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Gifts That Give Back: For Your Home makers

Gifts That Give Back: For Your Home makers

We've made it extra easy for you to do your holiday shopping this year, and for the first time you'll be having a guilt-free spending season! We scoured and searched high and low for the best gifts for your home. The best part? Every single product that you see in our guide is helping to make our world a better place in some way or another. Get your shopping done with the click of a button and know that you're doing your part to give-back and support organizations that are making a difference.

Hemp Pouf by Nkuku

Hemp Pouf by Nkuku

Nkuku promotes and develops the traditional skills of artisans in Africa and India whilst building a sustainable business. They aim to improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endure through selling their products online.
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Linen Runners by Canvas

Linen Runners by Canvas

Canvas provides sustainable job opportunities for artisans in the U.S. and abroad through Aid to Artisans. A percentage of all profits from Canvas are donated to the Aid to Artisan program. Canvas also supports Housing Works, a New York-based non-profit that supports people living with HIV/AIDS through groundbreaking advocacy and lifesaving services.
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Laterns by Nkuku

Laterns by Nkuku

Nkuku promotes and develops the traditional skills of artisans in Africa and India whilst building a sustainable business. They aim to improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endure through selling their products online.
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Hmong Serenity Pillow by Oimei

Hmong Serenity Pillow by Oimei

Oimei  is a socially conscious business that empowers workers in developing communities throughout Southeast Asia, helping them to gain access to new markets, earn a consistent income and raise their standard of living. This particular pillow was handmade by hill tribe artisans in Northern Thailand. 
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Navia Throw by JADEtribe

Navia Throw by JADEtribe

JADEtribe features products with textiles woven by women in Southeast Asia. The sales of these products helps to create job opportunities in Asia, while providing fair pay, work standards, work environments, and highlighting artistic and cultural tradition. This throw was created by a village of women from the Lao Luu tribe in Northern Laos. Each textile takes three days for the women to weave.
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Nicole Pillow by JADEtribe

Nicole Pillow by JADEtribe

JADEtribe features products with textiles woven by women in Southeast Asia. The sales of these products helps to create job opportunities in Asia, while providing fair pay, work standards, work environments, and highlighting artistic and cultural tradition. This pillow was created in Northern Laos.
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Plateau Basket by Indego Africa

Plateau Basket by Indego Africa

Indego Africa is a non-profit organization that helps local artisans in Rwanda to sell their jewelry, accessories, and home decor to a larger market. The proceeds from their sales are reinvested into training programs for the women teaching management and entrepreneurship, literacy, technology, and health. Indego Africa hires Rwanda University graduates from socially-vulnerable backgrounds to administer its training programs.
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Iringa Baskets by Bamboula Ltd

Iringa Baskets by Bamboula Ltd

Bamboula Ltd. provides work and income for artisans in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Any product purchased from Bamboula Ltd. contributes directly to the economic and social well being of African artisans and their families. Most artisans use the money they earn for basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, education, and medical services.
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Wildflower & Fern Soap by Hand In Hand

Wildflower & Fern Soap by Hand In Hand

Hand In Hand is a sustainable soap company that works on a buy one give one system. For every soap bar purchased, Hand In Hand donates a second bar to an impoverished area of the world where children are suffering due to respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor hygiene and lack of access to clean water.
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Winter Wreath for The Little Market

Winter Wreath for The Little Market

The Little Market works with artisan groups in developing countries around the world, helping their artisan partners showcase their skills to a broader audience. All of the pieces for sale are handmade by artisans who are paid a living wage for their work, allowing them access to food, school fees, and medical visits for their families. 
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Candles for Shop Good

Candles for Shop Good

Shop Good features clothing and gifts that give back to local communities in Oklahoma City as well as communities around the world. This year, Shop Good is working in partnership with Citizens for Caring Children - a foster center in Central Oklahoma. Their resource center provides children with school products and equipment to feel safe in a new environment, while their mentor program connects children to adults who act as advocates for them.
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Knitted Throw by Nkuku

Knitted Throw by Nkuku

Nkuku promotes and develops the traditional skills of artisans in Africa and India whilst building a sustainable business. They aim to improve the challenging living standards and restricted opportunities that many artisans endure through selling their products online.
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Ikat Pillow by Bly

Ikat Pillow by Bly

Bly sources its products from countries around the world, believing in craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind items that have stories and history behind them. For every city visited, a percentage of that collection's profits are donated to a nonprofit that benefits the community it derived from. The fabric for this pillow was purchased from a man named Rasuljon Mirzaahmedov, a ninth generation ikat-maker from the silk mecca of Margilan in Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley.
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Lampshade by Far & Wide Collective

Lampshade by Far & Wide Collective

Far & Wide Collective partners with some of the most talented artisans in post-conflict and emerging economies. For this lampshade, they worked with designer and artist Ilona Yusuf in Pakistan, producing a shade that combines traditional Pakistani embroidery and block-printing with contemporary style. Ilona's mission is to continue to employ as many local artisans as possible for the production process of her items.
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Bath Towel by Kara Weaves of Kerala

Bath Towel by Kara Weaves of Kerala

Kara Weaves of Kerala partners with local weaving co-operatives in India to design their products using local fabrics that are handmade at traditional wooden looms. They help to provide work of an ethical standard to a community in India and highlight their craft.
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ANOTHER WAY TO GIVE BACK

By purchasing products that give back, you are financially helping communities in need all over the world. However, financial donations are not the only way to help. Here are some other ways you can fill the homes of those less fortunate and help them to have a happy holiday season, too.

HOW YOU CAN GIVE BACK

- Do some house-cleaning and find some old items that the local shelter might be able to put to good use:
• Blankets
• Bed sheets
• Pillows
• Towels 
- Furniture and home goods of any kind can be donated to organizations that help families in need of a new start.
• Desks
• Beds
• Tables
• Chairs
• Lamps
• Computers
- Do your research as some organizations only accept items of a certain size due to storage and transportation issues. 

WHERE TO DONATE

• Habitat for Humanity ReStores 
Furniture Bank Association of North America 
World Computer Exchange

PACKAGE YOUR DONATION

Think of your donation as gift-giving and find the best way to present it to the organization of your choice. Combine all of your items in a basket or tote-bag. Remember, these baskets and bags can be re-used by the organization, too!

If your donation is small, take a look at our simple packaging ideas to get inspired and make your gift special.

WRITE YOUR GIFT CARD

It's important to teach children about giving-back through donations, but it's also necessary to make sure they understand exactly what they are donating and why they are doing it.

Talk to your kids about the different products you are donating and what they will be used for. Allow them to understand that through giving, they are allowing other families to have a happy holiday season. This makes the process more meaningful for your kids.

Ask your child what they hope their donation will do for those families receiving it and let them write their message to them on their gift card.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR GIFT CARD >

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