6 Gift Ideas to help you feel better about all that conspicuous consumption
What sounds better? Standing in line for hours, competing with an agro crowd of wild eyed, Christmakuh-crazy shoppers for sales that aren’t that good anyway? Or presenting your loved ones with a unique gift that helps make the world a better place?
Yeah, we thought so.
This year we challenge you to consume for the greater good and feel better when you buy. We’ve selected a list of six of our partner organizations that offer ethical gift options your friends and family would love even if they weren’t so virtuous.
Stop Traffick Fashion
Fetching ethical fashion: bags, totes, jewelry and t-shirts. Survivors of sex trafficking who have been rescued from their captors make almost all of Stop Traffick Fashion’s accessories and they receive income from sales. In addition, a portion of sales revenue is donated back to partner organizations that rescue victims and provide rehabilitation and training.
Catchafire Staff Pick: The Free Bird Necklace
Project Have Hope
Colorful, funky jewelry, textiles and home decor. Through Project Have Hope, women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda are empowered to feed their families, send their children to school and envision a better future through business opportunities that promote economic stability and sustainability.
Catchafire Staff Pick: Bangle Bracelets
Gorgeous candles and gift sets. Prosperity Candle was founded on the premise that every candle is a vehicle for social change and global connection by providing women in war-torn areas with an opportunity to be business-owners by creating and selling beautiful candles and gifts to not only survive, but thrive.
Catchafire Staff Pick: Artistic Musings Green Bowl
Simply designed graphic tees, totes and maps that encourage people to publicly share the story of where they live while promoting civic engagement and community building. Look hip and rep #wearyoulive.
Catchafire Staff Pick: Manhattan Shoulder Tote
Cool, colorful handmade purses, wallets and bags made from plastic waste thrown in the streets of Accra, Ghana. Buying from ABAN helps provide formerly homeless Ghanian girls and women with hope through shelter, seamstress training, Business, English, Math, and Life Skills Education, and the means to save, matching their individual savings upon graduation.
Catchafire Staff Pick: Esther Bag
5 Pound Apparel
For every t-shirt purchased in-store or online, 5 Pound Apparel donates 5 pounds of nutritional treatment to feed malnourished children in Nepal. Every other item purchased benefits someone, somewhere and every brand they carry has a charitable cause. If you’re near Springfield, MO, stop in and visit their store.
Catchafire Staff Pick: Dreams Come True T-Shirt