Gifts that Give Back

by inspiredrd on November 27, 2012

Happy Generous Tuesday!  In the spirit of being generous, I thought I would share a list of companies who give back with every purchase.  These brands either donate a portion of each sale to a charity, provide fair trade gifts, or employ people who are making their way out of poverty.  If you still have holiday shopping to do, I hope you’ll take a peek at what these companies have to offer!

fashionABLE scarves create sustainable businesses for women in Africa

fashionABLE works with women in Africa who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty. Each scarf comes with the story of the woman who made it. This plum infinity scarf was made by Saba. Click on the picture to read her story and to see more of the beautiful scarves she makes.

Noonday collection Ancient Ways necklace

Noonday collection advocates for orphans by providing jobs that create a pathway out of poverty, raising money for adoptions, and giving towards orphan care.  This necklace is one of my favorites (and on my Christmas list, hint hint), handmade in Ethiopia from melted-down war weapons.  Most of the artisans who make these necklaces are HIV positive and receive healthcare and literacy training in addition to their job training.  Click on the picture to see more Noonday jewelry, accessories, and gifts for the home.

Furnace Hills Coffee Company has a commitment to hire people that are developmentally disabled.

Furnace Hills Coffee Company has a commitment to hire people that are developmentally disabled.  Click on the photo to watch a video of how this family-owned business was started and how you can support them by buying for the coffee lover in your family.

Open Arms: Employ. Engage. Enjoy.

 Every year, thousands of refugees flee oppression around the world and are resettled in America.  To help them avoid the trap of poverty, Open Arms employs refugees at a living wage to create on-of-a-kind products using recycled t-shirts.  Click on the photo to shop for scarves or skirts and to find out how to donate your old t-shirts.

Every pair of PUNJAMMIES tells the story of a woman who was, once, voiceless. When you buy her PUNJAMMIES, you are key part of her path, out of modern-day slavery, into a life of hope, dignity and freedom.

Every pair of PUNJAMMIES tells the story of a woman who was, once, voiceless. When you buy her PUNJAMMIES, you are key part of her path, out of modern-day slavery, into a life of hope, dignity and freedom.  Click on the photo to shop for pants, shorts, tanks and hoodies (or to buy this pair for me for Christmas…aren’t they cute?).

For every 200 wallets sold, Wallets for Water  constructs a well that provides clean drinking water for an entire community. Get involved by buying a wallet or donating old ties. For every 200 wallets sold, Wallets for Water constructs a well that provides clean drinking water for an entire community. Get involved by buying a wallet or donating old ties.

Hiptipico - handmade gifts from Guatemala

Hiptipico’s mission is to support the creativity, ingenuity and passion of local artists in Guatemala.  They reinvest profits into women’s cooperatives, family shops and Mayan handicrafters to energize the local economy and create access to foreign markets.  I have a few of their items on my Christmas list including this amazing bag.  Click on the photo to shop for bags, shoes, accessories and more.

31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.

31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty.  Their program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity.  Click on the photos to shop for jewelry…or to buy me one of these bracelets for Christmas.

Radiant Cosmetics - help fight human trafficking

Radiant cosmetics fights human trafficking one lipstick at a time.  They partner with anti-trafficking organizations both financially and personally.  Click on the photo above to shop the Radiant Holiday collection.

Food for the Hungry gift catalog

The Food for the Hungry gift catalog has gifts starting as low as $8.  Gifts that can impact a child or a family for a lifetime.  Choose from educational supplies, farm animals, medicine, or fresh water gifts.  Give the gift of hope this Christmas.

To find more gifts that give back, visit my Pinterest board “Companies with a Conscience“.  If you know of any companies to add, please let me know!

Also, make sure to sign up for Pure Charity to earn money back on your everyday spending at places like Target, Gap, and Best Buy.  It only takes a few minutes to sign up, and the money you earn back can go towards a charitable project of your choice.

Happy Shopping!

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