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:
- Give LESS. What if we only give a few gifts? This is the only way we can make better, more just purchases.
- Give Differently. Give tickets to a game, a play, the movies. It might be a date, a weekend getaway, a day together.
- Give Practically. Give something the person really needs. (See Give Smartly for specific company and product information.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Fair Indigo: some made in the USA shoes
- TOMS: one-for-one shoes, lots of variety
- Roma Boots: one-for-one rain boots and flip-flops for women
- Shop With Meaning: searchable site for shoes and more
- Sseko Designs: sandals providing jobs and funding for university for women in Uganda
- Sole Rebels: eco-friendly and fair trade footwear for men and women
- The Root Collective: fair trade women’s flats
- Aurora Shoe Co.: made in USA, men’s and women’s shoes
- Etiko: fair trade shoes
Accessories and Home Decor (some affiliate links included)
- Lulu Tree: fair trade scarves and jewelry
- Minga Fair Trade Imports: fair trade jewelry and home goods
- Krochet Kids Intl.: fair trade hats & scarves
- HandCrafting Justice: fair trade scarves, jewelry and home goods
- Come Together Trading: fair trade scarves, jewelry, ornaments and home goods
- Fair Indigo: fair trade jewelry, scarves and home goods
- TOMS: one-for-one sunglasses
- Shop With Meaning: searchable site for scarves, jewelry, home goods and more
- Sseko Designs: leather bags and more providing jobs and funding for university for women in Uganda
- Better Life Bags: custom made bags providing living wages in a poor community in Detroit
- The Giving Keys: jewelry made from old keys, providing jobs to homeless people in LA
- FashionABLE: accessories creating sustainable business in Africa
- Half United: one-for-one jewelry company fighting hunger
- FEED Projects: bags and jewelry company fighting hunger
- Trades of Hope: fair trade jewelry and accessories empowering women, searchable by country
- Ten Thousand Villages: fair trade jewelry and home items (local store in Portland, ME)
- Serrv: fair trade jewelry and home decor
- The Root Collective: fair trade jewelry and accessories
- Raven + Lily: fair trade jewelry and accessories
- Solo Eyewear: handcrafted sunglasses, proceeds help restore sight
- Re:new: artisan bags made by refugee women
- Noonday Collection: jewelry and accessories
- Claro: candles made in USA, proceeds help fight social injustices
- Dignify: fair trade quilts and blankets
- Oxfam shop: fair trade home goods
- Room & Board: home goods, nearly all made in the USA
- Fair Trade Friday: subscription to receive a variety of fair trade items
- Warby Parker: glasses and sunglasses – all just $95, for every one purchased, a pair is given to someone in need
- 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
- 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:
- American Eagle
- Fruit of the Loom
- New Balance
- Old Navy
Wishing you a fair, just and merry Christmas!