Every year I pick a Christmas gift theme for my nieces and nephews. The journey from bacon flavored chapstick to Star Wars socks has brought me to 2020, where I’m a little more reflective of what this past year has taught me. So for this year’s theme I’m focusing on purpose and where I can give a little extra in the gifts I choose. Here are some ideas for a theme that feels a bit more meaningful.
- Rescuewicks candles and melts are hand poured in Pennsylvania. Their ingredients are clean, ethically sourced and never tested on animals. Rescuewicks donates 20% of your purchase to your choice of over 50 shelters, which you can select at checkout.
- Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. supports pup rescue organizations around the country by donating 20% of all profits. Their coffees are organic, responsibly sourced and have the cutest names ever like “Belly Rub”, “Good Boy” and “Morning Walk”.
- MUTTS by Patrick McDonnell takes the comic and brings it to life with apparel, prints, gifts and tons more with 2% of sales donated to the Humane Society. Their packaging is also eco-friendly.
- Ten Thousand Villages has a maker-to-market approach, ensuring the creators of their items earn a fair and livable wage while using locally-sourced and renewable materials for their products. Read more about their mission and products, here.
- Project HOME, the Philadelphia organization, works to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty through employment opportunities, healthcare, education and affordable housing. They offer a place where you can buy resident-made gifts with Project HOMEmade. Another way you can give to Project HOME is through their Grocery LifeLine Program.
If you’d like to take an eco-conscious approach to how you gift, consider up-cycling your packaging from these shipped items to create your own wrapping paper! If you have any give-back gift ideas that represent something close to your heart, please share.