GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK 2011

Last year I shared a gift guide full of gifts that giveback to social justice projects, and this year it’s back by popular demand. Let me tell ya, that’s music to my ears because there are SOOOO many great companies out there that are not only designing RAD products but they are making a positive difference in world while doing it. That’s something that I believe in as a business owner, and that I challenge anyone else reading this that own their own too. What ways can you give back not just for Christmas, but year round?!

Get inspired and in the Christmas gift giving spirit with some of these world changing gift ideas!

1 // FashionABLE scarves – FashionABLE makes scarves for kids, women and men in almost every color you can think of. fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, when you purchase a scarf you are providing jobs for women, and then they send the profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women!

2 // Hello Somebody watches – Hello Somebody creates the coolest looking watches in so many bright, eye-popping colors. They are great for guys and gals, and the perfect gift for those that are always late like me. haha! BRian, my husband has a few and he ALWAYS gets compliments on them. The company’s overall mission is to feed and educate children, by providing an avenue of knowledge, in order to break the cycle of poverty and hunger within their generation. Every purchase you make goes toward that cause, and you can go above and beyond and donate more too!

3 // TOMS – You may already own a pair of TOMS shoes, but did you know that they have been coming out with new styles?! They now sell these awesome desert boots for women and men. Plus, they also sell eye wear now! Their buy one give one business model is still the same. So, if you buy one pair of glasses, you’re giving eyesight to a child, and if you buy a pair of shoes, you’re giving shoes to a child in need. AWESOME!!!

4 // FEED bags – FEED makes these cool tote bags that help raise money for food for countries in need. Their mission is simply to FEED the world, and with every purchase you know exactly what country your money is supporting. Kind of cool, huh?! Not to mention, I promise that people are going to be asking you where you got such an awesome bag!

5 // Bobbi Brown lip gloss & lipstick – It’s obviously a gift that any gal would love. So, why not make it a gift that also supports breast cancer research at the same time?! Bobbi Brown makes amazing makeup products, and so you know that you’re buying a quality gift with significance. With every purchase, $10.00 is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

6 // Wallets for Water – This is a company that I have gotten to witness grow from the ground up because it was started by a good friend of mine, Jeff Gokee. His heart for India is HUGE, and his product is RAD! Every wallet is made out of a men’s tie. So, not only is WFW recycling, but they are making a great product that gives clean water to people in India! Sustainability, social justice and fashion in one?! Oh my! Sign me up!

7 // 31 Bits – Boy do I love this company! I love the women that run it. I love the jewelry that they create. I love the positive change that it makes in the lives of women in Uganda. If you’re looking for some beautiful, fashionable jewelry look no further than 31 Bits. Not only does 31 Bits employ women in Uganda that need jobs to support themselves and their families, but part of their time with 31 Bits is literacy education, financial and vocational training and emotional support and care – giving these women a foundation to build upon.

8 // Warby Parker – First of all, how many people love glasses?!?! Even just for fun?!? Warby has started offering sunglasses too, so now you can give the gift of fashionable eye wear to anyone, and give the gift of eye sight to someone in need. Warby has a buy one, give one model. I can’t imagine not being able to see the world and all of its beauty. If there is something that I can do to help change that, I want to be a part of it.

9 // Krochet Kids International – Hats are one thing that I always look forward to in the winter. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can fit all of this hair under a hat, and that’s a very good question, but more importantly, how do these hats help the world? Well, they are empowering women in Uganda by giving them jobs. In fact, every hat is hand signed by the person that made it! Cool, no?! And, these hats are also helping kids in Peru!

1o // Project 7 - Do you like water? How about gum? What about Coffee? Most people I know consume all of those things on a regular basis. Project 7 makes these everyday consumer items, and gives back with every purchase. You guys, their coffee is sooooo good. Brian and I enjoy a cup every morning, and I look forward to it every day. They are called project 7 because they focus on making a difference in 7 areas – Feeding the Hungry, Healing the Sick, Hoping for Peace, Housing the Homeless, Quenching the Thirsty, Teaching them Well and Saving the Earth. Coffee is the perfect gift for friends, co-workers and parents with young children. haha! Seriously though, how awesome that every piece of gum or cup of coffee goes to one of these seven areas?!

11 // Compartes Chocolatier - These dark organic chocolates, from Compartes in California, showing a map of Africa, have creamy fillings of caramelized plantain, Kenyan coffee, cardamom-coconut, crunchy African cocoa nibs and African caramel. The sales help to support a women’s center in Darfur. Boxes are $20 for 5 ($30 for 10 and $50 for 20). Each box comes with one or more “relief bead” bracelets, which sell separately for $10 and provide two months’ education for a child in Darfur.

Alright….Happy shopping. Please add more RAD companies doing amazing things in the comments for people to check out! Lets spread the love this holiday season.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Sseko Designs sandals and clutches are also pretty rad … they employ young women in Uganda for a year as they save for college. http://www.ssekodesigns.com/

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  2. Avatar of Promise Tangeman Promise Tangeman

    WOahh!!!! I love those sandals. Seriously amazing. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Jillian

    Amazing choices!! Love them all. It’s inspiring to see how companies are making a difference & makes me want to do MORE. WAY more! Thanks so much for putting this together & sharing. You rock.
    xx. Jillian

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  4. Ashlee

    MiiR bottles make great gifts! You can customize your color, lids and size of bottles & add a customizable skin to it! One dollar of each MiiR bottle you purchase provides one person with clean water for one year! See more at MiiR.com

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  5. Lisa

    This is seriously awesome! I’m going to see if your old list is still up too. ;-) I’m getting a watch….if I can choose a color! They are all awesome. Do you know what the difference between logo and no logo is? I’m trying to find a pic.

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  6. Catie Ronquillo

    Just discovered Sevenly.org, so awesome! You can purchase a t-shirt for their weekly cause, and they give back $7 to the cause! This week, the shirt benefits girls in Sri Lanka!

    http://www.sevenly.org

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  7. Heather

    I LOVE your list! It’s so awesome that there are so many rad companies with a giving/serving mindset.

    Ashlee stole my suggestion, but then again, she’s always reading my mind. That’s sisters for you. :)

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  8. Lindsey Nobles

    Thanks for including Project 7 on your list! Since you are one of the coolest people I know, it is quite a compliment. Hope to see you soon!

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  9. Mailinh

    Yippee!!!! I absolutely love this post and will be sharing it!!! Thank you, Miss Promise! :0)

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  10. Josie

    Almost everyone loves coffee! Give a membership to ZOE Coffee club. All proceeds go to fight human trafficking. You can check it out here: http://rescueher.org/store_coffee.htm
    What a great list by the way! <3 it!

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  11. Lisa

    A friend of ours is a part of a company called The Paradigm Project whose mission is to help the 3 billion people that still cook over open fires, killing over 2 million people each year and sickening millions more.

    The Paradigm project combats poverty, improves health, reduces deforestation and global climate impact and fosters economic growth in the developing world. Its amazing how cleaner, more efficient technology can be leveraged to address and work towards solving social, environmental and economic issues.

    They use clean burning cookstoves to attack these issues. The stoves immediately impact a woman and a family’s life while reducing the pressure on natural forests and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This means improving lives now and build hope for the future in a sustainable way.

    Right now when you donate to their project you can get a little ornament to be given as a gift that can be passed on to your friends or family.

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  12. Ashley

    Shopgofish.com is a great store that offers fair trade merchandise. They even have their own clothing line that is made by women in Indonesia who are taken in and taught the skill of sewing to support themselves. I love their jewelry too! Love your blog!

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  14. Rachel

    Just made a post today that was almost identical! I second what Elizabeth said. Sseko sandals are incredible.. love them!

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  15. Troy

    Love the Hello Somebody watches…just bought one for my wife as a surprise I’m sure she’ll be rock’n it…

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  16. Michelle Feeney

    A very cool list indeed. Thanks for putting this together! :)

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  17. Steph Lloyd

    Great list! I’m glad so many people are getting involved in social justice projects. I’ve got a soap company called LUKA SOAP. We give one bar away for every one that we sell. There are millions of kids that die every year of disease that is preventable by hand washing. We are currently sending our soap to South Africa and are planning to send to Southeast Asia as well. Thanks for the opportunity to share! Merry Christmas everyone!

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  18. Kari Lamb

    Hello Somebody watches are very cool. Ive had my eye on them for a while. However my business with them before the holiday has been less than desirable. I ordered a watch as a Christmas gift, and it arrived not working. They sent a replacement, but did not send it at the time they said they would. When the replacement did come it was the wrong watch. :(

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  19. Lindy LaROche

    Awesome guide! I hope you another one this year!

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