The holidays are the most expensive time of the year so why not put our dollars to work to help others? We’re all about giving back at the holidays, so we’ve picked our favorite holiday gifts that give back. Knock out your holiday shopping while also providing meals to children, promoting literacy, saving the planet, and rescuing refugees. Scroll down to check out our ideas for the best holiday gifts that give back this season. You will learn more about how your purchase will make an impact. Don’t forget to let your recipient know how their gift made a difference.
For the Beauty Lover
Buy a beauty product, send a girl to school. Tatcha products pair Japanese skincare secrets with all-natural ingredients for products you’ll feel great about—and that will make you feel good too. Every Tatcha purchase supports the Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program through Room to Read, which sponsors school days for girls in Asia and Africa.
For the Bag Lady
Buy a bag, feed a school meal to a child. Each purchase of a FEED bag helps provide school meals to children in 63 countries. FEED’s mission is to improve children’s health, aid in their education, and alleviate poverty. This effort is accomplished by providing meals and employing artisans around the world. FEED items are made by artisans in Mexico, El Salvador, Peru, Columbia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, and Kenya. When these items sell, part of the sale goes toward providing meals to those communities as well. FEED is also recently featured in our #TSLRadar series, read more here.
For the Chilly Fashionista
Buy a parka, save the rainforest. The Amazon rainforest is still burning and environmental experts say more fires are coming. Brazilian fashion brand FARM Rio believes it is part of their duty to help protect nature, give back to the environment, and help recover endangered forest ecosystems like those in the Amazon rainforest. This is why they partner with One Tree Planted. For every purchase made (and even for every person that subscribes to their newsletter!), they will donate one tree to be planted in the Amazon rainforest. FEED is also recently featured in our #TSLRadar series, read more here.
For the Candle Collector
Buy a candle, shine a light against the darkness of war. Preemptive Love’s Sisterhood Candles are handmade, one at a time, by women affected by war in Iraq. Each candle design beautifully complements your home. The copper vessel is reuseable after your candle finishes, providing a lifetime of enjoyment. As you light one of these candles, remember your sisters in Iraq as they shine their light against the darkness of war.
For the Coffee-Drinker
Buy coffee and help Honduran refugees at the US-Mexico Border. Preemptive Love is teaming up with La Terza Coffee Roasters to offer a high quality, single-origin coffee. This medium-bodied brew comes from Honduras, a country torn apart by poverty, violence, and corruption, leaving people displaced from their homes and families separated. Proceeds from this coffee will benefit Preemptive Love’s work on the US-Mexico Border, while also supporting local Hondurans. Also, try the Preemptive Love Mug and Coffee Combo as a perfect gift set.
You can also support Preemptive Love with a financial gift by supporting a refugee woman starting a business or purchasing shelter for families displaced by the Syrian humanitarian crisis. As founders of The Storied Life, my sister and I choose to financially support the work of Preemptive Love. They are one of the few humanitarian groups on the ground in Syria and Northern Iraq.
Due to this administration’s recent, disgusting, and ludicrous decision to abandon Kurdish soldiers and pull troops out of Syria, the Syrian people need us now more than ever. Please send your love, prayers, and financial support this holiday season.
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