Do more with your holiday shopping this year and change how you buy, not what you buy. Here’s a list of products that are ethically sourced, support the makers directly or support causes. Without further ado let’s begin the gifts that give holiday roundup…
Give a Gift that Makes an Impact
1. Deep Blue Fish T-Shirt by the Orenda Tribe, $37.30*
The Orenda Tribe believes in empowering children to inspire them to achieve their dreams. The Orenda Tribe does this by selling t-shirts where, every purchase helps to fund ART programs and activities in refugee camps and less fortunate communities. They view ART as a catalyst for creativity, confidence, communication, problem solving and community.
2. Chloe Ring by PURPOSE Jewelry, $24
All jewelry from PURPOSE Jewelry is created by young women who have been rescued from sex trafficking. Every purchase helps to provide freedom, dignity and hope to these women through their relationship with the International Sanctuary.
3. I Got You A Tree Greeting Card by Little Difference, $4.26
For every product that Little Difference sells, from greeting cards and calendars to prints and notebooks, 1 tree is planted, raised and protected with the goal of permanent reforestation in Madagascar.
4. Apple Picking Candle by Karmalit, $20
Karmalit’s candles are made from renewable and sustainable materials, so you can feel good about burning the candle at home. But they didn’t stop there, Karmalit donates a percentage of their sales to fund school supplies for children.
5. Coastlines Socks by Gorilla Socks, $16
All Gorilla Socks are eco-friendly and support gorilla conservation. From every pair of socks sold, at least 10% of will be donated to charity, the The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.
6. Chicken and Rice Premium Dog Food by BOGO Bowl, $66.90
Don’t forget about the pets on your list! BOGO Bowl is a premium supplier of pet food with a mission to help pets in need. For every bag of food purchased, another one will be donated to an animal shelter in need of food.
7. Pineapple Cocktail Shaker by Ames and Oates, $100
Ames and Oates is an online store that sells gifts. In turn for you buying a gift, 10% of each order is donated to Pencils of Promise who focuses on providing access to quality education for children.
8. Lump of Coal by b.a.r.e soaps, $12.87
This “Lump of Coal” bar is especially fitting for the holiday season. B.a.r.e soaps’ aim is ‘bringing antiseptic resources to everyone’. The company gives back 20% for every purchase to provide developing areas with soap. Their soaps are made from all natural, and cruelty-free products wrapped in plantable paper, so you can feel extra great about gifting the soap.
9. Earl Grey Coffee Leaf Tea by WizeMonkey, $13.50
Offering a variety of teas, made from coffee leaves that have been consumed in Ethiopia for over 200 years. The leaves are harvested in the offseason creating more sustainable, year round jobs and stronger communities. WizeMonkey is extending the coffee harvest to a year long harvest for coffee farmers.
10. Cherry Wood Satellite Bluetooth Speakers by LSTN, $100
LSTN offers high quality sound solutions in the form of wireless speakers, headphones and earbuds. Not only does LSTN want to change the world through music, but they are empowering those who need hearing aids by partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Every purchase helps to give hearing aids worldwide.
Don’t just look for a gift this season, look for an opportunity to make an impact. In addition to this list, we have several other guides to inspire your holiday shopping: social good gifts for the hostess, gifts that give back for kids, gifts that give back for him and her and social good stocking stuffers.
*All prices are listed in CAD