I absolutely love the holidays! I love seeing all of the lights and decorations, the smell of a Christmas tree, time spent with family and friends, and finding gifts for my family and friends. I wanted to share with everyone some of my favorite companies to purchase from (year round) that give back. I hope this inspires some of your holiday shopping and gives you ideas to keep in mind for the coming year of more holiday and birthday gifts!
Hand in Hand Soap is more than just soap. They sell soap (liquid & bar), bath salts, lip balm, candles, sugar scrub, and lotion. I actually purchased their sugar scrub for my bridesmaids as part of my Thank You gift to them. I have to say, when the box arrived it smelled AMAZING. Their products are made in the USA, environmentally friendly, and are all natural. The best part is that for each product sold, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap AND one month of clean water to a child in need. The organization they work with is My Neighbor's Children which focuses on the children in Haiti.
The Shine Project is really inspiring to me. Creator Ashley LeMieux was an intern at an inner-city high school her senior year of college in Phoenix. The program she worked with was AVID which helps to prepare high school students to enter college upon graduating, but she realized that most of these students did not recognize that college was an option for them. Long story short, she recognized the need for mentorship and financial resources and created The Shine Project (non-profit) which helps to employ students and provide them with scholarships. How amazing is that?! The Shine Project offers various jewelry products as well as some apparel.
"Tuli" means "we are" in Lugandan which is one of the languages spoken in Uganda. To help fight poverty, Tuli is partnered with Kampala and employs women within Uganda that create the beautiful jewelry you see on their website (ladies, they even have a wedding line). These women are given long-term jobs from Tuli to turn around the poverty within their communities directly. Tuli even revisits their wages quarterly to be sure to take into account the cost of living.
I first learned about Krochet Kids a few years ago when I received an awesome Christmas gift from a friend that was a very warm beanie (it lasted through my honeymoon in Oct-Nov through the UK and France!). The inside of my beanie is even signed on the tag by the woman who created it. :] Krochet Kids employs women that live in poverty stricken regions by giving them a steady income. Which goes full circle by empowering these women to make their families healthier, increase gender equality, and even it even increases the chances of their children attending high school. What is there not to love about all of that? Krochet Kids sells women, men AND children's apparel, head-wear, bags and accessories.
Half United is doing their part to help end global hunger. With fashion forward jewelry and apparel with clever wording you can't go wrong by supporting this company. With every product sold, 7 meals are provided for a child in need. Since 2009 this company has provided over 600,000 meals for children in need in the USA, Fiji, Cambodia, and Haiti by dividing their giving fund equally between the 4 giving partners at the end of each quarter.