Gifts that Give Back: A 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

To begin, I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving that was full of love, laughter, and lots of turkey and stuffing. As this time of year rolls around, family members start asking what I would like for Christmas. For the holiday season, I would appreciate gifts and donations from companies that help out with our society and charities that are important to me. Below is a holiday guide for some of the many wonderful companies that give back. Enjoy, and I hope you find some amazing items that you might like as a gift that will contribute to the world around us! 

p.s. click the images to be redirected to the companies website!

FEED Projects

Feed was founded in 2007 by World Food Programme (WFP) Honorary Spokesperson Lauren Bush after seeing countless children malnourished around the world. FEED is created around the simple idea of creating products that help in the fight against hunger in a tangible way. The power of buying an item off will provide meals to children in school, provides nutrition for expectant mothers and children, and supports artisan livelihoods, who are making these beautiful items. Here are two of my favorite items below, I love the quotes!

b.a.r.e Soaps

The founder of b.a.r.e soaps, Clare, witnessed the need for basic health necessities when she was traveling through third-world countries. With her passion for global health and kind heart, she created b.a.r.e soaps in 2012, which is her platform for creating soaps and donating the proceeds to developing countries that lack basic sanitation. The soaps are all natural, sustainably sourced, and never tested on animals. What I love about them is that they are not just your typical hand soaps. There are soups for helping with acne, and moisturizing your face. They come in cute gift boxes and perfect for the holiday season! 

Purpose Jewelry 

Purpose Jewelry has a purpose. All of their pieces are designed and made by young women who were rescued from human trafficking. For the past ten years, this company has been providing freedom, dignity, and hope for the young artisans finding their place in society. In addition to earning an income, Purpose Jewelry collaborated with non-profit, International Sanctuary, to ensure that each artisan receives an education, health care, and counseling. They are given the amazing opportunity to assimilate into society and succeed in life. Each piece of jewelry is stunning, and it’s heart-warming to wear a work of art that helps others. 

The Giving Keys 

The Giving Keys is a “Pay it Forward Company” founded by Caitlin Crosby with the mission to create jewelry that inspires others. Every purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness. Each piece has an inspiring message engraved on it such as “Dream,” “Create,” and Inspire.” The idea is to pass your jewelry to someone who needs a positive message in their life. It is a great company that has provided work for countless people who are getting back on their feet after being homeless. 

Shrill Society 

You’ve probably seen these shirts before. Created by Amanda Brinkman in 2016, her company became viral after her creation of the “Nasty Woman” tee-shirt. Her shirts are quirky, funny, and socially active. They are ethically produced by women, well-designed, and help drive positive change. Proceeds go directly to Planned Parenthood, and in almost two years she has donated over $131,000! 


In short, Public-Supply creates writing essentials in support of public school arts. 25% of every purchase goes to a teacher in a high-school classroom who will use that money for a project that drives creativity. I love this company because I am obsessed with minimalist notebooks and I am passionate about supporting public school education. Check out the notebooks below and help students across the country have an arts education.  

Thank you for reading, have a wonderful holiday season.
xx, A College Girl