What better way to kick off the Gift Guide then with a few ways to give back?!  There is such a buzz about conscious consumerism, social responsibility and empowering people to rise above poverty by creating sustainable economic communities it really is inspiring. There are so many out there, we encourage you to do some further digging and look into some that feel important to you! Here are some of our top picks. We love what they are about and what they are doing...and their style is super hip too! 


1.  Adjumani Desert Women's Ankle High Moccasin {Shop Buyamba} $160 

Shop Buyamba's mission is to create a socially minded and responsible brand to help the displaced women and children of Uganda through employment, a sense of purpose and through the support of education.

2. Giving Key, Classic Pendant {The Giving Keys} $35

The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then send us the story of their key being paid forward.

3. Beech Wood Troubadour Headphones {Toms} $112.50

TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and saw that they didn’t have adequate shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes for a child in need. One for One.® In 2011, the One for One model was expanded and TOMS Eyewear was launched. With every pair purchased, TOMS helps restore sight to a person in need. One for One.®

4. Peace Coasters {St. Franks} $38

St. Frank’s model is a two-fold social mission to support economic empowerment for artisans and preserve traditional artisan craft.  They pursue their mission through partnering with entrepreneurial artisan organizations that transform the communities in which they work by providing quality jobs, training, and other holistic support to artisans.

5. Soy Blend Candle-Holiday Spice {The Little Market} $24

The Little Market’s mission is to build sustainable partnerships with artisans from around the world, by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. They seek to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. Their handmade goods showcase the artisans’ traditional skills and their dedication to preserving their artisanal techniques. They source all of the artisans’ products ethically and practice fair trade principles. 

6. Ava Star Holiday Bracelet {31 Bits} $38.00

31 Bits works with beneficiaries in Uganda to create fashionable, quality products. They earn an income enabling them to provide for their families. They care for them holistically through counseling, health education, finance training, and business mentorships. After five years in the program, the beneficiaries are ready to graduate. A graduated beneficiary has her own business and is educated, healthy, and confident. She is empowered.

Everything they do is funded through product sales. That means every time you make a 31 bits purchase, you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda.

7. The Benson Backpack-Nautical Navy (Stone + Cloth) $95

Stone + Cloth’s efforts are made possible by The Knock Foundation, a non-profit near the foothills of Kilimanjaro.  Focused on scholorships and development projects, their holistic approach always defers to the needs of the community. For every purchase you are helping provide scholorships for students in need.

8. Orange Socality Oversized 5x7 Blanket {Sackcloth  + Ashes} $80

Sackcloth + Ashes was created from a very personal experience that gives a blanket to your local homeless shelter for every blanket purchased. Founder, Bob Dalton, is the great grandson of an outlaw, the husband of his high school sweetheart, and a radical visionary storyteller. He has poured out his adult life to serving the youth, creating a mentorship program and developing other leaders to make a difference. He is inspired by a vision of the future in which people come together to give their lives to the needs of the world.

9. Black Hex Clutch Medium {SSEKO Designs} $25.99

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand based in Uganda. In addition to handbags and accessories, they make beautiful leather sandals with interchangeable fabric straps that can be styled in hundreds of ways.

Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.

10. Glass Water Bottle {Drop In the Bucket} $25

Drop In The Bucket believes clean water is a basic human right that must be met in order to help people break the cycle of poverty. Their mission is to build wells and sanitation systems at schools throughout sub-Saharan Africa, enabling youth to fully harness the life-changing power of an education. Their goal is to provide schools and communities with tools they need to improve child health, increase school enrollment rates, and promote gender equality.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal
— Steve Maraboli