We all have those people in our lives who are ridiculously thoughtful gift givers, who somehow manage to find you something that is both useful and completely in line with what you value. As we head into the holiday season, we’ve been thinking a lot about how to give with a bit more purpose- without bringing unnecessary items into the lives of those we love. While experiences are a good way to knock this out of the park (we’ve also heard of families who set the ground rule of buying no “new” items as presents), sometimes you just can’t beat wrapping up something tangible to put under the tree. Here are a couple of purpose-driven gift ideas we’ve had around the lunch table:
Mpowerd has created lightweight, waterproof, solar lights. Every product sold helps them provide clean energy to people around the world who need it most. They’re a fantastic, (affordable) gift for anyone who loves getting off the grid or relaxing in the backyard.
Conscious Step socks are organic, vegan and Fairtrade certified. And for every pair of socks purchased, a donation goes to a non-profit. Who doesn’t need socks?!
Ethique makes natural beauty bars as an alternative to the 80 billion plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles thrown out globally each year. Making little changes like switching to shampoo bars really does make a difference! We’ve tried Ethique bars and we can vouch for the fact that they work. (And they smell amazing!)
Looking for some insulated drinkware? It truly does change the game, whether you’re in the office, or out in the wild. Check out MiiR – every product sold funds trackable giving projects.
“A fine fragrance and a flickering flame can take you on a journey and inspire powerful moments of reflection.” Keap candles are virtually zero-waste, and they even have a subscription – who doesn’t want a year of candles!
Hives for Humanity
Hives for Humanity is a Vancouver-based non-profit society who is creating opportunities for connection to community, through nature, bees and the culture of the hive. Their honey has a true sense of place, their handmade candles burn longer and cleaner than other waxes, and their self-care products are a joy to use. PS – they even have gift boxes!