Buying gifts is the best. Isn’t it? It’s so fun to shop for someone else and carefully consider, “what will put a smile on their face?” My favorite gifts to give are those with a story. I don’t mean an exciting play-by-play of how I narrowed down the options and landed on just the right thing. No, I mean a gift with an impact that goes beyond the recipient. As I look to give back with each gift this year, here are a few brands I’ll be shopping.
FEED Projects create awesome products that help feed the world. Every product has a measurable donation attached to it. I bought one of their original FEED Project bags years ago and it’s still going strong. I love their collaboration with West Elm. Also, how cool is this backpack? Each purchase provides 75 school meals.
KKi empowers women living in poverty stricken areas of the world to rise above, change their lives and impact their families and communities. Their products are unique and gorgeous. Each item, be it a beanie, bag, scarf or tee, is signed by the woman who made it. My family and I love their tees and beanies… and I covet every KKi bag and scarf I see someone wearing.
Parker Clay offers products handmade by Ethiopian artisans using leather sourced in Ethopia. In a country with hundreds of thousands of women involved in the commercial sex industry, Parker Clay partners with Women at Risk to empower women to realize their potential and identify an opportunity to change their life. Their products are beautiful. I mean, this baby blanket? And this bag would sure look great on Mama’s arm!
ONEHOPE integrates products with causes like childhood hunger, AIDS, Autism, Global Disease and more. While they offer coffee and other treats, their ONEHOPE Wine is awesome. With every bottle, they donate half of their profits to a partner cause. I think the gift boxes, like the Pink 365, are a great idea… as is the glitter edition sparkling wine.
31Bits uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty. And they do it so well! I have been wearing 31Bits for years – their 100% recycled bead products are made in Uganda by a group of wonderful women. The designs are awesome, the colors so vibrant and the quality great. The Bodenettes even have little bitsie bracelets of their own. I’m wearing their Riptide Bracelet as I type. Check out their store in Costa Mesa or shop at one of the 500+ retail stores that carry their accessories.
iSanctuary provides holistic care and restoration that provides survivors of modern-day slavery to obtain true freedom and build a bright future. They work with women in both Mumbai, India and Orange County, California. All of the jewelry is crafted by women who have been rescued in Orange County. Wow. As an OC resident, this feels very near and dear. I cannot wait to check out their jewelry.
RED joins with iconic brands to create products that fund the fight against AIDS globally. The brand partnerships are diverse so you can find anything from an iPhone Case, to an aden & anais swaddle blanket, to a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Every product has a direct impact quantified in days of life-saving pills for a person living with AIDS. For instance, this ADO(RED) baby onesie costs $18 and provides 15 days of life-saving pills. Shop their products!