Let us help you make more out of this holiday season by choosing gifts that give back and make selecting the perfect gift a breeze. We rounded up our favorite philanthropic vendors to share with you to make your gift giving mean a little bit more.
I first discovered the Carly Allred Studio through Instagram, where I feel in love with the handlettered designs that Carly creates. My first purchase from her was an address stamp that I absolutely adore, and when I went to order that stamp I learned that Carly donated a portion of all of her proceeds to a charity - currently dividing between local refugee needs, the International Rescue Committee or Operation Underground Railroad. The Carly Allred Studio offers a number of ready to ship items including cards, wall art and adorable mugs that make great gifts. Plus and added bonus is that every purchase supports a local business from my hometown (close enough to be local, right)? Now one day I am hoping for my schedule to align with attending one of her amazing workshops!!
Glassybaby was founded by a three time cancer survivor after learning that many patients undergoing cancer treatment were unable to afford their basic needs during treatment. Since their founding in 2001, Glassybaby has donated over $9 million dollars to support cancer patients. Glassybaby was introduced to us while a family member was undergoing cancer treatment, and we've since collected a number of their pieces. Every glassybaby item is handblown and supports a different charity and is a stunning addition to every home.
Sudara is a company that provides loungewear and clothing that is dedicated to help provide women in India a way out of the red light districts by offering these women safe, sustainable living wage employment. You can read more about the company here and learn about some of the women at the company. The patterns on the fabrics are amazing and so soft and lovely. An added bonus is that they're offering 40% off select items at the time this post was written.
Mantra Bands is an inspiring company all on it's own, in that they offer bracelets and rings with inspiring messages engraved in them to provide daily motivation. What is really cool is that they offer a line of bands that support a variety of charities. Each charityband sold donates $5 to the designated charity, which focuses on organizations that support women's and children's issues.
Want to gift clothing items and support mother nature at the same time? For each clothing item purchased from this company, ten trees are planted. Trees are planted in 6 different countries across the world, and at the time of this post, 25,070,350 trees had been planted. Ten tree is committed to reducing deforestation to provide a better world for everyone by correcting the landscape that deforestation has damaged. In addition to clothing, Ten Tree offers outdoor essentials such as water bottles, wallets and even gifts for pets!
Happiness through Socks - that's this company's motto and I find it wildly accurate. Who was ever sad to receive a funny pair of socks? This company has the most creative socks I've ever seen that are so fun and lively. In addition they donate 5% of their earnings to the Special Olympics, and support the National Down Syndrome Society and the Autism Society of America. Not sure which pair to pick? Gift a membership to the sock of the month club and your gift keeps on giving and giving and giving!
Need a cozy hat, gloves or a blanket for your home? Love Your Melon has all of that and more, plus donates 50% of their profits to the Love Your Melon Fund. Love Your Melon was founded by two students at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota, and was committed to providing hats to children battling cancer in America. Since the company was founded, Love Your Melon has given 149,000 hats to children fighting cancer and over $4.7 million to pediatric cancer research.