Giving Gifts That Give Back

Posted on December 18th, by Laura Giuliani in Faith, Things We Love, Uncategorized. No Comments

Giving Gifts That Give Back

Well, we’re getting down to the wire here and I have not bought one Christmas gift.  Why is it that we are always busier this time of year when we are  supposed to be reflecting?

Wouldn’t it be great if our gifts did double duty? Here are a few organizations that will give back when you buy!  Last minute Christmas gifts that give back:

Thank you so much to Tayler Morrissey (our literature editor) for helping me out with this research!

1. Threads & The Shine Project

The Shine Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help better the lives of at-risk youth “through service, education, and family involvement.”  The Shine Project also provides leadership training as well as college scholarships to inner city students.

Threads is a “cause driven business” and a sister endeavor to The Shine Project.  Threads sells bracelets and other jewelry, all handmade by student employees as a means to help them pay for college.  Wide range of price points, and lots of options and colors, including single and stacked bracelets, as well as necklaces.  Threads also sells inspirational tee shirts and tanks.

Goodnight Moon Charm Bracelet

Goodnight Moon Charm Bracelet, $12

Lucky Stack

Lucky Stack, $56

Crystal Necklace, $26

2. Same Sky

These women artisans are survivors of the Rwandan genocide.  Same Sky believes in helping to train women to become self-sufficint wage earners.  An amazing 100% of the net proceeds of purchase are reinvested to train and employ more artisans in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Each collection of bracelets, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks comes in a multitude of colors.

Honeysuckle, Sky Bracelet

Sky Bracelet, Honeysuckle $160

Titanium, Prosperity bracelet

Prosperity Bracelet, Titanium $65

Burnt Orange, Faith Cuff Links

Faith Cuff Links, Burnt Orange $10

Fabric Wrap, “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” $39

3. Hooray for the Underdog

For the animal lovers out there, Hooray for the Underdog features stationary and holiday cards that champion rescue dogs and cats that have been rescued and given the gift of a second chance at life. Each stationary has a profile of the animal depicted on it, and all talent fees for the animal models are donated to a worthy rescue cause. The pair of photographers that run the site donate their time and professional skills one day a month to photograph “any and all” dogs still needing homes in an attempt to help get every animal adopted.

Art Direction: Janet Healey

Duncan and Bibi with Antlers Holiday Card, $3.50

Art Director - Janet Healey

Funky Priscilla Greeting Card, $3.50

4. FEED Project

Part of the profits of each bag goes towards fighting hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.  The first feed bag was designed by Lauren Bush as part of the United Nations World Food Programme’s School Feeding program.  The number stamped on each bag or product signifies how many meals the purchase will provide.


Feed Utility Bag, $130

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Oversized Feed Guatemala Pouch, $35

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Feed Our Small Word Bodysuit and Pants Set, $25

5. Warby Parker

Beautiful and resilient eyewear.  For every pair sold, Warby Parker provides funding, or donates a pair, to nonprofit organizations that work with local vendors who provide affordable glasses in areas of limited resources.  Instead of merely distributing free glasses, Warby Parker and its partners work to train local entrepreneurs to sell glasses, which offers income for the business owners, as well as providing locals the dignity of allowing them to make their own choice of whether to buy or not. Warby Parker also sells gift cards, and provides in-home try on so everyone can get the perfect pair of glasses. Gift cards also come with a Make-a-Snowman Kit!

Durand Saddle Russet EyeglassesWomen’s Durand, Saddle Russet, $95Marva Cobalt Leaf EyeglassesWomen’s Marva, Cobalt Leaf, $145Winston Lunar Fade EyeglassesMen’s Winston, Lunar Fade, $95

CromwellMen’s Cromwell Sunglasses, $145/$195 with Rx

6. Pangea Organics

Beauty products that are made from all-plant sources and sustainably harvested, produced, and packaged.

Pyrenees Lavendar with Cardamom Bar Soap, $8


Chilean Rosehip with Tamanu & Red Clover Hand Cream, $12


Italian Red Mandarin with Rose Lip Balm, $12

7. Baby Teresa

Buy one, give one: for every baby onesie bought, the company will donate one to a child in need in a developing nation.  For every baby accessory sold, they will donate formula to mothers in areas where baby formula is hard to procure.  All clothing is made from super soft 100% organic cotton.

Long Baby Romper, $34.95
Short Baby Romper, $29.95

8. Red Earth Trading Co.

Made by skilled local artisans as a means of strengthening the middle class in developing Africa.  From the site: “Every Red Earth purchase creates what we like to call a double dose of good. Not only are our artisan families and communities benefiting from the work, but we also give all of our profits away to sustain the community development work of Know Think Act.”


Pilgrim Scarf, $45  


Many Tribes Necklace, $45

9. Designed Good

Online store that features an interesting array of products– clothes, tech gear, home decor, jewelry, etc– that are all sustainably responsible and/or altruistically inclined.

Lots and lots of stuff, more like a curated online store with goods from different companies/causes check it out!!!  Good luck this week!!

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