December 09, 2015 | Style


by Alexis Assoignon

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

Marie Sixtine metallic white linen tank

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

Toms Suede Grey Leila Bootie

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

Tribe Alive Bucket Bag Brown
The fabulous ladies at Tribe Alive create stylish, modern pieces with an extra touch of love, all produced in collaboration with artisans living in Central America. Their mission is to alleviate poverty by giving women in local communities fair wages and long term work. Now that's a bag we would be proud to flaunt!


Platinum White Bracelet ($12) / Pura Vida Bracelets

Pura Vida Platinum White beaded bracelet

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 Handmade Leather Round Watch

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

The Littles by Drunk Elephant Core Beauty Essentials

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


Royal Alpaca Throw by 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

   Set of 3 bees wrap assorted sizes

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

Cereal Mag annual subscription gift

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

Zana Africa Foundation Class on reproductive health

Make a $10 donation on their behalf! 1 million girls in Kenya miss up to 6 weeks of school each year because they lack access to sanitary pads. As a result, twice as many girls than boys end up dropping out of school - creating a downward cycle of poverty and exploitation. The Zana Africa Foundation, one of our very favorite for-purpose organizations, supports adolescent school girls in Kenya by delivering reproductive health education and much needed sanitary pads. For every $10 you donate, you give a girl in need one full year of schooling. We cannot think of better value than that!

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