Doing Good: Gifts that Give Back

If you’re anything like me, you’re still knee-deep in holiday shopping. I have a small pile of random items that haven’t been wrapped yet, but beyond that, I still have a lot of work to do. I just don’t feel like shopping this year- wait let me rephrase that- I don’t feel like going to the mall down here. The closest mall to me is HUGE and awesome, but also super crowded and not so much fun when you have a list to get through. It’s perfect for wandering around, but the idea of going there for Christmas shopping gives me hives.
So with that in mind, I turn to online shopping. And what better way to online shop than by working with companies with positive missions! It makes me feel a little bit better about the money I’m spending. Here are some of my favorite last minute (but still thoughtful) gift ideas:
fashionable- a company working to offer skills and jobs to women overcoming a life challenge

For your BFF through thick and thin
The last time we talked about FashionAble they only had scarves. Today they have beautiful, buttery leather goods and jewelry to match! They’ve also expanded the women they work with across the globe, offering skills to women overcoming particularly difficult life challenges including addiction, trafficking, and a lack of opportunity.  My favorite item is the bucket bag and I’m going to go out on a limb and say your best friend needs one.
*Order by 12/18 to receive before Christmas

serengetee- supporting artisans and causes around the world

For your sister (or brother) on the move
We all want to travel the world, Serengetee lets you keep that goal in mind at all times while supporting global artisans and causes. Pick a city or print that you think will resonate the most with your sibling and get them a great baseball tee, or makeup case, or headband, or v-neck, or sweatshirt, or backpack or a hat….

*Order today 12/15 for a Christmas delivery
**30% off your order using the code LASTCALL

bombas- a buy one give one company

For your brother (or sister) with stinky shoes
Listen- we’re not all perfect- but you can help your favorite sibling get a little closer with a new pair of socks from Bombas – a company that donates a pair of socks for every pair sold.
*Buy today 12/15 for standard shipping by Christmas Eve!


the good trade- portion of proceeds donated to child victims of sex slavery

For your mom that’s always on trend
My mom taught me the value in simple jewelry. It matches everything, can be dressed up or down, and never goes out of style. I love these options from The Good Trade and a portion of all proceeds is donated to child victims of sex slavery.

Three Blend Starter Kit

For your caffeine drinking, dog loving dad
Is my dad the only dad that mentions something once and then goes to buy it for himself? My mom is the queen at leaving hints for gifts, but my dad? No way. If he wants something, he buys it. So I’ll just supply a socially aware morning coffee instead. Grounds and Hounds Coffee Co. sells 100% fair trade coffee and donates 20% of all proceeds to dog rescue organizations around the states.

parker clay- made in Ethiopia

For your favorite weekend getaway partner
When Dean and I go away I have a few different bags to choose from and Dean has exactly two: his gym bag or an old backpack. Give your guy an upgrade with a beautiful leather weekend bag offering community support in Ethiopia from Parker Clay.


PS- Find other great options here

Doing Good: Purpose Jewelry

purpose jewelry

If you’ve been around for a while then you know how much I appreciate a company that’s looking to do good in the world. I feel like we spend a lot of money every day and the bottom line is that I hope that some of my money is doing something good. This is why I prefer to work with companies with positive and thoughtful mission statements like Purpose Jewelry.

The quick story is that Purpose Jewelry was created to help teach women in need a skill and provide them with a job. The long version is that the jewelry company stems from a bigger organization: International Sanctuary.

iSanctuary is an international organization working to provide holistic care to sex trafficking survivors. Their mission is focused around a holistic approach to assist women with the reintegration process by addressing a wide range of needs and providing dignity and hope. Women in this program have access to medical professionals, counselors, and educators. They could receive scholarships for college, micro-loans to help them learn financial skills, and finally, employment.

As explained on their website, “Survivors at iSanctuary’s center in Mumbai, India are taught artisan jewelry skills. All jewelry is prepared, packaged, and shipped by survivors rescued in Orange County, California. Purchasing with Purpose empowers these young women as they play a critical role in every step of the process, from handcrafting the jewelry to shipping your purchase.  100% of proceeds benefits the survivors.”

So the big question is which pieces will you be buying?

purpose jewelry 100% of proceeds go towards iSanctuary

Journey Necklace |  Journey Ring
Mira Cuff  |  Sundust Tassel Necklace
Jivana Necklace  |  Gear Wire Earrings


Other companies doing good:

Small Can Be Big (connecting you with local donation oportunities), DamFine Designs (knitted scarves & pillow covers), Roma Boots (rainboots),   Falling Whistles (whistle necklaces), Love with Food – (a yummy subscription box- use the clode JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!), Warby Parker (eyeglasses & sunglasses),  FashionABLE (scarves),  Punjammies  (PJs and tshirts),  147 Million Orphans (jewelry), Better Life Bags  (bags and purses of all kinds!) Freewaters (sandals and flipflops),Unicef Tap Project (clean water for time off of your phone) Figs (one-for-one scrubs), One Million Lights (Donations for light), The Home T (MS research)

How did I miss Giving Tuesday?!


Apparently yesterday was Giving Tuesday. Did you know that this was a thing? This is how it’s described on their website:

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

What a terrific idea! I know you can give back any time for no reason at all, but I’m still a little bummed that I missed out on a day dedicated for others. So in response I’m extending my donation promo for Knitting Ain’t Easy: 20% of all proceeds from purchases made November 29th- December 6th will be donated to Action Against Hunger. If you haven’t heard, Action Against Hunger is an A-rated organization dedicated to ending world hunger. (Read More Here)


To make things a little more fun, I’ve added two new items to the shop this week with more to come soon! Stop by the etsy shop to check things out 🙂

knitting ain't easyMerry & Bright (just a $5 digital download!)  |  new beanie!  |  cowl coming soon!


Gift Guide: Small Business Saturday

gift guide- HANDMADE GIFTS (Small Business Saturday ideas)



Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year! As you know from my Do Good series, I love shops with a positive mission. While I mostly write about companies that are helping others, it’s also important to note that supporting small businesses is also a form of shopping consciously. These small businesses and mom-and-pop shops/restuarants are supporting families and allowing people to follow their dreams. We as consumers choose to support this mission every time we shop small instead of heading to your local Target.

Knitting Ain't Easy & Small Business Saturday: Action Against Hunger

As a way to bring these ideas of conscious consumerism together, I’ll be offering up a little something special in my Etsy shop this weekend: 20% of all proceeds on Knitting Ain’t Easy will be donated to Action Against Hunger.  A global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, Action Against Hunger been recently listed as an “A”-rated organization by CharityWatch and a four-star charity rated by Charity Navigator .

Maybe knits and home goods aren’t your cup of tea? That’s okay. Use this map to find small businesses in your neighborhood, or check out the links below to shop online!

small business saturday shopping guide

Paddywax Candle  |  TheHipsterHousewife custom stationery 
Alchemy Home Company Solid Shave Soap  |    LovelyB Jewelry 
Leroy & Company custom pet portraits


Doing Good: Figs


Figs is a company that every medical professional needs to know about. They sell scrubs (tops, bottoms and caps) and tee-shirts. Their scrubs are available in different shapes, sizes and colors and they even offer various pocket options.

While all this is fun and all, I really like the fact that they are committed to a one-for-one philosophy. This means that for every set of scrubs sold, Figs gives a set to a healthcare provider in need. Here in America we tend to think of healthcare providers as part of that 1%, but what about those working in impoverished areas? All medical professionals are not paid an equal amount. I think it’s great that a company is finding a way to provide clean scrubs to all who may need it.

Find more companies doing good here.

Every so often I like to highlight a company that’s doing something good.  Companies showcased in the Doing Good series are NOT sponsors of WLB. They just share a mission I want to spread.