As much as I love all the decorations, music, and food that comes with the holiday season, my favorite part is the atmosphere of giving that is often missing during the business of the rest of the year. There’s something so satisfying about finding just the right gift for someone. And while any gift that’s from the heart is a wonderful thing, there are a bunch of great companies out there with awesome products that also give back to those who could really use some help and compassion this time of year. Here is just a small list of items that are basically two gifts in one. Enjoy!
Note: I am not an affiliate for any of these companies, so by purchasing one of these items I will not receive any compensation. I simply want to raise more awareness for companies that give back.
For the coffee and dog-lover in your life, this three blend starter kit from Hounds and Grounds Coffee is the perfect gift. The Morning Walk Breakfast Blend is a full bodied coffee with flavors of cherry and cocoa; the Paper & Slippers Medium Roast has hints of brownie and toasted notes that sounds ideal for a chilly winter morning; and the Alpha Blend Dark Roast is for the serious coffee-lover with bold flavors of cocoa, vanilla, and nutmeg. And while your friend is sipping on a delicious cup of coffee, they can feel good knowing that 20% of all proceeds received by Grounds and Hounds Coffee Company is donated to a pet rescue center located in your area. They also have other coffee varieties, mugs, and tote bags for other gift options.
Started by two friends in Los Angeles, Citizen & Darling is a clothing line designed to build awareness and support to modern day slavery and human trafficking. It’s estimated that over 27 million men, women, and children are currently victims of human trafficking, with 84% of confirmed cases being United States citizens. In addition to raising awareness to this growing epidemic, Citizen & Darling also contribute proceeds to various charities and campaigns fighting slavery around the world. On their site you’ll find clothing for men, women and children as well as accessories.
If you’re looking to give someone jewelry, be sure to check out Purpose Jewelry’s large collection. From rings and necklaces to bracelets and earrings, every item is handcrafted by a survivor of human trafficking, and 100% of proceeds go to International Sanctuary, an organization devoted to helping women and girls escape human trafficking.
Who doesn’t love getting chocolate? Especially crunchy, salty chocolates (no worries, they have gifts for the milk and dark chocolate lovers out there as well). As a company, Alter Eco strives to be socially just and environmentally responsible by working directly with small-scale farmers and developing programs for them to maintain Fair Trade and Organic practices. In addition to being a Fair Trade and Organic Certified company, Alter Eco is also working towards becoming a carbon negative company as well.
For the busy person in your life, Thistle Farms’ Reenergize Set contains body wash, bath soak, shave gel, and lip balm all infused with essential oils to help soothe and re-energize the body and mind. Thistle Farms was founded to help heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. On their site, you’ll find beautiful clothing items for men and women, accessories for the home, bath and body products, and candles. By purchasing an item from Thistle Farms, you are helping to support their program that provides housing, medical care, therapy, education, and job training free of charge for these women in need.
This gorgeous scarf is incredibly soft, made from natural cotton yarn. Best of all, 50% of the profits go towards funding education programs for girls in India. Bloom & Give have a large variety of elegant products, including scarves, purses, tablecloths, pillows, throw blankets, and scarves.
For the health-conscious snacker, This Bar Saves Lives bars are all non-GMO, gluten free, kosher, Fair Trade, and (most importantly) delicious. You can feel good about this snack as for every bar you buy, This Bar Saves Lives gives a packet of life-saving food to a child in need. And if you buy a bar at Target or Starbucks, they will donate a meal to a local food bank. Child hunger exists all over the world, including the United States, and helping can be as easy as buying a box of these bars.
Perfect for any little ones in your life, this wool elephant is handcrafted using homespun wool and naturally dyed using local plants and flowers. All the Kenana Knitters products from Me and We go to support over 500 rural Kenyan women who knit to make a brighter future for themselves and their families. On Me to We you will find a variety of products, all going to various causes around the world.
As there are so many great causes and products on Me and We, I figured it deserved two spots on this list. This handmade mug makes for a great coworker gift and helps the environment. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways through company organized and hosted cleanups.
If you’re tired of flipping through magazines filled with pictures of women with unobtainable bodies (thanks to the magic of retouching), then Darling Magazine is for you. The mission of Darling Magazine is to celebrate the diversity of women and share stories of self-empowerment. Best of all, none of the photographs are retouched to alter women’s faces or bodies. Darling magazine is partnered with the International Justice Mission and donates a portion of their proceeds to help end sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic.
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