Desmond Tutu said, “Do a little bit of good where you are. It is those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
During the holidays, we have an inherent need to help others. To spread holiday cheer and lend a hand. But did you know that the gifts you purchase can actually do good and spread joy far beyond the intended recipient?
This month, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gift picks that will please friends and family and support charitable causes - spreading "little bits of good."
Refuge for Women’s Survivor Made program creates jobs and builds the confidence of human trafficking victims. Through Survivor Made, participants learn how to create high-quality leather handbags, earrings, other leather goods and candles to sell on the Survivor Made site, survivormade.org. In addition, they learn business skills like accounting, stocking inventory and workplace management.
St. Jude Partners
Several national retailers sell items that support St. Jude and its mission to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. At St. Jude, no child is denied treatment based on their ability to pay. The hospital depends on community support. Companies like Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, Saint Candle, Academy Sports and many more offer items supporting St. Jude.
Bombas doesn’t just make incredibly comfortable socks and underwear. The company and its network of more than 3,500 Giving Partners help it distribute an item for every item purchased. So far, the company has given 75 million donations across all 50 states. So, be sure to purchase some cute socks for stocking stuffers this year and help the cause.
The Kind Culture Co.
The Kind Culture Co. is doing just that – creating a culture of kindness. The company’s mission is to empower and inspire children to create a kinder world. Every purchase from the company benefits a child in need. The Peace Doll inspires children to do random acts of kindness. Each doll comes with a “kindness kit” that includes 10 tokens with special phrases on them to show gratitude, love, kindness, hope and friendship. Children are encouraged to give the tokens as acts of kindness.
West & Willow
West & Willow is a sponsor of Best Friends Animal Society, one of the world’s largest pet rescue and research organizations. Each purchase from the company helps support the organization’s mission. West & Willow’s Custom One Pet Portrait is the perfect personalized gift for the pet lover in your life. Simply upload a photo of the pet and customize the portrait.
For 25 years Thistle Farms has offered hope and healing for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution and addiction. What once began as a group of volunteers and survivors making candles in a church basement in Nashville, has blossomed into Thistle Farms social enterprises. The organization produces divine-smelling candles; bath, body and shower products; home products; apparel, jewelry and more. Each purchase supports the women of Thistle Farms.
The Commuter Tote, $114.95, Survivormade.org
Signature Collection Candles - Set of 3, $27.95, Survivormade.org
St. Jude Mug, $14.95, Williams-Sonoma.com
St. Jude Bell-Shaped Scented Candle - Yuletide Spice, $34.50-$59, PotteryBarn.com
Youth Holiday Snowflake Calf 4-pack Gift Box, $38, Bombas.com
The Peace Doll, $69.95, KindCultureCo.com
Custom One Pet Portrait, $77, WestandWillow.com
Beard Salve, $16, ThistleFarms.org
Tranquility Set, $35, ThistleFarms.org