Looking to make an impact with your holiday shopping? I’ve rounded up Gifts that Give Back to the community.
I am a big believer that we can create positive change in the world by making little changes in our day to day life. That’s the foundation of this blog!
So with that in mind and in the spirit of giving during the holidays I wanted to create a Gifts that Give Back Gift Guide to help you make an impact with the gifts your give.
I’ll admit, I was once a person who looked for everything on sale and didn’t even think about the bigger impact of my consumption. In the last few years as I’ve learned more about fast consumerism and the social and environmental impact of my mentality I had a major change of hard.
The Gift Guides I’ve put together this year focus on brands that support slow fashion and have sustainable business practices.
In this Gifts That Give Back Gift Guide I’ve rounded up eight gifts that not only are beautiful but that give back with your purchase.
The eight included in this Gift Guide go hand in hand with the Gift Guide for Her because I truly believe in being a conscious consumer. For example, with every purchase of these beautiful Layered Tassel Earrings from Femme Faire included in the Gift Guide for Her supports women artisans in Cambodia.
Gifts That Give Back
1. Paper Label Apparel
Paper Label is a Canadian, female owned and operated loungewear company that designs versatile and classic pieces for women. As an advocate for slow fashion, these pieces are intended to last and be the backbone of your wardrobe and are made in a way that doesn’t ignore the impact of our purchases on the environment.
When you purchase from Paper Label 2% of every order is donated to a non-profit organization of your choice at checkout.
2. The Kind Curator Co. Conscious Gift Boxes
The Kind Curator is a Canadian small shop that brings you beautifully curated small-batch products from across Canada that are not only kind to you, but eco-conscious as well.
Miya turned her passion for amazing products, gift giving and crafting pretty things into a business that helps you make giving a gift truly thoughtful with locally-sourced, eco-conscious wellness products delivered right to your door (in the most stunning, and eco-conscious packaging).
When you buy a curated gift box, a tree is planted as part of The Kind Curator’s carbon off-setting plan!
Check out the selection of curated Holiday boxes featuring some wellness goodies.
3. Province of Canada Socks
Did you know socks are the least donated item to homeless shelters, but the most needed?
Province of Canada is a Canadian lifestyle brand where all items are made in Canada. You can find toques, sweaters, sweatpants and socks.
Why are they in the Gifts That Give Back Gift Guide. With the purchase of every pair of socks, Province of Canada donates a pair of socks to a Canadian homeless shelter.
4. Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned beauty brands based right here in my hometown of St. Catharines, Ontario, known for making high quality, cruelty-free, and less waste cosmetics.
A truly conscious company, Cheekbone Beauty has a goal to be a zero-waste brand by 2023 and aims to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous youth by creating a space in the beauty industry where they feel represented and seen.
When you make a purchase, 10% of all proceeds are donated to various causes including Shannen’s Dream to help address the educational funding gap in Indigenous communities in Canada. So far they have donated over $56,000.
5. Kind Karma Jewelry
Kind Karma is a Canadian jewelry company that is committed to ethical fashion that gives back and provides opportunity.
By employing at-risk and homeless youth all purchases have a positive impact. Employees receives wages as they would at any other job that are completely funded through sales.
When you make a purchase, your gift helps provide wages for these vulnerable youth.
6. Province Apothecary
Province Apothecary produces 100% active plant based skincare products using high quality, certified organic ingredients sources from each Canadian province in small batches. Julie turned her own skincare journey into a business to create pure, effective products for even the most sensitive skin so you can feel your best.
When you make a purchase, Province Apothecary donates a percentage of sales to organizations that benefit the community and the planet every year.
My personal favourite: The Radiant Bath + Body Oil
7. Lake and Oak Tea Co.
Lake and Oak Tea Co. is a woman owned + operated wellness brand known for creating clean and functional adaptogens to bring balance to your life – and taste amazing.
This year when I kicked my nasty coffee habit knowing my body needed some TLC I turned to Lake and Oak Tea Co. Mega Matcha with adaptogens to promote a boost of energy and relax the mind. Recently, I’ve been sipping on Cacao Mylk and loving it.
Not only is Lake and Oak Tea Co. conscious of personal wellness but is also eco-conscious by using recyclable glass jars and packing material.
To support, bring awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness and addication, Lake and Oak Tea Co. donates 2% of profits to mental health initiatives like The Centre for Addition and Mental Health Foundation
9. The Gift Refinery TGR Cares Curated Gift Boxes
The Gift Refinery offers Canadian women the best of what Canada has to offer through a seasonal subscription box, and a line of carefully curated gift boxes called TGR Cares
The TGR Cares Line of gift boxes contains 3 to 5 full size items from Canadian brands.
When you purchase a gift box from the TGR Cares line, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Food Banks Canada and Noelle’s Gift, a non profit that provides teachers with resources in Lambton-Kent with nutrition, clothing, and educational needs for families in need.
Happy Shopping and know that your purchase is making a different in people’s lives and for our planet!