Some gifts you can give during the holiday season can also be a huge help to others. I try to give some of these gifts as much as possible and you can gift everything below to someone on your list. Not only are they fantastic, some are incredibly creative and different (have you ever gifted someone a rented cow?!).
I don't know if I could love these pants anymore than I already do. I sleep in them every night and I wish it was appropriate to wear them to do groceries (you know, I might grab a pair to do just that!). They are so comfortable and so beautiful and they do good! All the 'Punjammies' are made by women in India trying to leave or remain free from sex-slavery and build a better life for themselves and their families (they are also named after one of the women who make them). There as so many beautiful color options, as well as shorts, capris, full-length pants, tees, mens tees, mens pants, robes, and styles for kids.
If you know a coffee lover, this can be a great addition to a gift basket. Grounds & Hounds coffee is 100% Fair Trade and Organic certified, and they carefully source their beans from the best growing regions in the world. Not only are you getting great coffee, you are helping to support no kill shelters that help find pups a new home. 20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to the rescue partner located closest to you. The name of their blends are also dog related and adorable: Morning Walk Breakfast Blend, Paper & Slippers Blend, and Alpha Blend to name a few.
Keep an eye out when you first open the site for a pop up window that let's you enter your email address for 10% off your first order.
As a HUGE animal lover, I really do get upset when I know that one day, our children may not be able to see some animals alive in the world anymore. Usually, younger children will get stuffed animals as gifts over the holidays. Why not make sure those stuffed animals do some good? There are WWF adoption kits for different animals that you can choose from and you can pick the adoption kit that works for you! There is a very long list of animals to choose from , so if the child in mind has a favorite, there's a good chance you'll be able to find it. Some of my favorites are below (clearly I like the cute and fluffy of the animal world).
This was one of my favorite gift ideas! I leased out a Cow (Cheddar Cheese) and Goat (Goat Cheese) for my dad one year and it was so fun to tell him he had a cow named, Heidi (yes, they actually have a cow for you and they send you a picture), and that when it was ready, her cheese would be sent out to us. We have also had a Maple Tree and Coffee lease that worked out superbly. I'm excited to try the Grapefruit and Peach Tree Leases, as well as the Lobster Trap. By gifting any of these leases, you are supporting natural, organic agriculture on small family farms committed to producing the best while respectfully maintaining the land.
Not only are these quality, on trend sunglasses, but for every set you buy, a pair of reading glasses will be donated to someone in need (check out the organization, Eyes on Africa or head over to the Diff site for more info). There are plenty of style and colors to choose from and so far, I have not received a pair I didn't like. These are currently on my wish list (pictured in the third space, top row, above)!
Each purchase of a FEED bag or tote from this site buys school lunches for children around the world. We all use bags for our groceries or shopping trips, we use backpacks for school, all moms use a diaper bag. Why not make sure all those bags help someone else as well? Each item you click on tells you how many meals will go to children in need.
TOMS have been around for quite a few years now, and if you haven't checked them out in a while, there are a few new additions to their classic shoes. Women now have plenty of styles to choose from including wedges, booties, sneakers, and flip flops. Men and children also have a bunch of choices and accessories have made their way to the site as well. To see all the ways TOMS gives back, click here.
Every few months, Chloe + Isabel chooses a different charitable organization to support. During the holidays, 20% of cash proceeds from the purchase of the necklaces above benefit Toys for Tots, providing toys, books, and other gifts to less fortunate children for the holidays. The nacklaces come with different stones for each word: Faith & Clear Quartz, Love & Rose Quartz, Peace & Amethyst, Believe & Amazonite, Brave & Hematite, Dream & Turquoise. $45
I hope you love some of these ideas and keep them in mind for your gift giving needs this year. I have chosen these and given my honest opinion of everything listed here. I have not been paid or received anything from these companies for this post. The only company I am affiliated with is Chloe + Isabel. As one of their merchandisers, I will only make commission on a purchase if 'Victoria Mast' is entered as Merchandiser at checkout.