2015 Ethical Holiday Gift Guide

Still looking for holiday gifts? Irish Impact is here with an ethical gift guide, so you can support great causes through your purchases.

Traditional Social Enterprises

threads for thought logoThreads 4 Thought – A clothing line that is both environmentally and economically ethical, this social enterprise is a certified B Corp, and sources Fair Trade fabric. Partnering with the International Rescue Committee, one of T4T’s lines donates proceeds to the New Roots project. This project provides resettled refugees in the United States an urban garden “to grow healthy food, start a business, & receive valuable nutrition education.” Prices range from $5-$200.

Uncommon Goods – An online marketplace that ethically sources products domestically and globally. You can find a wide variety of products for many people on your list from gardening seed kits, to recycled wine glasses, to baseball bat rocking chairs. $5-$3000

tfcandleThistle Farms – From soaps and candles to apparel and home goods, Thistle Farms  offers a variety of different and interesting products. This social enterprise employs over 50 women, who are survivors of trafficking, addiction, and prostitution both in the United States and globally. $10-$350

Yellow Leaf Hammocks – “Ridiculously comfy hammocks. Impeccable craftsmanship. Transformative impact.” This social enterprise works with artisan women in Thailand with a comprehensive approach to economic development. Free shipping for the holiday season. $145-195

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Yellow Leaf Hammocks

One-for-One Models

Beyond Beanie – Not only are these products handwoven by women artisans in Bolivia, but Beyond Beanie also donates funding to support children in Bolivia. For each beanie purchased, bB will donate 5 meals; for 1 bag, a donation of 1 set of school supplies; for 1 poncho, a donation of 1 school uniform. For the holiday season, for each Pink Rad Surfer Hat purchased, bB will donate one Christmas dinner. $5-$60

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Inkkas – Looking for an ethical shoe option and sick of TOMS? “Inkkas are crafted with respect for the environment and the people who make them.” They work directly with artisans around the world, and in partnership with Trees For The Future, they plant one tree for every pair sold. $20-$150

threadiesThreadies – A highly relevant topic! For each stuffed animal purchased, Threadies donates a stuffed animal to a child in a refugee camp. These stuffed animals also come with coping kits, which help aid workers guide the children through trauma-healing exercises. Partnering with Child’s Cup Full, Threadie Bears are sewn by refugee women in the West Bank. $25-$45

Warby Parker – On the same buy-one-give-one model, Warby Parker donates a pair of eyeglasses for each one sold. They partner with Vision Spring for their global supply and distribution. Members at Social Entrepreneur Corps (co-founded by favorite Irish Impact blogger, Greg Van Kirk) also work with Vision Spring in distribution. $90-$200

Yoobi – For each school supply purchased, Yoobi will donate another to a classroom in the United States. Yoobi partners with the Kids in Need Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation to distribute to kids that need them the most. Check out their suggested items on the Yoobi Holiday Gift Guide! Free shipping on orders over $25, also look for them at Target! $1-$35

Non-Traditional Social Gifts

Etsy – A public company and a certified B Corporation, Etsy houses online artisan shops, offering an expansive variety in gifts. Refer to Etsy’s Holiday Gift Guide for great suggestions!

Coffee & Chocolate! There is no such thing as too much caffeine and sweets, especially around the holidays. Look to direct trade companies such as De La Gente, Dean’s Beans, Equal Exchange, and Intelligentsia for coffee; and Taza, Divine, and Equal Exchange for chocolate. Read more from Irish Impact on the benefits of direct trade!

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Best of luck wrapping up your holiday shopping (pardon the pun)! Irish Impact wishes you Happy Holidays!

Photos were all sourced from the respective companies’ websites. Banner photo is by Mandy Jansen.

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