We believe that it is better to give than to receive. But finding the perfect present can be a challenge. That's why our favorite gifts are the ones that give back. Here are our top picks for shopping with purpose this holiday season.
Tank in Metallic White Linen (€59 euro) / Marie Sixtine
One of France's coolest sustainable brands, Marie Sixtine makes comfortable essentials with that Parisian je ne sais quoi. All of their fabrics are ethically sourced and skin-friendly.
Grey Suede Leila Booties ($119) / Toms
You know the drill - for every pair of shoes sold, Toms gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. Recently Toms has added a lot of great new product categories and has also launched factories in developing countries that provide dignified jobs and long term solutions. Now that's a business model we believe in!
Bucket Bag ($158) / Tribe Alive
Platinum White Bracelet ($12) / Pura Vida Bracelets
Pura Vida Bracelets are understated cool. And with prices starting in the single digits, they remind us that we don't need to spend a lot of money to shop consciously. Every purchase helps provide full-time jobs for local artisans in Costa Rica. Sold!
Rose Gold Round Watch ($119) / Berg and Betts
Berg and Betts makes all of their chic watches by hand using scrap leather that has been recycled from local leather shops. Their no waste concept proves that one person's trash can truly be another's treasure.
The Littles - Beauty Travel Essentials ($80) - Drunk Elephant
Beauty's newest IT brand, Drunk Elephant excludes all of those nasty toxic chemicals that we can't pronounce. Instead of taking an all natural approach, they chose to make health their first priority. DE believes that every ingredient should directly and only benefit the health of our skin, as well as the safety of the formulation. Beyond that, less is more. Because skin that is well taken care of doesn't need much covering up.
Royal Alpaca Throw ($129) / Sackcloth and Ashes
Every time you purchase one of their beautiful throws S&A also provides a blanket to your local homeless shelter.
Assorted set of 3 Reusable Bees Wrap ($18) - Bee's Wrap
The perfect gift for the domestic eco-goddess, Bee's wrap is a reusable packaging alternative for storing foods at home. No more guilt for throwing away all of that cling wrap and aluminum foil. All of Bee's Wrap's products are reusable, biodegradable and compostable. Products are made of beeswax (sourced from sustainably kept hives), GOTS organic cotton, organic jojoba oil and tree resin. And all of their packaging is recyclable and plastic free.
Annual Subscription to Cereal Mag (£18) / Cereal
Our favorite magazine, Cereal, just happens to cover two of our very favorite subjects - travel and style. Published twice a year, why not send your favorite global citizen the next two volumes as they are released, taking them on a unique visual and literary journey to the world's most thrilling destinations.
Give one year of education ($10+) / Zana Africa Foundation