Shop #GivingTuesday With These 24 Gifts for Good
Alright, shopping fiends. You’ve had your adrenaline-packed Black Friday and your shop-from-home Cyber/Makers Monday and now it’s time to finish out your Christmas list with gifts that give back. In honor of #GivingTuesday, the holidays and a whole slew of socially-minded companies, we’ve found gifts for everyone on your list that not only bring joy to your giftee, but also to someone in need. Shop for good and give these great organizations your love, not just today but year-round.
1. Far & Wide Collective: Female artisans around the world are able to make a living weaving these gorgeous, traditional baskets. The company gives people market assistance so they’re able to get a wider audience for their goods.
Emerald Basket With Peach Stripes ($59): This sisal basket comes in an array of colors made from natural dye. It’s made in Kenya by women who have spent their whole lives weaving them up.
2. LUSH: This company makes tons of great face and body products without preservatives using only vegetarian ingredients and does not test on animals. They fight against animal testing in other ways too, namely through information and encouragement.
Festive Cheer Bath Kit ($17): For less than 20 buckaroos, you can get Hot Toddy shower gel that’s made with ginger and cinnamon and Yog Nog soap that smells good enough to eat… but don’t. It’s soap. If you’re getting this as a gift, you’re going to need to get one for yourself to.
3. Harry’s: From the people who brought your Warby Parker comes an equally stylish company for men’s shaving needs. 1% of all sales and time at the company goes to organizations that prep people for professional success.
Winter Winston Set ($30): Complete with razor, shave gel and back-up blades, this kit is perfect for every man in your life.
4. Sevenly: Every week, Sevenly chooses a new cause to donate to and $7 of whatever item you purchase goes to that cause. They even show a chart of how much they’ve raised each day right on their home page. This week, the cause is Mercy Ships, which provides surgery to children in the Congo.
It’s Weird Flowy Long Sleeve Tee ($36): This shirt totally speaks to us and it’s saying, “Buy me.” In fact, we’re thinking we may wear this around as our new mantra.
5. Noonday Collection: This company sells handcrafted pieces made by women in Uganda, Ecuador, Guatemala, Rwanda and other countries around the world. By providing work, good wages and scholarships, Noonday is bringing people out of poverty through entrepreneurship.
6. Sseko Designs: By funding Ugandan women’s education and providing employment, they’re helping families emerge from poverty. They partner with artisan groups in East Africa to create all the beautiful goods you see on their site, including footwear, accessories and leather bags.
7. Better Life Bags: This organization is helping women right here in the US, providing employment to women in Detroit who are having trouble finding work, along with 20% of the population there.
Design-Your-Own Laptop Sleeve ($75): You’ve been meaning to invest in a proper laptop bag — now’s the time! Better Life offers the option to customize your bag with different fabrics.
8. Tukula: All of the stunning items sold on this site are made by young seamstresses in Uganda who are in need of work. Not only do they get fair wages from Tukula, they receive medical care and paid internships.
9. Barnabas: 10% of all sales made on Barnabas go to The Living Room International, a Kenya-based organization that provides care to people living with HIV/AIDS through a large, comfortable inpatient facility.
Nguvu Bangle ($51): Talk about the perfect bangle for any jewelry lover (soo… anyone on your list). If you’re shopping for someone a little more #justwokeuplikethis, they have a pretty sweet selection of scarves and beanies too.
10. PopNod: This fashion site teams up with style and beauty brands you already know and love to donate a portion of every purchase to a charity of your choice.
11. Headbands of Hope: For every headband purchased on this site, one is given to a little girl with cancer and $1 is donated to cancer research.
The Boho ($23): Dress up your daily ‘do updo with these cute beaded bands.
13. Sword and Plough: All of the bags sold on this site are made from military surplus material and they work to support veteran-owned American manufacturing companies. 10% of every sale is donated back into veteran initiatives.
The Weekender ($323): It’s the perfect size for weekend getaways by car or by plane. The fabric part of the bag is made from military tents and the leather is right from the U.S. of A.
14. Toms: Their shoes have gotten cuter and cuter every season while their one-for-one mission stays the same: for every pair you buy, Toms gives a pair of shoes to a person in need.
Multi Grey Wool Women’s Slippers ($49): You can slip into these cozy foot warmers every morning. You know, they’re so cute you could probably wear them out, too.
Beechwood Troubadours With Mic ($149): We love when people bring natural textures to tech. These wood headphones are head turners prefect for the music lovers on your list.
16. (RED): Founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver almost a decade ago, this organization gets big businesses to donate portions of their income to the fight against AIDS.
Apple iPad Air Smart Cover ($39): What’s great about each purchase made on (RED), is that it tells you the amount of life-saving medication your item provides. This one’s a pretty great bet for your favorite tech lover.
17. Ten Thousand Villages: When you buy an item from this site, you’re supporting the artisans in developing worlds who made it. Each item even comes with a back story. Believe us, you’ll want to hear it.
18. Miir: Clean water is a resource that’s not readily available in many areas of the world. When you buy a water bottle from Miir, you’re aiding efforts to bring clean water to people who need it.
800 ML Slate ($25): This durable, chip-resistant bottle is BPA free and ready to hydrate your favorite adventurer.
19. Hand in Hand: With each item purchased, this US-based organization donates a bar of soap and a month of clean water to help prevent diseases.
Sea Salt Candle ($32): For every hand poured candle purchased, Hand in Hand will save 50 square feet of rainforest, and donate one bar of soap and a month of clean water to a child in the developing world to help reduce deadly water related illness. Light it up!
20. World Wildlife Foundation: WWF is one of the most well known organizations fighting to conserve the habitat of endangered species around the world. With each donation, you can get a perk.
Golf Umbrella ($55 donation): This giant umbrella will shield you from that winter rain, and make you feel great about helping the animals.
21. Heifer International: For the person who doesn’t need any more stuff, give them a goat. Well… actually give a goat in their name. This foundation gives goats to families to provide milk and agricultural opportunities for impoverished families.
Give a Goat ($10-120): You can donate as little as $10 or as much as $120 to give a family a goat. You can donate in someone’s name…or ask your friends and family to donate instead of getting you a gift.
22. Krochet Kids: All of these cozy items are made in Peru by people who are employed and educated by the company.
The Becks Beanie ($26): Do not fear the pom pom. Face winter from under this stylish beanie with a little bit of quirk.
23. Laughing Man: All of the revenue made from these products go right back into education, community and business development for new entrepreneurs. Did we mention that Hugh Jackman is one of the co-founders?
24. Warby Parker: This is one of the first popular companies to join the one for one model and since they started, they’ve distributed one million pairs of glasses to people in need. That’s a lot of stylish specs.
Quimby Sunglasses: No matter how dreary with winter weather gets, style lovers still face it with a sunny disposition. These vintage-looking frames are perfect for the holidays.
How are you giving back this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!