The holiday season — in addition to being a monthlong sprint of
champagne-fueled soirees, Secret Santas, and planes/trains/automobiles — is also a time to think about slicing off a piece of that bountiful gift-giving pie for those who need a little help. Because, while the gears of generosity are certainly in full effect this time of year, there are people all around us who could use some extra assistance. And while you’re doing your best to cater to the needs of everyone this year, it’s definitely a bonus if you can score a sweet, wish-list worthy present and give back the same swipe. Because we’re here to help you streamline your shopping list, we’ve rounded up a group of brands that both a.) offer giftable goods that will be a hit with everyone in your crew and b.) have charitable offerings built into their business models. Some of them have been around for as long as we’ve been shopping, while others are newcomers on the scene — but whether they’re selling stylishly simple eyeglasses or rainbow-hued backpacking gear, they all have a cause in common. Click through to make your shopping dollars go a little further this year. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Already respected for their super low-impact fabrications and beloved for their sublime comfort, this footwear brand is also a certified B Corp, meaning that their mission of social improvement has been
verified by a third party
. In addition to purchasing carbon credits to offset their environmental impact, they donate to
, a non-profit that provides shoes to needy populations around the globe.
Tree Breezers, $, available at
This earthy jewelry brand specializes in stackable, gem-set sterling silver pieces made by Balinese artisans using traditional Indonesian motifs and techniques. They also offer collections designed to support agencies like
(supporting the education of young women in Morocco), the
Bumi Sehat Foundation
(a non-profit offering free prenatal care in Indonesia), and the
Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
(funding the care of orphaned elephants).
Mini Vertical Bar Charity Pendant Necklace, $, available at
This color-happy outdoors brand is named for an active volcano in the Andes, where founder Davis Smith spent his childhood camping. Affected by the extreme poverty he observed among the local population, he created Cotopaxi as a B Corp that donates 1% of its profits to supporting community development, through donations to agencies like the
International Rescue Committee
. On top of this, the company manufactures irresistibly-hued, top-of-the-line camping gear to brighten up the most extreme of conditions.
Fuego Down Jacket, $, available at
Jessica Alba’s super-clean baby and skincare company is not just responsible for eco-friendly baby products. The brand also runs
Honest to Goodness
, a charitable hub that has donated a total of 20.6 million products to charity since 2012 (including a staggering 18.4 million diapers). This holiday season, shop their Gifts That Give Back section —
The Honest Company
Deep Hydration Duo, $, available at
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You may know this activewear brand for its wearable, recycled-polyester leggings — this low-impact component alone is enough to make us devotees. The brand also works closely with a fair trade factory in Vietnam that ensures its laborers are paid fairly and have the right to unionize, in addition to providing them with catered lunch and dinner and periodic exercise breaks. They also support the Tzu Chi Foundation, which sets up micro-recycling center in Taiwan’s isolated rural areas.
Plum Seamless LITE High-Rise Legging, $, available at
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Loft’s lil’ sis, in addition to specializing in the comfiest, coziest off-duty duds for the 9-to-5 crowd, is a partner of
, an organization that provides peer education — on subjects ranging from menstrual hygiene to HIV prevention — in garment manufacturing facilities. Lou & Grey’s 2020 goal? Ensuring that 100% of their factories are accessible to the educational agency.
Lou & Grey
The 48-Hour Bag, $, available at
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A certified B Corp, this Nashville-based leather-goods manufacturer creates classic footwear silhouettes with a conscience. As a partner of
, they contribute to Amazon Basin reforestation with every product sold, in addition to donating their gently used shoes to
. They’re also stringent about ensuring that all of their manufacturers pay their workers fair and competitive wages.
Isa Boot, $, available at
We’re mega-fans of this cheeky knitting company based on nomenclature alone, but their fair manufacturing and charitable efforts are all the more reason to shop with the Boston-based company. In addition to fairly manufacturing all of their knitwear in Peru, they also facilitate the donation of
to young adults undergoing cancer treatment.
Shit That I Knit
Gunn Mittens, $, available at
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STATE’s indispensable handbags and backpacks are sleek and stylish enough as is, but the social responsibility mission behind the brand makes their totes all the more appealing. With a host of charitable partnerships — including
Seeds of Peace
activists in Flint, Michigan
— every bag they make has a purpose
than just lugging around your stuff.
Lorimer Backpack, $, available at
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Thanks to a unique, fully transparent “virtual factory” that connects Kenyan artisans with this jewelry brand’s design studio in San Francisco, any maker with a WiFi connection can take advantage of the company’s manufacturing opportunities — with the guarantee of a fair wage. Not to mention, their brass and silver statement accessories are some of our eye-catching faves.
Tulla Outline Threader Earrings, $, available at
The jaunty jewelry and accessories brand just launched a
collection in partnership with Dress for Success
, a well-known non-profit that provides professional wardrobe staples for women re-entering the workforce. The heart-motif assortment of jewelry, tops, and handbags will contribute 20% of each item’s retail price to the New York-based agency, now through February 2020.
Stella & Dot
Heart to Heart Tote, $, available at
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This LA-based jewelry brand has created over 130 jobs for people transitioning out of homelessness since it launched in 2008. With an eclectic assortment of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, all strung with keys and stamped with affirming messages, the brand offers magpie-ish charm alongside real social impact.
The Giving Keys
Mini Key Necklace, $, available at
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While there’s not a specific charitable angle to ThredUP’s massive online thrift business, you can lower the impact of your holiday gift-giving by shopping secondhand this year. Even better? Last month, the site started offering giftable “Thrift Cards” — digital gift certificates valid on their vast secondhand-goods website.
e-Gift Card, $, available at
This beloved footwear brand has been in the business of shoes — and of social impact — for over 15 years. What began as a buy one, give one program for the brand’s signature alpargata-style shoes has expanded into eyewear and coffee. (The purchase of the latter contributes to donations of clean water.) All the while, Tom’s footwear collection has expanded to include everything from flip-flops to winter boots.
Mesa Boots, $, available at
The cocoa-farming industry is notoriously unbalanced, with legions of underpaid, poverty-afflicted farmers selling their crop to a handful of massive, multi-national food companies that reap the bulk of the profit. This Dutch chocolatier — founded by investigative journalist Teun van de Keuken — buys cocoa beans directly from farmers, allotting them more earnings and helping to prevent the child labor and outright slavery that’s rampant within the industry.
Milk Bundle, $, available at
Another OG of the buy one, give one business model, the minimalist eyewear brand set out to
donate a pair of glasses
for every pair purchased when they launched in 2010. While it might seem challenging to offer prescription eyewear as a holiday gift this season, don’t forget that the brand offers digital gift cards — the perfect way to contribute to the wardrobe of a sight-challenged friend.
Gift Card, $, available at
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E-Basics Pant, $, available at
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