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Gifts that Give Back

By - Posted on December 5, 2016

The true spirit of the holiday season is to help those in need. Check people off your holiday gift list and give back at the same time by shopping at retailers that support charitable organizations. Stock up on presents for family, friends, teachers, and anyone else, while benefiting worthwhile causes that help children, the environment, animals and more.  Make meaningful purchases that your recipients will love – and that you’ll feel good about giving – and check out these companies:

 
Bears for Humanity

Who doesn’t love a cuddly little teddy bear? Well when you buy one from Bears for Humanity, you’ll not only be making a purchase for your recipient, but the California-based company will donate a teddy bear to a child in need.

Bears for Humanity makes cute teddy bears and other animal pals right here in the United States of America. Through its partnership with organizations like Toys for Tots, Save the Children, and others, it gives the teddy bears to children who, according to its website, “could use a smile.”

All products are made of 100% Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Certified Organic Cotton and Hemp. The company also provides jobs for at-risk mothers, fathers, and caregivers.

Bears for Humanity is a recipient of many awards including the 2015 Parents’ Gold Choice Award.

Cuddle+Kind

Help feed children in need when you purchase a hand-knit doll from cuddle+kind. Ethically produced by women artisans in Peru, these dolls are heirloom quality and are available in 13” and 20” sizes. There’s Aspen the penguin, Sadie the fox, Isla the mermaid and many other adorable choices. Through partnerships with the World Food Program USA and the Children’s Hunger Fund, cuddle+kind provides 10 nutritious meals for children for every one doll they sell. To date, they have given almost 500,000 meals and have a goal to provide 1 million meals a year.

Deep Blue

Help save the sea in style with Deep Blue. Started by a college student who was inspired by an ocean-themed freshman writing seminar, this online store sells trendy short and long sleeve t-shirts, hats and other accessories that your environmentally-conscious friends and family will appreciate.  Ten percent of each sale is donated to organizations that are committed to conserving and protecting ocean life and environments. All shipping components are biodegradable and the company works with manufactures that provide eco-friendly options.

I Heart Dogs

Find the perfect gifts for the serious dog lovers in your life, while also helping dogs in need when you shop at I Heart Dogs. The site sells dog-themed apparel, jewelry, and home goods, and each purchase provides a specific number of daily meals to shelter dogs.  From clever t-shirts and pillows to fashionable accessories, there is something for anyone who cherishes their furry best friend.  Monthly donation reports are available on the website and show just how great of an impact the company has had on shelter and rescue dogs.  Since the beginning of 2016, more than 4 million meals have been donated!

Love Your Melon

Love Your Melon is an apparel brand that sells soft and trendy beanies, caps, apparel, and accessories.  The company gives hats to children undergoing cancer treatment. In April 2016, Love Your Melon announced that it was donating 50% of net proceeds from the sale of all Love Your Melon products to nonprofit partners that help fight pediatric cancer.

The Marine Shop

If you know someone who loves to show their pride for the United States Marine Corps, The Marine Shop is your go-to retailer. Operated by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation (MCA&F), The Marine Shop is available online or you can visit their store locations within MCB Quantico and MCB Camp Lejeune. The store sells Marine-themed clothing and jewelry, books, home and car accessories, and more. Every purchase supports programs that recognize and honor active duty Marines and Sailors.

Society B

Calling itself a “marketplace for good,” Society B only sells brands that donate a percentage of their sales to charities or that have a track record for providing fair trade and fair wage conditions. With items like made-in-Peru hats that support a cycle of sustainable employment and handmade toys that help provide jobs for disadvantaged women in Bangladesh, you can be confident that you will be doing a bit of good with every purchase. To increase its social impact, Society B donates 10 percent of its own sales to charities including Water.org, A21,  Action Against Hunger, Brighton Their World, and the Kids in Need Foundation.

Women’s Peace Collection

The Women’s Peace Collection is a social enterprise that helps female artisans in developing countries pursue their dreams and become self-sufficient entrepreneurs. Through the website, you can order handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and home accents and support these talented women.

The enterprise partners directly with the artisans, as well as with non-profit organizations and fair trade suppliers. The Women’s Peace Collection is a member of the Fair Trade Federation which ensures that that artisans are paid fair wages and work in safe and respectful conditions.

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