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Buy A Gift That Gives Back
We all know it’s better to give than to receive. And that the more you give, the more you get. So why not double-down this holiday season by giving your friends and family gifts that also give back? The socially conscious shopping movement is growing, which means easier access to gifts that are not only great products, but also give back to great causes. Here are a few of our employee’s favorite socially conscious gifts.
Anderson Lilley Candles
When you buy an Anderson Lilley candle, not only are you getting a beautiful, safe (no yucky chemicals here!), sweet-smelling candle, you are helping give back through their “Light The World” program. Ten-percent of Anderson Lilley’s annual profit is distributed amongst some of the most effective charitable organizations they know including Best Friends Animal Society, Miller Children’s Hospital, Downtown Women’s Center, Lipstick Angles and Lucas Lilley Foundation
Share & Do Good
With every product you purchase from Share & Do Good, you are making the world a better place. With careful thought and selection, this online retailer partners with other causes who offer goods that empower and enlighten. Share & Do Good has the perfect gift for anyone on your list. And when you buy a gift here for a friend, family member or even yourself, you are also giving the gift of hope to someone else in need.
From baked goods, to groceries, to its own restaurant, Homeboy Industries serves some of the best food in Los Angeles while also providing hope, training and support to former gang members and previously incarcerated individuals. Send a holiday gift package of cookies and cakes that is prepared fresh daily using on the best ingredients. Or purchase a gift certificate for a meal at Homegirl Café, serving breakfast, lunch and Sunday brunch.
What’s better than giving a gift that will live on for generations? Recognize someone you love this holiday – and support the planting and care of trees – through a donation in their honor to Trees Forever. All contributions go to the “Planting a Better Tomorrow” campaign for much-needed tree planting and other special projects.
World Wildlife Foundation
This is the perfect gift for any animal lover in your life. The World Wildlife Foundation allows you to symbolically adopt an animal, helping to protect them and their habitats, while also protecting the future of nature. With your donation, you receive a plush toy of your adopted animal, an adoption certificate, species card, photo and gift bag.
The Gentle Barn
With locations in California and Tennessee, The Gentle Barn is home to more than 130 animals rescued from abuse, neglect and slaughter. If you are local, take a trip to hug the cows, give the pigs tummy rubs, cuddle the turkeys, feed the horses, hold the chickens and learn their stories of resilience. Their mission is to help animals and children alike remember that they are loved and that they matter. Make sure to check their site for the days and hours they are open.
Here’s to a happy and compassionate season of gift giving. Do you know of great socially conscious gifts that give back? Tell us in the comments.