With the Thanksgiving spirit of gratitude still with us, we rounded up gifts that do more than put a smile on the face of the receiver; they also give back to someone (or something) in need. Each item on our wish list donates proceeds to charities, promotes fair trade relationships, or participates in a “buy one, give one,” philosophy.
From glam lipsticks that benefit HIV/AIDS research to bicycles that provide clean drinking water, and bracelets that plant trees, we have something for everyone on your list (even that hard-to-please aunt). Log on, fill those electronic shopping carts, and become a hero just by clicking, “purchase” this season.
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1. Sandy Hook Green nail polish
2. Toasty Morning Mug
Every item at Ten Thousand Villages creates jobs in disadvantaged areas and supports fair trade. This pretty mug was hand-painted by artisans in Bat Trang, Vietnam, a village that was established in the 14th century to supply ceramics to the royal household.
Ten Thousand Villages, $18; tenthousandvillages.com.
3. Swinging Owl Wind Chime
This adorable duo supports fair trade and helps create jobs by employing Peruvian artisans Manos Amigas (“Hands Joined in Friendship”), who harvest the gourds and then etch and paint the owls.
Ten Thousand Villages, $34; tenthousandvillages.com.
5. Emerald Bird Table Runner
Add a pop of cheery color to your dining room while supporting JOYN, which provides employment, education, and medical care to artisans in the Himalayas.
JOYN, $36; toms.com/marketplace.
6. Guatemala Bag
Buying this on-trend tote means that a child will be supplied with micronutrients for one year thanks to FEED, an organization started by Lauren Bush. To date, FEED has provided over 60 million meals to children around the world.
FEED, $50; feedprojects.com.
7. RuPaul’s The Original Viva Glam Lipstick
Mac’s Viva Glam has raised a mind-boggling $250 million for HIV/AIDS programs since 1994. This year, they’re bringing their original Viva Glam Girl back! Snap up RuPaul’s ruby shade and every cent will go towards helping women, men, and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
MAC, $15; maccosmetics.com.
8. Charity Pot Cocoa Butter Lotion
Not only is this heavenly lotion vegan and sourced from Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, it also contributes every penny of its price (after tax) directly to Lush-approved charities. Since 2005, they’ve donated to over 350 charities including Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, Acid Survivors Trust, and the Beagle Freedom Project.
LUSH, $5.95/1.7 oz.; lushusa.com.
10. Alpaca Classic Cape
We love everything on Cuyana’s website, including their “intentional buying” philosophy! With every purchase, customers are sent a reusable bag to fill up with items that “aren’t helping you live your most beautiful life.” You mail the bag back to them and their non-profit partners will get the cast-offs to people in need. Bonus: every donation made is rewarded with a $10 credit towards your next Cuyana purchase.
Cuyana, $195; cuyana.com.
11. Turkish Robe
Purchase this effortlessly elegant robe from Cuyana and they’ll send you a reusable bag (with a mailing label) to send back old clothes to be donated. You’ll streamline your wardrobe, donate to someone in need, and get a $10 credit for your next Cuyana order.
Cuyana, $95; cuyana.com.
12. Isadora Necklace
13. Purple Passion Triple Wrap Bracelet
These cheerful bracelets pull double do-good duty supporting both upcycling and charity at the same time. They are made from vintage silk saris and, with each bracelet purchased, a tree is planted by Trees for the Future. GreenSewn has already planted over 38,000 trees!
GreenSewn, $39.20; designedgood.com.
14. Roma Boots
15. Values Inside Out You + Sephora Cosmetic Collection
Get glam and give back! For each sparkling set of Values Inside Out makeup sold through the end of 2013, Sephora will donate $13 to the American Heart Association.
Sephora, $20; sephora.com.
16. Warby Parker Gift Card
Nearly one billion people worldwide need glasses—which means that 15% of the global population can’t effectively work or learn. Warby Parker seeks to change that with their buy one, give one philosophy. For every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is given to someone in need with help from VisionSpring.
Bonus: gift cards come complete with a DIY Snowman Kit this holiday season.
Warby Park, choose from $50, $95, or $150 increments; warbyparker.com.