The 7th annual Gifts that Give Back holiday gift guide is here!
This is my absolute favorite post of the year (even if it is also the most time consuming). I absolutely adore curating ideas of gifts that give back for the holiday gift guide each year. Browsing for unique gifts is so much fun. Though isn’t even more special to put your dollars towards a gift that gives twice?
I hope you enjoy the items this year as much as I’ve enjoyed curating them. So without further ado, here’s the Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide for 2017!
The Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide
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Jewelry & Accessories
This gorgeous black circular cross body bag with top zipper closure is perfect for a night out. It has a zipper pocket, a smartphone pocket, and logo-embossed Dwell tag. All Matt & Nat products are 100% vegan, sustainable and eco-friendly. Plus, 100% of the purchase price goes to either the American Red Cross or the Houston SPCA. (You get to choose which charity!) Get 25% OFF selected styles at Matt & Nat during their Black Friday Sale! (Valid 11/24 at 12:01am EST to 11/26 at 11:59pm EST)
ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, and the brand has made our holiday gift guide on a few occasions. The varying sizes and shapes in these brass earrings create beautiful movement and symmetry. This is the ideal pair of go-to, staple earrings! The post is made from 14k gold fill.
GlobeIn is dedicated to supporting artisans from around the world and in developing countries. This bold, floral Devika cuff has a bright patina finish for a look that is modern yet also reminds one of an ancient Indian garden. The cuff and matching earrings were made by the young daughter of an artisan, who became an artisan herself because of dissatisfaction with the exploitative treatment of her community by local tradesmen.
Price: Cuff $18 / Earrings $15
1Face unisex watches have a sleek design with a strong social cause—each color supports a different important charity. Their minimalist design and bold colored bands make them a statement (time) piece. The time is displayed in spirited, old school digital type, behind a reflective face of tempered glass. The mirrored effect is there to remind you that you’re making a difference in the world. Choose the color that reflects the cause most important to you – black (cancer), orange (animals), pink (breast cancer), yellow (education), white (hunger), yellow/white (water), or red (Aids).
This funky rolltop backpack with an urban edge has a zip closure and heavy weight magnetic snap for extra security. The main compartment has a padded laptop sleeve and there’s an easy back entrance for laptop access. The straps are adjustable. And for every STATE bag purchased, a fully stocked backpack is given to a child in need. To find an amazing selection of STATE bags and accessories, click here!
This is STATE’s signature backpack for the kids, or the kid at heart. It has a main storage compartment, a zippered front pocket, Velcro side pockets, a logo patch, and a locker loop. It comes in pink/silver, silver, gold, and silver/gold. STATE was created to address the immediate needs of American children living with challenging circumstances. For every bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack filled packed with essential tools for success to an American child in need. See their entire line of products here.
These Caliber Collection cufflinks are made with the serial numbers from illegal guns and the metal from bullet casings taken off the streets by the Newark, Hartford, Detroit or San Francisco Bay Police Departments. 20% of the net proceeds are donated back to the designated city engraved on your cuff to fund future efforts to reduce illegal gun violence.
Price: Brass Cufflinks on Sale for $227.50 (from $325) / Steel Cufflinks $189
Catrinka is an ethical fashion accessory brand dedicated to empowering women and girls around the world, by investing in education, entrepreneurship and inspiring the next generation. Catrinka products are made by women, and carry the names of the women who made them. Handwoven in black, white and gold, this sophisticated clutch will add shine to your holiday events. It has a top zip, open pocket and hidden magnetic closure to keep the clutch closed when folded.
Woodland-inspired with a refined touch, these earrings radiate natural style and elegance. These drop earrings feature delicate pieces of cedar tree branches cast in brass with 14K gold-filled ear post. In the post sits a shimmering white topaz stone. Each piece is cast from a natural finding crafted by hand in the USA. The artisan donates a portion of her jewelry sales to American Forests.
Clothing & Shoes
Artisans from around the world don’t have the means to sell their work on the international market. NOVICA gives them a free platform to reach customers on a global scale. This silk jacket has heavily embroidered fields of flowers. The front, sleeves, and lower back are covered with sumptuous embroidery in a chain-stitch style. This purchase supports the National Geographic Society’s mission of research, education, conservation, and exploration.
There has been a lot of talk about elephants in the past few weeks. Well, a portion of each sale from The Elephant Pants is donated to Tusk. This black-and-white Hattie elephant print open front cardigan has three quarter length kimono sleeves. Since The Elephant Pants opened it’s doors in 2014, it has sold more than 400,000 pairs of pants and donated more than $127,000 to organizations that are looking to make the world a safer place for elephants.
Also from The Elephant Pants are quite possibly the most comfortable pants you’ve ever worn! Not only will these Nellie Burgundy printed harem pants turn heads, but a portion of every sale is donated to prevent elephant poaching. Get comfy and help save the elephants at the same time. With an elastic waist and pockets, they’re perfect for lounging, yoga, school, and adventures!
This ivory glittery low-top sneaker comes with two sets of laces: a satin lace and a ribbon. It even has a funk-fighting cotton twill sock liner. It is available only at TOMS.com and TOMS stores With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need!
Price: On sale for $74.99
This handsome pair of speckled tweed brogues have an upper deco-stitch detail cushioned with a dual-density foot bed cotton twill antimicrobial sock liner, and a rubber outsole for traction. And with every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need. Get free shipping on all orders $64 or more at TOMS.com through Dec 31, 2017.
This limited edition slipper in a grey reindeer printed felt upper has a faux shearling foot bed and lining, and a rubber outsole for traction. It ships in a gift box and is available only at TOMS.com and TOMS stores. TOMS offers 10% off for students and teachers too!
Alex & Ani spreads positivity through collaboration, determination and inspiration. Through their Charity by Design Line, they’ve donated $45 million to non-profits across the globe. This year we are loving the #IAMSTRAIGHTFORWARD pull cord bracelet. Not only does it display a message of confidence and positivity, but ALEX AND ANI will donate 100% net proceeds from this item to the StraightForward Scoliosis Foundation.
Cosmetics & Skincare
For every Thrive Causemetics product purchased, one is donated to help a woman thrive. They deliver products and services to women going through cancer treatment to hospitals and events around the world. There are several holiday gift guide options from Thrive Causemetics, but some of our favorites include the Holly Jolly Headliner Trio (your choice of three lipstick shades) and the Let It Glow Palette (including an eye shadow palette, bronzing powder, and lip gloss of your choice). All of their items are vegan, 100% cruelty-free formulas containing proven ingredients without the use of parabens, sulfates or toxins.
Giving Beauty aims to deliver the highest quality skincare while providing economic independence to the women who work to provide their raw materials. A percentage of revenue is given to programs that support these women and their families. Giving Beauty products and packaging are ethically and sustainably sourced natural and made from organic ingredients. They were recipients of the Beauty Shortlist Awards for both natural/organic beauty brand and best Argan brand in 2017.
The Glow Box Limited Edition Set contains full size bottles of Kahina FEZ body serum, Kahina rosemary lavender Argan soap and Kahina Argan oil. And the Travel Basics Set is a fully-balanced organic regimen for healthy skin. It contains the Kahina Basics in travel-sized bottles, including Argan oil, facial cleanser and facial lotion.
Glow Box Price: $75
Travel Basics Price: $85
For the Athlete
These super fun Stand Up To Cancer Terez performance leggings will make you want to get your sweat on and make a statement. These leggings feature an inspirational mantra helping to support everyone who has been touched by cancer. Save up to 60% this Black Friday Week at the official Stand Up To Cancer Shop! (Ends 11/25/2017.)
Paying homage to the victims of 9/11, 100% of all proceeds from these Freedom Edition UA Deception low men’s baseball cleats from Under Armour will go to the NYPD & FDNY. They feature a large “NYPD” graphic on one cleat and an “FDNY” graphic on the other. ClutchFit® technology wraps the ankle with a lightweight “second skin” that activates under pressure with superior fit and feel. Please note that some sizes are unavailable.
Price: $71.99 (Reduced from $119.99)
For the Home
b.a.r.e. soaps is an all natural, socially conscious company where none of the staff take a salary from the venture because all proceeds are reinvested into social causes. The company’s aim is to provide an all-natural product for those at home while creating a sustainable sanitation program for children in India and Uganda. b.a.r.e. soaps was built on the idea that something so simple as a bar of soap can effectively help prevent the spread of disease while improving health and hygiene. The funds supports an initiative in India where they take soap from hotels to be rebatched and distributed, and one that provides children with essentials in Uganda. Their essential duo kit is on sale for for $15 and comes in a beautiful package that is ready to be gifted. I can tell you firsthand that it smells FANTSTIC! Get 10% off at https://www.bare-soaps.com when you sign up for their email list.
Price: $19.99 (other item prices vary)
If there is someone on your list who loves Chicago, this holiday gift guide item is for you. Chicago Monumental is gorgeous full-color photographic tribute to over 250 of the monuments, fountains, memorials, and statues in Chicago by photographer and author Larry Broutman. Readers can view a special selection of large images converted to 3D. Even better is that all author proceeds from the book are being donated to The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Disabled, and Access Living, Chicago-based nonprofit service agencies.
Things Remembered will donate $2 of the purchase price of every Make-A-Wish item on their site to Make-A-Wish, with a guaranteed minimum contribution of $150,000. Engrave a name, monogram or special holiday message on the front plate of this festive gift! The Snow Couple snow globe is a cute and meaningful addition to holiday décor, while the Snowflake snow globe will bring Christmas cheer when it plays The Nutcracker.
Price: $39.99 each
GlobeIn’s Artisan Box is a monthly subscription featuring exclusive, handcrafted products by artisans around the world. Each box is curated around a monthly theme to bring you products that make you feel well traveled and connected with distant cultures. Help reduce poverty by giving these artisans and their communities a global audience. From Mexican woven baskets to Ghanaian coasters, each handcrafted good is remarkably distinct. Get $10 off any subscription by clicking here now and entering promo code WELCOME at checkout. Get a free handblown glassware set (a pitcher and two glasses) with a purchase of a 3-month or longer Premium Artisan Box subscription. Valid: 11/23/17-11/26/17 or while supplies last. New subscriptions only.
Price: Varies by Box
When we saw this, we knew it was going to be an absolute must on this year’s holiday gift guide. From Peduli Bali, this drinking set is filled with good karma for contributing to the preservation of the environment. This carafe and drinking glass set was made with upcycled sparkling water bottles that would otherwise pollute Bali. The carafe is engraved with the word “Karma, while the glasses are engraved with the words “Cause” and “Effect.” Get your karma on at Novica.com.
Mangosteen trees are often chopped down and discarded after they no longer produce fruit, but artisans in Southeast Asia see potential in them for a second life. Salvaged branches are cleaned, sanded and finished to create a unique and eco-friendly organization solution. Your gift recipient can keep mugs stylishly stored and always within reach with this Yosemite mug rack.
VivaTerra merchants travel far and wide to bring you products that are not only charming and unique, but are also representative of their commitment to socially and environmentally conscious practices and materials. Get 10% off your first order when you sign up for their email list.
Your gift recipient can carry his or her essentials in this upcycled British fire hose that’s been scrubbed clean and re-imagined by master leather workers. Strong and durable, these retro-cool dopp kits sold at AHAlife are water resistant and feature military-grade parachute silk lining. Half of all proceeds from this item are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity. AHAlife offers free shipping on all U.S. orders.
Tracing the creative journey of renowned photographer Russell James, this stunning pictorial book shows the progression of collaborations with indigenous and marginalized cultures around the world. Some of the world’s most beautiful and interesting people agreed to be photographed for the book, including Heidi Klum, Sir Richard Branson and Hugh Jackman. Part of the proceeds will be reinvested into indigenous and marginalized communities via the Nomad Two Worlds Foundation. ABCHome.com supports continuous improvement in minimizing our collective environmental footprint and maximizing social justice.
For the Creative
The last item on this year’s holiday gift guide list is one that can go to the charity or recipient of your choice. With the Tattoo Lounge for Charity set, helping out good causes is more colorful than ever. Just choose your favorite charity, and start raising money by giving people temporary tattoos. The set includes everything you need to set up an impromptu tattoo lounge, including over 125 tattoos, plus lots of accessories and decorations. There’s even a change box to keep your donations safe until you give them to charity.
There you have it, friends! The 2017 Gifts that Give Back holiday gift guide from EatSleepBe. Which one of the items in this year’s holiday gift guide is on your list?
Happy holidays from EatSleepBe!
* Product images for the holiday gift guide (except for the fruit cake) are courtesy of the brands mentioned and their corresponding websites. As mentioned, there are affiliate links in this post.
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