When you get older (hah… I’m 22), you start to realize that the holidays and Christmas time are about a lot more than just upping your Instagram game with pictures of your tree and drinking spiked hot chocolate (although there definitely is not age limit to enjoying that stuff, too!) It’s not even about getting the perfect present for your family and friends. Nah, when you get older, you start to realize that the holiday season is about helping those who don’t have much during this time of total extravagance. Nothing makes you notice the needy more than a season characterized by buying things.
But I’m starting to realize that I can have it all — the buying gifts and giving back, that is.
By looking into companies who actively engage with charity, you can easily find that perfect gift and help folks in need. Give consciously people — it’s the raddest!
The Body Shop
Buying from The Body Shop is cool because all of their stuff is natural and they have so many great values like protecting human rights and saving the planet. But did you know that this year, if you purchase one of their selected gift sets you’ll be helping them give one day’s worth of clean water to a family in Ethiopia? Too. Cool. Nevermind the fact that The Body Shop has some pretty great (and great smelling) products, this is an awesome cause to donate to.
Soap Box Soaps
Get off your dang soap box, you preachy asshole!
…except totally don’t because Soap Box products are awesome, and do awesome things. Similar to The Body Shop, purchasing Soap Box products helps provide clean water to a community in need. While I’ve never used a bar of Soap Box soap, I have used their shampoo and conditioner, and it smells dope as hell and makes my hair super shiny. What better gift than the gift that keeps on giving in so many ways.
Nothing better than some super cute jewelry… except for when that super cute jewelry that helps other people. When Bird&Stone’s founder, Elena, took her first trip to Kenya, she saw crazy poverty and wanted to do something to help. After seeing the positive effects microloans (small sums of money that help people restart their lives) have, she decided to start selling some of her gorgeous jewelry to help fund some more of these microloans. I can def get on board with some of that.
Warby Parker is pretty well-known as a glasses company. Now, you might be thinking, wow Sara, what an awk gift to give someone. And you’re totally right. Giving someone a set of their prescription frames is a wicked awkward gift, but good thing Warby Parker also sells sunglasses, fools! If you’re looking for a great pair of sunglasses to give a dear, dear friend or family member (because I’m not going to be the type of person to say $150 sunglasses is cheap), opt not for Ray Bans or whatever, but for something just as cute from Warby Parker.
As a lot of you all know, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to a kid in need for every pair they sell. Pretty rad, eh?
Out of Print Clothing
Books and loungey, slouchy t-shirts are kind of the perfect combination, which is why you should definitely gift your friends something from Out of Print Clothing. Get your loved ones’ favorite book quotes on a shirt or coaster or mug or matchbox (super regular), and you’ll also be sending a book to a community in need through another awesome org called Books for Africa. We all freaking love books, so spread the love and help some get to the kiddos who really need them.
DISCLAIMER: Influenster sent me the Soap Box shampoo and conditioner. All of my opinions on it are my own!
Ryan Gosling photo credit via this Buzzfeed article.