Forget those traditional gifts this year and give eco-friendly, socially conscious alternatives that benefit a wide variety of causes.  This year, we decided to share some of our favorite gifts that give back for some inspiration.  

Frontier Clutch. Red Earth Trading Company works with Ugandan leather workers and developing communities in Eastern Africa to provide sustainable job opportunities for artists and funding for community development projects.

Wine Inspired Soy Candles. Rescued Wine Candles makes an impact on the planet and the animals inhabiting by using sustainably sourced, recycled and biodegradable materials as well as donating profits to local animal rescue shelters.

Krochet Kids Scarf. Krochet Kids was built around the mission to empower people to rise above poverty by empowering the women of Northern Uganda and Peru with assets, skills, and knowledge. These beautiful handmade products not only bring comfort and style to people’s lives, but also serve as a vehicle for social change.

STATE Classic Backpack. For every bag sold, STATE gives a backpack to a child in need. STATE works with educators and community leaders to identify the groups of kids most in need of backpacks to school children in underserved communities across the U.S.

SOLO Eyewear Sunglasses.  This gift guide would not be complete without SOLO sunglasses. At SOLO, we put our heart and soul into the Vision to Give program that provides eye care those in need through our nonprofit partners. We also provide an environmentally conscious product by using recycled bamboo in our high-quality sunnies.

LSTN Headphones. LSTN provides high quality products that help fund hearing restoration and spread awareness for the global problem of hearing loss and hearing impairment. LSTN works with the Starkey Hearing Foundation that provides 100,000 hearing aids to people in need around the world each year.

Not only will you feel better as a person having helped benefit one of these causes, the receiver of your gift will appreciate it that much more knowing their gift benefits another individual. For more ideas on products that give back visit