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.
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!