I have been working on compiling these shopping lists this whole year!! Hopefully I’ll tell you about at least a few you may have never heard about. You know that fair trade is my passion, but really ethical practices, products that help people who can’t help themselves, and/or provide hope through job creation or mission based support are all important to me. Here are a few of my top picks that are all made in the USA and all have a giving-based component. Take some time to browse these online shops! Many are offering sales through the weekend. 🙂
She Does Justice is an advocate for those who need one. Each month they spotlight an organization to support and donate at least 10% of gross profit to an organization to help further their mission. Check out their cause for this month on their blog! Most of items are handmade. Fabrics are special ordered so scarves and headbands are offered in limited quantity. November’s cause has been Sole Hope – another organization I hold close to my heart! Everything is up to 25% off through Monday! Prices range from $4.50-$17 right now for the gifts highlighted below:
UHDLT (pronounced like “adult”) cases are made locally in California by a woman-owned manufacturing company (how rad is that?!). And the brand is launching EXCLUSIVELY on Indiegogo, so this is your opportunity to not only receive one of these bad boys, but to play a key role in making this idea a reality. UHDLT was born while the founder was volunteer tutoring at a homeless shelter and her eyes were opened to the growing digital divide in our society. Students with incredible drive to persevere through adversity lacked the resources and knowledge needed to succeed in the computer-dependant world in which we now live. To help bridge this gap she founded UHDLT to help provide learning programs that would not only teach these students the basic essential computer skills, but also open their minds to the wealth of knowledge and opportunities available to them through skillful navigation of the Internet. After a year of working with industry veterans, the UHDLT collection has been perfected and is ready for launch! 25% of sales go directly back to fund their mission to help provide hope to at risk youth.
• For a donation of $35 you will receive a tablet case in the style of your choice.
• For a donation of $42 you will receive a 13″ or 15″ laptop case in the style of your choice.
Ginger Lane Goods for good is a one woman show! She has always had a love for sewing and making things with her hands, and has a heart for giving. So she decided to start making things to sell and uses a portion of all proceeds to sponsor children through Compassion International. Here are some of the amazing clutches she makes!
I LOVE THIS SOAP! I bought a set of 12 soaps from hand in hand. It’s so lightly scented and cutely packaged. It makes a great little extra to throw in a hostess gift or a stocking. 🙂 All the ingredients are fair trade certified (a biggie for me) and the soaps are made in Vermont. Hand in hand’s principle belief is that a bar of soap can save a life. How? Each year more than 5 million people, mainly children, die in impoverished areas of the world due to respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases. These diseases kill more people in a year than HIV and malaria combined. Studies have shown that hand washing with soap can reduce nearly half of these infections that ultimately lead to death. Prevention is key. Simply put, a bar of soap can save a life. Buy a bar – they give a bar. Plus they are striving to operate at a low carbon footprint and they donate towards clean water efforts (well digging, etc).
Threads is a cause driven business that changes the future of at risk youth who come from various backgrounds, but all have one thing in common: they want to break the cycle. By employing these youth, Threads instill values of self reliance and hard work. They are paid fair wages for the bracelets they make, and in turn are able to pay their way through school. Many of Threads employees are first generation college students. They dream of becoming nurses, broadcasters, writers and engineers. If that’s not worth supporting, I don’t know what is!! Great prices too!
Better Life Bags hires women who otherwise cannot get jobs. Better Life Bags rents them sewing machines and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families. Most of these women are first generation immigrants from countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen, so their work also provides them with much needed fellowship and friendship. When first started, Better Life Bags gave 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org. That’s no longer a regular contribution (through Kiva) because they are now focused on giving to local initiatives. The have some ready made bags but also offer the option for custom bags.
What are some of your favorite made in America gifts? Or gifts that give?