End of year brings with it a whirlwind of giving and receiving by way of holiday gifting. Throughout the year, my team and I refresh the Alyce marketplace to feature premium gift options we know gift recipients will love. This time of year, I love to make sure we are prioritizing vendors that focus on developing products that give back.
So, I’ve curated a list of my 13 favorite gifts below, featuring a mix of trending products that also pay it forward and are the perfect considerations for your holiday gifting this year:
1. Upcycled Pet Leash
Why you’ll love it: These original ombre rope and leather collars are dyed and handcrafted in New York from domestic leather and US manufactured marine-grade rope. Each collar is unique, just like your pet!
Why we love it: Found My Animal promotes animal adoption in a very direct way. For example, they support animal welfare by encouraging rescue over purchase.
2. Socks That Protect Tropical Rainforests
Why you’ll love it: This 3-pack of socks comes in all the greens of the rain forest – emerald, aqua, and lime green – plus extra arch support and padding for supreme comfort.
Why we love it: Each pair of Conscious Step socks supports Conservation International and their work to preserve forests.
3. Felt Poinsettia Wreath
Why you’ll love it: This Felt Poinsettia Wreath by Global Goods Partners is a great piece to add to your handmade holiday collection! Each wreath has a small loop on the back making it easy to hang anywhere in your home.
Why we love it: These felt products are made by women artisans in Kathmandu, Nepal, and are trained in the ancient technique of felting. The income they earn from this allows them to break the cycle of poverty and provide for their families.
4. Hand Painted Animal Trays
Why you’ll love it: Production of these trays, from start to finish is done in one workshop outside of Nairobi. The collection of trays feature animals typically seen within Eastern Africa and are a beautiful addition to your living room or a great accent piece to your office.
Why we love it: American Rhino’s mission is to positively impact wildlife and environmental conservation in Kenya. Above all, 10% of every purchase goes to the American Rhino Foundation.
5.Feed Market Tote & Kids Backpacks
Why you’ll love it: The FEED market tote is a durable and chic reusable tote. These totes feature sturdy sides to keep your produce safely stacked with exterior pockets to easily access your phone and wallet. Kids’ backpacks are both parts functional and cute.
Why we love it: Holiday gifting these totes provides school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe.
6. Billie Blooms x Karolina Kurkova Kids Mask Set
Why you’ll love it: Recommended for children ages 5-12, this three-pack of face masks are reusable and washable and come in awesome kid-friendly designs.
Why we love it: For each bundle sold, Karolina Kurkova x Billie Blooms will donate proceeds to Feeding America.
7. S’well 16 oz Traveller
Why you’ll love it: Perfectly contoured to fit in your hand, the Traveler will quickly become your go-to for drinking on-the-go. This new wide mouth shape is optimal for stirring up or adding ice cubes to your favorite beverage.
Why we love it: S’well® is a proud partner of UNICEF. Moreover, in 2020 they are focused on supporting water programs across Madagascar. Nearly 50% of the population of Madagascar lacks access to clean drinking water.
8. REI Co-op Outdoor Blanket
Why you’ll love it: Nap at the beach or picnic in the park with the REI Co-op Outdoor blanket. Put the water-resistant side down, sink into the soft fleece, and relax.
Why we love it: More than 70% of REI’s annual profits are invested back into the outdoor community through dividends to REI members, employee profit-sharing and retirement, and investments in nonprofits dedicated to the outdoors.
9. Beats Pill+ Portable Speaker-(PRODUCT)RED
Why you’ll love it: Beats Pill+ is designed to go wherever you do. It fills the room with a rich clear sound and its sleek interface makes it intuitive to use.
Why we love it: Product Red has started directing money toward COVID-19 responses in light of the pandemic. As a result, Apple will donate a portion of sales from Product Red products to a COVID-19 relief fund.
10. Olive Oil Flight
Why you’ll love it: Treat your taste buds with these infused olive oils made in small batches with olives hand-picked by the farmworkers at Canaan Palestine. These oils are perfect for drizzling on salads or dipping warm bread.
Why we love it: The Little Market values fair trade principles. That is to say, they prioritize fair wages, ensure safe working conditions, and respect the cultural identity of the people behind the product.
11. Trivia and Treats Package
Why you’ll love it: Entertain with this fun-filled assortment of both sweet and healthy treats. For example, the popcorn with Himalayan salt seasoning is great for the whole family to enjoy.
Why we love it: Holiday gifting this Packed With Purpose assortment supports:
- Women’s Bean Project – Hires chronically unemployed women in Denver, providing job and life skills, to help them break the cycle of poverty
- Fairytale Brownies – Supports KaBOOM! a nonprofit that builds new playgrounds and play spaces for children living in poverty
- Junita’s Jar – Supports education initiatives dedicated to ending relationship violence, specifically on college campuses, through proceeds of cookie sales
- Level Ground Trading – Upholds dignified wages and fair trade practices by sourcing organic foods from small-scale producers in developing countries
- Griff’s Toffee – Donates a portion of proceeds from each box to support Dina’s Dynasty Ovarian Cancer Fund
12. Love Your Melon Blanket
Why you’ll love it: As seen in Vogue, this ultra-warm and comfy gray speckled blanket is knit with the highest quality cotton.
Why we love it: 50% of net profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to nonprofit organizations around the world that lead the fight against pediatric cancer. For instance, they create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable programming initiatives for children and families battling cancer.
13. OneGrid Candle
Why you’ll love it: All OneGrid candles are made with essential oils and are phthalate-free, making your hand-poured candle burn beautifully and cleanly.
Why we love it: With every candle you purchase, you’ll be delivering ONE solar light to a person in need. Your solar light helps eliminate dangerous and harmful kerosene lamps.
How will you make an impact with your holiday gifting this season?
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