12.01.14Impact Gifts

First things first — Happy birthday to my beautiful, kind-hearted momma! Wishing you the best birthday and year ahead! Love you oh so much :).

Rob has always been passionate about businesses that have a positive impact on society, but business school has really opened up his (and my) eyes to the many incredible for-profit businesses that also address social needs as part of their core mission, not just an after-thought. Some notable companies he’s studied and we’ve discussed are Patagonia, The Honest Company, Whole Foods, Method Soaps, and Honest Tea. While we don’t solely shop at impact-driven companies, we do make a conscious effort to support them with our dollars where we can.

This year, Rob challenged the two of us to gift each other an “impact gift.” That is, a gift that ultimately gives back in some form or other. I loved this idea and had a fun time researching various companies, products, missions, and societal improvements being made.

I thought I’d round up some great gift ideas that give back, though I won’t include what I actually selected for Rob since he reads my blog :). I’ve linked to each product below so you can read more and/or shop.

Impact Gifts

Patagonia jacket
Patagonia believes that a love of wild and beautiful places demands participation in the fight to save them, and to help reverse the steep decline in the overall environmental health of our planet. They donate time, services, and at least 1% of sales to conserve our beautiful Earth.

TOMS collection at Target
For every Toms + Target product purchased, they donate shoes, a blanket, or a meal to those in need through Feeding American and American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

Better World Books
A vast online book retailer that donates books using the one-for-one model, raises funds for literacy programs in the US and worldwide, and re-uses/recycles books.

FEED tote bag, apron, apparel, accessories
For every FEED product purchased, a donation is made to one of the three hunger-relief organizations:

  1. United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
  2. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  3. Feeding America

31 Bits Jewelry
Products are made by women in Uganda, and sales enable these women to provide for their families and rise above poverty.

Warby Parker sunglasses
WP tallies up the number of glasses sold and makes a monthly donation to their nonprofit partners, which covers the cost of sourcing that number of glasses. The nonprofit trains men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices, thus making a living for themselves.

What would you add to the list?

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