Pay It Forward!
by Jillian Capewell
| Posted 2 years ago
Where would the “Buy one, give one” business model be without TOMS shoes? If you haven’t heard of them yet, here’s a brief overview: The company began in 2006 with a basic, lightweight shoe inspired by Argentine espadrilles. For every pair purchased, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need. Today the shoes have been distributed in over 20 countries worldwide, and the online store has expanded to offer sneakers, boots, eyewear, kids shoes, and more — so you’re guaranteed to find something for everyone on your list.
Get a pair from TOMS, $54 »
Warby Parker Glasses
Geek-chic glasses have been very “now” for the last few years — but who wants to shell out hundreds of dollars for the right pair? Enter Warby Parker, an online prescription glasses store with frames for just $95. Like Toms, the company donates a pair for every pair purchased, having distributed over 85,000 pairs since their start. If you were looking for the perfect hipster present for someone with 20/20 vision, fret not. They also offer stylish shades — because when you’re charitable, the sun shines 24/7.
Get them from Warby Parker, $95 »
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo HD Headphones
Gimme a beat! If the extremely popular, high-quality Beats headphones are on a family member’s (or your) wishlist, this (PRODUCTS)RED Special Edition pair cranks the awesome up to 11: A portion of the profits from these headphones will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.
Get them from Beats by Dre, $229.95 »
IOU Reversible Shift Dress
At IOU, they say every product has a story — and everyone who visits the website can read it. Just click on an item you’d like from mens and womens pants, jackets, scarves and more, and you’ll learn about the weaver of the fabric and the manufacturers who put it together. Whoever is lucky enough to receive one of these pieces will cherish it for years to come.
Get it from IOU, $125 »
A brass whistle on a chain isn’t just a pretty way to call your kids back when they run away from you — this gift comes from Falling Whistles, an organization focused on creating peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wearing this token helps spread awareness and start discussions on the issue, making you a “whistleblower for peace.” For more on where exactly your money is going, check out their website
Get it from Falling Whistles, $44 »
Except for those stuffy private school uniforms, men’s ties don’t have a whole lot to do with education … until now. This company donates a school uniform to an underprivileged child for each tie sold. Make the dudes in your life look sharp and
help a child receive an education? Now that’s
Get it from FIGS, $75 »
Tory Burch Foundation Studded Cuff
For the friend or older daughter that’s in love with Tory Burch’s iconic flats, this timeless studded cuff benefits the Tory Burch foundation, which provides business opportunities to women and their families in the U.S.
Get it from Tory Burch, $95 »
FEED 2 Bag
Don’t call this stylish sack a feedbag — it’s an ultra-handy, durable, reversible cotton tote that features both handles and a messenger-style strap. Like the name suggests, every bag sold feeds two children in school for an entire year through the UN’s World Food Program.
Get it from Feed Projects, $100 »
LUSH Charity Pot Body Lotion
This skin-softening cocoa butter and almond oil is the ultimate skin pamperer. And it’s perfect for the beauty-obsessed friend or coworker with a do-gooder streak — the proceeds from this product go to grassroots charities all over the world.
Get it from LUSH, $21.95 »
NPR 2012 Calendar
What to buy for the avid This American Life
or Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!
fan? Consider this original wall calendar, compiled from 13 artists’ answers to the question, “What does NPR look like to you?” If you’re not a calendar fan, browse around the shop — every T-shirt and travel mug supports commercial-free national public radio. Now that’s good listening!
Get it from NPR, $15 »
During a cold winter or a harsh rainstorm, there’s nothing that feels better than dry, cozy feet — and Roma is helping to give that to children living in poverty in cold and wet climates. The whole family can jump through puddles in these chic, durable boots knowing that a child halfway around the world can now do the same.
Get them from Roma, $84 »
Glass Bead Necklace
For the grandma or mother-in-law who has everything, these handmade necklaces are crafted by female artisans in Rwanda and made with handblown glass beads. With every purchase you support the initiatives of nonprofit group Same Sky, which works to empower impoverished women by giving them a marketable skill and steady employment.
Get it from Same Sky, $350 - $450 »
The Company Store Comforter
The Company Store’s down (and down-alternative) comforters have been stylishly warming beds for just over a hundred years — and buying a blanket from them has never been more snuggly than now with their “Buy One, Give One” initiative. For every comforter bought, one is given to a homeless child through organizations across the U.S. We like these options that will last your kids right through high school.
Get it from The Company Store, $99 - $189 »
Altruette Gold Charms
Some people wear their hearts on their sleeves — and now you can wear your cause on your wrist! With each purchase of Altruette’s pretty gold charms, 50% of the net profit is sent to the cause associated with the charm; think a bee for the Honey Bee research fund, a book for First Book,
Get them from Altruette, $115 – $145 »
SSeko Designs Teal Sandal
If you know an indecisive fashionista just aching for the sun to come out again, these sandals made by women in Uganda are just what she needs in her closet. The ribbon strap can be braided, wound, or tied up in a variety of ways, making this shoe one of the most versatile pieces she’ll own.
Get it from Sseko Designs, $47 »
GOGO Natural Volume Argan Mascara
Aside from giving you — or your recipient — luxurious, crazy-long lashes, $1.00 from every purchase of this mascara will go toward City of Hope, a leading cancer organization that promotes research, treatment, and education. Made with nourishing, protein-rich argan oil, this mascara helps you look good — and
Get it from Sephora, $22 »
Gravity Max Earrings
Take recycling to a whole new level: These limited-edition earrings incorporate parts of reclaimed billboard vinyl along with pretty stitching and a sterling silver chain. Five dollars from each pair sold is donated to Conservation International, an environmental organization that promotes initiatives to protect the Earth’s biodiversity.
Get it from Re:modern, $75 »
If you like your brew served with a bit of style (or humor), try these hilarious tea bags, where fashion heavyweights such as Karl Lagerfeld and Naomi Campbell just, you know, hang out in your tea cup. Part of the proceeds are donated to Bethanien-Kinderdoerfer, a charity in Germany that provides help for disabled children.
Get them from Fred Flare, $16 »
Theraputic Milk for UNICEF
This might be the most you’ve shelled out for one of Threadless’ quirky tees, but this one comes with a bonus beyond hipster cred: Buying one of these shirts will donate 30 pounds of therapeutic milk powder to UNICEF, providing a life-saving formula used to treat severely malnourished children. If you’d like to give a different amount, Threadless has a whole slew of options for you, in price ranges from $18.57 (the equivalent of three insecticide-treated mosquito nets) to $300,000 (an entire charter flight to transport vital aid from the UNICEF supply warehouse in Denmark all the
way to Kenya.)
Get it from Threadless, $85.75 »
Cana Flecha Cuff Bracelet
This wide, stunning cuff is woven with sun-dried leaves from the cana flecha palm by artisans in Colombia — a pretty cool story when someone asks where you got that awesome bracelet. What’s even cooler? This product — along with many others in the online shop — supports Aid to Artisans, an organization that promotes local artisans around the world by bringing new customers (like you!) to their goods.
Get it from Aid to Artisans, $80 »
PROOF Bamboo Sunglasses
If you’ve been looking for that perfect pair of sunglasses to help you feel as cool as you look, PROOF lenses may be just right for you. These chic shades are made from sustainable, harvested woods, and the company donates 10% of all eyewear sales to support eye clinics in India.
Get it from PROOF, $110 »
Gigantic Endangered Animal Eraser
A little splash of color and style for your desk! These supersized erasers are bright and awesome — and as a bonus, a portion of sales are donated to the Center for Biological Diversity, meaning you’re not just helping the animal populations in your office, but the world over.
Get it from See Jane Work, $9.50 »
Bvlgari Save the Children Ring
Bvlgari is a brand synonymous with luxury — and now you can help others while you treat yourself, or a friend, to one of their pieces. Every purchase of this ring will give $75 to Save the Children, helping fund the organization’s initiatives.
Get it from Bulgari, $370 »
BucketFeet Bamboo Sneakers
This “bamboo” design will please pandas — and whoever you’re wrapping these sneaks up for! Proceeds from BucketFeet shoe purchases will go toward supporting one of their partner organizations, which include organizations that build safe soccer fields for communities and that help provide arts programs for homeless children.
Get it from BucketFeet, $60 »
Krochet Kids Hodge Podge Hat
Cute knit hats, t-shirts, totes and more abound on the Krochet Kids website — and each one helps continue the company’s mission of bringing sustainable jobs to Uganda. This winter we’re loving the Hodge Podge hat for a cozy, comfy beanie with an adorable pom-pom on top (it comes in
Get it from Krochet Kids, $32.95 »