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It’s easy during this time of year to get caught up in the stress and anxiety of holiday shopping.
Although I’m focused on spending time with friends and family instead of finding the “perfect” gift, I’m making sure that the ones I do buy serve a greater purpose and help support a worthy cause.
If you’re looking for ways to give back, here are some great organizations that ensure your gifts this holiday are all ones that keep giving.
SHOP IT: FOUND my Animal, $20
Proceeds from the purchase of the brand’s pet products and accessories help support animal welfare and rescue organizations. A section of their website is even dedicated to showcasing animals up for adoption, waiting to be “found.”
SHOP IT: PURPOSE Jewelry, $26
Wear something beautiful that also helps women escape human trafficking. Since 2007, PURPOSE Jewelry and International Sanctuary have helped provide safe employment for women around the world. Each piece is hand-crafted by survivors of human trafficking, looking to gain life skills, earn a living and rebuild their lives.
SHOP IT: FEED, $38
According to FEED, approximately 795 million people live in hunger. Founded by former model Lauren Bush in 2007, every sale of a FEED product helps provide meals to schools around the world. Each item is made by artisans from Kenya to India, which helps build sustainable communities internationally. Each product lets you know exactly how many meals you are helping give to those in need - which is a beautiful gift for any time of year. To date, FEED has provided 107,532,896 meals and counting!
SHOP IT: Out of Print, $16
Instead of gifting the book lover in your life yet another page-turner, help them pass along the joy of reading with apparel, accessories or home goods from Out of Print. The bookish company helps support literacy programs around the world and has donated more than million books to communities in need.
SHOP IT: Roma, $69
Fashion and philanthropy come together with Roma boots. Founded in 2010, Roma is committed to “giving poverty the boot” by donating a pair of footwear to children in need. Based on a 1:1 model, each sale of Roma boots helps provide clothing and education to children in Romania.
SHOP IT: World Animal Protection, $25
For the animal lover in your life, your donation of $25 helps provide 25 vaccines to animals in need, who are in danger of being inhumanely killed, and to prevent diseases from spreading. Each treated dog is given a collar to show they have been protected from rabies. You can also donate to feed dogs, cats and bears in need.
SHOP IT: The Lipstick Lobby, $19
Social justice through lipstick? Don’t mind if we do! Each sale of a signature shade from The Lipstick Lobby helps support organizations such as Planned Parenthood, unPrison Project, The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
SHOP IT: Cuddle + Kind, from $55
Founded by the Woodgate family, each hand-knit Cuddle + Kind doll helps provide up to 10 meals to children in need around the world. Handcrafted by female artisans in Peru, the company has provided over 11 million meals to children while helping provide a sustainable, fair trade income to Cuddle + Kind creators.
SHOP IT: WWF, $55
Give the gift of conservation this holiday season by donating to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Each donation of $55 or more allows you to symbolically adopt an endangered species. With each donation, you’ll receive a plush version of the animal you’ve adopted, an adoption certificate, photo and literature to learn about the important work the WWF is doing to protect wildlife around the world.
SHOP IT: 4Ocean, $20
Each bracelet purchased from 4Ocean helps remove a pound of trash from the ocean, and helps 4Ocean founders Alex and Andrew with their mission to end the ocean plastic crisis. Funded entirely by product purchases, 4Ocean has removed 7,359,446 pounds of debris from beaches in Bali, Haiti and Florida, with plans to work with governments and industry to initiate water cleanup services around the world.
SHOP IT: CanadaHelps from $25
Instead of putting money in a card this year, give your loved ones the opportunity to pay-it-forward to a charity of their choice. CanadaHelps provides charity gift cards for you to send friends and family, who will then get to decide which organization will receive the funds. From mental health, homelessness and animal welfare, CanadaHelps provides funds to a variety of charitable organizations in need.
SHOP IT: Bird + Stone, $27
Every piece of jewelry from Bird + Stone helps build a more equal world by donating funds to causes that support women’s health, provide education to girls and women, environmental protection and more. Produced ethically in the United States, Bird + Stone donates 10% of all product sales that help provide microloans to developing countries, support organizations that advocate for clean energy and provide preventative sexual health services to women in need.
SHOP IT: The Giving Keys, $42
The Giving Keys helps men and women in Los Angels by providing a living wage, benefits, education and more to employees as they transition out of homelessness. Founded in 2008, the Giving Keys provides guidance and mentorship to people in need as they find purpose and live a healthy life. Each key is stamped with an inspirational word. Once you have fulfilled the message on your key, you are encouraged to pay it forward by passing the key on to someone else.
SHOP IT: Love Your Melon, $41
After providing more than 45,000 hats to children battling cancer, Love Your Melon expanded their goal to include raising one million dollars for pediatric cancer research and supporting children and their families during treatment. Love Your Melon has raised over 6.2 million dollars for cancer research and donates 50% of net profits from all sales to the Love Your Melon Fund, to help provide therapy programmes to children battling cancer.
SHOP IT: Everlane, $29
The sustainable fashion brand’s 100% Human Collection helps support the ACLU and protect human rights. For each sale of a T-shirt or sleeveless tees from the collection, Everlane will donate $5 to remind people everywhere that we are all #HumanTogether.