Welcome to this year’s Gifts that Give Back Guide! For the last three years, I have gathered up some of my favorite gift ideas from businesses who give back to communities around the world. Each year I am overwhelmed by the creative, beautiful, and innovative products I find. When you shop from these businesses you get more than a unique gift for a loved one. Your dollars also support real people around the world–survivors of human trafficking, women refugees, transitioning homeless, and children in underprivileged neighborhoods.
As always, I’ve tried to spotlight some new organizations this year, but I’m also never able to include all of the incredible organization and social enterprises I find. If you’re looking for even more ideas, please check out the Gifts that Give Back Guides from 2017, 2016, and 2015 or scroll through my Gifts That Give Back Pinterest Board for inspiration!
I’ve picked a few of my favorite products from each business, but I hope you’ll take the time to explore each of their websites. Be inspired, be encouraged, and gift with purpose this season! A few of these businesses have generously provided a special discount code for NeighborFood readers. If there’s a discount, it’ll be listed under my pick. I hope you enjoy picking out gifts for every special person on your list this year!
Treetops Collective is a Michigan based organization committed to welcoming women refugees. They use creativity and asset based community development to help women heal, develop their skills, and establish a strong social fabric. They’re fostering cross-cultural relationships and helping change the narrative around refugees in our communities. This is good-neighbor work at its core, and I am 100% here for it.
My pick: Spread Welcome Mat ($45)- This striking mat would be a lovely way to welcome people to your home. I’m also in LOVE with this Good Neighbor in Training Onesie ($18), but several of the sizes are currently sold out. Sign up to find out when it’s back in stock!
Hands Producing Hope‘s line of jewelry, apparel, wall hangings, and baskets are all ethically made, providing dignified work, education, and hope for women and families in Costa Rica and Rwanda.
My Pick: I love a classic, neutral necklace that can be wrapped to compliment any outfit, and this Nova Necklace definitely fits the bill! The Funky Chicken Wrap Skirt ($32) is also ridiculously fun, and it looks incredibly comfy too!
Fazl’s collection of socks, bags, hats, and mittens are the ultimate in cozy. Their handcrafted products provide dignified work and living wages to women in the Himalayas, plus 50% of profits are donated to orphanages in India.
My pick: I’m convinced that half the reason I’m grumpy in the winter is because my feet are cold. That’s why I’m all about these thick, knit socks ($24) in a festive, cheerful design.
Special Discount: Use code FAZLFOODIE to buy one pair of socks and get the second pair at 50% off.
Imagine Goods is founded on the belief that “when we buy a product, the cost of the item should be able to sustain every person connected to it with a living wage.” YES. I am smitten with their line of skirts (I have one of their wrap skirts, and it’s wonderful), dresses, and aprons, and they also have the cutest baby clothes!
My Pick: The Winnie Child’s Apron ($32)- THE CUTENESS. I need one of my friends who has a girl to buy this apron so I can live vicariously through them. I also love this Griller’s Apron ($35) for the grill master in your life.
Krochet Kids– Year after year I come back to Krochet Kids. Their line of clothing, bags, and accessories is so cute and cozy, and I can’t get enough of their mission. Krochet Kids provides life-changing job opportunities to women throughout the world. I also LOVE that they have apparel and accessories for men, women, AND children on their site!
My Pick: Handpicked Hoots Knit Owl Hat ($28)– I might literally die of cuteness if my child put this on. They also have adorable stuffed animals (see this knit alpaca ($35)), and I can personally vouch for the quality of their slouchy Brix beanie ($22).
Discount Code: Use code “giftoflove from 11/28-12/2 to get 40% off your purchase.
Preemptive Love Coalition’s Mission is one that is near and dear to my heart. They show up on the front lines of some of the world’s most violent conflicts and provide emergency relief, job opportunities, and community rebuilding. They have a range of refugee-made soaps, candles, and knit animals in their shop, as well as apparel.
My Pick: People Matter Most Hoodie ($45)– We’re in the midst of a tough season with our two boys, in that my 4 year old loves to build things and my 1 year old loves to destroy things. My older son’s anger often results in an impulsive hit, but we keep going back to this same phrase: “People are more important than things.” I love that I can wear one of our family’s values with this People Matter Most Sweatshirt. Plus, it looks cozy AF. Other favorites? The Sisterhood Knit Panda ($15) crocheted by a Syrian refugee and the Kinsman Charcoal Soap ($10) made in Iraq by men displaced by war.
Discount Code: Use Code NeighborFood at checkout to get 20% off your entire order
Fair Anita partners with women around the globe to make quality, locally sourced, and eco-friendly products. All of their artisans are paid 2-3x minimum wage plus health insurance and educational scholarships. Their collection includes jewelry, clothing, scarves, and bags.
My Pick: Sustainable Bamboo Straw Set ($14)– Looking to ditch plastic straws? This set is gorgeous, reusable, and affordable. They’d make a great stocking stuffer too! I also love this Gray Goddess Necklace ($24).
Sseko designs beautiful bags, jewelry, and apparel. Every purchase supports employment for women in Uganda as well as college scholarships for continued education.
My Pick: Slim Wallet in Oiled Chocolate ($34.99)- This gorgeous, sleek wallet is handcrafted in Ethiopia with locally sourced leather. I know at least one guy who’d be happy to open this up on Christmas morning!
Cacoa Tea Co. makes ethically sourced Cacoa Tea, or Chocolate Tea, which provides cacoa farmers with a living wage. Plus, 15% of all their profits are donated to provide meals to malnourished families throughout the world.
My Pick: Cacoa Tea– This tea has the delicate taste and aroma of chocolate, but is sugar free, gluten free, and caffeine free! Wonderful for a gentle morning boost or a little afternoon pick me up.
Discount code: Use code NeighborFood15 for 15% off your order.
Hon’s Honey– Based in Baltimore, MD, Hon’s Honey provides dignified work to women at risk of addiction, poverty, human trafficking, and abuse. Their products include raw honey, candles, soap, body scrubs, and beard salves.
My pick: Healin’ Ointment ($15)- This natural ointment can be used to soothe cuts, scrapes, sunburns, rashes and even bug bites! This looks like the perfect gift for a new mom! They also have a Beard Salve ($15) that looks like a treat for the bearded men in your life.
Akola’s line of luxury jewelry is handcrafted by women in Uganda. Every purchase helps provide a living wage and meaningful work to a woman in extreme poverty.
My pick: The Eve Drop Earring in Pearl ($58) would be a lovely way to dress up a classic Christmas party dress. The Amida Earrings ($150), made from carved horn and Swarovski crystals, are also stunning.
Tegu makes simple, beautiful magnetic blocks for kids. Every purchase helps create stable jobs in Honduras, improving the livelihoods of not only the 200 employees that work at their factory but also the 361 family members that rely on them.
My Pick: Tegu’s Classic Set ($68) of blocks really can’t be beat for hours of open ended fun, but this pocket pouch ($30) would be perfect to throw into a diaper bag or keep in the car. A couple of blocks = endless possibilities and a quiet car ride!
Root Collective makes gorgeous leather shoes and bags. They partner with small workshops in Guatemala City and Pastores and ensure all of their shoemakers are paid above and beyond fair trade wages.
My pick: Blythe Boot in Chesnut ($248)- These boots immediately caught my eye. I love the design, and they’d compliment almost any outfit.
GlobeIn is a monthly subscription box service filled with handmade and ethically sourced goods from around the world. Each box supports artisans with dignified work and fair trade wages. They also have a store packed with handmade gifts for the home, including hand blown glassware, hand painted dishes, and jewelry.
My Pick: Monthly Subscription Box (from $33)- I am a sucker for any subscription box, but this one is really something special. Not only is it filled with gorgeous and unique handmade gifts, each month GlobeIn lets you choose from 5 different themes, so you get a box that’s perfect for you. Some of their previous themes have included The Kitchen Box (Hello!), the Bath Box, the Laundry Box, and the Cozy Box.