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Holiday Gifts That Give Back

Feel good purchasing these Gifts That Give Back. Get my shopping guide filled with gift ideas that benefit a meaningful cause. Make a difference this Holiday Season!

Gifts that Give Back Shopping Guide

Have you started your Christmas gift shopping yet? I used to put mine off until December thinking stores would have a better selection along with better deals. In some cases it was true, but planning my shopping list and completing it early has definitely made the process a whole lot easier.

If you’re like me and you’d rather stay at home in your PJ’s sipping coffee while you shop, this holiday gift guide is for you. I’ve done my homework to find the best gifts for the holiday season for everyone on your list. Yes, holiday shopping can be that easy!

I’m hosing a fantastic GIVEAWAY too, which means free gifts for some of you. Read on to find out more!

No matter who you’re shopping for, a teacher, new mom, friend or pretty much anyone on your list, I’ve got you covered. All you have to do is hop around the links and shop away. No parking spots, no line ups, no stress!

Gifts that Give Back Shopping Guide

Gifts That Give Back

It’s something that creates meaning during the holiday season and truly speaks to my heart. Remember, every Christmas gift purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact in the world.

Let’s take a look at my beautiful gift collection now, shall we?

I received products from Dignify to facilitate this “gifts that give back “giveaway. Some links used in this post are affiliates. Please refer to my disclosure policy for more information.

Fair Trade Cotton Scarves From Dignify- $40

Fair Trade Cotton Scarves from Dignify

So many beautiful colours and fun patterns to choose from in this scarf collection! Hand-crafted in India in an environment that focuses on empowering women through trade, as well as preserving traditional artisan practices. Each purchase will help fund an NGO, which promotes cross-cultural communication and non-violent conflict resolution through Yoga & the Arts. Check out more scarf options in this collection HERE.

The Storyteller Necklace From 31 Bits- $58

The Storyteller Necklace from 31 Bits

Don’t you just love this limited edition necklace designed by Sophia Bush? Handcrafted in Uganda using unique beads made from recycled paper. Purchasing accessories from this program mean artisans will receive a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Discover more necklace styles from 31 Bits HERE.

The Artisan Box From Globe In- $50

"The Cozy Box" Artisan Box from Globe In
The Artisan Box from Globe In

Wouldn’t it be fun to receive a handcrafted basket filled with a distinct collection of heart-warming artisanal products from around the world? A great way for both adults and kids to learn about handmade products and the talented people who made them. Each artisan box purchase enriches lives by providing jobs in underdeveloped countries. Available as a monthly subscription with changing “surprise” themes or a one-time purchase of an artisan box of your choice.

Enter promo code SATORIDESIGN to receive 25% off your first month’s box with a purchase of 3- and 6-month subscriptions.

Alpaca Socks From Shupaca- $20

Alpaca Wool Socks by Shupaca

I love wearing comfy and warm boot socks in the winter, especially when it’s frrreezing outside! This unisex style is made from earth-honouring alpaca sourced in the Andes, meaning they’re breathable too. By purchasing these socks (stocking stuffer idea!), you’ll be promoting fair trade and supporting social and economic advancement for the artisans and crafts people who exclusively produce Shupaca garments.

Cotton Kantha Throws From Dignify- $98

Cotton Kantha Throws from Dignify

I received one of these throws last Christmas season and immediately fell in love with it! Each one is uniquely made using six layers of reclaimed 100% cotton saris in various colours and patterns. Hand-stitched by women who were previously trafficked into or otherwise engaged in formal or floating sex work (or at risk), now employed in work that brings dignity & livelihood. Find your quilt colour and style preference HERE.

aromaArt Nebulizer From Saje- $60

Nebulizer from Saje

I cannot go a day without using my nebulizer and favourite essential oils from Saje! What used to be a blank nebulizer canvas has now come to energetic life in this fresh and elegant limited edition version, thanks to the vision and collaboration of Saje VP of Brand & Creative Director, Kiara, and Canadian artist Dana Mooney. When you purchase this gift of wellness, you’re giving back to the renowned Arts Umbrella, where young people cultivate creativity through Performing and Visual Arts programs.

Allover Heart Leather Zipper Case From West Elm- $24

St. Jude Allover Heart Leather Zipper Case from West Elm

I’m sure every gal on your list could make use of this handy leather zippered pouch available in two adorable heart patterns. Perfect gift for the teen girl when filled with some of her favourite things. Half of the purchase price of this leather case will be donated directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. You can find items that support this cause HERE.

Ornate Blue Mug Collection From Servv- $55

Blue Hand Painted Mugs from Servv

Cold weather calls for many hot drinks! These beautiful blue & white mugs are hand-painted by artisans living in Vietnam who are associated with Mai Handicrafts, a company founded by two social workers concerned about improving the lives of women, children and ethnic minorities in the area. Your purchase not only allows artisans to earn a higher than average wage, but also funds marketing and training programs for underserved areas, as well as other social work projects. Check out more products from this program HERE.

Bar Soap From Pangea Organics- $9

Pangea Organics Bar Soap

Looking for stocking stuffer ideas? These natural organic soaps are made with high-quality ingredients sourced from fair-trade farmers. Yes, clean, hydrated and silky smooth skin can happen without the use of harsh detergents! Even the packaging is plantable with the idea of products coming from nature to revitalize our bodies, our senses, and our minds, and then returning back to nature. Shop more items HERE.

Blue Giraffe Rattle Toy From Greenheart Shop- $30

Blue Giraffe Rattle Toy from Greenheart Shop - Fair Trade Toys - Holiday Gifts that Give Back Hand Picked by Satori Design for Living

How adorable is this organic cotton giraffe? These charming toys are handmade with care and attention by Hathay Bunano women artisans who are provided with a sustainable, regular income and flexible employment near their hometowns, allowing them to stay close to family and avoid migration to urban centers in order to find work. Discover other sustainable and/or fair trade kids’ toys HERE.

Leaders From the Kitchen Cookbook by Kitchen Leaders- $22

Do you have a foodie or avid cook on your list who enjoys trying new cuisine? Leaders From the Kitchen is a beautiful cookbook celebrating Central American cultures while dignifying and promoting women’s small business development and enterprising endeavors in Belize and Nicaragua. Sale proceeds will be invested in organizations supporting women’s professional training and small business development for women like those featured in the book.

*Gift Guide Prices in US (subject to change)

Gifts that Give Back Giveaway

Meaningful Gift Giveaway

I know you’re ready to shop, but first you’ll want to enter for your chance to win a beautiful Whiteout Ethical Gift Box from DIGNIFY valued at $158!

Whiteout Ethical Gift Box Dignify With Blanket, Mug and Coffee

This feel-good gift set is perfect for the coffee lover on your list or, perhaps, a little treat of your own during the hectic Christmas season!

What’s Included in the Gift Box?

  • A rustic-modern, white, kantha throw blanket, which has been hand-stitched by women in Bangladesh working in a sustainable job with dignity & respect. Natural white cotton with an accent of red stitching around the edge in addition to the traditional kantha stitch.
  • A coffee mug hand-thrown in a pottery studio in Vancouver, Canada, that employs people who face traditional barriers to work including addiction, physical limitations, or mental health challenges.
  • A bag of ethically roasted, fairly traded coffee from Burundi by Good Coffee Co. (Note: To ensure the freshest coffee, the beans will be roasted in December and the gift box will be shipped on December 14th.)
Dignify Whiteout Ethical Gift Box

Enter the Giveaway!

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Happy Shopping!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. I absolutely love each and every one of these products! My husband purchased three dignify blankets a month ago and my daughter and I are the lucky receivers of one each. Can’t wait until Christmas morning to open it up! (I know, I know…I know what’s coming! But I do not know what the blanket looks like yet) Love them already :) We already have plans to check out a white out bedspread for when we move shortly. Love all these companies and what they stand for. We aren’t a high income family but we are comfortable so we like to support companies that are fair trade and work to help others live the life they aspire too. Thank you all!

  2. I love the artisan basket gift idea! And the blue mugs, and the cotton scarves! All such great and good ideas.

  3. I love the rustic-modern, white, kantha throw blanket: Just knowing it is hand-stitched by women in Bangladesh. What a perfect conversation piece as well knowing where it came from and hows it made!

  4. What a great theme Shauna, and I liked all of your picks. The Dignify throws really caught my eye, as well as the socks and that stuffy was too cute. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway and for the links to the others!!

  5. Cotton Kantha Throws are beautiful! Love that you can choose to buy things that go beyond the actual product.

  6. So many great products! My faves are the nebulizer, the dignify blanket and alpaca socks. I couldn’t pick just one. :)

  7. My personal favorite is the Storyteller necklace. For gift giving I’d choose a throw for my mom and a scarf for my daughter. Honestly I love everything, excellent gift guide!

  8. The blue mug collection is my favorite but what I really love is the fact that by giving someone a gift you are also giving the person who made it a gift.

  9. I think this might be the best gift idea list i’ve seen yet this year!! I’ve already bought a globein subscription for my sister and I love the Alpaca Socks you have listed. They’re all great products supporting even greater causes!! I love love love it!

  10. I would pick the Whiteout Ethical Gift Box, the throw sounds wonderful and I myself love coffee, it would be a great for a coffee lover!

  11. Love the mug collection by Servv! I also use my Saje diffuser daily, SO good and Canadian. I don’t know what I would do without it

  12. Love the dignify kantha’s – but am so intrigued by the white ones. So many great ideas, thanks for sharing!

  13. omg SO hard to choose!! immediately i love the Ornate Blue Mug Collection from Servv though. So beautiful.

  14. I love the Alpaca Socks from Shupaca. There’s just something about thick, warm and cozy winter socks!

  15. What a lovely set of items! I would be thrilled to receive any of them, but I really like the Cotton Kantha Throws.

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