Christmas Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

This holiday season, enjoy knowing that you’re making more than just one person happy.

by Nicole Winchell, December 8, 2016

In our gift guide 2016, we've handpicked our favorite gifts that give back. Featuring products from local social businesses and charities, these gift ideas are sure to please even the most difficult to shop for person on your list. Happy Holidays!

FOR THE HIPSTER

Refugees Welcome Sweater

Show some love and make your support known with this bangin' "Refugees Welcome Sweatshirt". 

 

FOR THE COZY ONE

folkdays

This super soft, fair-trade alpalca wool blanket is handcrafted in the Peruvian mountains.  Pretty much guaranteed to be an all-around crowd-pleaser. 

 

FOR THE COOK

safran food

Spice things up. Where opium plants once grew, today a self-governing and independent women’s collective grows this precious saffron in western Afghanistan. 

 

FOR THE GOLDEN GIRL 

Folkdays Ring

This fair-trade brass and gold ring is made by a design and activist center in Kenya. Proof that simple is beautiful. 

 

FOR THE SILVER JUNKIE

maison de siam

Got a silver addict on your list? With this hand-crafted silver bracelet produced by artisan communities in Northern Thailand, you're helping to invest in the future by supporting a local education charity. 

 

FOR THE SAVVY TECHY 

fairphone

The Fairphone 2 is here! This ethical phone is out to build a fairer economy. If we're gonna be smartphone addicts, as least this way we can kinda feel OK about it. 

 

FOR THE DECORATOR 

Fairphone 2

These pieces of furniture are definitely a unique gift. Crafted from pine wood and original wood elements from refugee boats, you're not only giving a new favorite place to sit - but also promoting a self-determined livelihood for refugees. 

 

FOR THE SEX BUDDY 

Einhorn Kondome

Stressing about what to get that special "friend" this Christmas? A festive box of fairstainable condoms is guarenteed to give hours of good, clean fun.  

 

FOR THE OUTDOORSY ONE 

Little Sun

This solar-powered LED lamp is a little step toward connecting the world by sharing light. Take it camping, boating, festivaling or wherever and feel good knowing you're part of something bigger. 

FOR THE ONE WHO HAS EVERYTHING 

Oxfam Unverpackt

 

You know the one. Purchase a goat, or duck, or sheep in their name and they'll contribute to changing the lives of a family that really needs it. It is, in other words, always the perfect gift. 

 

FOR THE AVID READER 

buch7.de

No time to shop but want to avoid supporting the big bullies from Amazon? With Buch7.de, you can order books with the same ease and know that 75% of profits are being reinvested back into social and environmental programs. 

 

FOR THE STYLISH TECHY 

Kancha

Find the perfect sleeve for the new iPad or a beautiful leather wallet sure to please boys and girls alike. Kancha's products are fair, sustainable transparent and... stylish! Use the code THE CHANGER10 for a 10% discount on all your purchases. 

FOR THE NATURAL BEAUTY

Und Gretel

When it comes to our loved ones, nothing but the best will do. UND GRETEL has a selection of organic make-up made from the finest natural indegredients.