Gift Guides - December 4, 2019

15 Gifts That Give Back to Put Your Spending Power Where Your Heart Is

It’s 2019. That means our power to make the world a better place doesn’t come from who we vote for or who’s in office (thankfully). It comes from conscious efforts to put our money where our heart is, and that means choosing to support companies dedicated to making the world a better place. 

This holiday season, why not choose to shop from sellers who support communities, protect the planet, and live their company’s mission statement? It can be that simple and, when you see the sorts of gifts we’re talking about, you know whoever you’re buying for will have more than one reason to smile. 

For Babies-Toddlers

Stuffed Animal

Krochet Kids is dedicated to breaking the poverty cycle by providing safe and fair workspaces for economically vulnerable women in countries like Uganda and Peru. Every item sold—including this adorable fox and all it’s equally adorable woodland buddies—is handmade by one of these women, who signs her work and shares her story in an online profile.

Price: $35

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For Babies-Toddlers

Cuddle and Kind Doll

These super cute and cuddly dolls are ethically handcrafted in Peru. For every doll sold, the company provides 10 nutritious meals to children through partnerships with the World Food Program and Children’s Hunger Fund. And did we mention these dolls are super cute?  

Price: $55 for small, $75 for large

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For Toddlers-Walkers

Animal Backpack

Pint-sized and totally adorable, this backpack is spacious enough to hold all of your child’s necessities. Plus, with each backpack you purchase, Bixbee donates a bag with school supplies to a child in need around the world.

Price: $30

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For Toddlers-Walkers

Non-Toxic Beanbag Chair

As far as the kids are concerned, bean bag chairs will never go out of style. But the coolest part is that this extra-puffy chair is filled with reclaimed foam from the furniture industry, which prevents it from ending up in landfills. 

Price: $69

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For Teens - Young Adults

Cuffed Pom Beanie

These beanies come in tons of different colors and styles and are among the coziest out there. Plus, this brand is dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer. They give a hat to every child battling cancer and donate 50% of their net profits to funding initiatives that help children and families who need it most. The beanies feature a debossed “Love Your Melon” logo that acts as a talking piece to friends and strangers alike. 

Price: $35-$60

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For Teens - Young Adults

Trendy Backpack

Matt & Nat’s motto is “live beautifully” and these understated backpacks let you do just that. Aesthetics aside, these bags speak to our individual need to treat the earth well and respect nature. The outer layer features recycled materials like previously discarded nylons, cardboard, and cork, and the inner liner is made out of recycled plastic bottles and bicycle tires. Trust us, they look way better as a backpack than they do sitting in a landfill. 

Price: $120-$220

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For Mamas

Strength Necklace

Ban.do wants whoever wears this necklace to have a constant reminder that they are powerful and will persevere. What a gift it is to remind a mama of that truth, and this statement piece can brighten up any outfit. She’ll feel good knowing a portion of these proceeds funds Girls Inc., a non-profit that helps girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers so they can grow up educated, independent, and strong. 

Price: $38

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For Mamas

Harriet Tote

This tote is what happens when mindfulness meets fashion. This bag is made strong for everyday wear, but soft to compliment any outfit. For every bag sold, Harriet Tote provides 100 meals to children in schools around the world. That means as your mama wears this bag, she’ll know she’s helping make kids’ lives a little easier. 

Price: $198

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For Mamas

Pure Energy Wellness Oil

This essential oil blend is as invigorating as coffee—without the crash. The mixture consists of rosemary, peppermint, and ylang ylang and can be diffused, inhaled, or placed on the wrists and temples whenever you need a lift. Plus, Uma reinvests a third of their yearly profits into social initiatives within their local community—like funding a health clinic or providing academic scholarships. 

Price: $49

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For Papas

Knit Snap Down by Pact

Versatile and oh-so-soft, this snap down will uplevel your guy’s everyday attire for a perfectly put together look. Perfect for a weekend brunch or a day in the office, it’s the type of sweater your man doesn’t know he needs until he has one. The material is certified fair-trade organic cotton that’s made especially to use less water than the conventional material. So you can rest easy knowing your purchase isn’t contributing to water pollution. 

Price: $55

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For Papas

Damn Handsome Grooming Kit

Damn Handsome makes men’s grooming products out of would-be-wasted ingredients from the beer brewing process. Now that might sound strange, but when you get to know what goes into making craft beer, you see that tons of healthy ingredients go to waste, and those same ingredients have tons of benefits for your skin. The brand is dedicated to sustainability and preventing unnecessary waste into the carbon cycle, and it smells great. Mix and match a few of these goodies for a groom kit your guy will love. 

Price: $15-$24

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For Friends

Succulent Garden

This fully customizable garden lets you handpick what succulents you’d like to include based on the recipient’s personal style. Then, the garden is hand-planted in a chic box with fresh succulents from Lulu Garden’s Los Angeles garden. The brand is dedicated to improving the lives of others by supporting organizations that provide villages around the world with access to safe water. 

Price: $25-$125

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For Friends

Roots of the Earth Basket

These rustic baskets are handcrafted out of discarded Chinese fir tree root balls. You can choose from two size options, but each basket is completely one of a kind due to variations in the wood. They’re also made holistically and without harsh chemicals, making them entirely food safe and able to store anything from magazines to apples. 

Price: $79 or $95

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For Friends

Conscious Step Socks

Gifting socks for the holidays may seem like a joke, but the fact remains: running out of socks is the worst. Be the hero that helps someone never run out of socks while also helping bring clean drinking water and food to in-need communities. Every collection includes three pairs of organic cotton socks in cool patterns made by fairly paid workers. And for every pair purchased, a portion of the proceeds are donated to important charities fighting to end things like hunger or poor drinking water systems.

Price: $45

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For Friends

Charm Bangle

When life gives you lemons, it’s up to you to use your power of transformation to turn them into lemonade. This golden charm bangle serves as a reminder of inner strength, resilience, and ability to make your life what you want it to be. It’s the perfect thought piece to give someone to prepare for the new year. Plus, this brand donates 20% of the purchase price to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation—a fund aimed to increase awareness around child cancer and help fund pediatric cancer research. 

Price: $38

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What a better time to help others than the holiday season? These companies are doing their part to make the world a better place, and all it takes for them to succeed is a little support. So why not, right?

**If you haven’t had a chance yet, head over to MAED Holiday for more of MAED’s holiday goodness!!

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