‘The most wonderful time of the year’ is upon us yet again, bringing twinkly lights, festive music, holiday gatherings, and (of course) gifts.
If you’ve already checked everyone off your holiday shopping list, kudos to you—sit back, relax and enjoy the season. However, if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect gift that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face, consider giving a gift that will create joy for both the recipient and others!
We’ve compiled a list of 10 ways you can give socially- and eco-conscious gifts this year, that will bring twice the joy (at no extra cost!).
True to its name (which translates to “global citizen”) this certified e-commerce B Corporation builds bridges between commerce and economic development. What began as a t-shirt company has grown into a global men’s apparel company that practices ecologically conscious design and manufacturing. Learn more about Apolis.
This certified B Corp—known for creating beauty products without any harmful ingredients—partners with renowned non-profits EWG, Breast Cancer Fund, and Healthy Child Healthy World. Their products can be found online, as well as at many Target locations. Learn more about Beautycounter.
Socks are the #1 most requested clothing item at homeless shelters. Similar to the TOMS model, Bombas donates a pair of socks for each pair sold to a shelter, non-profit, charity or individual. Learn more about Bombas.
Buying from this global e-commerce platform provides artisans in need with opportunities for dignified work, and allows consumers to contribute their buying dollars to causes they care about. Learn more about Enrou.
Purchase clothing, glassware or delicious baked goods to help bring hope to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. Learn more about Homeboy Industries.
Purchasing clothing or accessories from this company helps empower the women of Northern Uganda and Peru, providing them with assets and skills to help lift them and their families out of poverty. Learn more about Krochet Kids.
Made by DCW
Shop from candles, soaps, totes, ornaments and more, to support female artisans served by the Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles. Proceeds help to break the cycle of chronic homelessness and unemployment. Learn more about Made by DCW.
Want to give some tasty treats this holiday? Check out this chocolate company that makes chocolate at the source, practicing what they call 4x Fair Trade. Learn more about Madecasse.
The Giving Keys
Help those transitioning out of homelessness by purchasing “Giving Keys”—wearable engraved keys, bringing messages of hope to both their wearers and creators. Learn more about The Giving Keys.
Looking for apparel and gear for your next adventure in the great outdoors? Look no further than Patagonia, whose dedication to environmental and social responsibility matches the quality of its products. Learn more about Patagonia.
However you decide to spread holiday cheer and show your loved ones you care this season—whether it’s giving a gift or sharing your time—remember to embrace the simple joys of the season. There’s so much more to this season than hustle and bustle. Enjoy!
Don’t see your favorite gifts that give back on our list? Please share them in the comments below!