It’s better to give than to receive. And it’s even better to give gifts that give back. This holiday season, we’re all about gifts with purpose. Gifts that empower women, fund literacy programs, help children see. Gifts that make a difference in someone’s life -- and not just the one ripping open the wrapping paper.
Here are 8 of our favorite gifts that give back for the little ones on your list.
1. To The Market’s Hand Felted Sheep Duo, $54. The sweetest cuddle toys from a company working hard to empower artisans in impoverished regions. This sheep duo is handcrafted in Kathmandu by women trying to lift their families out of poverty. To The Market allows you to shop by cause, including human trafficking, refugees and war widows, or by territories like the West Bank, Uganda and Lebanon.
2. Laia Baby Organic Infant Socks, $24. Laia Baby products are crafted by mothers in Korea, including resettled North Korean refugees. This job helps them settle in to a new community and provide for their families. The infant socks are made from high-quality organic cotton yarn that was grown in soil that has been free of chemicals for at least three years.
3. Cuddle + Kind Wyatt the Fox, $48-68. Handmade by women artisans in Peru, we love Wyatt the Fox from this line of fair trade dolls. All doll makers receive a sustainable and fair income. Super cuddly and ready for adventure, every one of Cuddle + Kind’s dolls provides 10 meals for children in need. Buy two dolls and get two free prints, and provide 30 meals for hungry children.
4. Out of Print, The Little Prince T-Shirt, $20. Your little one’s favorite book in t-shirt form. From The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Harry Potter, these tiny t-shirts are perfect for any little one on you holiday list. Each purchase from Out of Print goes to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
5. Better World Books, prices vary. Shop sustainably with the enormous selection of page turners at Better World Books. Pre-owned children’s books like The Poky Little Puppy ring up at just less than $4. Better World Books is fighting against global poverty with education, by funding literacy grants and providing book donations to countries and communities in need.
6. Pebble, Dragon Fruit Rattle, $9. While we’re partial to this sweet dragon fruit rattle (a perfect stocking stuffer!), the purchase of every item on Pebble’s website goes toward directly supporting mothers in the Hathay Bunano region of Bangladesh. The artisans at Pebble craft each item knowing it will make your child happy, and that their fair income will give their own children a more stable life.
7. Pair Eyewear, starting at $125. Because little ones have a new favorite color every week. Glasses from Pair Eyewear are totally customizable, with magnets that hold on different top frames -- allowing your child to change the color of his or her glasses every day. Plus, they offer at home try-ons. For each pair of glasses purchased, a pair of prescription glasses are donated to a child in need.
8. Sudara, Future World Changer T-shirt, $29. Epically cool, Sudara’s Future World Changer t-shirts pack a big punch when it comes to giving back. They are perfect for your favorite little activist. Every purchase from Sudara supports women in India who are working to stay free of sex trafficking.
And hey, we know you still have to use Amazon for some of your holiday shopping, but that doesn't mean you can't give back that way too. You just have to break your normal routine. Instead of swiping to purchase, head to www.smile.amazon.com, choose the charity you’d like a portion of your purchase to benefit, then head to your cart. Giving back has never been easier!