A (Fair Trade & Ethically Made) Holiday Gift Guide

Wait until the last minute (again) to get holiday gifts for your loved ones and friends? No worries, my fellow procrastinator. I got you with my annual gift guide. Last year I put together a gift guide dedicated to beautiful (and affordable) modest clothing. This year I want to switch it up to encourage more socially conscious spending this holiday season. Inside you’ll find my top 10 picks from companies dedicated to giving back. Even if you’re not a fan of the featured items for each brand, I HIGHLY recommend looking into them on your own. Prepare to be inspired by their goodness, friends!


Little known fact about me: I have a day job that I LOVE working as an EA at TOMS. And as an employee with access to insider information (aka all the truths), I can vouch for the sincerity and validity of TOMS one-for-one model 100%.

Little known fact about TOMS: We sell more than shoes! We also have a beautiful collection of bags that have their own beautiful give. Each bag purchase results in the delivery of safe birth kits and professional training to skilled birth attendants in countries where mothers have limited access to safe birth resources. If you need a gift for, well, anyone in your life, I highly suggest perusing TOMS…and don’t just stop at the shoes.

Items featured:  Black Suede Women’s Lunata Booties ($129) + Bonus: Black Soft Suede Tote ($158)

This is another organization I feel a strong attachment to and would recommend to ANYONE looking for beautiful gifts that benefit not just the receiver but people in need. F&C is a fashion non-profit that donates 100% of their net proceeds to various communities, organizations  & ministries. For more deets on this organization, you can read my glowing reviews of their products HERE and HERE.

Item featured: Inspirational Gold Cuff ($32)

P+S was founded by the lovely Jen, and I’m such a fan. I found and have been looking for an excuse to feature her shop on my blog. Reason found! As Jen eloquently states on the Paisley & Sparrow website, each purchase “empower women, creates sustainable business, and spreads hope.” If you’re seeking a beautiful, thoughtful gift for women in your life, you’ll find several at P+S

Item featured here: Zia Gold Leaf Earrings ($24) *Use my coupon code to receive $5 off your order!

Much like TOMS, Warby Parker follows a one-for-one business model in that they work with non-profits to distribute one pair of glasses for every pair of glasses sold. I particularly like WP’s affordable price point and ingenious home try-on program, which allows you to test 5 frames over a period of 5 days before purchasing the glasses of your choice.

Item featured: Lilia Glasses (starting at $145)

It’s beautiful enough that The Giving Keys creates inspirational one-word messages on used keys to give hope to receivers of each key. However, The Giving Keys goes many steps further by creating legitimate jobs for people transitioning from homelessness. You can read more about their impact HERE.

Item featured: Dainty ‘Fearless’ Giving Key ($45)

Sseko’s leather ankle-wrap are just another pretty shoe – it’s an opportunity for a woman in Uganda to receive a scholarship towards her college education, which is what Sseko will fund with each purchase. And hey, it’s never too early to get a jump on summer footwear!

Item featured: Caramel Rue Ankle Strap Accent Sandal ($69)

Hand in hand’s mission is as beautiful as it’s handmade bath and beauty products: to decrease. They have steadily reach that goal by donating soap and a month of clean water to residents in Haiti through their non-profit partner, My Neighbor’s Children.

Item featured: Lavender Bar Soap & Lip Balm Stocking Stuffer ($15) *Use code to get 10% off and double your donation!

I couldn’t put together a list of charitable companies and products without featuring the incredible company, Sevenly. Every product they sell in their shop supports a particular cause and non-profit. I could butcher their mission by summarizing it for you…or you can read it here.

Item featured: Dream Flowy Raglan ($29.99)


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    Beautiful things with beautiful purpose. Nice compilation. 🙂 Merry Christmas Liz!

    • Elizabeth
      > Leslie

      Thank you, sweet Leslie! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family as well 🙂

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    Sarah @ Bows & Clothes

    These are all so great! I love the Giving Keys! I posted a fair trade holiday gift guide this year too! I’d love for you to check it out here: http://bit.ly/2h6mhNi !

    Bows & Clothes

    • Elizabeth
      > Sarah @ Bows & Clothes

      I just did, and I loved it! I didn’t even see those Sseko flats when I perused their website. Excellent selections, dear.

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    Shaun Schmiling

    Love this list. Thank you for sharing!
    Two of my favorites are Ethic Goods (ethicgoods.com) & Kicheko (kichekogoods.com).

    • Elizabeth
      > Shaun Schmiling

      Thank you so much for sharing, Shaun! I haven’t heard of either company, and I’m so excited to look into them.

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    Lillian G. Shipton

    Christmas gift giving is in demand, have you got your gifts already? My one of the strategy is to shop at the last minute of Christmas because there are many online stores offer big discounts when the Christmas is in the rush. I love your gifts here, but I can say I have the limited budget, so I think I will wait that the Christmas will come and shop for my gifts. My friends will still accept the late Christmas gift because still, it is a gift for them. You want guys to shop with me too? I think we will watch for the holiday Season sale at https://www.boutiqueken.com/cat/gifts-gifts-under.