Making Spirits Bright: Give a gift that gives back
We already know that it’s better to give than to receive but what if you could give a gift that gives back? With the list below, you will be able to grab a gift for someone you love while also contributing to something greater. Give a gift and bring more joy to the world this holiday season? Sounds like a win-win to me.
Benefits: Shelter Dogs
The heart behind it: This company believes that every dog matters.
What they have: If you’re someone (like me!) who has a stocking for their pup, this one-stop destination has anything and everything to spoil your dog. They literally have everything. All the accessories and necessities for your dog but also anything any dog lover would love to have.
Give a gift that gives back: With each purchase, you donate directly to help a shelter dog. For example if you buy this blanket, a shelter dog gets a blanket too.
BONUS: If you sign up for their newsletter, they’ll donate a meal to a shelter dog on your behalf! Everything you do on this site, gives back.
Get your gifts for: Your pets and your dog-loving family members and friends.
Their mission: “20% of all profits generated by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. are used to fund innovative and impactful rescue programs throughout the country. We strive to support the hard-working organizations and volunteers who fight for our friends day in and day out, and we promise to deliver an amazing cup of coffee along the way!”
Recommendation: I can personally attest that their coffee is delish. A friend gifted me a bag of their Sit and Stay blend.
What they have: coffee, apparel, ornaments, gifts, and so much more!
BONUS: If you sign up for their e-mail mailing list, receive 15% off your first order!
Don’t wait! FREE shipping for 24 hours with the code BETTERTHANSANTA
Get your gifts for: The coffee and dog lovers in your life.
Benefits: Homeless Woman, Domestic Abuse Victims, Woman Veterans During and After Service, Women Fighting Cancer, Women
Give a gift that gives back: You buy a product, they give that same product plus another product that “they may need more or a monetary donation as needed”. According to their website, “We believe in responsive giving so we can support women in the most meaningful way possible. Whether it’s our high-performance products or much-needed funds, the donations that you make possible help women thrive.” They are committed to helping homeless women transitioning out of homelessness, domestic abuse victims, woman veterans during and after service, and women fighting cancer.
What they have: All things beauty! All of their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free. On top of that, their products are clean with no parabens, sulfates, fragrances, and phthalates!
BONUS: Sign up for their newsletter for 10% off your first purchase. You can find their special offers here, including some good deals for the holidays!
Get your gifts for: Any and all of the women in your life that deserve something to pamper themselves and make them feel even more beautiful than they already are.
Their mission: According to their website, “Sseko was started to enable high potential, talented young women in Uganda to continue on to university. These young women work for Sseko in the nine-month gap between secondary school and university, saving part of their income for university. They receive life skills training, are paired with professional mentors and get valuable formal work experience. At the end of their term, Sseko matches their savings 300%. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko has gone on to pursue higher education and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place. In 2019, Sseko will enable our 131st woman to attend university!
In addition to our university-bound team, Sseko hires full-time staff primarily from non-profit partners. These women come from all walks of life and face a challenging job market. Sseko is bridging the gap. By creating an environment of dignity, honor, and dedication, Sseko Designs provides the opportunity for women in East Africa to end the cycle of poverty and create a more equitable society.”
Give a gift that gives back: For every $100,000 in sales, we are able to employ 2 full-time employees and provide 1 university-bound scholarship.
What they have: These are more luxury items. Everything they have is absolutely stunning, like these boots or this bag. They have clothes, accessories, jewelry, and even men’s items like duffles and wallets!
Get your gifts for: Someone who enjoys the finer things in life with a beautiful, classic style.
Their mission: “Challenging the culture of the fashion industry by creating transformative opportunities for women. ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.”
Give a gift that gives back: “Your purchase matters because it allows us to empower women. 96% of our employees are women. We publish our lowest wages. And so much more.”
What they have: “ABLE has grown from hand-woven scarves to a lifestyle brand with leather bags, clothes, shoes, and jewelry.”
BONUS: Take 15% off your first purchase by signing up for their newsletter. Shop their best deal, biggest impact page here. Plus FREE shipping for all U.S. Holiday orders!
Get your gifts for: Woman with impeccable style and a sense of women supporting women.
Benefits: Communities + People
Their mission: “We’re pioneering Ethical Fast Fashion, aligning handmade talent from emerging markets with the international fashion consumer. We work with artisan entrepreneurs every day to build their businesses, improve production capacity, and sustainably increase income.”
Give a gift that gives back: “SOKO is built to empower artisan entrepreneurship. Your purchases directly impact their local communities while supporting the global creative economy.”
What they have: Stunning jewelry. For gifts under $100, click here.
BONUS: 10% off with the code GIFT10 and 20% off with the code SOKOLOVE-20%
Get your gifts for: Any woman in your life who enjoys beautiful, elegant jewelry.
Their mission: Fairtrade, organic tote bags sewn by human trafficking survivors. They are working to end human trafficking and slavery. To learn more about their ethical manufacturing, go here.
Give a gift that gives back: They donate 10% of their gross profits to Two Wings (the program that gives jobs to human trafficking survivors). Every sale matters. To learn more, click here.
What they have: Unique totes and pouches.
Get your gifts for: Any and all! They have so many different patterns and images, there’s something for everyone!
Their mission: Ending homelessness through employment. If you haven’t heard of The Giving Keys, “Each one of our products is stamped with an inspirational word like DREAM, CREATE or INSPIRE. You’re encouraged to embrace your word, then pay it forward by giving your product to a person who needs the message.” Not only does your purchase help to employ people who have been homeless but the key itself goes from person to person who needs it most. Even if you buy one for yourself, you can pay it forward at a later date.
What they have: Jewelry with their signature keys stamped with words. What their best known for are their key necklaces.
BONUS: 15% off your first order with the code THEGIVING15
Use code DAY4 to buy one get one free in the black, white, and pink collection.
Use the code 2GIVE to buy one, get one under the Gifts That Give collection
Get your gifts for: Anyone who is in need of inspiration, hope, faith, or any of the other many words the keys have.
Their mission: Their slogan is your adventure helps others find theirs.
“BANGS Shoes are made from 100% vegan, ethically sourced materials inside a factory whose workers are treated with dignity and respect.”
To learn more behind their mission, watch the founder Hannah Davis’ TED Talk
Give a gift that gives back:“Buying BANGS Shoes helps people start businesses in the USA + around the world. We hand-select entrepreneurs to invest in their business ideas.” Bangs shoes invests 20% back into these businesses through Kiva. Kiva allows these entrepreneurs to pay back their loans. Instead of keeping the money, Bangs reinvests that into a different entrepreneur.
What they have: Shoes made for adventuring and apparel.
Get your gifts for: Adventure-seekers!
Their mission: “FEED is an impact-driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.”
Give a gift that gives back: Under each product, is a number. This number represents the number of school meals that you’ve provided with your purchase. The children that benefit are not only around the world but also right here in the USA.
What they have: “From bags to accessories to home goods, we infuse our utilitarian aesthetic and function-first commitment into every product we make. We are also proud to work with artisans, from Kenya to India, for a growing number of collections. Through the sale of our artisan-made products, we not only provide meals, but also sustainable livelihoods for our artisan partners and their families.”
I personally love this Wander Woman pouch which provides 25 meals!
Their mission: “DIFF’s mission is to use fashion as a force for good.”
“Since 2015, DIFF has donated over 1,000,000 pairs of reading glasses to individuals in need around the world — that’s only the beginning of it. Socially conscious and charitable at heart, the DIFF Eyewear family strives for the perfect pair – handcrafted with designer quality materials and delivered to you with love.”
Give a gift that gives back: For every pair of glasses sold, DIFF will help to provide the gift of sight to someone in need.
What they have: Glasses. Both eyeglasses and sunglasses. They also have blue light filter glasses which I swear by. Get some frames for as low as $25. They also have glasses cases through Project DIFF. “Project DIFF encompasses our worldwide programs in support of empowerment and education. Through our Pouch Program crafting colorful sunglass cases in Uganda and our Tribe Alive partnership in Honduras making unique sunglass chains, we provide dependable incomes to female artisans and are helping to develop Little Angels School.”
BONUS: For exchange for your e-mail address, you can buy one get one or buy two, get three!
Use the code GETTWO25 for 25% off sitewide when you buy two or more.
Benefits: The planet
Their mission: “We have a passion for the outdoors and believe it’s our responsibility to promote, protect, and preserve public lands. Each collection of quality goods is made with purpose and helps fund a project in our parks.” If you want to see the different projects they’re working on, click here.
Give a gift that gives back:“Each product purchased contributes directly to one of over 50 non-profit groups protecting parks and public lands in the US and Canada, providing vital funding for the ongoing care of National Parks and public lands. “
Do more: Want to do more than purchase a gift? Get involved here.
What they have: They have anything you could be looking for under the appear and lifestyle gift sun. They have even made individual gift guides to make shopping their site easy.
BONUS: FREE shipping when you sign up for their newsletter.
Get your gifts for: Your nature junkies.
Their mission: “We’re here to clean the ocean and coastlines while working to stop the inflow of plastic by changing consumption habits.”
Give a gift that gives back: For every product purchased, they pull one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines.
Do more: Volunteer for a beach clean up day here!
What they have: I received this bracelet as a birthday present this past year. I love the bracelet and that it helps the ocean. Plus, they’re made out of 90% post-consumer recycled materials. They also have jewelry, clean up gear so you can make a difference long after the holidays are over, and single-use alternatives!
Get your gifts for: Anyone and everyone! We can all do our part to make a difference and the bracelet is perfect for everyone!
Benefits: Different charities with each purchase
Their mission: “Our one hope is to bring together a community that makes the world better through memorable wine and experiences.”
Give a gift that gives back: “When you shop our world-class Napa Valley wines, you give back to a wide spectrum of charitable causes. Our community has donated over $5 million to non-profits around the world.” To date, the company has donated 5 million dollars to different charities.
What they have: Affordable, delicious wine. This bottle of wine supports the environment.
Who to get it for: People who love a good glass of wine and a good cause.
Get to it!
We only have so many days left until we need presents wrapped and under the tree. They say it’s better to give than to receive and if that’s true, you’re going to feel twice as good about shopping with any of these companies. After all, a present like this is really what the holiday season is about. Coming together to celebrate love and friendship and joy. Bringing the world together for a season to celebrate all that is good. So why not infuse every bit of goodness you can into your holiday season and give a gift that gives back?
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