Our 2015 Gift Guide for Gifts that Give Back
Tis the season! Thought we'd launch our holiday gift guides with our more altruistic persona in mind, i.e. the Gift Guide for Gifts that Give Back. We've featured give-back-gift ideas before here in 2011 and eco-goodness gifts here. These gift guides have just been updated and contain lots of goodies.
In our 2015 guide below, you will find more ideas for gifts that give back, especially appropriate for the design fans among your recipients (and yourself, bien sûr). As we are undeniably buying gifts for the season, let's see if we can't make sure that some have plenty of meaning in them too.
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
|LSTN SOUND didn't just want to create another headphone company. Instead, they created a company with a mission to people with hearing loss around the world. Your LSTN purchases support the Starkey Hearing Foundation to help restore hearing loss worldwide. Shop all of LSTN cool & great-sounding products here.|
|ARTICLE 22, named after the universal declaration of human rights, designs beautiful objects that have stories and that also give back. The designs transform weapons (bombs) into wearable art pieces created by local artisans. Shop Article 22's beautiful and meaningful pieces here.|
|ANGELA ROI donates 5% of the sale of each handbag sale to a specific health-focused non-profit organization. For example, a purple bag supports Alzheimer's Disease. The handbag designs are beautiful yet totally accessible in price. Shop Angela Roi's handbags with a purpose.|
|SACKCLOTH & ASHES uses the Buy One Give One model to sell high quality blankets. When you buy a blanket, they give one away to a homeless shelter. Blankets are the single most requested item by homeless people. Buy a Sackcloth & Ashes blanket here and they will give one away.|
RAVEN AND LILY's goal is to alleviate poverty among marginalized women throughout the world. They currently employ about 1500 women to produce their ethical lifestyle and fashion products. Shop Raven & Lily, a brand that empowers women through design.
|FEED PROJECTS was founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush who was looking for a way to help fight child hunger and malnutrition. When you buy a FEED product, take a look at the number stamped on it. It signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets that are provided through your purchase. Shop FEED gifts here.|
|1FACE WATCHES wants all its customers to be the Face of Change. Meaning that the proceeds form these watches are donated to different charities: cancer, hunger, breast cancer, clean water, disaster relief, environment, AIDS, education and animal rights. Pick you watch – and your cause here.|
|THE SHINE PROJECT is about helping those inner city youths here in the U.S. who have received scholarships by employing them so that they can afford to stay in school. Read the story. Help the kids shine with your purchase. Shop the Shine Project.|
|SHOPPING FOR A CHANGE is a non-profit social enterprise that has created a global marketplace (55 partners in 30 countries) where indigenous artisans create and market fair trade products. This effort also helps preserve local handicrafts. Shop jewelry, accessories, apparel and other gift ideas.|
|SSEKO DESIGNS is a fashion brand that engages artisan groups in Africa to create its crafted goods. The mission is to provide an opportunity for these women crafters to end their cycle of poverty through trade and employment. Shop SSeko's gorgeous bags, fun sandals and accessories here.|
|THE HOME T – Show your home state pride with these super soft t-shirts or hoodies that are made, of course, in the USA. But there's more: A minimum of 10% of profits get donated to Multiple Sclerosis research. Shop for your home state shirt here.|
|TO THE MARKET Survivor Made Goods supports causes like abuse, human trafficking, genocide, orphanhood, just to name a few. The products sold here are made by survivors in over 20 countries. Shop gift ideas here.|
|PROSPERITY CANDLE creates opportunities for women refugees right here in the U.S and for women living in regions of conflict and natural disaster. The candle-making and the vessels they are poured in help women reinvest their earning in their families and their communities. And they are beautiful. Best hostess gift ever. Shop the candles.|
|BIXBEE has a simple premise: for every backpack purchased, it donates a schoolbag with supplies to a child in need. Their collection includes lots of fun designs for the younger kids and lunchboxes too. Shop Bixbee.|
|NAJA is about women's empowerment, body acceptance and giving opportunities to underprivileged and marginalized women (think, at-risk single moms). And they do that by offering completely awesome, high-quality lingerie that empowers rather than objectifies. See the Naja bras & knickers.|
Pretty awesome what these companies are doing, huh? Now everyone can feel good about shopping.