced areas? You can buy the latest doll, but a handmade one that helps children around the world grow up strong is even better. You see the point: Your purchasing can power great causes. Here are
seventeen unique gifts that give back. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE
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Anchal Project Naari Throw
The Gift: A contemporary kantha cotton quilt hand-stitched by artisans escaping the sex trade in India.
The Impact: A portion of proceeds support workers’ health care benefits, design training, and education.
Available at anchalproject.org, $372
Parker Clay Passport Wallet
The Gift: Ethiopian leather wallet with pockets for passport, cash, cards, smartphones, and ID.
The Impact: Sponsoring rehab, counseling, and skills training for women in Ethiopia’s sex trade through Women at Risk.
Available at parkerclay.com, from $48
LSTN Satellite Bluetooth Speaker
The Gift: A small, stylish, zebra-wood bluetooth speaker with nice sound and long battery life.
The Impact: Providing hearing aids to those in need worldwide through Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Available at amazon.com, $100
Sidai Designs Warrior Bracelet
The Gift: A beautiful, glass-bead warrior bracelet crafted by marginalized Maasai women in Tanzania.
The Impact: Makers receive twice the average national pay, retirement funds, paid maternity leave and vacation, health insurance, subsidized lunches, and access to legal, hygiene, literacy, and economics courses.
Available at sidaidesigns.com, $54
Warby Parker Percey Sunglasses
The Gift: Handsome, unisex frames to keep you from squinting in the field.
The Impact: Your favorite optical company makes monthly donations to VisionSpring, a non-profit that trains low-income men and women to sell ultra affordable (and stylish) glasses in underserved communities worldwide.
Available at warbyparker.com, $95
Local + Lejos Raya Throw
The Gift: A modern Guatemalan throw handwoven by artisans from a small village on Lake Atitlán.
The Impact: Each purchase gives a weaver and her family one month of electricity.
Available at shopspring.com, $128
The Gift: A quarterly subscription box for women filled with seasonal lifestyle products that give back.
The Impact: Backing socially conscious companies that provide jobs, meals, education, and clean water globally.
Available at causebox.com, $50
Level Ground Trading Tulsi Tea
The Gift: Twenty pyramids of Ayurvedic green tea sourced from small-scale growers in Assam, India.
The Impact: Empowering farmers, investing in infrastructure, and granting scholarships to rural youth in developing countries.
Available at thelittlemarket.com, $12
Five | Six Artisanal Blue Pillow
The Gift: A hand-loomed patterned pillow from the weaving collective of Waraniéné in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Impact: A percentage of purchases supports the village’s schools and maternity clinics.
Available at fiveandsixtextiles.com, $95
Islands and Clouds Scarf
The Gift: A silk-blend scarf to keep the spirits afloat, printed from a NASA satellite image of the outer Aleutian Islands.
The Impact: With every purchase, $10 is donated to ANERA to improve the lives of refugees in the Middle East.
Available at slowfactory.com, $100
Bare Soaps Charcoal Scrap Bag
The Gift: Makeup-removing, blackhead-battling, activated charcoal bars made from the unused ends of soap logs.
The Impact: Twenty percent of profits go towards sanitation efforts in Kaberamaido, Uganda, and the slums of Mumbai.
Available at bare-soaps.com, $6.50
The Brave Collection Peony Compass Bracelet
The Gift: A cotton bracelet made by underprivileged Cambodian artisans, mostly mothers, with a brass compass to guide you on your way.
The Impact: Ten percent of profits are donated to Free to Shine to fight human trafficking in Cambodia.
Available at thebravecollection.com, $95
One Grid Candles
The Gift: Ten-ounce soy wax candles inspired by aromatic exports from Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, and Malawi.
The Impact: With each order, a solar light is delivered to a person living without electricity in Africa through SolarAid.
Available at onegridcandle.com, $28
Clothe Thy Neighbor as Yourself Luke Fedora
The Gift: Protection from the elements in the form of a tan fedora made from salvaged wool.
The Impact: The Christian-affiliated non-profit syphons all proceeds to the cause of your choice: providing uniforms to school kids in Kenya and Haiti, or supplying work clothes to new graduates of the Atlanta-based job training program they fund.
Available at cyny.org, $70
State Nevins Backpack
The Gift: Your next day bag has enough storage — for keys, snacks, cords, laptop, and iPad — to keep you organized.
The Impact: With each purchase, State delivers one of their bags packed with supplies to an American child in need.
Available at shopspring.com, $95
Della 13” Macbook Case
The Gift: A lightly padded case for Macbook Pro and Air made with local textiles in Hohoe, Ghana.
The Impact: Workers receive fair pay, literacy classes, and money management training.
Available at dellala.com, $48