Gifts That Give Back

gifts that give back

Gifts That Give Back

If you’re still holiday shopping or just getting started, can I inspire you to shop brands that give back. There are so many conscious brands that are fashionable and chic (read not granola). I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites that will make a difference, plus they’ll look good under the tree.

Love 41 is a leather handbag and accessory company whose sole mission is to help reform and rebuild the community in Rwanda. They recently released a Home Line just in time for the holidays which includes leather throw, plaid blanket, leather desk organizer, leather serving tray, leather coaster set, leather placement mat, and leather table runner.

the little market basket

The Little Market is an online fair trade shop where customers can purchase beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. The Little Market practices fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families. I love the ready made gift boxes, baby booties, holiday candles, and baskets.

Amazon Smile gives back to your favorite charity when you shop through Amazon. Every time you shop through, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.


Bliss & Mischief will be donating 15% of its online proceeds to causes that empower women, advocate for the rights of immigrants and the LGBTQ community, fight for racial equality and defend our fragile environment (through the end of the year). I love the cropped jacket, off the shoulder blouse, embroidered bandana, and flutter denim.


Sudara is a chic line of loungewear including pajamastees, and robes that create jobs for women in India for those who have been rescued or escaped sex-trafficking. When you purchase a piece from Sudara, you invest in the freedom and dignity of these women and girls who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children. I love the Lelitha Robe and girls’ pajamas and tees.

UBUNTU Made is a line of premium accessories handcrafted in Kenya that help connect people all over the world by celebrating beauty and craftsmanship from the hands of their makers to yours. The sale of Ubuntu Made products support social impact programs in Kenya, creating jobs and livelihood in specific communities there, which breathes vitality and vibrancy into a developing area. I love the canvas shopper, amour bracelet, and wrap scarf.



  1. Jim Loomis
    November 29, 2016 / 2:06 pm

    Excellent post, Annette. We participate in Amazon Smile. Our organization gets their donations regularly and promptly. It really does work.

    • November 29, 2016 / 2:51 pm

      Thanks Jim! I recently switched to fund the local Planned Parenthood given the political climate. It’s such an easy way to give back, I want everyone to know about it!

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