The only thing that feels better than giving someone a great gift is surprising them with a gift that gives back.
Not only are you making a contribution to the betterment of society, your gift also comes with a strong backstory and talking points – always a bonus.
Here are 7 gifts that give back this holiday season.
TOMS Shoes and Sunglasses
TOMS products are fashionable and functional, they are also literally life changing for people in need around the globe. For every pair of shoes purchased (and the shoes now go well beyond their signature canvas slip-ons), the company will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. Similarly, for every pair of stylish and versatile sunglasses purchased, TOMS will restore sight to someone in need.
An Out of Print Tee
For lovers of iconic literature on your list (or those who just like to look smart), online fashion boutique Out of Print offers t-shirts, tote bags and accessories that feature classic and out-of-print book covers. Think Moby Dick and Catcher in the Rye, made fashionable. For each product sold, the company will donate to a community in need through their collaboration with Books For Africa.
IKEA’s Let’s Play for Change Stuffed Toys
For the babies on your list, IKEA’s “Let’s Play for Change,” stuffed toys are designed by kids for kids and are part of the brand’s 2017 SAGOSKATT collection. The best part about giving this gift is that 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated throughout the world to support kids’ right to play and develop their skills.
Me to We Necklace
Me to We has an entire online store that’s filled with products that give back. The necklaces make a well-received option for the fashion loving female. The versatile Zuri Convertible Necklace can be dressed up or down, and the cascading strands of brass, glass beads and semiprecious beads can be worn together or separately. Each purchase from the catalogue goes towards access to education for impoverished communities around the world.
Lush Charity Pot
Canadian beauty brand Lush’s Charity Pot hand and body lotion is the perfect solution to revitalize dry winter skin. The lotion is made from ethically sourced ingredients that support regenerative projects globally. One hundred per cent of the sales of the product are allocated directly to animal protection, human rights and environmental causes.
Canadian fashion footwear leader Aldo has partnered with Global Citizen to create a capsule collection of limited edition Mx. running shoes. The gender-neutral shoes are available in grey, red and black, and all proceeds from their sale go towards Global Citizen’s mission to help children around the world gain access to education.
Fashion designer powerhouse Tory Burch is known for her support of female entrepreneurs just as much as she is for her high-end accessories and shoes. The Tory Burch Foundation Seed Box features seven well-curated products from seven female-owned companies, including items like a necklace, a detox bath and nail polish. All proceeds from the sales of the box support female entrepreneurs through the Tory Burch Foundation.