‘Tis better to give than receive, right? Most people don’t realize that we can impact the world without having to spend a year in the Peace Corps or creating a scholarship fund through holiday gifts the give back. Something as small as our choice of accessories can sometimes double our impact of purchase. From the decadence of One Hope Wine or Seattle Chocolates to the trendiness of Kendra Scott, so many brands have stepped up to make an impact through their selling structure.
I’m the type of person who gets excited when buying products that I know directly helped someone. I’m not unique in this feeling. I feel that when we give gifts with a greater power, the receiver of that gift is bound to create a personal connection. It’s hard to think about whom the 15 meals your bottle of One Hope Wine may go to or how some portion of your Falling Whistles necklace is being put toward a peace coalition in Congo. Each season, we mindlessly expect holiday gifts and wish lists often taken for granted. When you think about the people these socially-conscious products contribute to you have to at least acknowledge how lucky we are.
1. Lemlem Muna Sandal
Five percent of all proceeds from these espadrilles will be donated to the Liya Kebede Foundation which supports maternity care in Africa.
2. Kendra Scott Jan Hinge Bracelet in Iridescent Drusy
Kendra Scott locations across the country partner with local charities for shopping events and even product lines. Learn more about her initiatives here.
3. Moa Ivory/Wine Two Tone Tote by Angela and Roi
Using a vegan friendly leather alternative and a chic design, Angela and Roi’s handbag donates to HIV and AIDS treatment and care in Africa. Angela and Roi handbags make great holiday gifts for your more stylish friends.
4. Vintage Gold Falling Whistles Necklace
Be a whistleblower for peace with the purchase of this vintage-style Falling Whistles necklace. In 2008, the founder walked into the Democratic Republic of Congo. Five escaped child-soldiers told him that boys, too small to carry a gun, were being sent to the front lines, armed with only a whistle. Since that day, the company was born and thousands began to wear whistles as a reminder to bring peace to Congo.
5. Half United Rose Gold Studs
Not only are these 9mm bullet earrings pretty bad ass, but they have a beautiful initiative tied to them. For every product purchased, Half United donates seven meals to a child in need to fight hunger. Countries include the US, Haiti, Cambodia and Fiji.
6. Treasure & Bond Scarf
Nordstrom launched Treasure & Bond in 2014, the retailer’s first private label brand to give back. Feel cozy knowing five percent of sales on this scarf will go directly towards non-profit organizations that work to empower women of all ages.
7. Seattle Chocolates Pink Bubbly Truffles
This sweet brand goes to an even sweeter cause. For every purchase of Seattle Chocolates or use of the hashtag #chocolategives during this holiday season, Seattle Chocolates will donate one meal to those in need at various food banks throughout the country. (Plus, the chocolate is delicious! My friend Ashley Rose over at Sugar & Cloth put her Seattle Chocolates to good use with this Christmas Cookie S’Mores recipe.)
8. The Little Market Hand-Painted Floral Box
If you love Lauren Conrad, you’ll love to hear about her company, The Little Market. The Little Market works directly with Handmade Expressions, a group that organizes work with underprivileged and disadvantaged artisans in India and strive to improve their economic and social standing by creating self-sustainable employment following fair trade practices. They empower the artisans with market and fashion information that allow them to create functional products. The products are also made with recyclable and natural elements whenever possible.
9. LUSH Charity Pot
With every purchase of Charity Pot, LUSH donates 100% of the price (minus taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. Your skin ends up looking great AND you’re doing a world of good with every purchase—win-win!
10. Kate Spade – on purpose Rich Denim Navy Tote
Similar to The Little Market, Kate Spade’s “on purpose” line works 150 talented artisans in Masaro. Many of the artisans are supporting large families and use their jobs to gain economic stability and self-sufficiency.
11. One Hope Wine – Edna Valley Red Glitter Pinot Noir
I love a glass of wine at the end of a long day and that’s no secret. Throw in a social cause and you have me SOLD. One Hope Wine taps into charities in every category including women’s education, world hunger, the environment, healthcare, pet adoption, autism awareness, breast cancer, and so much more. The company has a large impact and an even larger heart. Perfect for the holidays, this red glitter bottle helps to prevent heart disease. If you’re a fan of sparkle, One Hope Wine also has a shimmering collection of gold, silver, pink and rainbow wine to donate to hunger, LGBT youth and breast cancer awareness. Wine, glitter and social good? Cheers to the perfect triple threat.