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How to Give Meaningful Gifts This Holiday Season

by Emily Waddell

The holidays are a great time to explore socially responsible shopping. I think giving gifts that matter is so important in conscious consumerism. Let's be real, we all have a lot of stuff and do we need more stuff? No. That's why giving meaningful gifts is an important concept. I encourage you to give gifts that give twice...once to the receiver and once to the maker or giving back to a charitable cause. Here are a few questions to consider when purchasing gifts for people.

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1) Does the gift give back? It's the season of giving, so why not give gifts that give back? There are so many companies that have heartfelt missions and give back year round. Show your support for their work and give gifts that give back. Your impactful purchases matter. Your loved ones are sure to love receiving gifts that share a meaningful story. 

2) Who does the gift empower?
Does the purchase of this item contribute to small business owners supporting their family? Artisan employment opportunities in developing countries? If not, consider looking for the same item, but buying from a small business that empowers other people. 

3) How useful is this gift to the receiver?
Is it a neutral colored garment that they can wear over and over again? Is it an object the receiver already has?

If you need some suggestions on meaningful & impactful gifts I encourage you to check out The Damn Good Gift Guide or The Ethical Holiday Gift Guide which both support small businesses and giving back!  

A Few Meaningful Gift Ideas

Gifts for Eco-friendly

The Change Water Bottle

Social Impact: Yuhme creates sustainable, plastic free water bottles made from sugarcane. Each water bottle sold provides six months of clean water for communities in the Central African Republic through
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"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful." - Anonymous Social Impact: BRANDED Collective created this special give-back cuff
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ethically made leather tote bag

Alma Tote

Social Impact: Lazarus Artisan Goods works in Honduras and Haiti to ignite generational change with employment and vocational training through their non-profit Mission Lazarus. Mission Lazarus' three year program
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