The holidays are a time of giving. And while a new iPhone will go over just fine, giving a socially conscious gift can make a present extra special. There are so many organizations out there that offer beautiful items, but also give back to people in need. What you buy has the power to change the world, so why not try it out this holiday season? See what kind of impact you can make just by checking off a few presents on your Christmas list.
1. Kiehl’s Men’s “Must-Have’s” Collection
Kiehl’s special skincare product kit will not only help your man stay fresh, but will benefit the non-profit organization Feeding America. When ordering from this limited edition collection, 100 percent of Kiehl’s net profits will go towards providing 1 million meals to families in need this holiday season. This “Must Have’s” kit comes equipped with all the essentials a man may not think to buy for himself.
Available now for $39
2. Hand-Carved Marble Chess Set
UNICEF has partnered with NOVICA to bring economically disadvantaged artisans from Asia, Africa, and Latin America to international consumers. UNICEF Market offers a variety of products ranging from jewelry to clothing to paintings and more. Our personal favorite is this beautifully crafted chess set by a woman Odette Sierra. Part of the proceeds for this product will go to both Odette and UNICEF.
Available now for $69.99
3. Feed 5 Bracelet
Popular among the teenage crowd, this bracelet makes it easy to look good while doing good. Each Feed 5 bracelet provides five school meals for children around the world. FEED sells a variety of products including bags, tees, and accessories, all with the purpose of ending world hunger.
Available now for $18
4. Cup of Karma Gift Box
For your caffeine-addicted friends, you can’t go wrong with a hot cup of good karma! Found at the lifestyle brand, ONEHOPE, each gift box purchase will help fund a microloan, which aims to end the cycle of poverty. To date, ONEHOPE has donated $1.5 million from sales to over 12 different causes.
Available now for $49
5. “The Note” Cross-Body Bag
Stone & Cloth sells tote bags and backpacks for the purpose of providing education for impoverished children. A portion of the proceeds from each sale are given to the Knock Foundation, which gives 25 hours of classroom learning scholarships to students to invest in education throughout the world. Not only is this bag trendy, but you will be carrying the weight of someone’s education on your shoulders.
Available now for $120
6. New-Mitt-Smelling Candle
ManCans are made inside of real soup cans, and each candle purchased provides a meal to someone in need. With tons of “manly” scents like campfire, bacon, sawdust, and Memphis style BBQ, these candles would make a great gag gift for your hubby.
Available now for $9.50
7. Children’s Book
Buying an Out of Print book for your little ones can provide another for a child in need. Through a partnership with Books for Africa, Out of Print donates one book for every product sold. Some of our favorites include: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, and The Little Prince.
Available now for $21.99
8. Swahili Salad Servers
More unique than kitchenware from William Sonoma, these olive wood salad servers can be found at Shopping for a Change (SFAC) — a global marketplace for fair trade products by artisans, predominantly women, from over 30 different developing countries. The artisans are paid upfront for their work, and then once the product is sold, half of the proceeds fund Community Improvement Projects, while the other half goes to the U.S.-based nonprofit organizations of your choosing.
Available now for $27
9. Beehive Ikat Pillow
The Uzbek term for “ikat” literally means “tying a cloud,” and is one of the oldest and most elaborate forms of textile design. Made by artisan Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov through a 70-step process, this pillow will certainly be an original and comfy gift. This product is part of the Far & Wide Collective, an organization that brings talented artisans from post-conflict and emerging countries to an international market.
Available now for $35
10. “Sticks & Stones” Socks
A great stocking stuffer, these intentionally mismatched socks are part of a statement to end preventable blindness. SWAP Socks, along with the Seva Foundation, work to provide surgical eye camps in both Cambodia and Nepal. At these SWAP-sponsored eye care camps, over 1,400 patients are screened and more than 300 receive sight-saving surgeries.
Available now for $32 (2 pairs)
11. Dusty Blue Makeup Bag
From a family in Burundi, Africa to you, this makeup bag is just the right size for your makeup-carrying needs. We suggest swapping your female friend’s Victoria’s Secret bag with this original one made from African cotton with a plastic lining. All Across Africa (AAA) creates market-driven employment opportunities to improve and empower lives of rural and disadvantaged people across Africa.
12. “Little Friends” Stuffed Animals
Dsenyo is a social enterprise that works with over 100 women in three different countries to help sell their products and create social and economic change. These dolls were hand-stitched by women in Malawi, Africa. With these “little friends,” you can be sure that the kid in your life will be receiving a gift that was made with care.
Available now for $24
13. Ton Fai Free Weave Scarf
Marquet is dedicated to importing handmade accessories, gifts, and decor from Thailand and Vietnam. This scarf not only has two tones of color, but they serve a duel purpose: keeping your loved one cozy and empowering entrepreneurs in developing countries.
Available now for $21.99
14. The Sahel Camera Strap
Found on the camera accessories site, ONA, this particular purchase will not only keep someone’s camera safe, but will give water to developing countries. ONA has partnered with the nonprofit, charity: water to create a leather camera strap with an inspiring message: “Take beautiful photos, explore your world, and tell the stories that need to be told.”
Available now for $109