That magical time of the year is upon us again – and this year, we wanted to reconcile our love for tearing open those glossy gift packages with our desire to give something back. That’s why those vegan-friendly, ethical gifts will be topping our list this year: while these items are indulgent enough to make you look forward to opening the package, they also offer a chance to give to charity. Check out our kind and compassionate holiday picks for a truly happy festive season.
“Every pound saves a hound” is the tagline of this quirky coffee brand that gives 20% of proceeds to smaller, local animal rescue operations in the US. All their blends are dog-themed and have names like “Sit & Stay” or “Morning Walk” and they also offer mugs and apparel. A great gift for the caffeine-aholic in your family.
AWE jewelry was founded by three-time cancer survivor Jill Johnson. 20% of the proceeds go toward four different charities (supporting cancer research, mental health, LGBTQ youth, and victims of sexual assault). This medallion ring is not only a versatile accessory that lends sophistication to your look – it also serves as a symbol of strength and connects the wearer to a community of survivors.
This eco-pitcher will help you keep your water clean, but it will also do good. Every pitcher and filter sold, Soma will partner with Charitywater.org to help provide clean water to communities in need.
This designer created nature-inspired jewellery adorned with precious stones, and donates a percentage to a different animal charity or environmental organisaton to support their conservation work. The designer has donated to replanting forests, preventing whale hunting in the Antarctic and the rehabilitation of injured owls in Alaska.
A roomy, spacious tote for the friend who’s a parent. Clare V donates 100% of net proceeds to Every Mother Counts to help making pregnancy and childbirth safe for women all over the world.
Vilda Fashion Editor Sica Schmitz is the founder of Bead and Reel and the creator of the Fashion Activist tee, which donates 100% of the proceeds to the Fair Trade Fashion Show, promoting fair and just fashion production everywhere.
Made with vegan leather, eco-friendly Votch watches are the perfect gift for the style-conscious man or woman on your list – and each three months, they choose a new charity to support. Right now, 10% of the proceeds to go the Folly Wildlife Rescue Trust in Kent, UK.
20% of the proceeds from this impossibly cute bracelet will go to Plan International, supporting their work for the equality of girls and women in developing countries.
These vegan sneakers are the perfect complement to a relaxed, casual everyday outfit – – and for every pair sold, Tom’s will provide a pair of brand-new shoes to a child in need. To date, they’ve given more than 75 million pairs of shoes to those who need them, and that is what we call a gift that does good.
Saved Kisses is a fashion brand that works closely with several animal rescue centres and organisations such as Sea Shepherd and IFAW – and each item in their Blush Collection is named after a dog rescued from the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in China. All designs are vegan and produced locally.
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