17 Gifts that Give Back This Holiday Season

December 06, 2017

17 Gifts that Give Back This Holiday Season

Nowadays, there are so many amazing companies starting up with a mission to do good through their business. This makes it easy to gift with purpose, so you can feel good about your purchases this holiday season. We’ve compiled our favorite gifts from companies that consciously source their products and work hard to minimize their impact.

So here’s our list of gifts that give back - that your friends will actually want:

Hand in Hand Soap 
Why we love the company:  
Not only are they conscious of their ingredients (eliminating palm oil), but they also give one bar of soap and a month of clean water to a child in need for every product purchased. Their motto: “Sustainable, vegan & palm oil free essentials for a clean life + a clean conscience.” 

Gift to Give: 
Ultimate Skin Essentials Kit -  Pick from four different scents for a gift that will be all the products they need to achieve their best skin. Your conscience will feel as good as their skin as Hand in Hand we will donate not one, but three bars of soap + three months of clean water to a child in need. 

Better World Books
Why we love the company:
By the numbers, 24 million books donated, $26 million in funds raised for literacy & libraries and 289 million books reused or recycled since September 2016. Not only do they donate one book for each purchased, they also work closely with non-profit literacy partners to fund grants for projects and donate a portion of each purchase back to these partners. 

Gift to Give:
Better World Books Gift Card - Let them choose their next read while supporting literacy worldwide. 


Bombas Socks
Why we love the company:  
They started the company to make an impact after learning that socks are the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. For every pair purchased, one is donated.

Gift to Give:
Men’s Holiday Sock 4-Pair Gift Box -  These aren’t the socks your grandma used to get you every year. This limited edition set will keep their feet in comfort without sacrificing aesthetic.  


FEED
 
Why we love the company:
FEED is set on working to break the cycle of poverty through donating meals or micronutrient packets with every product purchased. Not only that, but they also work with artisans under fair-labor conditions and utilize environmentally friendly materials.   

Gift to Give:
Leather Rosa Clutch - This bag doesn’t just look good on your arm, it provides 50 school meals for children in need when purchased.


Global Goods Jewelry 
Why we love the company:
Since 2005, they have partnered with 60 artisan groups in more than 20 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas. Their work is focused on providing artisan women with the opportunity to join an international marketplace, lifting them out of poverty and bringing positive change to communities. 

Gift to Give:
Horn and Tassel Earrings from Sasa Designs  These earrings do more than make a statement, they provide aid to deaf artisans in Kenya with every purchase. 
ONEHOPE Wine 
Why we love the company:
They create award-winning wine, gourmet coffee and memorable gifts that don’t just inspire people to indulge, but also to do good. Thus far, they have donated more than $2 million that has had tangible impacts such as providing 2,600 clinical trials for cancer patients all while creating amazing quality wines. 

Gift to Give:
Red Wine Gift Box  -  This box is the perfect pairing of flavors. Including a choice of Red Wine, caramelized onion crisps, ancho chili pepper spread, balsamic mustard, salami, and Swiss cheese. Oh, and for every box sold funds ABA therapy for children with autism. 

Western Rise
Why we love the company:
After realizing a need for more versatile and quality clothing for the outdoors, they set out to find the perfect mix of function and style. Western Rise is committed to solely using the highest-quality materials from ethical manufacturers. They also believe in the importance of protecting and preserving our environment, donating their services and 1% of sales to Western Rivers Conservancy. 

Gift to Give:
Men's AT Slim Rivet Pant™ -  Built for an active life, this pant is a modern version of the patented 1873 technical pant made for the mines. These versatile pants are tough enough to handle the outdoors while looking great in the office as well. Looking for more? Check out their gift guide for everyone in your life.

Love Your Melon
Why we love the company:
Their inspiring mission "Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.”. Thus far they have donated over $2.8 million to their non-profit partners who work in pediatric oncology.

Gift to Give:
Black Speckled Beanie Keep their head warm with a product that gives back 50% of it’s profit to fighting against pediatric cancer. 

Cotopaxi
Why we love the company:
Stated simply, “We create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty alleviation, move people to do good, and inspire adventure.” Cotopaxi works with organizations to create a sustainable impact in local communities, donating 2% of revenue to alleviating poverty around the world. All products are made under fair and sustainable working conditions and guaranteed to last 61 years - the average lifespan of a person living in the developing world. 

Gift to Give:
Nazca  24L Travel Pack -  This bag will be their perfect travel companion for "quick overnight trips, weekend adventures, and work-related jet-setting.” 
Oh, and another one of our favorites - their “Do Good” tee. 


Ten Tree
Why we love the company:
It’s all in the name - ten trees planted for every product purchased. However, they go beyond just planting trees. They also make sure to use sustainable fabrics for every product and have a goal to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet.

Gift to Give:
Boulder Long Sleeve Tee Made of hemp, this tee is not only sustainable but also a protector against UV and odor. You’ll also get to see exactly where those ten trees from your purchase are planted to see your impact. 

United By Blue
Why we love the company:
Similar to ten tree, but instead of planting trees, they remove one pound of trash from the ocean for each product purchased. So far, they have removed 1,051,079 pounds of trash, that’s a heavy load. 

Gift to Give:
Ragg Wool Gloves with Leather Made in the USA, these no-itch wool gloves will keep their hands warm all winter as they trap heat but repel water. 

True Ethic 
Why we love the company:
For every TRUE ETHIC brand product sold, they donate 10% of the sale to Freedom firm, a nonprofit in India working to rescue and seek justice for victims of sex trafficking in India. They also partner with fair trade brands that empower the artisans. 
Gift to Give:
Fair Trade Sea Grass Basket, Set of 3 Stylish, functional, and consciously made. These baskets are handwoven by fair trade artisans in Vietnam. 
Everlane 
Why we love the company:
Everlane solely pairs with ethical factories around the world and sources the finest materials that are sure to last. They are also working to build an organic farm in Vietnam to fight against the pesticide use that is harming local workers. 

Gift to Give:
The Day Magazine Tote - This bag is timeless and functional for the perfect every day go to. 
 

Parks Project
Why we love the company:
They go beyond a donation and work directly with over 30 National Parks conservancies to fund and facilitate the most important projects in parks that are in need of immediate attention.

Gift to Give:
Zion National Park Candle -  This soy blend candle supports Zion Forever’s Education Program. Each product sold provides one Jr Ranger Badge for the program, helping them engage and educate youth. This support will help connect thousands of children with the park, ensuring the future of the parks we love.

 

 

Hiptipico
Why we love the company:
Hiptipico works to support local Guatemalan artisans and create a platform for their products to reach a global marketplace. They honor the local Mayan culture and empower communities. When you purchase a product from them, you know exactly where it came from, how they were made, and who made them. 

Gift to Give:
Lexi Tooled Leather Strap The perfect pair for their camera or bag. This item is crafted by Maya artisans in small home workshops. They’ll love the quality craftsmanship and you can feel good knowing your purchase provides a dignified job opportunity to indigenous artisans in rural Guatemala, aiding in their quest to escape poverty.
The Citizenry
Why we love the company:
Their model for sourcing global goods makes sure that each purchase made directly supports the advancement of artisan entrepreneurs from around the world. Their unique items are available in limited quantities as they are handcrafted and they work with the artisans to achieve the perfect combo of smart design, high quality and international style. 

Gift to Give:
Puebla Marble Coasters The perfect gift for the ultimate hostess. These beautiful coasters are handcrafted in Mexico by Herrera Marble Workshop. From start to finish, they are constructed in a fair trade environment.  
Sackcloth and Ashes 
Why we love the company:
They have a one-for-one story that hit home for founder, Bob Dalton. After his hardworking single mother found herself living on the streets in 2013, he was inspired to help the homeless population. Calling his local homeless shelters, he found the one thing they all asked for was blankets. Which is why for every blanket you purchase, they give a blanket to your local homeless shelter.

Gift to Give:
Darling Grey Blanket This cozy blanket made in the US of 100% cotton is the perfect finishing touch to any room. 

 

 

And last but not least...
Axe & Hammer
When we set out to create a business our footprint and our impact were on the forefront of our minds. Knowing that businesses are the largest causes of emissions, we wanted to build Axe & Hammer in a way that mitigates the general impact of consumerism, not just our business's. 

Which is why we use green certified manufacturing and contribute 5 percent of our profits to the Environmental Defense Fund. Because we are committed to protecting the beautiful places that inspire all of our photography. Also, for the month of December, we are increasing our contribution to the Environmental Defense Fund to 10 percent. 

Here's one we love from Chase Burnett. Check out all of our prints to find the perfect gift for the people on your list this year. 

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