If you haven’t already gotten your loved ones a present, skip the mall this year and give them a gift that will make a difference in our world. There are countless companies who focus on doing good and bettering local communities around the world, and you can help too! From local artisans in Africa to organizations that provide animals to families on the other side of the globe, your support can improve a life. This season take some time out of the hustle and bustle to remember others and find a cause that you’d like to contribute to.
Local + Lejos
The homewares that you find at Local + Lejos are amazing. Besides the fact that they are beautifully crafted, the story behind the pieces and their makers are even better. The companies mission is to empower local artisans to grow businesses, preserve cultural traditions and create sustainable features for their families. By purchasing items from here you will help these makers around the world be able to thrive!
If you’re looking for a unique and powerful piece of jewelry for yourself or a special someone, consider making your purchase from 31 Bits this year. They have set up a program in Uganda where over the course of five years makers are able to make an income to provide for their families and also receive health education, finance training and and business mentorships. After five years, they graduate from the program and are able to run their own business!
One World Play Project
The story behind One World Play Project is quite simple: They wanted to give kids around the world something to play with that would unite communities. Something as simple as a soccer ball. Their mission says it all, “Play empowers and connects us. It enables hope, opportunity and optimism,” and that’s what we love so much about this positive organization.
The company Enrou is bringing the high style! While there are a variety of different companies that give you the opportunity to buy from makers around the world, this is an extra special part of Enrou. Each item is accompanied by a biography about the individual who made the item you’re about to purchase and how much time it took them to craft it.
When the founder of SoapBox Soaps, David Simnick, learned that 3,000 children’s lives could be saved everyday if they had a bar soap, he quickly decided what his life goal would be. For every item you buy from this site, either soap or a month of clean water is given to someone in need.
You don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in high end pieces from Accompany since they are going to a good cause! Every piece that you find on this site is ethically made and sourced from amazing makers from around the world. Find unique clothing and accessories from here and rest assured that your money is being spent wisely.
While we’ve been focusing a lot on people in local communities around the world, it’s also important to stop and think about how we can help the environment too. Bureo was formed to help find a solution to the growing amount of plastic pollution in the ocean. They formed Net Positiva to create a fishnet collection and recycling program to inspire future generations and initiate social change. You can buy skateboards made from recycled fishnet to help fund the initiative!
The Punjammies from Sudara are sold to help end slavery and sex trafficking across India. The Punjammies are inspired by the beauty, color and textures throughout the Indian culture. These garments are made by local women who are trying to help end the conditions in their communities and give all women equal chances.
All of the sweaters that you see from Slumlove are handmade in Nairobi, Kenya using all natural and organic materials. The local makers are paid, treated with respect and given many opportunities to help better their lives and their community. A portion from sales is also given to scholarships for local children to be able to attend high school and continue their educations.
The temporary tattoo company Tattly teamed up with Charity Water for a good cause. The proceeds from sales goes to helping give people the clean water that they need and deserve. For just a few dollars spent on these fun accessories, you will be changing someone’s life.
Culturally Appropriate Sportswear
Unfortunately, there are millions of people in need in our world, and this happens to be one of the organizations that I think is doing amazing work to care for them. By donating here you will be able to supply culturally appropriate sportswear to young females in Islamic cultures so that they will be able to comfortably participate in sports.
Raven and Lily
While you’ve already seen great places to buy clothing, accessories and homeware- Raven and Lily has amazing paper goods that anybody would love to receive as a gift. The company was started to help alleviate poverty amongst young women all around the world, and that’s definitely something we can get behind. Not only do they employ young women, but also they provide healthcare and education to the communities where their makers are located.
Through organizations such as Heifer International you are able to donate all types of different things to people in need. One very important thing happens to be animals. While animals provide families with food and income, they also lift morale and are greatly appreciated as gifts. You can donate in full or chip in with others to help provide families and communities with the basic necessities.
The company Sseko is pretty awesome. They employ young women in Uganda to help them earn money that goes directly towards their college education. This initiative allows these girls to continue their education and achieve their goals!
Do you plan on spreading the love this holiday season by giving a gift that keeps on giving? Share your story in the comments!