The holidays are a time for togetherness and cozy conversations by the fire, but they’re also about community and love for our fellow man. These products that give back make wonderful gifts that also benefit the planet and our neighbors, near and far.
Peppermint Lip Balm by BeadforLife, $4
This moisturizing lip balm is made with organic shea butter and helps support impoverished women in Uganda.
Gardening gloves by Wells Lamont, $5.99
These knit gloves, which support Susan G. Komen for the Cure, keep hands clean, dry and stylish.
Spoon markers by peaceBOMB, $55
Adorn containers with these beautiful plant markers. Each one is hand-cast from bombs and scrap metal that litter Laos. Proceeds support the clearing of Laos farmland.
Herbal teas by Choice Organic Teas, $4.99
Support the Jane Goodall Institute and Jane’s Roots & Shoots Program by purchasing one of these herbal teas. We like Oothu Garden Green and Rooibos Superfruit.
Recycled Sheet Metal Watering Can by The Hunger Site, $16.95
Bright and eco-friendly, this handmade watering can is fairly traded from India and made from recycled lightweight sheet metal. Each purchase funds food for the hungry.
Go Green; Donate to a Charitable Organization
Step outside the box and give the gift of hope. When you donate in a loved one’s name to one of these three programs, you not only give a gift, you make a difference.
Heifer International. Donate a Gardener’s Basket, a sustainable-farming starter kit, to a family in need.
The Nature Conservancy. With more than 119 million acres of land already protected, you can adopt an acre to keep conservation strong.
Sierra Club. Give directly to one of the oldest grassroots environmental organizations.