Love & Life

Gifts That Give Back

December 18, 2016

With all of the general hullaballoo that surrounds the holiday season, perhaps the most stressful element is thinking of the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Instead of going the usual route of running to the mall at the last second, I suggest we take the time to be more considerate and thoughtful. And since this is the season of giving, why not take it a step further and purchase gifts that give back to the world around us? 


Shop this major department store’s online “Gifts That Give Back” category, featuring items from charitable and socially concious brands including TOMS, S’well, Kiehls, and n:Philanthropy. They’re having great holiday sales over the next few weeks as well!

My pick: Tom’s Women’s Summit Hiking Boots

With every pair of shoes you purchase, TOMS will give a new pair of shoes to a child in need.

The Little Market

Founded by Lauren Conrad and her friend Hannah Skvarla, The Little Market is a one stop shop for fair trade goods for your home. Each item is handmade by artisan partners from all over the world who are able to take the income from their crafts to better their lives and their communities. This holiday season, The Little Market is offering curated gift boxes that are perfect for everyone on your list.

My Pick: Tea Lover’s Gift Box

This gift box includes fair trade tea, a handmade olive wood tea scoop from Kenya, and hand painted mugs from artisans in Tunisia.


Everlane is one of my all time favorite socially conscious brands with their philosophy of “radical transparency”, allowing customers to see exactly how and where their clothing is made. Their lovely and fair-priced cashmere makes for the best no-brainer gift.

My Pick: Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

Like all Everlane products, this classic cashmere sweater was constructed using fair trade practices and is a steal at $100.


Photo Credits (top to bottom):,, Feature photo by Emily Barbeau.

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