By Lori Bosworth
Buying holiday gifts for loved ones is undoubtedly a warm expression of love, but even though gift-giving brings happiness to both giver and receiver, sometimes, the amount of money we spend on gifts can become overwhelming and excessive. Fortunately, many businesses are now getting on board with donating to charities a percentage of the sales of the products they sell. That’s why buying gifts for her that give back is such a great idea. The benefits are twofold: you get to bring joy to your loved one, as well as help someone else through a percentage of proceeds from the gift. I’ve selected a few of my favourite holiday gifts that give back for her your consideration this holiday season.
Sayari Bracelet from Me to We
This Sayari bracelet in sea glass, $85, from Me to We is not only gorgeous, it is handcrafted using traditional art forms by female artisans in Kenya. When you purchase the Sayari bracelet, these women are empowered by earning a fair wage for their craft. This bracelet, made from frosted beads and faceted brass, is 6.5″ with a 1″ extender. When you give the Sayari bracelet to the woman in your life, she can look for the unique code on the back of the product package and enter it online at Track Your Impact to learn more about the positive effects this purchase has made.
Large Fleece Blanket in Pomegranate from Hendrick & Co. for Her and Her Furry Friend
Is the woman in your life a dog lover like I am? Then she will love to receive the Large Fleece Blanket in Pomegranate, $39.99, from Hendrick & Co. This blanket is meant for her and her furry friend to cuddle under as they watch their favourite show or enjoy a book. Hendrick & Co. has partnered with 600 rescues, sanctuaries and shelters in the U.S. and Canada and gives back on each product sold to save animals. Through this initiative, Hendrick & Co. has donated over $1 million to protect animals. I love the transparency of Hendrick & Co. because each product identifies how much of the total price will be donated to animal welfare. In the case of the Large Fleece Blanket, $8 of the total price will be donated to animal rescues, sanctuaries and shelters.
The Cornell Bag from MAHI Leather
The Cornell Bag from MAHI Leather is a great example of gifts that give back for her since $1.50 from every bag sold is donated to FRANK water, a charity that has helped over 300,000 people access clean water since 2005. The Cornell bag is a versatile bag since it acts as a satchel for makeup, keys, glasses, book, brush and cell phone, a laptop carrying case (fits a 15″ laptop) and an overnight bag to carry her essentials. I love that this bag has two pockets: an internal zip pocket and an external zip pocket for small items so they won’t get lost in the bottom of the bag.
Infinite Love Mommy & Me Locket (Daughter) from One Thing
The Infinite Love Mommy & Me Locket (Daughter), $30 USD, from Vancouver company, One Thing, not only makes a sweet gift to give to your daughter, this necklace is a perfect example of gifts that give back for her since 10%-25% of your purchase will be donated to help people living in isolation including mothers with Postpartum Depression. One Thing lockets also promote a sense of unity with others by including a message from someone in the world in response to the question, “What is one thing you bring to this world?” In this way, purchasers of One Thing lockets will be reminded that everyone is each trying to bring some quality to the world. The Infinite Love Mommy & Me Locket also comes in a set of two necklaces for Mom so that she can give one of the necklaces to her daughter.
Warm Tan Full Grain Leather Women’s Leila Booties from TOMS
These Warm Tan Full Grain Leather Women’s Leila Booties, $160, from TOMS is on our list of gifts that give back for her because not only are these booties super stylish and on trend, but every time you purchase a pair of shoes or boots from TOMS, the company will donate a new pair of shoes to a child in need in over 70 countries. The Warm Tan Full Grain Leather Women’s Leila Booties have a back zipper with tassel to easily slip on, a comfort insole and a 2 1/4″ heel. They would look great with cropped jeans or skirts. These boots come in half sizes from size 5 to 12. They run a bit on the small side so if your foot is wide, order a half size up.