Holiday Gifts That Give Back – 2020 Edition

It’s been months since I stepped inside the mall! With ongoing lockdowns, online shopping has become second nature. Now that its time to shop for the holidays, most of you would look to your web browser for ideas. So, how about helping each other out by giving meaningful gifts that also give back?

One thing 2020 has taught us is the important of living a simple and meaningful life, consuming less, and valuing our family and friends more. Here are some products that will not only make your friends, family and colleagues happy, but also give back to help someone in need. Shop directly from small businesses that are working towards uplifting others’ from poverty, empowering women, providing shelter to the needy, and protecting the environment, among other good deeds.

Work at home…

Hope slipper for Haiti
Proceeds from Give Hope Roger Slippers provide education, employment and healthcare in Haiti

Sandals For Haiti $50

These sleek and comfortable sandals are perfect for the men that are working from home or lounging after a tough day. They are made with locally and sustainably sourced leather.

Add a messenger bag, wallet and bracelet to round up your shopping. Give Hope Global is a non-profit ethical fashion line offering products that are handmade in Haiti. Proceeds from sales are used to open and operate schools, community health care program, model farms, transitional homes, and for providing dignified employment to Haitian artisans. 

Take 15% off your order of Hope Roger or other sandals with discount code “GOEATGIVE15”

Hippy Feet to end homelessness
Hippy Feet socks help fight homelessness in Minneapolis, Duluth, and Chicago

Socks For The Homeless $24

American-made Hippy Feet socks come in colorful holiday and travel inspired designs. These eco-friendly, recycled cotton socks are available for men and women in ankle, quarter and crew lengths.

When you shop Hippy Feet socks, you help provide jobs to young people aged 16-24 that are affected by homelessness. Since 2016, Minneapolis-based Benefit Corporation, Hippy Feet has provided transitional employment opportunities to over 120 young people affected by homelessness. 

Dosha mat is a gift to help relieve tension
Dosha Mat helps relieve stress and gives back to youth in need

Accupressure Mat for Youth Health $94.50

As you spend several hours of your workday in front of the screen, you may experience tension, soreness and body aches. This luxurious and eco friendly acupressure mat is based on the ancient Ayurvedic treatment. It works by massaging and stimulating key points on the body to promote deep relaxation and healing. In addition, Dosha Mats helps with sleep, stress, headaches, circulation, energy, and nervous and immune systems.

Each mat is carefully handmade using the highest-quality, hypoallergenic natural linen, a removable cushion made of 100% natural coconut fibre, and features more than 4,500 high-quality acupressure points in the beautiful shape of lotus flowers. Dosha Mat is a social enterprise that donates 15% of their profit to several non-profit organizations that work to provide exercise programs like yoga, to youth in need.

For when you can travel…

backpack give back to the environment
Day Owl Backpack is sustainably made from durable, recycled materials that create jobs around the world

Backpack for the Environment $149

The lightweight canvas Day Owl Backpack is the most responsible bag you will own and versatile for taking to school, airport, work and hikes. It is made ethically from First Mile waxed 100% recycled fabric, through traceable sourcing and fair working conditions. Each bag saves 25 bottles from landfills or oceans, 700 gallons of water, and avoids 1.2 lbs of pesticides (which is what is used in the production of a cotton bag).

Moreover, Day Owl supports quality jobs in the poorest parts of Haiti, Honduras, and Taiwan through its FirstMile program.

Gift Monos luggage to travelers
Monos focuses on minimalism, affordability and human connections

Terrazo Suitcase That Puts People Before Profits $335

Monos Suitcases are the most well-designed, affordable premium suitcase inspired by the Japanese concept of mono no aware – 
the profound appreciation of the beauty in fleeting moments. The bags are lightweight and unbreakable, made with aerospace grade material and vacuum-formed with German Makrolon polycarbonate.The extraordinarily resilient material absorbs energy from impacts and springs the case back to shape. Also, the interior lining is durable, waterproof, and anti-bacterial.

The Terrazzo collection is inspired by old Italian villas, 1920s Art Deco architecture, and modern designer spaces that have a similar design. The organic pattern and its stonelike, matte finish impart classic style, while rendering any scuffs virtually invisible.

Use code “EARLYBF2020” at checkout to save 35% on everything site wide during the early Black Friday sale.

Sustainable Snacking…

Steeped Coffee gives back to front line workers
Single use Steeped Coffee gives to frontline healthcare workers in California

Coffee That Gives To Front Line Workers $15

If you know someone who loves coffee, then you got to fill their stockings with California-based hand-roasted, ethically-sourced Steeped Coffee. The coffee comes in nitro-sealed single-serve bags (like tea) to ensure absolute freshness. And the package is made of compostable and renewable materials. All it takes to brew a perfect cup is hot water and a few minutes. At the end of the day, there are no wasteful plastic pods accumulating in waterways or landfills. Steeped is also great to take along when camping or traveling.

Steeped Coffee matches every gift your purchase, pack for pack, and delivers directly to frontline healthcare workers across California, as part of their “You Give, We Give” campaign.

Nunbelievable cookies give back to the hungry
For every cookie you buy, Nunbelievable donates a meal at a soup kitchen

Cookies That Feed The Hungry $29.99

Nunbelievable, a mission-based baked goods company, donates a meal for every cookie sold! Since they launched in October 2019, they have donated over 100,000 meals to partner soup kitchens across the country.  The GMO-free individually wrapped cookies are delicious and come in four flavors. Choose from Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Raisin, and Double Chocolate Chip (Gluten Free), or get all four!

Send a 6 or 12 pack of Nunbelievable cookies to those you love this holiday season, and let them know you are thinking of them. Also, check out their meaningful corporate gifting program.

Self care…

Give the gift of Celestial silk pillowcases
Celestial Silk Gives 10% Back to Charity

Silk Pillowcases That Give Back $85

Mr & Mrs silk pillowcases make for a practical and luxurious gift to parents, in-laws or a special couple. Celestial Silk pillowcases not only keep your hair smooth and your skin moisturized, they also help you sleep better. Silk sheets are naturally hypoallergenic and are among the top bedding choice for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. All of their products are Oeko-Tek certified, which means no harmful chemicals ever touch the 25 momme pure mulberry silk. The pillowcases come in a gift-ready box with a card.

Celestial Silk donates 10% of all proceeds to charities such as EarthJustice. Further, they have donated more than three thousand silk pillowcases to chemotherapy patients and lower income women.

Read about the many benefits of silk.

Healing Crystal makes for a great gift
Healing Crystals necklaces give to children with respiratory diseases

Crystal Necklace For Respiratory Health $64.50

Many of us have faced stressful situations this year, including losing people we love, housing, income and health. Gift these folks a unique Healing Crystals necklace in amethyst, white jade, rose quartz or black obsidian. In addition to looking good, this necklace doubles as a Japanese mindful breathing tool which helps slow your breathing and calm your body and mind. Breathing into the crystal can reduce levels of stress and anxiety, increase positivity, improve concentration, improve posture, release toxins, and strengthen the immune system.

Healing Crystal Company is 100% female-run and has a “crystal karma” program whereby they donate 15% of their profits to non-profit organizations that work to provide healthcare to children with respiratory diseases in developing countries.

A bit of luxury…

Jazeera ring
Azeera’s conflict free gems donates to children’s organizations

Black Onyx Ring That Helps Kids $310

Create your own special ring with any combination of Amethyst, Citrine, Black Onyx, or Garnet. Inlay it in 14k rose, white, or yellow gold.

Azeera is a New York City based responsible online fine jewelry company specializing in customizing quality colored stones. Ethical miners and brokers provide conflict-free gems, which are then hand cut at a family-owned workshop in Jaipur, India. Azeera prides itself in creating fair standards and responsible working conditions for craftsmen in India. Additionally, they give back a portion of each sale to various children’s organizations.

Use code “goeatgive” to receive 25% off your custom made jewelry at Azeera.

Isabella Grace gives back to American Cancer Society
Proceeds from Isabella Grace Rose Gold Bead Necklace go to the American Cancer Society

Gold Bead Necklace for Breast Cancer Research $36

Consciously handmade Isabelle Grace Jewelry makes for a beautiful gift this holiday season. The brand donates 15% of the proceeds from their Breast Cancer Awareness collection to the American Cancer Society.  The elegant gold rose bead necklace supports those afflicted with cancer, as well as survivors of the disease. Also, check out their bracelets that feature inspirational sayings.  

Check out other great gift ideas…

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Unwind with Pumeli sustainable rituals from around the world

You may not be able to afford a trip abroad every month of the year. But what if the world was delivered to your door? Pumeli is a monthly subscription box filled with teas and
textures designed to help busy women slow down, unplug and give themselves
permission to relax.

Each month, Pumeli delivers a care package of time-slowing rituals that enable women to experience more calm, peace and joy in as little as 5-10 minutes. Every shipment includes artisanal tea to soothe your soul, beautiful paper for your thoughts, and handcrafted goods that evoke mindfulness while empowering artisans around the world.

Pumeli Founder, Traci Pichette
Pumeli Founder, Traci Pichette

Pumeli works with small businesses and craft producers on different levels to bring well-designed and high quality products. They purchase products at a fair market price in order to deliver the highest value to the artisan and support global community initiatives. Each product comes with a story too. A monthly subscription runs at $49.95 or $249.95 for 6 months (with 1 month free). It is a great gift to send to a special lady in your life and remind her each month that you care – moms, sisters, girlfriends, or even your office secretary. See current package with stories behind the box and the products at Pumeli’s website.

The theme for November is “Be Like a Tree.” A tree is a great natural teacher of mindful living. Trees inspire us to stay grounded, adapt gracefully to the present moment, and continuously renew ourselves, and take time to rest. This month’s Pumeli box takes you on a journey through Africa to celebrate the life of trees with the following items.

Pumeli November BoxAduna Baobab Powder – Revitalizing facemark with baobab fruit sustainability harvested in Senegal and Ghana in partnership with several women’s co-ops. The African baobab tree, known as ‘The Tree of Life’, provides 100% organic fruit that dries naturally on its branches. Packed with vitamin C and antioxidants so you can feel good inside and out.

Mud Cloth Notebook – Hand woven in Mali, the mud cloth is treated in baths of leaves and branches, and hand dyed using mud mixture. Traditionally used to share village stories and African proverbs.

Tea Accessories – Hand carved Kenyan teaspoon from olive wood, adorned with colorful beads. JusTea has a direct-trade relationship with Central province village carvers in Kenya.

Jacaranda Wood Ornament – Hand painted giraffe by artisans in Kenya, this exquisite ornament reminds you to be gentle on yourself, just as the giraffe gently chews on the topmost under leaves of trees. Acacia Creations donates 10% of each purchase to animal conservation.

JusTea African Chai – Inside an East African fabric bag, is a 100% natural Masala Chai tea blend with Camellia saneness, cinnamon, allspice, rose petals and more. Each sip directly supports small-scale tea farming families.

Learn more about the artisans at Pumeli.

Ethical Chocolates, Both Delicious and Wildlife Friendly

As you begin to stock your pantries with chocolates and candies, pay attention to the list of ingredients listed on the package. Depending on the brand and quality of chocolate, it may be a product that is harmful to your own health, as well as to the environment and wildlife.
However, there is a chocolate brand that we like, as it surpasses all expectations of quality ingredients, refined taste, and global standards. Nuubia is a new ethical chocolate shop based in San Francisco that goes far beyond many other brands.
Ethical Chocolate from Nuubia
Hand Crafted and Environmentally Friendly
Nuubia hand-makes specialty confections from humanely sourced ingredients, without using either palm oil or GMOs. Founder, Alexandra Saunders, was born in Java, Indonesia, and has dedicated to life to conservation (cultivating palms for their oil is highly destructive of the environment so Nuubia has found a way to make ganache without the use of palm oil). Just a few weeks ago, Alexandra Saunders was an Honoree at Pongo Environmental Awards.
Nuubia is the first chocolatier to not only refuse to use palm oil but to ensure that what they make has no negative impact on the rainforests of the world. The company is also working to launch the Chocolate Wildlife Project which provides farmers with a viable source of income. For example, Nuubia purchases its ethical chocolate and ingredients directly from farmers who learn to produce sustainable, habitat-friendly crops.
nuubia chocolates made without palm oil

With Indonesia being the world’s 3rd largest exporter of palm oil, the production of palm oil has devastated the natural habitats of the animals and orangutans that inhabit the area. Founder, Alexandra Saunders, took a personal interest in orangutan conservation when she lived in Indonesia and studied them in graduate school at UC Berkeley. It was through this passion that Nuubia created the Chocolate Wildlife Project, which provides small farmers living on the edges of the Orangutan habitat with a viable source of income to abstain from destructive farming practices.

The Delicious Products
Nuubia Chocolate, Best Foods in the U.S
Some standout ethical chocolates from Nuubia include fresh-squeezed lime juice with vanilla bonbons, Caramelized Hazelnut Spread Sauce, that can rival just about any Nutella out there, and finally Johnny Walker Black Espresso Ganache Half Spheres! So when a box of chocolates is under the tree, you know that no orangutans were harmed to make your chocolate and that your treat can be enjoyed guilt-free.
Not to mention the OMG Candy Bar was awarded “Best Foods in the U.S.” by Esquire Magazine. Layers of hazelnut praline, sea salt caramel, rice crisps, and dark chocolate come together in harmony to create the perfect mood-altering balance. The chocolatier at Nuubia is Lionel Clement in 2011 he was named Chocolatier of the Year by Pastry Live.
nuubia choclate heart valentines day
Nuubia also offers a heart-shaped chocolate special (for pick up only), filled with more chocolate bonbons. This is the ultimate sweetheart gift for any special occasion.

Connect with Nuubia Today

In February 2015, Nuubia San Francisco opened its first flagship retail space in the newly built “Market on Market” inside the Twitter building, bringing fine chocolates, confections, natural spreads, macarons, handcrafted ice creams and seasonal specials to the city. Either take a selection of these handmade items home or stay and enjoy a chocolaty treat with freshly brewed latte in-store while sitting at Nuubia’s Chocolate Counter. The chocolates can be purchased directly from their instore location or ordered online. When ordered online they arrive very well packed with an ice pack and delivered within a couple of days directly from the store.