Thoughts By Natalie
gift guide

Gift Ideas That Give Back

Looking for more unique gifts to give this year than the usual options? Consider purchasing gifts from brands that give back to others. I’ve collected several ideas below—all of which contribute somehow to making the world a better place…

31 Bits Diamond Wisp Bracelet
A dazzling mix of small crème and sparkle strands of beads, this bracelet (and all other 31 Bits jewelry) empowers people to rise above poverty.

LSTN Amplifier Necklace
Handmade in the USA, this unisex necklace is 30″ long, and your purchase helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Lindsay Letters + Mocha Club Love is Sovereign Mug
Hand-lettered by Lindsay Sherbondy of Lindsay Letters, the mug has a metallic gold “Love is Sovereign” design on the front and “” on the back. For just $5 more, you can make it a bundle and include Humphreys Street Coffee with the mug! All Mocha Club purchases go toward supporting development projects in Africa.

The Giving Keys Classic Pendant
The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. This 24″ necklace is completely original and comes in a variety of different chains. Choose from 15 favorite words, or for $5 more, you can custom order a word of your choice to make the gift extra personalized.

Peet’s Fair Trade Coffee
For the coffee-lover, gift Fair Tade-certified beans from small co-ops in Central America that have been part of the Peet’s family for decades.

Sseko Glam Straps Stocking Stuffer or Glam Sandal Gift Set
Available as a full set, or just as a strap & accessory set for those who already have a pair of Ssekos. Sseko Sandals are produced in Uganda and give opportunity to academically gifted young women to attend university. By gifting Sseko sandals, you’re providing opportunity and making a direct impact in the life of a woman.

Noonday Collection Handmade Stationery
Handmade with love in India, this set comes in an espresso colored box of nine folded cards and envelopes. The Noonday Collection offers fashion forward accessories for you and your home handcrafted by artisans from around the world that receive a living wage for their work. Every item is handcrafted in style, with love, and creates a pathway out of poverty for these artisans. Proceeds also help place orphans in forever families.

Hiip Black and White Stripe Marina Bag
This versatile striped bag can be used as a fanny pack or a clutch. With every bag purchased, they give a hiip Kit away to a person in need filled with basic life necessities.

Raven + Lily Ferdoz Large Wood + Leather Bangles
Handmade from locally sourced woods and metallic leathers by marginalized women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

To Write Love On Her Arms Unsilent Notebook
Remind someone that their story matters. To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

Radiant Cosmetics Matte Lipstick
The mission of Radiant Cosmetics is to help garner awareness for human trafficking by raising funds through cosmetics, to provide resources for those on the forefront of change, as well as victims of trafficking. This long-lasting matte finish lipstick is perfect for a chic friend who loves a bold lip.

Wonderfully Made Scripted Tee
Wonderfully Made is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring young women to know their true value and worth and live outward-focused lives. This shirt goes toward funding their programs for young women, and is a beautiful reminder of true beauty and worth for the recipient!

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  • Allie Marie Smith
    November 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Thanks girl for including Wonderfully Made. Honored to be in such great company! xo

  • Enya Moran
    November 26, 2013 at 6:25 am

    Perfect! This is exactly my goal this Christmas, I want to spend my money on things that I know my money is going to help others! Thank you :)

  • Angela
    November 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Can you tell me where I can purchase the black and white bag from? I tried to just google it, but I can’t find it. Thanks.