The holiday season is in full swing and if you’re like me, your shopping list and to do lists are LONG! However, lately I’ve really been thinking about ways to use my purchase power for good.
Anna Lappé said, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Whoa…think about THAT for a second.
If you’ve ever felt like you are too small to make a real difference in the world, I am here to tell you…you can make a difference. Start now by making a purchase with a purpose.
Keep reading for 10 of my favorite gifts from companies who give back!
Tribe Alive utilizes a passion for fashion and responsible commerce as a platform to help alleviate poverty among women. They work with artisan partners all over the world to employ impoverished women at fair trade wages and give them access to a safe job, sustainable income, and a chance to determine their own future.
The Tribe Alive “Fringe Sphere” Necklace is a bold brass pendant hung with unique metal fringe detail, and made with love in Honduras.
The Giving Keys employs individuals transitioning out of homelessness, and in 2013 they began partnering with a non-profit organization called Chrysalis to help find more employees who were looking for a second chance. Chrysalis is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
The Giving Keys “Classic” Necklace is made from a repurposed key and is available in several different metals/words.
BÉLJOY was born out of a vision to give the people of Haiti opportunities to earn money through honest and dignified work. By teaching this trade and paying a superior wage, BÉLJOY hopes to strengthen people, restore dignity, and give the Haitians an opportunity to provide for their families. Every purchase made directly affects lives in Haiti and increases the opportunity to bless others.
This BÉLJOY “Blake” Bracelet is made of onyx coin, faceted gold, a fabric tassel, brass charm. The BÉLJOY “Binnie” Bracelet is made with a brass bar and crystal quartz. Both are hand strung with love in Haiti.
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Rethreaded is breaking the cycle of the sex trade by offering viable and creative work to those affected by prostitution, drug addiction, and human trafficking. Rethreaded employs local survivors and has positively impacted the lives of over 2,000 women through their import company. Each life holds great value, and the positive impact these women experience in their lives reaches far out into the the community through grace, hope, and reconciliation.
The Rethreaded “Grace” Scarf is lightweight, versatile, 100% cotton, and made by a survivor in Florida.
Sudara is passionate about India, where some of the highest estimates of slavery and sex-trafficking anywhere in the world are reported. They have seen how safe, sustainable jobs are making a way for women to escape the sex trade or altogether avoid it. PUNJAMMIES® are inspired by the beauty, colors, and textures seen throughout the local culture in India.
These Sudara”Munny” PUNJAMMIES® are 100% cotton, have comfy pockets, and are crafted by brave women in India who wish to remain free from the trade they escaped.
Three Cords Haiti’s vision is to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women. They provide opportunities in the workplace for job empowerment, spiritual development, and growth in life skills that will produce products that come with inspiring stories of life change.
These Three Cords Haiti Totes are reversible with a beautiful inside lining. It has comfortable straps, the perfect pocket, and is made from 100% cotton. And, the tote comes in 149 colors, prints, and patterns!
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The Flourish Market is all about spreading dignity across the globe. They’re an online boutique and brick/mortar store in Raleigh, NC that partners with 32 brands that work all over the world, providing dignified jobs and fair wages to inspiring artisans and makers in vulnerable communities.
This Flourish Market 12oz “Strong + Kind” mug is a great reminder that you can be both strong and kind.
Marie Mae strives to use their business as a force for good. They believe a business education is the most sustainable way to improve lives, so each item purchased provides one hour of business training for women in Rwanda and other emerging markets.
This Marie Mae “Spring” Stationery Set features 12 flat A2 cards (3 of each of the 4 designs in the spring collection), as well as 12 envelopes.
Compliment is a business that believes in educational equity and that all students deserve access to opportunities. In fact, a percentage of every Compliment sale goes toward their Compliment Scholarship Program.
These Compliment Shine Your Light Candles are hand-poured, clean-burning, soy- wax, and have a “lemon rose” scent. They are available in 7 compliment phrases.
One bottle of One Hope Brut Sparkling wine provides meals to 15 children in need.
This One Hope Wine can be paired with appetizers, seafood, sushi as well as a wide range of desserts and cheeses. And just look at that gorgeous bottle!
Looking for other ways to #purchasewithapurpose ? Shop local and shop small! You can read about my favorite gifts from some local Dallas businesses here.
And remember…the holiday season is about so much more than hustle, bustle, gifts, and to do lists.
This time of year allows us to spend quality time with the people we care about and presents us with many opportunity to give back to those in need.
Your love and your time are the best gifts you can give.