Put a little good back into the world by purchasing gifts that give back to those in need this season. Find a cause that you’re passionate about, and see if anyone is selling items in support of it. Or, better yet, if Planned Parenthood, VisionSpring, and My Sister’s Place sound like causes you are here for, we’ve rounded up five unique gifts that look as great as they will make you feel when purchasing. From conservation efforts to women’s health and education, these brands are doing their part to help make the world merrier. So, treat those you love--and society--to one of the great gifts below.
Photo: C/O Go Dash Dot
Go Dash Dot has partnered with women cooperatives all over the world in a effort to support female independence and empowerment by providing women with skills and opportunities for work. The company has collaborated with South Tribes in Kyrgyzstan and Sherab in Bhutan, using their crafts as part of a customizable product line, as well as My Sister’s Place to help raise funds and awareness for the organization. The bucket tote above is both functional and stylist--the perfect gift for girls always on the go.
Photo: C/O Warby Parker
The revolutionary eyeglass company has a "Buy a Pair, Give a Pair" that includes every pair of shades they sell. VisionSpring has been their partner from the very beginning, but they have since taken on additional partnerships and programs in more than 50 countries around the world to spread the power of learning and working through sight.
Photo: C/O Bird and Stone
From each of these cuffs sold, $5 will be donated to Planned Parenthood. The company's jewelry is all made and sourced ethically, and different products support different causes. Currently, the brand is supporting causes related to poverty, climate, female education, and women's health.
Photo: C/O Lush
This lotion contains ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base for radiant, younger-looking skin. But it's more than hope in a jar: When you purchase this lotion, 100 percent of the profits (minus taxes) go to supporting small grassroots organizations that are working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. The beauty brand has several other charitable projects that support sustainable agriculture and community projects.
Socks are a go-to last-minute holiday gift (we're guilty, too), but this pair helps empower children in need. The sock company has partnered with Sky Brown, the youngest professional skateboarder, on these limited-edition socks benefiting the Indochina Starfish Foundation, which works to ensure all children in Cambodia have their basic needs met.