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Give Justly {Men’s + Women’s Edition}

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This is the second follow-up to my post: 7 Ways to Give Justly at Christmas.

As you shop for the adults in your life, I hope you’ll consider what your purchases support. Too often our merchandise is sourced and manufactured in an unethical manner. People are not paid their fair due; they are often working as modern-day slaves.

While consumerism itself needs to be curbed, the Christmas season is a celebration of lavish generosity. Giving is part of its goodness.

Here are some ways to give justly and companies to consider while gifting:

  1. Give LESS. What if we only give a few gifts? This is the only way we can make better, more just purchases.
  2. Give Differently. Give tickets to a game, a play, the movies. It might be a date, a weekend getaway, a day together.
  3. Give Practically. Give something the person really needs. (See Give Smartly for specific company and product information.)
  4. Give in Honor. The options for Christmas gift giving catalogues are huge. World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, International Justice Mission, just to name a few. Let’s remind each other that Christmas isn’t a self-serving holiday.
  5. Give DIY. Pinterest makes it easy to find ideas for making some of your own gifts. You can also buy handcrafted toys on Esty.com.
  6. Give Locally. Craft fairs and local business provide ample opportunity to shop local. And gifts tend to be more unique when purchased from a local vendor.
  7. Give Smartly. I’ve done my best to scour the internet for specific options. Here is a list of mostly Fair Trade, Made in USA or One-for-one companies and/or sites selling potential gifts. I’m not an expert on this matter, nor have I purchased something from each of these companies, so I encourage you to do your own research and make informed decisions. But from my research, I believe these companies to be worth consideration.

Note: Some of these links are affiliate links. By clicking on the link and purchasing, I will be paid a small commission.

Clothing

  • Krochet Kids Intl: shirts, t-shirts and more for men and women, directly made by women in Uganda and Peru
  • Fair Indigo: fair trade clothing (or USA made) for men and women
  • Shop With Meaning: searchable site for clothing and more
  • Dirtball: eco-friendly, 100% made in the USA men’s clothing line
  • Indigenous: organic and fair trade clothing for men and women
  • Raven + Lily: fair trade women’s clothing
  • Boden: ethically sourced clothing for men and women
  • Everlane: ethically sourced clothes for men and women, can even view where their factories are
  • HaeNow: fair trade, organic cotton t-shirts for whole family
  • PrAna: fair trade clothing for men and women
  • Twice: if you don’t need it new, look for it here. Gently used, brand-name clothes.
  • Etiko: fair trade clothing
  • Maggie’s Organics: organic cotton and fair trade clothing (primarily socks) for men and women

Shoes

Accessories and Home Decor (some affiliate links included)

Gadgets/Other

  • MiiR: one-for-one water bottles and bikes
  • Aerobie: Made in USA coffee pot alternative
  • Jinta Sport: fair trade sports equipment and apparel

Health and Beauty

  • Come Together Trading: fair trade soaps and balm
  • Smiles Squared: one-for-one toothbrushes
  • Harry’s: men’s shaving products (I presume useable for women, as well.), fairly made. Option to subscribe for delivery.
  • Bare-Soaps: soaps, 20% of proceeds to Bring Antiseptic Resources to Everyone
  • Thistle Farms: lotions and more supporting women
  • Honest Co.: Bath & Body product, ethically sourced, eco-friendly
  • Neal’s Yard Remedies: ethically sourced health and beauty products for women & men
  • Mineral Fusion: mineral facial products, made in the USA
  • Burt’s Bees: bath & beauty products, responsible sourcing
  • au Naturale: makeup, made in the USA, conscientious sourcing, some proceeds go to education in Zambia

Treats/Food

  • Trade as One: fair trade subscription for coffee, chocolate and more food items
  • Fair Trade labeled coffee and chocolate, look for the label, often in health food stores or organic section of local grocery store
  • Oxfam shop: fair trade food items
  • Divine Chocolate: fair trade chocolates

This is certainly not a complete list. If you’re looking for some specific gifts, do some research; see if there’s an ethical option to purchase.

For ratings on more typical brands, visit Free2Work. Here are a few brands that received a B or better:

  • Adidas
  • American Eagle
  • Apple
  • Champion
  • Fruit of the Loom
  • Gap
  • Hanes
  • H&M
  • Levi’s
  • Microsoft
  • Mossimo
  • New Balance
  • Nike
  • Old Navy
  • Panasonic
  • Reebok
  • Samsung
  • Smartwool
  • Spalding
  • Timberland

Wishing you a fair, just and merry Christmas!

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