Happy Tuesday! I typically like to get a post up here on the blog on Mondays, but yesterday’s post didn’t quite go as planned. Sunday night we got hit with a blizzard here in Illinois and our power went out. It was out for over 24 hours! So I didn’t have access to WiFi until this morning. After spending yesterday, quite literally, in the dark I found myself constantly thinking about families who live like that every single day, those without homes, those without a home like mine, those who have never even known the simple luxuries of electricity, plumbing, or WiFi, in other countries. And then I woke up this morning and found out today is “Giving Tuesday.” So I decided to push yesterday’s planned content to later this week and put together this gift guide to share with you today: Gifts that Give Back. All of the stores and products rounded up in this post give back in a variety of ways to various organizations that support those in need both here in the US and also, in other parts of the world. (Plus, I’ve included one awesome company who supports animals!)
I hope you guys love this round-up and consider purchasing a gift or two from one of these retailers this holiday season!
1.) Raven and Lily
This beautiful brand provides women around the globe full time work, fair wages, access to safe working facilities, and health care services. They have a huge array of gorgeous items perfect for gifts! I especially love their candle selection.
This shop with a purpose also supports women in need throughout the world. They currently help support 4,500 artisans and their families! They have a gorgeous selection of jewelry, including these earrings, and a handful of other goods as well, all made by artisans across the globe.
3.) Grounds & Hounds
Being the coffee-fanatic I am I was especially excited to come across this brand. Ground & Hound’s mission is to support organizations who give dogs a “second chance.” They have a diverse selection of coffees in addition to coffee accessories and apparel!
4.) Hand in Hand
This “sustainable suds” based company sells soaps, scrubs, and other bath supplies with a purpose. Their mission “buy a bar, give a bar” has provided over 1 million bars of soap and 4 wells to areas in need in Haiti.
5.) Greenheart Shop
This diverse online shop, based in Chicago, prides themselves in finding collections that “do as little harm as possible” by only carrying products that are eco-friendly, fairly traded, and carry a social mission. The shop carries accessories, food items, and home products.
This adorable etsy shopped started by artist and designer, Laura, carries beautiful selections of accessories, home, and kitchen decor. 10% of every purchase is donated to Freedom Firm, an organization who works to “rescue, restore and pursue justice for victims of sex trafficking in India.”
With every purchase this popular stationary store gives school supplies back to school systems in need in the US. I thought these pencils were adorable, but they have a huge assortment of fun stationary and supplies!
8.) The Giving Keys
I was so excited to come across this organization, I think their mission is so beautiful! The company repurposes old keys, stamping them with inspiration words, and making them into pieces of jewelry. They encourage those who purchase their products to one day pass their key on to someone who needs the message stamped on the key more than them. In addition, the company works to provide jobs for those in need. To date, they have created 143,421 hours of work!
Last but not least, Miscoots Outfitters sells cozy winter accessories to support the homeless. With every item purchased, an equal quality item is donated to the homeless. Beyond that, they also work to employ homeless individuals within their company!
Jesus loves you guys!