Happy holidays, friends! It’s been a really trying year that has put life into perspective. We each have had to face our battles — separately and collectively — and find a steady pace in uncertainty. While 2021 won’t solve all our problems, I’m so grateful to have gotten through this year. I hope you all got through this year healthily and safely.
Like everything in 2020, it is OK to be behind. I’m sending my holiday gifts a litttttle late this year and that’s ok. Since this season has been so particularly hard on many, I wanted to highlight brands that give back to charitable causes in my 2020 gift guide. With so much out of our control, sometimes it’s nice to have a little ownership over something like what our gifts mean and can do for others.
Gifts That Give Back
Here’s some more information on my 2020 Gift Guide, featuring gifts that give back to a special cause:
Bookshelf Tote to Benefit Literacy
Book club has been my GUIDING LIGHT through quarantine! It’s the one outlet I have to connect with my friends (on Zoom) and check in with each other. I love the brand Out of Print — they have so many fun gifts from enamel pins to socks to cute tees. This tote bag is perfect for any book lover. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
UNICEF has such an impressive marketplace with products by artisans to benefit causes around the world. I love that each purchase from the marketplace goes to a tangible place shoppers can see. For example, this stylish boho mirror can provide 292 sachets of oral rehydration salts, which can help children combat dehydration. Check out the full marketplace here!
This gorgeous necklace is perfect for your bookish friend. For local Houstonian’s, this necklace directly benefits children in Houston. For each necklace sold, Dubin’s Fine Jewelry will donate a book to Books Between Kids, a Houston-based organization that collects new and like-new books year-round for kids aged Pre-K through fifth grade. The necklace is available in several different metals at varying price points.
DIFF Eyewear isn’t just trendy — it backs its style with social good. DIFF gives eyewear to people in need and recently announced Sightsavers, an international organization to provide vision to people around the world.
Treasure & Bond has casual, chic pieces that are the perfect level of cozy for working at home. This relaxed scarf at Nordstrom helps to benefit homeless youth by supporting a list of charity partners that provide support services, a safe environment, and growth opportunities for those in need.
Akola Earrings & Bracelet for Fair-Trade Job Creation
You all know that I love Akola! I love handmade trinkets and jewelry that carries a story. Akola creates all its jewelry through its nonprofit manufacturing partner, Akola Project. The project employs around 200 women in Eastern Africa, providing living wages and support services to its artisans.
Prosperity Candles employs women refugees who’ve resettled in the United States after experiencing hardships in their home countries. The company prides itself on providing new beginnings to women at UN refugee camps, as well as federal and state programs. This handmade ceramic candle comes in four different scents.
Dewy Skin Cream to Benefit
Tatcha is a luxe skincare brand that’s won numerous accolades from magazines like Allure and Glamour. The Dewy Skin Cream — winner of a 2020 Glamour beauty award — has rave reviews. Every purchase you make supports students worldwide through Tatcha’s “Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures” program. Each purchase supports girls’ mentorship, life skills education, community engagement and more.
Everlane is one of the most transparent, ethical, and sustainable fashion brands around. The brand has beautiful, quality pieces and is completely open about its ethical design process from start to finish. Learn more here.
Good luck shopping! I hope you find happiness this holiday season. Stay safe, friends! We will get through this.