The Holiday Season is all about giving! Giving thanks, sending love, and giving gifts!
Why not give gifts that give back this year?
Really, it’s a simple and yet powerful shift. Consciously spend the money you’re going to spend on gifts on items that are not only awesome, but are also hand-made, fair trade, and that have a greater impact too.
My sister inspired me about this recently when she sent me her blog post about the non-profit Mayan Hands, and asked what I wanted for Christmas from their site.
I loved the idea!
Not only do they have beautiful handmade products, but it's for a wonderful cause too!
I’ve not always prioritized giving gifts through the lens of having an impact… And I’ve certainly done my fair share of last minute shopping on Amazon. But I’m inspired to give much more consciously now, and now that I’ve been diving into and researching options...
I’m excited to share what I’ve learned with you!
Giving Ethical and Sustainable Gifts
Many of these non-profits and co-ops have been greatly impacted by the pandemic situation as well.
Now is the perfect time to step up and offer support, even in a small way, like purchasing a conscious gift that gives back.
Since my inspiration for curating a conscious gifts guide started around Mayan Hands, let us start there now too!
Mayan Hands is a small nonprofit that focuses on supporting Mayan women and girls with economic and educational opportunities so that they can build sustainable futures for themselves, their families, and communities.
They have partnered with more than 200 women artisans in the Guatemalan Highlands to source fair trade and handmade products that are sold online and in a number of retail locations to support community programs, education, scholarship programs and more.
Mayan Hands sells pine needle woven baskets, scarves, gorgeous bags, felted wool animals, colorful table linens, friendship bracelets, adorable ornaments and more.
I absolutely love their products, everything they sell is really reasonably priced too! I put one of their beautiful cosmetic bags on my wish list.
Adopt-A-Native-Elder is a wonderful organization that supports Diné (Navajo) Elders by providing food, firewood, and other services.
The Navajo Nation has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, this wonderful non profit is a great way to support the Navajo people and elders in a small way.
As one Diné Elder shared: "Because you bring me food, you wish my life to continue for another day."
Another important way we can help is by supporting Elder Navajo weavers and artisans by purchasing their work.
Adopt-A-Native-Elder has a great little shop with Navajo Rugs, authentic Navajo Jewelry and handmade crafts.
Orenda Tribe is an Indigenous owned lifestyle brand creating and sharing unique upcycled textiles, sustainably reimagined fashion, as well as art, crafts and jewelry made by Diné (Navajo) artists.
The Navajo Nation has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and many purchases from Orenda Tribe collections contribute 100% of profits to go to critical aid on Dinétah, supporting the Navajo people.
Doing some of your holiday shopping here is a small and yet real way to flow money towards the Navajo people. Plus, Orenda Tribe really has a wonderful selection of beautiful and unique gifts, jewelry, clothing and more!
Keshi (kay-SHE) is the traditional greeting of Zuni Pueblo people who live in western New Mexico. The Keshi Connection is a co-op for Zuni and Pueblo people to be able to sell their arts and crafts for a fair and honest price.
Like many Native American tribes, the Zuni have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Doing some of your holiday shopping here is a small and yet real way to flow money towards the Zuni Pueblo people to help.
Plus, the arts and crafts coming out of the Zuni Pueblo are incredible and so they really make great gifts!
The Zuni people are talented artisans, and through the Keshi Connection you can find a variety of products including jewelry, pottery, leather and woodwork, sculptures, paintings and fetishes.
Fetishes are small hand carved stone animals that honor the animals for their sacred medicines.
The Keshi Connection Co-Op is a sister organization to the Keshi Foundation. The Keshi Foundation has a small selection of donated Zuni art work for sale whose proceeds directly support the work of the foundation.Learn more about The Keshi Foundation here >.
The Women's Peace collection is a social enterprise focused on helping women artisans around the world to connect with a larger audience so they can become self sufficient entrepreneurs.
The Women's Peace Collection sells fair-trade and ethically sourced handmade jewelry, accessories and gifts created by women in 12 different countries.
They also have specific collections like the Freedom Collection, made by women survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. Your purchase helps support their recovery and entrepreneurial dreams.
Ubuntu Life is a brand out of Kenya that creates products like shoes, bags, and bracelets.
They focus on offering sustainable employment opportunities for the mothers of children with special needs, that they lovingly refer to as their "Maker Moms". Maker Moms are offered sustainable work opportunities at Ubuntu Life with above market wages and benefits.Additionally, revenue from Ubuntu Life goes to support the Ubuntu Life Foundation which focuses on supporting children and families with special educational and physical needs throughout Kenya.
BLK + GRN is a marketplace offering all natural and non-toxic products created by all Black artists.
They have an incredible selection of clean and non-toxic bath and body products, skincare and beauty products, as well as organic teas, and more.
BLK + GRN shares some great information about why it’s important to remove toxins from the products we all use to support health and wellness. They also have a strong focus on community empowerment and cultivation.
Krochet Kids is a lifestyle brand and handmade headwear company that’s focused on creating fair trade and sustainable employment and empowerment opportunities for hundreds of people in Peru and Uganda. Their mission is helping people to rise out of poverty to be able to provide for their families and begin planning for the future.
Krochet Kids sell handmade beanies, scarves, mittens and even super cute crocheted animals that are handmade for a fair wage and from sustainable materials.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit dedicated to protecting human health and the environment by exposing and working to help humanity reduce the toxins in our environments! They bring to light unsettling information about the many toxins spiraling around us so we can start to shift that!
One of the things I love about EWG is the research they’ve conducted into that long list of ingredients you’ve never really known what it all meant on the back of products.
I often use their Skin Deep Database to check for questionable and potentially toxic ingredients in new products I want to try.
For the holiday’s they have a special Clean Skincare gift box they’re offering with a $125 donation.
Or just research the bath & body, or skincare products you’re going to gift on their site first to ensure you’re gifting clean non toxic options to those you love.
The Cause Box is a seasonally curated gift box filled with ethical and sustainable products that support a variety of good causes.
The box offers up to $275+ value in products for only $49.95!
Boxes feature quality sustainable, fair trade and ethically sourced items like jewelry, accessories, home goods, and more!
The Cause Box is a great way to learn about a variety of eco friendly and conscious brands, and an easy hack for curating a great holiday gift box.
GlobeIn is a purpose-driven subscription box that's curated with fair-trade sustainable products from their artisan partners from around the world.
The focus of GlobeIn is to enrich the lives of individual artisans, their families and communities by connecting conscious consumers with delightful products.
They curate multiple boxes each month which you get to choose your favorite from.
Box subscriptions are available in 3-month, 6-month, or monthly annual increments. You can also purchase a single box.
Happy Holiday Shopping!
This is by no means an all-encompassing list for conscious and ethical gift giving, and shopping small, shopping local, buying fair-trade and sustainable products, or purchasing direct from artisans is always a great option too.
But if you are shopping online this year, I hope this has given you some good ideas and impactful options to consider.