Gifts That Give Back 2015

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This year Liz and I tried to buy gifts that had meaning behind them. Not that every gift doesn’t have meaning; we more so wanted to find gifts from companies that gave back in some way. I would have posted this before Christmas, but I didn’t want to give any gifts we got for others away! Hopefully you can use the list throughout this upcoming year!

Cuddle + Kind Dolls

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From their website: “cuddle+kind is a social endeavour created by Jennifer and Derek Woodgate from Milton, Ontario. As parents of three young children, they believe every child should have enough food to eat and an opportunity to thrive.” I came across these dolls on Instagram. They are so beautiful. With each doll purchased, they donate 10 meals to children in need through World Food Program USA and Children’s Hunger Fund. Because they are a brand new, small company, you do need to be patient with the production time, but if you can wait they are well worth it!

Cotopaxi 

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I read about Cotopaxi through another site (Rey Swimwear). They “create innovative outdoor products and experiences that fund sustainable poverty relief.” I love how they tell you their giving report and exactly who they fund right on their site. Even if you’re not the super outdoorsy type, they have cute backpacks and other items for everyday use!

Grounds & Hounds Coffee

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My husband is a coffee snob so of course I wanted to get him good coffee for Christmas. We love our pups so this was the perfect company! They donate 20% of all proceeds received to a rescue partner located closest to you! Their green coffee is 100% Fair Trade and Organic certified, and they carefully source their beans from the best growing regions in the world. They also offer a military discount for all you military peeps!

Chavez for Charity

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Liz came across this company at a local gift shop! They make beautiful jewelry and each color represents a different charity. I like that you can choose the color and what charity you want to donate to. For every item sold they donate a portion of the profits to that specific charity. We bought bracelets and I found a necklace as well.

CauseBox by Sevenly

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“Each quarter you receive $150+ worth of socially conscious products from companies with hearts to change the world. The CauseBox has been able to donate 8,200+ meals and provide hundreds of JoyJars full of hope (and toys) to children with cancer. The products inside The CauseBox help provide jobs, meals, education, clean water, and more to countless women, men, and children around the world.” They originally only had boxes for women, but just came out with a men’s CauseBox! You can either buy one box or a year’s subscription. I loved the first box I received and reading about each company featured in the box!

Sevenly

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Sevenly “highlights a new cause or charity partner, passionately promotes them for seven days, and creates unique Cause Art apparel to raise funding for them. For that week, every Cause of the Week item donates $7 or 7% to that partner. All other Sevenly goods donate 7% to the featured cause or our past charity partners.”

Faithbox

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Liz purchased this for me for my Christmas gift and I love it! Faithbox is “a monthly Christian box of inspirational quotes and scripture, actions to enrich your life, and amazing products from companies that do good.” For each box they ship, they provide 3 meals to hungry kids! Monthly boxes are seriously so much fun to receive so why not get one that does good!

The Giving Keys

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The Giving Keys have a really cool concept. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. You purchase a key with a word engraved on it that embraces you. You can choose from stock words or have a custom key made. You wear your key until you feel you need to Pay It Forward and give it to someone who needs the message more than you. The company employs those transitioning out of homelessness. They are also partnered with Chrysalis a nonprofit organization “changing lives through jobs” and Downtown Women’s Center in LA. I love how you can pass the keys on to someone else!

Begin Again Toys

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Begin Again creates fun interactive toys that use sustainable wood and 100% recycled plastics and everything is made in the USA! “Begin Again gives 1% back to the community. Recipients include Santa Cops of Larimer County, Operation Christmas Child and more. Also, a part of the sale of every Balance Boat Endangered Animals Game goes to a charity benefitting animals.”

Duke Cannon

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My husband LOVES this soap. If you don’t have a little sense of humor then maybe it’s not for you! Just read their company description and you’ll know. They create men’s soap and other toiletry items here in the USA. Their soap “is full military grade and modeled after the rough cut, “brick” style soap used by GIs during the Korean war and is manufactured in the same American plant that was the primary supplier of military soap for over 20 years.” They donate a portion of their proceeds directly to support veteran causes. Currently they are working with Honor Flight Network. “Duke Cannon isn’t for everyone. And quite frankly, he prefers it that way.”

 

If you’re interested in more, my wonderful friend Carla Dawn has a great list on her website of other amazing companies as well!

She also told me about a blog called The Good Trade that offers great advice on anything from cruelty free cosmetic lines to ethically conscious clothing.

Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year’s!

Love, Angie


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