Top 10 Gifts that Pay It Forward

The holiday season is a whirlwind of giving and receiving, and it’s easy to get wrapped up in it all (no pun intended). However, with so many vendors making it a point to pay it forward, you can now shop more responsibly.

One of Alyce’s core values is Give First, Give Consistently and it comes to life in every aspect of our business. From our business model, to our company culture and all the way down to the vendors we have in our marketplace. One of the best parts of my job is curating our marketplace of over 30,000 products and ensuring there is something in there for everyone, and that we are supporting businesses that embody our values. Below are some of my favorite vendors from the Alyce marketplace that all have a focus on giving back.

1. Mercado Global ‘Christina Pouch’

Why you’ll love it: This utilitarian travel pouch fits neatly into a tote or luggage is great to organize your small accessories or toiletries.

Why we love it: Mercado Global is a Brooklyn-based accessory brand and non-profit that empowers rural Latin American women to become entrepreneurs.

2. Soma Water Bottle

Why you’ll love it: Made from shatter-resistant glass, this bottle features a protective silicone sleeve and renewable bamboo cap.

Why we love it: Each purchase provides clean drinking water in developing countries.

3. Zebra Wood Bowery Earbuds

Why you’ll love it: These earbuds feature real wood housings and a nylon tangle-proof cable.

Why we love it: Each purchase helps give hearing aids through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

4. Parker Clay Golden Leash & Aspen Collar

Why you’ll love it: This adjustable premium vegetarian tanned Ethiopian full-grain leather leash and collar will make any pooch stand out in the dog park.

Why we love it: Each Parker Clay leather good is crafted at a growing production factory in Ethiopia which follows fair trade principles and pays a premium wage of 87% over the average.

5. World Traveler Gift Box

Why you’ll love it: The Voyage Passport Holder and matching Explore Luggage Tag are handcrafted by artisans in Haiti with 100% vegetable tanned leather.

Why we love it: Each gift box provides 2 hours of dignified employment in Haiti to solve the orphan & child slavery crisis.

6. Sitti Three Soap Gift Set

Why you’ll love it: Each box includes two original Sitti Soap bars and one loofah Sitti Soap bar, all artificial fragrances and perfume free.

Why we love it: Each gift set provides 4 hours of dignified employment for a refugee woman in the Jerash Refugee Camp in Jordan.

7. Jenga Ocean

Why you’ll love it: Featuring threatened marine animal block designs, Jenga Ocean is made from 100% recycled fishing nets.

Why we love it: The first board game made from recycled fishing nets, Jenga Ocean is made from over 25 square feet of nets proudly sourced through Bureo’s Net Positiva recycling program.

8. American Rhino Original Kikoy Scarf

Why you’ll love it: With its lightweight yet durable feel, the Original Kikoy Cotton Scarf can be used in a variety of ways from a traditional sarong to a baby sling or wrap.

Why we love it: American Rhino donates 10% of all proceeds to the American Rhino Foundation.

9. The Béis Convertible Weekender

Why you’ll love it: The Béis weekender features a fully removable bottom compartment that doubles as a packing cube and a removable padded laptop sleeve with exterior pockets. Easy-access opening makes getting everything in and out a breeze!

Why we love it: Béis believes the world should be everyone’s oyster—which is why they support Girl Up to empower and educate girls around the globe.

10. KeepCup Brew Cork Nitro

Why you’ll love it: Designed to enjoy the craft and sensory drinking pleasure of coffee on the go, this cup is made to last. Using durable tempered glass and a drafted vessel for easy pour, KeepCup believes in having few, high quality things and using them well.

Why we love it: KeepCups are used in more than 65 countries around the world and KeepCup users divert millions of disposable cups from landfill every day.


How will you choose to 2x smiles with your holiday gifting this season?

December 23, 2019
Caroline Bachelder
Caroline B.
Born and raised in MA, I started my Alyce career in early 2017 as the sixth member of the Alyce team. Working as a Swiss Army knife, I primarily helped build out the Alyce marketplace and manage our offshore team. I spend my spare time wandering the streets of Beacon Hill where I live, exploring up and coming Boston hotspots, exercising my green thumb, and spending time outdoors whether that’s on the mountain or at the beach.

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Top 10 Gifts that Pay It Forward

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