Start a revolution with your purchases and the gifts you give this holiday season! For the past few years, 1 Girl Revolution has released a gift guide for the holiday season, to help you make a greater impact through your purchases and the gifts you give. If we’re going to buy gifts anyways, we may as well make a difference through all of our purchases too, right? We also have a podcast episode that details a number of companies that donate a portion of their proceeds to good causes and/or donates their products to those in need. These companies are working to make a difference in the world and we can support them in their great work by buying their products.
It’s also not just the holiday season that this guide will come in handy. There are so many other occasions throughout the year in which we give gifts to those we love — graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and more. So, why not start a world-changing revolution through your gift-giving and give back to good causes and to those in need – every time you buy a gift? Our hope is that by creating The 1 Girl Revolution Gift Guide, you will be able to use it as a quick and easy way to find the perfect gift for the people you love – and that you can help others through these gifts. Giving cool gifts that give back is the best way to give a gift!
Below you’ll find a list of companies that give back. Check it out and please share!
Let’s start a revolution today – through our purchases and gift-giving!
Rebel Nell: Based in Detroit, Rebel Nell employs homeless women, teaches them jewelry-making, and helps them transition out of homelessness through their program. Each piece of jewelry created is one-of-a-kind created from graffiti flakes that have fallen off the walls around Detroit and other repurposed products. Rebel Nell collaborates with sports teams across the country, artists, and other companies for their special collections. All proceeds from the products sold goes to support the women working at Rebel Nell. Listen to 1 Girl Revolution’s interview with the co-founder of Rebel Nell, Amy Peterson.
The Sanctuary Project: The Sanctuary Project is a social enterprise that provides meaningful employment and job training to women who have survived lives of trafficking, violence, and addiction. Their jewelry is designed and packaged by the women they employ, and 100% of our sales go directly to providing more job opportunity and job training to survivors. Listen to 1 Girl Revolution’s interview with the founder of The Sanctuary Project Holly Christine Hayes.
The Giving Keys: The goal of The Giving Keys is to inspire people to help others and pay it forward. They do this through their business model, which hires people transitioning out of homelessness. Each piece of jewelry is created using a key that has a word represent a core value imprinted on it. The Giving Keys encourages everyone to embrace the word that they were given or chose on their key and then pay it forward by giving it to someone who needs that message. The Giving Keys more than anything is focused on creating a community – you can share your story on their website. Listen to 1 Girl Revolution’s interview with Caitlin Crosby, founder of The Giving Keys.
One Hope Wine: One Hope Wine was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to do good while drinking wine. They sell quality wine, and a portion of the proceeds go to charitable causes. To date they have donated more than $8 million, provided thousands of people with global healthcare, thousands of shelter animals with forever homes, meals for millions of children, and so much more.
ABLE: Able is company based in Nashville, TN. ABLE is a lifestyle brand that hopes to end generational poverty by providing economic opportunities for women. Here you’ll find another of beautiful leather goods including bags, wallets and more. They also carry shoes and other apparel. The options are truly endless.
Love Your Melon: This company makes beanies, t-shirts and blankets. FIFTY percent of all proceeds from your purchase goes to Love Your Melon’s nonprofit partners that work to fight pediatric cancer, create therapeutic experiences and fund charitable initiatives for children and families fighting cancer.
Filanthropik: This company makes the most beautiful sandals and bags. Based in Guatemala, when you buy from Filanthropik you are purchasing a product that was locally sourced and handmade by artisans in Guatemala. Filanthropik pays all of their artisans fair trade wages, and portions of the proceeds go to support ending poverty in Guatemala.
Mend on the Move: Based in Detroit, Mend on the Move is a non-profit focused on empowering and employing survivors of abuse. The materials used to create the jewelry is all locally sourced and typically consists of leftover materials, so that nothing is thrown away. Parts often include donated leather scraps and small auto parts – a nod to Mend’s efforts to “Mend the Motor City” by empowering women victims of abuse.
Buy Her Bag, Not Her Body: A project of the Nomi Network, here you will find a selection of bags and purses created by the women of the Nomi Network. The Nomi Network works to end human trafficking and create economic opportunities for survivors and women in need.
The Lipstick Journey: The Lipstick Journey is a paraben-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free lipstick brand, founded by cancer fighter Anna Warner-Mayes. Anna found lipstick to be a powerful tool during her own cancer journey and that by simply putting on lipstick – her mood and perspective could change in an instant. Now she’s using her company to help others do the same – for every lipstick purchased, one is donated. Listen to Anna’s inspiring story on episode #28 of The 1 Girl Revolution Podcast.
EveryBody By Dutton Farm: EveryBody by Dutton Farm is a social enterprise that creates natural and high-quality body products while removing barriers to employment and community access for people with disabilities. EveryBody by Dutton Farm provides opportunities fo people with disabilities. Listen to 1 Girl Revolution’s interview with the co-founder of Dutton Farm, Jenny Brown.
R. Riveter: At the R. Riveter marketplace, you’ll find baby items, purses, bags, and apparel. Founded by military wives, these women recognize the struggle for military wives to find employment due to moving often – making it difficult to build a professional network, or sometimes living in remote areas on military bases. The co-founders of R. Riveter appeared on Shark Tank in 2015, and the company began to take off. Thirty three percent of every dollar goes back into the hands of the military spouses making the products. In 2017 alone, R. Riveter supported 103 military families. And in case you were wondering – R. Riveter, Rosie the Riveter – get it?!
The Little Market: Co-founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla, you will find all kinds of cool products at The Little Market. Each product is created by female artisans around the world. TLM works with cooperatives and social enterprises to provide artisans and their communities to improve the quality of life through things like literacy workshops, business training, and health programs.
Hope for Harlow: Hope For Harlow was originally created to help pay for little Harlow’s medical bills, but this company has grown to become a community of hope and support, that now helps other families and individuals with a disability and others in need who need support. Listen to 1 Girl Revolution’s interview with Katie Scott, rad mama and founder of Hope for Harlow.
Generous Coffee: 100% of the profits from this ethical coffee company goes to support nonprofit organizations that are creating life changing opportunities for people around the world. A big focus of this company is providing jobs for women, and educating young ones. They offer a subscription program, that will ensure you never run out of coffee, and also offer free shipping on orders of 3 or more bags of coffee, and orders over $50.
Bombas Socks: Everyone loves a good pair of socks, right? Did you know that the number one requested item at homeless shelters is socks? Bombas donates a pair of socks to someone in need with every pair sold. Bombas has cozy, fun, and festive prints – and there is a pair of socks for everyone on your list. Bombas has donated over 75 million pairs of socks to the homeless.
Lily and Laura: Local female artisans in Nepal hand-make each glass beaded bracelet to roll over any sized hand. Because each bracelet is handmade, no two are ever the same. They have an incredible number of different colors. You pick your color preference, and they will select the bracelet for you. The business focus of Lily and Laura is to pay their artisans above fair trade wages to improve their quality of life.
Project Free 2 Fly: Many women leave rehabilitation programs with no home, no car, no bank account, and no job. Free 2 Fly acts as a bridge between recovery and sustainability – and works with women to make the move from recovery to a sustainable life. Project Free 2 Fly hires women to make the products sold in their stores and online and provides them with the foundations and tools needed for long-term success and sustainability in the workforce and community.
The Shop Forward/ESPWA: The Shop Forward’s motto is, “Change the world through your purchases”, and they are doing just that. Every hat, hoodie, t-shirt, #4ThingsTote, necklace, stickers, and more – sold, goes to benefit some incredible causes including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, Agape Children’s Foundation, numerous disaster relief organizations, and more. To date, they have raised over $5.6 million for charity.
We hope this lists makes your shopping easier and inspires you to purchase products that gives back!
Do you know of other companies that are giving back to their communities through their business models or products? Email us at here. We are always looking for more great companies and causes to highlight – and we’re always looking for more ways to give back!