Well it’s that time of the year again and I’m sure many of you are already stressing about your Christmas shopping! To continue a tradition that we started last year, Liz and I are excited to share companies with you that offer awesome gift ideas and also do good at the same time!
If you didnt catch my post from last year, check it out here! I still love all of the companies I wrote about then, and they would make great gifts for Christmas this year as well!
So without further ado, here we go…
Krochet Kids: Women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories made by women in poverty stricken regions of the world. The company’s program empower women with resources to rise above poverty. Each piece is signed by the person who made it! I have a beanie that I love and am going to order a shirt!
Young Living: I love my Young Living essential oils. They have a steadfast commitment to essential oil purity and have a groundbreaking “Seed to Seal” process to preserve the integrity of their oils. So far my favorite oil is Lavender and I use it at night and even in my daughter’s room sometimes! Check them out!
Super SOFT clothing (my favorite) that promotes shopping locally and awareness about where our food and clothing come from. Locally Grown apparel and accessories are designed, printed, and manufactured in the United States. I grabbed a couple of shirts from a store in Texas the other month…sooooo soft!
FashionABLE: Jewelry, leather goods, scarves, and other home accessories made by women in impoverished communities. The company believes that “social businesses whose aim to alleviate poverty should use their business skills to create job opportunities for the poor, not give them more charity. [They] “give” to those living in poverty by purchasing goods from them, and helping those businesses grow and employ more.” What a wonderful business structure to help communities thrive! I have a scarf that’s perfect for fall!
I love Sseko! I have two pairs of shoes from them and think they are awesome. They sell shoes, leather goods and jewelry based in Uganda. “Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.” My friend Jenn is a Sseko fellow and you can order through her personal page or contact her through Facebook with any questions!
Bears for Humanity: I cam across these cute plush toys while in Texas a few weeks ago. They sell 100% certified Organic stuffed toys made in the USA. With every toy purchased they donate one to a child in need through they’re partnership with reputable organizations.
Better Life Bags: I’ve been following this company for a few months and am going to ask for a bag this Christmas! They sell bags and purses that you can personally design yourself. Their mission is to hire women in the Detroit, Michigan area (close to my hometown) who have various barriers keeping them from employment, to make their custom leather and fabric bags.
Bridgewater Candles: Awesome smelling, clean burning, natural soy-wax blend candles made in Spartanburg, SC. They have a line of candles called “Light a Candle-Feed a Child” and for every one of these candles purchased, they feed children in need through an organization called Rice Bowls. I received a candle last year in my Causebox and loved it!
Damn Handsome Grooming Co.: I came across this company on Instagram and it is right up my husband’s alley–Beer and Soap! They use recycled goods from craft brewers and all natural plant ingredients to make awesome goods for guys. Their products are made in Kalamazoo, MI and their motto is: “Work Hard. Do Good. Stay Handsome. For every Damn Handsome purchase we donate soap to those in need.” Definitely going to order some of these products for the men in my life!
BRANDED Collective: Beautiful jewelry made by survivors of human trafficking from a Nashville-based non-profit called, End Slavery Tennessee. BRANDED is an economic empowerment jobs program where the women collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection. Many victims of human trafficking are physically BRANDED by their captors. Each piece of jewelry from the BRANDED Collective contains a unique number that represents one of the millions trapped in human trafficking. I have a dainty bracelet that goes with every outfit.
Pebble Child: Adorable handmade, natural fair-trade children’s toys made by women of Hathay Bunano PS, a non-profit organization. Your purchase helps a family by offering employees sustainable, regular and flexible employment and a chance to give their own children a better life. I snagged a little bear for my daughter when we took a family trip this summer!
Steamm Espresso: 100% natural and organic espresso delivered to your door. But the most awesome part is their Shot For Shot program, where every shot of espresso purchased helps provide a polio immunization to a child in need through Shot At Life! I received a little bottle in my summer Causebox!
Esperos Bags: Men’s & Women’s bags and travel gear. Each product sold helps fund one year of education for a child in need. You can read about it here! I have a small tote that came in my summer Causebox and it has really come in handy!
If you want even more ideas, listen to one of our favorite podcasts—Jamie Ivey’s Holiday Gift Guide Podcast, Episode #115! She has 13 other awesome companies that she talks about and recommends for gifts this holiday season!