It’s time you start thinking about holiday shopping, and it’s time that I team up with Mia from Pragmatic Mom to bring you 5 weeks of holiday shopping gift guides. This is the first of the guides, focusing on gifts that give back.
During the holidays, the pressure is on to find the very best, most unique, beautifully designed gifts that are perfectly suited for their recipients. The stress is almost unbearable, but I still try every year to achieve Christmas perfection, which is why I need a month in bed with a stiff drink or 10 come January.
The recent trend for companies to give back when you buy something from them is brilliant- not only as a marketing strategy, but also because it’s just a great thing to do, and it feels good to know that you are helping someone else in a small way.
I started doing my research for this post, wondering if it would be hard to find new businesses/products that give back, that I hadn’t covered last year, and lo and behold and hot damn, I found some good ones.
1. Capiz Serving Bowl – Hand crafted capiz shell salad/serving bowl from 7 Hopes United, who source fair trade and eco-friendly gifts from around the world.
2. Loose tea brewer from Mighty Leaf Tea, supporting Common Threads, a nonprofit organization that “educates children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being and fosters an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking.”
3. Otomi Pillow from Far and Wide Collective – helping to keep women-run cooperatives in Mexico running.
4. WINE! GLITTER WINE! Read this description from the One Hope site:
“Comforting aromas of fresh baked apple and pear pie with ground nutmeg, crushed cloves, and Madagascar vanilla bean. Warm butterscotch, vanilla and toffee flavors add volume and length to the mid palate. A cleansing finish echoes with a touch of green apple.
Every two bottles fund a clinical trial for one woman with breast cancer.”
5. The Lush Charity Pot – 100% of earnings are donated to small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
6. Cotton Scarf from Global Goods Partners – supporting artisans through sales and technical support grants to help low income communities.
7. Pink and yellow woven basket: a Far & Wide Collective product that supports women artisans in Kenya.
8. Tassel earrings from Global Goods Partners -provide product sales and technical support grants to low income communities.
9. Dog Shopper Tote from Hendrick & Co, who donates to animals in need at more than 400 animal shelters.
This is so fun to team up with Mia again and see how each of us interprets the gift guide topic. We’ll be coming at you each week for 5 weeks with different guides, so prepare to be amazed and delighted. Here’s Mia’s post on Gifts that give back.
Here’s the schedule in case you want to mark it on your calendar and set alarms and notifications to remember to not miss a thing!