Over the years I have grown more and more into a person who allows my heart to guide my mind and connect to a deeper sense of purpose. I’ve become more aware of the meaning behind actions – both mine and those near me. And what I’m finding more and more is that gift giving has re-centered away from mindless gifting and more toward the thoughtful, and meaningful things. Making memories and spreading joy
So anytime I have the opportunity to give a gift that is truly meaningful and has the ability to enrich and impact another’s life, I grab on to the opportunity.
And more and more, I’m growing more conscious about my money and how I spend it. So, today I am partnering with the Allstate Foundation to share seven meaningful gifts that give back. All of these gifts have special causes to close to my heart, so I hope you are able to find something you love and be able to give back in a special way too.
1. Purple Purse Charm
Ever since Allstate Foundation Purple Purse created a beautiful mural using a Seattle artist to highlight financial abuse and the need to make this type of domestic violence visible, I’ve heard numerous stories from strong women bravely sharing their survival stories of making it out of abusive relationships. I’ve cried every time as well as been inspired by the beauty of their strength. One in four women experience domestic violence at some point in their lives, and this is a heart-breaking reality that I hope we can do something about.
This Purple Purse charm was designed by the advocate and ambassador for Allstate Foundation Purple Purse, Serena Williams. At just a$10
You can find the charm here. –// Your donation goes to Purple Purse nonprofit allies and the victims they serve.
2. Elegantees Clothing
In the heart of Nepal where sex trafficking runs rampant, Elegantees offers an opportunity for these women to heal from the trauma of their experiences by providing them with stable sewing jobs. Each shirt you buy is handmade by a sex trafficking survivor and goes to fund jobs for more women who deserve the same opportunity.
I remember the first tee I ever received from them came with a tag saying “Handmade by Gita.” My eyes welled up as I thought about the woman’s story whose life is able to be restored by making the clothing from Elegantees.
Elegantees JOLIE top // Funds go towards employing nearly 20 women in Nepal so they can receive independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence that restores lives from sex trafficking
3. Lush Charity Pot
With a delicately floral perfume of
Great for the skin and makes an impact in the world, 100% of the proceeds go to the small grassroots organization featured in the pot. These groups work support important causes such as environmental conservation, animal welfare as well as human rights.
Lush Charity pot // 100% of funds go to environmental conservation, animal welfare as well as human rights small grassroots organizations
4. Moorea Seal Scarf
Moorea Seal is a local boutique owner, author, and jewelry designer from Seattle with a huge heart. Her motto is “do good, do great” and she lives by that by donating 7% of all proceeds from her store towards select non-profits.
I chose this scarf because it is my lifeline in the cold winter days in Seattle. Proceeds also go to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is an important cause to me, especially after dealing with depression (more about that here) in the past myself.
Ashworth Scarf // 7% of the proceeds go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
5. Moorea Seal Hat
Another gift from Moorea Seal, but a completely different important cause. As a former teacher, any time I get the chance to support children I jump at the chance. And when you can combine gift giving, fashion, and supporting children in need I am over the moon happy.
Brazil Without Barriers is a volunteer-based organization that gives at risk children in Brazil the opportunity for education, support and other resources or supplies they are in need of.
Alfie Beanie // 7% of the proceeds go to
6. Empowered Lipstick
The lipsticks from Color The World Lipsticks all go to support important causes. The lipsticks themselves are all natural, vegan, cruelty-free, and made with organic oils and natural waxes.
Anxiety is a daily battle for me so buying this particular shade of lipstick called “Empowered” (which is a great
Empowered Lipstick // 10% of the net profits will be donated to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America.
7. Fearless Girl Tee
The word fearless means a lot to me. It’s tattooed on my wrist as a daily reminder to step outside my comfort zone and not let fear and anxieties hold me back from pursuing my passions. This tee is a cute tee that’s made from an artist who has hand designed these letters.
On top of a powerful message, 20% of all of their net profits goes to two charities. The first charity supports the Malala Fund, which creates safe spaces for girls around the world to go to school and have a brighter future.
The second charity, Bring Change to Mind, is a non-profit that focuses on raising awareness of mental health. I absolutely support their mission because I think we need to break down the mental health stigma and be more open about often an invisible illness.
Fearless Girl Tee // 10% goes to Malala Fund a non-profit that helps girls around the world go to school — another 10% goes towards Bring Change to Mind a nonprofit dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy
Let me know if the comments what gifts you’ve found that give back. I love hearing about other amazing companies with great hearts to support!
These are such great gift ideas! Brings more meaning to gift giving. Thank you 🙂
How awesome is this?! Perfect time to give back.
I love this and such good causes. You look so winter perfect too!
I am actually loving that lipstick. I love brands that make it a part of their mission to give back to others.
Such great ideas and a great reminder that gifts should be more meaningful for the holidays! That’s what it’s about. xx
Isabella David Vintage
Thanks for putting this list together, these are all great gift ideas. I especially love the clothing, that is a great idea that directly benefits these women!
I love items that give back! This is a great list. I love all of the Lush products that I’ve tried!
I love supporting brands that give back. It leaves me feeling so happy knowing that not only am I getting something fabulous to wear, I’m also helping make the world a better place.