Gifts That Give Back 2021

It’s the time to give and receive. Our annual holiday gift guide is here with a purpose. You can not only purchase unique products for your family, colleagues and loved ones, but make a difference by giving back to a social or environment cause. These wonderful companies are taking initiative to support local causes, whether they are related to the health and wellness, uplifting artisans, building communities, or even assisting rescue dogs. So, this year, make a decision to shop differently, and build a better world, together. You can purchase all of these products online and have them delivered straight to your doorstep.

Check out the full list below…

Jewelry That Uplift Artisans $30

This beaded cuff made with recycled Kantha textile beads suspended within a frame of gold metallic beads will add plenty of color to your holiday party. World Finds is an ethical brand that has beautiful designs with meaningful messages. Their Cause Braclets support 15 different charities such as teachers, animals, coral reefs, etc. (so you can personalize it to your receiver’s interest); Kantha Necklaces, made from discarded furniture pieces covered in sari and Kantha remnants; and Kantha Connection bracelets highlight attributes such as compassion, creativity, and unity. World Finds contemporary accessories are design in Chicago and hand made in India. They give woman artisan jobs, a source of income, and a means of preserving traditional crafts and art forms.

NOVICA gives back to artisans
NOVICA subscription boxes are filled with handmade surprises from around the world.

Fair Trade Box $59.99

NOVICA.com, the world’s largest online impact marketplace which supports indigenous artisans worldwide, just launched the first ever fully-customizable subscription called the “Undiscovered Box” which delivers handmade and fair-trade artisan treasures from around the globe – including options for gifts, jewelry, accessories, and decor from a specific nation. The seasonal, quarterly box lets you travel to a new nation by experiencing its hidden gems, and preserves disappearing arts in nations around the world by showcasing hidden craft skills passed down through generations. Unlike any other subscription box in the marketplace, each customer can select their most beloved (5) products from a highly curated selection, including gender-neutral options.  

give a greeting card that gives back
Cardalogy greeting cards support elderly care.

Pop Up Greeting Card For The Community $13

Cardalogy’s colorful and intricate 3-D hand-assembled pop up cards are super cute to send over the holidays. Made with sustainably sourced paper, 10% of profits go to charities, including Age UK, that cares for elderly in the community, and the Woodland Trust, who plant trees with the money. Another unique way they give back is through the village of Lover in the county of Wiltshire. People from all over the world come here to send a special love letter marked with a romantic cachet stamp. After losing their post office, the villagers raised money for their community to build new facilities for young children, families, professionals and retired people within the parish, by sending 8000 hand written valentine’s Day cards, including those by Cardalogy.

give to end childhood hunger
All proceeds from Bake Away cookbook go to No Kid Hungry.

Cookbook to End Child Hunger $24

Bakers will be happy to receive a copy of the new cookbook – Bake Away: Twenty Recipes Capturing the Spirit of Creativity, Experience, and Expression, filled with dessert recipes and colorful pictures. Teen philanthropist and author Sahana Vij created Bake Away, a cookbook to raise money for No Kid Hungry, with all proceeds going to end childhood hunger and poverty in America. Vij takes readers on a journey through her travels and inspirations as a baker, starting with a visit to see her cousins in Atlanta, where she decided to make a New York-style blueberry cheesecake.

give the gift of positive reminders
Custom Neon lights give back to charities in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.

Be The Change Neon Light $250

College kids and young adults will love the fun and cool ‘signs of change’ LED Custom Neon signs with remote controlled ambient lighting. Designed as symbols for the systematic change that needs to happen in our communities and world, each sign emits positive messages such as ‘Be the change, A lover and a fighter, and Darling you’re pure gold.’

100% of the profits from ‘signs of change’ LED neon sign purchases give back to a corresponding charity. These include: Black Girls Smile to address mental health among African-American girls, teens and young women; founded with the mission of helping them with mental health issues; Blueprint for Allis that strives to create an inclusive society among young people; and Children’s Ground that works with Aboriginal communities in Australia.

wine gives back to cancer
Teneral Cellars wines donates to women’s health causes.

Wine For Women’s Health $96

Teneral Cellars is creating a social movement by encouraging conversations and women’s empowerment through exceptional wine and thought-provoking experiences. The brand is available exclusively online. It is also the only all-woman-owned digital wine company that donates 10% of profits to women’s causes, such as the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Teneral Cellars’ Healthy Women, Healthy World Collection features a trio of wines (Bordeaux blend, dry Petit Sarah, fruity white) that bring attention to reproductive, heart, and breast health issues that affect millions of women globally. 

Raise a glass and keep the conversation going!

Satin Tea Mug For Cancer Surviors $30

This holiday season, gift your friends organic teas that support wellness, strengthen immunity, help reduce stress. Besides award-winning handcrafted loose leaf teas, The Tea Spot also sells beautiful tea infusers, tea mugs, tea tumblers, teapots with infusers, and Steepware® modern teaware. The Satin Tea Mug with a stainless steel tea filter and a saucer which doubles as a lid, has a beautifully glazed satin finish, in colors inspired by nature. And the company, a Boulder, Colorado-based woman owned and operated business, donates 10% of all profits in-kind to cancer survivors and community wellness programs.

gift earrings
Aria Design Co raises awareness and funds for mental health.

Earrings for Mental Health $32

New Zealand based Arias Design Co sells artisan earrings with eco friendly polymer clay and other materials. The lightweight, hypoallergenic and delicate hand painted earrings are inspired by Van Gogh’s famous sunflowers. But there are many other fashionable designs to choose from. The sole purpose of Arias is to support better mental health in the community under their Lend An Ear campaign. Arias donates 20% of its profits to the Mental Health Foundation and works closely with them to support their mission.

give green vodka
360 Vodka gives to environmental organizations.

Eco-Friendly Vodka $30

Skip the duty free lines and liquor stores. If you have a cocktail aficionado on your list, get them a bottle of 360 Vodka – the world’s first eco-friendly vodka that is good for the planet, as it is to drink. The American-made and American-owned premium vodka is made using locally-sourced midwestern corn and is naturally gluten-free. Six-times distilled and six-times filtered, 360 Vodka is smooth, clean, green, and delicious. It comes in unique flavors like glazed donut, BBQ, watermelon and Georgia peach. Return the bottle closures for reuse through the brand’s “Close The Loop” program. 360 Vodka also makes donations to environmental organizations and other local charities. The brand promotes several other green initiatives through recycling, paper reduction, and purchasing. 360 Vodka can be purchase online through Drizly.

give back to rescues
Pupups collars and leashes help dogs in shelters.

Collars That Help Shelter Dogs $28

Don’t forget to buy a gift for your four-legged family members too. Pupups line of eco friendly, reusable and waterproof collars and leashes are colorful, practical, and affordable for all dog lovers. They also come in unique styles you won’t find anywhere else. All products are packaged in an eco-friendly reusable case that can be used for doggy bags, treats, or anything else. Pupups is a woman-owned, Seattle-based business. The founder creates each design herself using the finest materials for exceptional durability, easy clean-up (just rinse), and colorfastness. This holiday season, Pupups is donating a collar to a rescue or shelter dog for every collar sold. Go fetch one for every dog lover in your neighborhood!

gift for hearts
Big Heart Candle Co. donate to American Heart Association.

Candles For Good Hearts $36

Give the gift of good scent, while giving back to support heart health research and education. All Big Heart Candle Company candles are chemical-free, pesticide-free, fertilizer-free, carcinogen-free. They also have wooden wicks sourced from an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified mill. Phthalate-free and candle-safe essential oils are used for formulating the scents. Moreover, 10% of all Big Heart Candle Company profits give back to the American Heart Association, that brings awareness to the importance of heart health. 

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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Go Eat Give Artisan Box – Gifts That Give Back

For the first time, we are offering a curated artisan gift box for this holiday season! Go Eat Give has partnered with GlobeIn, an online marketplace that offers handcrafted products sourced from direct relationships with artisans as well as vetted partner organizations. By buying on GlobeIn, you are supporting artisans from around the world and in developing countries where, after agriculture, artisan goods are the second largest source of employment.

globeinHere is what I have handpicked for the Go Eat Give box…

DIRECT TRADE COFFEE FROM NICARAGUA

A socially responsible dark roast that’s as unique as it is complex. This Direct Trade blend of Nicaragua’s finest estate varietals offers an experience like no other.

Boca Java sources their Nicaraguan single origins coffees via Direct Trade relationship with a family-owned, environmentally-friendly coffee farm that was established in the late 1850’s.

PURE GROUND VANILLA FROM MADAGASCAR

Lafaza’s Pure Ground Vanilla contains only hand-selected Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans that have been sun-cured and dried to remove nearly all of the moisture in the pod. The beans are then ground to a fine powder and sealed for freshness. Its superior quality and unique flavor makes a convenient and delicious addition to baked goods, spice rubs, coffee, tea, specialty drinks, smoothies, dry mixes and can be used in many recipes as a substitute for vanilla beans or vanilla extract. With no preservatives or additives, this is an all-natural, organic and gluten-free product.

SPOON REST FROM PALESTINE

Add a splash of Middle Eastern flair to your countertop with this hand painted spoon rest from the Palestinian Territories. The ornate floral design is an aesthetic staple of Palestinian heritage.

Hebron is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, with archeological finds dating back some 5,000 years. Shards of ancient pottery may even bear floral patterns similar to the classic Palestinian design curling delicately across your new spoon rest. Nour Diba, whose skillful painter’s hand deftly tends to the design’s fine eddies and curves, is an employee of Hebron Glass, a family company of glass and ceramic handicraft employing 60 artisans.

ORGANIC LEMONGRASS LIP BALM FROM ZAMBIA

Ingredients: organic beeswax, organic coconut oil, organic sunflower oil, organic jojoba oil, lanolin, organic lemongrass oil, organic peppermint oil, organic rosemary oil, vitamin E.

As a company, Zambeezi is committed to providing the people of Africa’s pristine subtropical forests sources of income other than timber and strip mining, sources more sustainable for people and land alike.

KITCHEN TOWEL FROM TURKEY

This 100% cotton towel absorbs water faster than a regular towel, dries quickly, and folds up small–perfect for drying dishes in your kitchen. Plus, it has tassels!

Hatch, a rare female who has mastered the craft of weaving (traditionally done by men) is a member of Atlas, a growing organization of weaving families in Buldan. Membership with Atlas enables weavers to earn a living while keeping a deep cultural tradition alive and sharing it with the world—and with your kitchen!

HANDWOVEN BASKET FROM MEXICO

These decorative and whimsical baskets make beautiful home storage options, lending a pop of color and handcrafted warmth to children’s bedrooms, bathroom storage, kitchen countertops or as gift packaging for loved ones. Baskets measure 6″ diameter x 5″ tall.

For the people of the Mixteca region of Mexico, basket-weaving is a way of life that also sustains life. On the outskirts of Oaxaca City, Doña Martina Garcia and her group of eight artisan basket weavers produce roughly 700 baskets per month. For each artisan involved, basket-weaving means a stable monthly income used for building a house, starting a small business, or purchasing food and medicine.

Get the Go Eat Give curated artisan box for only $50 inclusive of shipping within U.S. through GlobeIn. It makes for a great hostess gift, a special treat for someone who likes to cook or travel, and the best part is, you will be supporting 6 families around the world by purchasing this box.

You can also gift someone a monthly subscription to GlobeIn, through which they will receive a new theme box each month! Subscriptions cost $35-40/ month.