If you are on any sort of social media you’ve heard of #GivingTuesday. Today is the big day! It’s filled with ways to encourage others to spend with a purpose, not only now but throughout the rest of the year. Giving Tuesday brings together individuals, families, charities and businesses to transform how people think, talk and participate in the giving season.
We need to make ourselves and our children more aware of the needs of others around the world and locally. Here are some of my favorite gifts that give back which will help others. I personally cannot think of a better way to shop this season!
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK #GIVINGTUESDAY
Patagonia – Since 1985, Patagonia has pledged 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment. They have now awarded over 31 million dollars in grants to domestic and international grassroots enviro groups making a difference in their local communities. Now the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard and Craig Mathews, owner of Blue Ribbon Flies, have created a non-profit corporation with the sole purpose of encouraging businesses to give back to the environment.1% for the Planet is an alliance of businesses that understand the necessity of protecting the natural environment. Recently on Black Friday Patagonia pledged to give 100% of sales made that day to charity. They raised $10 Million and it will be donated to nonprofits focused on helping the environment.
United By Blue – A Philadelphia based company that sells some of the coolest products around for the family focusing on men, women, pets and the home. For every item purchased from United By Blue the company vows to clean up one pound of trash from the ocean by organizing company hosted cleanups. Since 2013 United By Blue has removed over 200,000 pounds.
Twillory – When the man in your life gets tired on his current selection of dress shirts purchase the next one from Twillory. Don’t throw away the old ones because when your new shirt arrives it will come with a pre-paid mailer bag so you can send them your gently used garments to Career Gear. It’s a charity that provides not only clothing but support to low-income men for interviews.
Heifer International – The best gifts are ones that can be used to help others. Giving an animal is like giving someone a small business, providing wool, milk, eggs and more. Animal donations can provide families a hand up, increasing access to medicine, school, food and a sustainable livelihood. Did you know that by 2020, Heifer International aims to help 4 million families achieve living incomes? This income will allow them to send their children to school, feed themselves adequately across every month of the year, and have proper housing, water, hygiene, and other essential resources. These adorable goats are just one of the ways they make that awesome happen!
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Collection – When you purchase one of the Kiehl’s whipped soy body butter, 100% of the proceeds go to the Feeding America Campaign. You can also donate $1 which will provide 10 meals to those in need.
Charity: Water – Remember those plastic charity wristbands that were popular to stack on your wrist a few years ago? Nonprofit organization Charity: Water gave those same bracelets an upgrade with this leather wristband. The black wristband is a sleek way to show support for clean water access around the world, with all of the profits going directly to charity: water.
Wines That Give Back – Now if you are going to purchase a wine bag that promotes giving back you might as well fill it with a bottle of wine that promotes social good as well. Forbes has a nice list of wines that all give back to charity, well worth the extra few bucks to know that you are helping someone else out.
Green Crafts for Kids – These subscription boxes are designed to build confidence while using creativity. Green Kids Crafts use high quality materials that are sourced naturally whenever possible. As your child explores each box they are encouraged to become more eco-friendly by exploring their environment to develop a love for nature. They only use safe and sustainable materials which have been Green America Approved. When you start your subscription 1% of your membership goes towards environmental non- profits.
Stone + Cloth – A company that makes unique bags and accessories for that hard to buy person in your life. I love this case that is big enough for a iPad or could be used for carrying personal items when traveling. Each purchase you make supports a child’s education in Tanzania Africa.
Pottery Barn Lit House Cloche Ornament Collection – Headed to a ornament exchange party this holiday season or don’t know what to give the friend that has everything? These ornaments are perfect for any tree and when purchased it benefits several organizations throughout the country. Proceeds raised through the Give a Little Hope products benefit local organizations that work to provide temporary and long term housing for youth and families.
Have you ever heard of Shopping for a Change? They purchase products up front and the artisans are paid before their products even hit the SFAC site. This is a form of giving back because it’s giving artists jobs and helping them get their culture’s indigenous craft into the global marketplace. Shopping for a Change chooses international community improvements projects that takes place in the artisan communities. These projects focus on clean water, education or health care.
If none of these gift fit the bill then you can always shop through Amazon Smile. When you purchase through Amazon Smile it’s an automatic way to support a charity of your choice with no cost to you.
Join me today and throughout the rest of the holiday season by supporting #GivingTuesday. Celebrate this global day dedicated to giving back by joining me and others to celebrate generosity and to give. On Twitter? Today at noon EST join in the conversation using the #GivingTuesday hashtag to share inspiration and ideas for giving back.