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Gifts You’ll Feel Great Giving

Gifts You’ll Feel Great Giving
Written By
Stephanie Lysaght
Photographs By
Nicki Sebastian
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They’re fun to give, they’re fun to get – when it comes to holiday presents, seriously, what’s not to love? But like many of you this season, we also want to make sure we’re buying presents from consciously-run companies. So we rounded up our favorite gifts that also give back. Some donate proceeds directly to good causes, some support artisans around the world, some are eco-friendly or vegan – and all are awesome. Happy holidays! 

For Future Generations

This beautiful and creative coloring book is fun for kids, and it helps a great cause too. All proceeds from the sale of “Coloring Without Borders,“ go to Families Belong Together, an organization committed to ending family separation in the United States. The book features partly-drawn illustrations, contributed by over 80 artists all over the world, that the reader gets to finish. It’s an inventive and special gift for the little one in your life. Coloring Without Borders

For the Sleepyhead

This season, give the gift of safe sleep; for every Venice Set purchased, Parachute will donate $10 to protect four people from malaria through Nothing But Nets, a campaign by the United Nations. Each insecticide-treated bed net can reduce the rate of malaria by 90%. If your giftee already has a Venice Set, you can still donate a bed net with your Parachute purchase for just $10 on our site. To date, we are immensely proud to have donated over 33,000 bed nets to people around the world. Venice Set

For the World Traveler

When you want to use your purchase power for good, it can sometimes be hard to tell which companies really give back. That’s why The Little Market is a great place to start. The Little Market is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, so shoppers can be confident that their money will actually go to the right place. The beautifully-curated, fair trade goods on the site are made by artisans around the world. We love the eye-catching serving tray, handwoven in Rwanda, that doubles as wall art. Black Round Woven Serving Tray

For the Apple of Your Eye

As a business, Warby Parker is probably best known for its try-at-home model – but it’s also committed to doing good in the world. With the Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, Warby Parker helps provide eye care to people in need, with free eye exams and deeply discounted glasses. And their frames are chic, too. We love the Celeste, a cat eye with a modern twist, and the Raider, a classic aviator. Sunglasses

For the Beauty Obsessed

The average woman uses 515 chemicals in her regimen daily, and Love Goodly is one of many mindful new companies working to change that, for the health of women and of the planet. For the healthy product lover in your life, Love Goodly’s cruelty-free beauty boxes are the tea. Each box comes with four vegan, non-toxic wellness items; think makeup, skincare, jewelry etc. A box might include organic cuticle oil, a fruit enzyme scrub, a raw dark chocolate bar and coconut oil lipstick. Love Goodly Subscription Box

For the Do-Gooder

When physical gifts no longer cut it – we all have too much stuff as it is – call on the touching and impactful sentiments of Rescue Gifts. Born out of the IRC, a well-established aid group, Rescue Gifts are often featured in the New York Times’ annual meaningful gift list. For $63, you can provide three babies in Zimbabwe with needed staples like soap, diapers and clothing. For $84, you can give essential blankets to 15 refugees. Your gift recipient will get a printed Rescue Gifts card explaining how your gift, and theirs, will change the life of someone in need. Rescue Gifts

For the Tree Hugger

When it comes to conscious consumerism, Toms pioneered the simple concept of One for One. For every pair of shoes purchased, the company donated a pair of shoes to someone in need. While their model has changed, Toms still puts activism at the forefront of the business, with contributions to ending gun violence, providing clean water and more. And they’ve moved beyond their classic canvas slip-on; we love the more polished Olive Green Distressed Mens Bota for those Southern California “winters.” Mens Bota Shoes

For the Homebody

Globe In is a subscription service that delivers monthly boxes of handmade, ethically-sourced items from all over the globe. Each monthly box has a theme, like Cozy, Savour or Bathe, and comes with a variety of items like fair-trade scarves from Thailand, hand-painted mugs from Tunisia and hand-woven baskets from Oaxaca. As a subscription service, it’s a mindful gift that keeps on giving. Find more information about the company’s global impact and local artisans in their social impact report. Artisan Box