Ready to make a difference this holiday season? Feel good purchasing these Gifts That Give Back. Get my shopping guide filled with gift ideas that benefit a meaningful cause!
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 teamed up with some of my creative blogger friends to share all sorts of gifts that can be purchased online and shipped directly to you! We’ve all done our homework to find the best gifts for the holiday season for everyone on your list. Yes, holiday shopping can be that easy!
So, how does it work? Bloggers selected a different theme to shop for and included links to some of their favourite gift items. We’re each hosting a fantastic GIVEAWAY too, which means free gifts for some of you!
No matter who you’re shopping for, a teacher, baker, teen girl, new mom, woodworker or pretty much anyone else, we’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!
My 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?
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Gifts That Give Back
Fair Trade Cotton Scarves from Dignify- $40
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
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
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
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
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
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
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®.
Ornate Blue Mug Collection from Servv- $55
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
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.
Canvas & Leather Tote from Dignify- $68
Have a commuter, yoga enthusiast or knitter on your list? This eye-catching, generous-sized, hand screen-printed cotton bag is sure to impress! Designed by Mulxiply in the USA and produced by members of a long-term certified Fair Trade Organization in Nepal, employing around 1,200 artisans in dignified employment at the foot of the Himalayas. Check out more bag options from Dignify HERE.
Blue Giraffe Rattle Toy from Greenheart Shop- $30
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)
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!
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 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.)
Enter the Giveaway!
To enter, wait for the rafflecopter box to load below (if it takes too long, try another browser) and log in using the Facebook tab or your email (spam safe). Follow the instructions. (Open to Canadian and Continental US residents only- void where prohibited.)
Can’t find everything you’re looking for? Fill in the gaps by shopping local. Small shop owners work hard to find unique items that are sure to impress.
Disclosure: I received products from Dignify to facilitate this gifts that give back giveaway. Post contains affiliate links meaning I may earn a small percentage of purchases at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!
I like the Ornate Blue Mug Collection from Servv. The mugs are super pretty.
I love the Allover Heart Leather Zipper Case from West Elm. It’s super cute!
My favourite product is the Cotton Kantha Throws
Cheryl Webb says
I really love the blue mugs and the canvas tote!
love the throws and the blue mugs!
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!
Shauna Oberg says
How exciting to know you’re getting one. They’re all so beautiful, so I think you’ll love it no matter which one he picked!
I love the artisan basket gift idea! And the blue mugs, and the cotton scarves! All such great and good ideas.
the cookbook and the artisan box are my favourite
Anne Taylor says
I’m loving the Blue Giraffe Rattle Toy!
Sonya~at home with The Barkers says
Ohhh, that blanket looks amazing. Great gift guide. ~Sonya
I’d be interested in the nebulizer because my current EO diffuser doesn’t work very well.
I like the artisan boxes.
Victoria W says
the kantha throws, love having vibrant colours around on gloomy days
Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says
I soooo love Cotton Kantha Throws from Dignify – so cozy :)
Virginia Fynes says
I LOVE those blankets, and the tote, so many great gift ideas!
I’m such a scarf lover!!!! Send all the scarves please, oh and those mugs are pretty sweet too.
love the blue mugs
Bailey Dexter says
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!
Shauna Oberg says
Yes, they have a good energy about them!
Erika Letson says
My favourite is the Ornate Blue Mug Collection from Servv. They are so pretty!
I love all of the throws!
andrea amy says
I love the throws and the blue mug!
beverly e says
Great items! I really like the Kantha throws. Thanks for the ideas and the giveaway!
Amy Heffernan says
I love the mugs! Thanks!
swell conditions says
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!!
Heather Dawn says
I’m really interested in the Alpaca Socks!
[email protected] says
I love your items! They all would make great gifts. I would love a basket full of the soap!
Julie Bolduc says
I like the Cotton Kantha Throws
I ADORE that necklace. I would love to find that under the tree.
Jenny Major says
My favourite product is the Cotton Kantha Throws
Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge says
Those kantha blankets are gorgeous! The colors are so vibrant.
Vicki O'Dell says
I love this gift list! What a great way to give for the person who has everything!
The Kantha Throws are gorgeous.
Rebecca B says
I love the tote and the Kantha throw.
Robyn Bellefleur says
My favorite is the Blue Giraffe Rattle Toy from Greenheart Shop.
It is hard to choose, but I think I like the ornate blue mug collection best.
Amy C. says
All the gifts are beautiful! I especially love the tote.
Leigh Anne Borders says
Cotton Kantha Throws are beautiful! Love that you can choose to buy things that go beyond the actual product.
Nicole H. says
Love the Kantha throw and the knit giraffe.
Kathy Davis says
I like the The Artisan Box from Globe In.
kathy eyre says
I love the Kantha Throws
Cindy A. says
My favorite is the soap from Pangea Organics. I love their products!
So many great products! My faves are the nebulizer, the dignify blanket and alpaca socks. I couldn’t pick just one. :)
Suzanne G says
I like the Fair Trade Cotton Scarves.
the throw is my fave
The Kantha Throws are beautiful.
Love the leather zip cases and necklace! Great giveaway :)
[email protected] says
I love the kantha throw. the whole collection is wonderful. Great job. I want this prize!!!
Aimee Robison says
I love the Canvas and Leather tote. It would be great for going to the Library with.
Amber Terry says
I really love the woven baskets. Thanks for the chance to win!
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!
Carolann Leibenguth says
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.
Shauna Oberg says
Couldn’t agree more!
Amber Y says
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!
Shauna Oberg says
Thanks Amber! I love gifts that pay it forward in multiple ways.
Cathy Thompson says
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!
Jen L says
I love the blue mugs, but I have always wanted a Kantha blanket, so that one for sure!
Margaret H says
I love the Blue Mugs a two way gift it seems , to those who make them and those that get them
Laurie B says
Awesome list! My favorite is the cotton throw blankets from Dignify
christine burd says
I like the Kantha Throws but all the products are unique and lovely
The handcrafted Rag Doll is cute
the cape on the corner says
i love the colorful tote bags!
cheryl hodgkins says
The MODERN WHITE QUILT BEDDING – QUEEN SIZED is really nice
Great Scout, my fave: Kantha Throws. Wow, prize gift box is fab. & splendid.
Tina W says
I love the canvas and leather tote.
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
S. Jackson says
I like the aromaArt nebulizer!
I like the Cotton Kantha Throws!
My favorite product is the cotton kantha throw.
Those blue mugs are so lovely!
Mary Gardner says
I think my favorite is the Canvas & Leather Tote!
Audra O'Hara says
One of my favorites is the bar soap from Pangea Organics.
Love that throw!
Laura Hit says
Love the dignify kantha’s – but am so intrigued by the white ones. So many great ideas, thanks for sharing!
Lesley F says
I like the JUSTPOTTERS PITCHER
Debbie Knighton-Fitt says
Love the cotton kantha throws!! Love the heart behind these products. Great post! X
angela september says
omg SO hard to choose!! immediately i love the Ornate Blue Mug Collection from Servv though. So beautiful.
Kayla Gilbert says
My favourite product is the Leather Tote.
Angela Mitchell says
I love the Alpaca Socks from Shupaca. There’s just something about thick, warm and cozy winter socks!
heidi c. says
What a lovely set of items! I would be thrilled to receive any of them, but I really like the Cotton Kantha Throws.
My favorite are the Cotton Kantha Throws….colorful & gorgeous!
joanne darrell says
The Kantha throw blanket is my favorite.
Judy Cowan says
Love the Ornate Blue Mug Collection, so pretty and I love the colour!