In the spirit of giving, we’ve assembled a roundup of gifts with greater meanings—whether they are sustainable, handmade by artisans, donating proceeds to admirable organizations, or made with organic materials. These are the gifts you need to do good (and feel good!) this holiday season.
Calm Sleep Mist (PRODUCT)RED ($29.99)
Give the gift of sleep (is there any greater gift?) this Christmas with a very effective sleep spray. This one specifically gives back to the fight against AIDS, with a $1 of each purchase going to RED, which provides days of life-saving medication to someone living with HIV. Or gift the gift of meditation: $1 from every Calm app subscription during the month of December will also go to fight AIDS with RED.
Twenty percent of sales of this Baxter of California kit will be donated to the RED global fund in support of the fight to end AIDS (this kit specifically provides over 40 days of life-saving HIV medication). Beyond doing incredible things, this kit has BoC best sellers: deodorant, face wash, shampoo, and body wash—literally the only skincare products he’ll need.
Philanthropy is built into the DNA of Chantecaille, which means their makeup palettes are not only gorgeous, they also financially support an endangered animal or environment that needs protecting and aid. A fun shimmery palette featuring highlighter honeybees, supports organizations that research and save honeybees, while their newest Save the Forest palette is dedicated to the last remaining mountain gorillas on the planet in the Virunga National Park in the Congo and Rwanda.
You’re already on Amazon, but did you know if you go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, with no additional cost to you?
Amazon is also hosting a shopathon entirely dedicated to special edition RED products. So you can buy the gifts you were already eyeing, but they all go to help a great cause.
Indego Africa Geometric Basket ($47.99)
Not only are these baskets gorgeous, they give back in a major way: Indego Africa is built on the idea of empowering women artisans in Africa by showcasing their crafts, and investing in their education (all profits from sales and donations are put into educational programs for the artisans, courses like business and financial management to entrepreneur and leadership).
Another chic tote to carry around your everyday objects, but this one has some greater meaning: Clare V. has partnered with Every Mother Counts to donate 100 percent of net proceeds from sales of this bag to EMC, who’s mission to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.
Handmade in Brooklyn using the most ethical and US-made products, Starling candles are focused on quality from every aspect. Including quality of life for others, Starling provides under-resourced countries with solar power systems by supporting organizations like UNICEF. That’s a pretty big deal, considering nearly 1.3 billion people don’t have access to electricity.
FEED Market Tote ($68)
Heading to the market or grocery store? Don’t forget your reusable bag, like this FEED tote. But this is no ordinary reusable tote—this one provides 50 meals to those in need. A worthy cause when we consider that 795 million people around the world go hungry everyday.
Annie Sloan “Lem Lem” Chalk Paint ($39 and up)
Annie Sloan is probably already an idol of the crafter in your life. Sloan has authored 26 books on furniture painting, and made DIYing easy with her revolutionary Chalk Paint. For the lush, soft green “Lem Lem” color, Sloan has teamed up with Oxfam, the global charity working to end poverty, to celebrate the charity’s 75th anniversary. A portion of each “Lem Lem” sale going to Oxfam, in the hopes of raising over $300,000 over the next three years. The color itself was inspired by Ethiopian fields owned by women farmers, funded by Oxfam, which Sloan visited earlier this year.
Our favorite bunny ever, Cleo, has teamed up with West Elm to give a percentage of proceeds of this ornament to the ASPCA. Hop (sorry, we had to) on over to grab one ASAP.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the One Love Collection goes to educating young people on campuses across the country. One Love was started in honor of Yeardley Love, a UVA student athlete who was killed by her boyfriend in 2010. One Love’s education initiatives offer young adults the tools to navigate healthy and unhealthy relationships so they may identify if their own, or a friend’s, relationship is potentially dangerous.
Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Mask ($47.99)
Giving the gift of amazing skin is gift enough. But with this incredible Herbivore clarifying mask, the recipient can also feel good supporting a husband-wife team that focuses on safe, non-toxic, yet highly effective products.
Hubbardton Forge ($473)
When you’re looking to splurge a bit on a designed-obsessed friend (or yourself—you deserve it), look no further than Hubbardton Forge lighting fixtures. This company (one of the country’s oldest and largest forges) is obsessed with craftsmanship and quality. Every item is handmade and perfected by a different artisan in Vermont.
This coffee, lemon scrub is incredibly effective—caffeine firms and tightens skin while promoting collagen production. But the scrub is also made with organic, fair-trade coffee and raw sugar polish (as well as shea butter and coconut oil for lots of moisture). But wait, there’s more to love: The brand Palermo is made in small batches in Brooklyn by Jessica Morelli, who specifically sources every ingredient according to its ethical and environmental origins.
This perfect teal dish by Modern Mud makes a cute addition to any vanity, complete with 22K gold accents. And most impressively, each item is thrown, molded, and glazed personally by the potter Naomi Singer in New York.
One of Domino’s favorite woman crushes of the Winter 2016 print issue, Pamela Bell, has a company that lets you wear causes on your sleeve—literally. Prinkshop not only looks chic, an impressive amount of proceeds from each design goes to a coordinating cause. The “You See A Girl I See The Future” shirt? Fifty percent of all profits go to Girl Up, a United Nations foundation focused on uniting girls to change the world. The “77/100” design benefits The National Organization for Women, dedicated to raising awareness of and fighting against pay inequality. There are 10 different designs all going to worthy causes. Changing the world, one tee at a time!
You know what people never buy for themselves but completely love? Bath products, especially soothing Captain Blankenship bath salts. The small, women-run company in the Hudson River Valley uses only organic and wild-harvested ingredients, never use synthetic preservatives, parabens or sulfates, uses recyclable and reusable glass packaging, and never tests on animals.
If you have a cashmere-obsessed loved one, Naadam is your secret to winning the holidays. This beautifully made organic cashmere sweater was sourced from Mongolia, milled in Italy, and comes in the most interesting mustard tone. Naadam has also created the largest privately funded non-profit in Mongolia, providing veterinary programs, livestock insurance and breeding development for herders. In return, Naadam is granted first access to the herders’ fleece. It’s healthy for people, the global economy, and the environment.
Hawkins New York Recycled Glass ($36-72)
Hawkins New York focuses not only on impeccably beautiful items, but also on skilled trades. These recycled glasses are a collaboration between Moroccan artisans and Hawkins’ founders and designers Nicholas Blaine and Paul Denoly. (Check out their incredible home in the Winter 2016 issue of Domino!)
Brother Vellies promotes employment in countries across Africa, supports artisanship with each handmade item, and preserves craft by focusing on traditional techniques. (And Domino loves founder and designer Aurora James—she was our Fall 2016 cover star.)
Want to just donate? Wonderful, here’s a list of a few of our favorites:
, where you can donate, and also shop the market of items that are produced by artisans and gives back to those in need.
, works to address the mid to long-term needs of those impacted by the devastating Sonoma Country fires in October.
, working to end animal cruelty.
, working together to end poverty globally.
This story was published on December 14, 2016, and updated on December 18, 2017.
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