This Christmas why not consider gifts that give back. You may feel helpless on how you as an individual can help with so many huge problems that have arrived with the pandemic. We have hungry families, hungry pets, frontline workers that are risking their lives. We also have racial issues that have surfaced and local businesses that are struggling to survive while people are quarantined in their homes. So what do I mean by giving a gift that gives back? I mean consider giving gifts to a charity in the name of your loved one or buying gifts from companies that give back. This article will highlight some wonderful companies that give back as well as give back to others.
Gifts that Give Back to Kids
Life is Good – This company was started by two college boys named Bert and John Jacobs back in 1989. I had the privilege of hearing Bert Jacobs speak at a conference. He came out on the stage and kicked off his flip flops and started talking about how he and his brother started their business out of their home with a few simple t-shirts. Now Life is Good is $100 million business that gives 10% to kids in need. When you purchase from Life is Good you are giving Christmas gifts that give back.
Gifts that Give Back to Pets
Chewy have donated $7.2 million in pet food, healthcare supplies and other essential products to support animal welfare organisations impacted by the effects of COVID-19 in communities throughout the country. Most of us have loved ones with pets who would love a gift from Chewy.com.
Gifts that Give Back to Black Business Owners & Women’s Rights
Uncommon Goods – This company introduced Rainbow Face Coverings. The rainbow illustrations are designed by team members’ children, aged 1.5 – 10 years old. UncommonGoods are donating 100% of the net profits to NYC Health + Hospitals.
They also * Released the Vote jewelry collection. For every piece sold, Uncommon Goods donate $5 to League of Women Voters NYC. * Created the Tubman Stamp Kit, which allows customers to legally turn $20 bills into “Tubman Twenties”. Uncommon Goods are donating all profits from each sale to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. * Curated a page dedicated to products created by Black-owned businesses and independent makers. From November 6-8, Uncommon Goods will donate $3 to their Better to Give partners on behalf of Uncommon Goods’ Perks members who participate in the give-back program at checkout.
Sephora Beauty Insiders can turn their points into donations that support the National Black Justice Coalition. Sephora are also participating in Aurora James’ 15% pledge, dedicating 15% of their inventory to Black-owned businesses. Here’s a link to Sephora’s Community Insiders.
A Gift that Gives Back to Frontline Workers
NIKE – will donate 30,000 shoes to frontline workers fighting Covid-19. This is a big deal because everyone needs shoes especially our frontline workers like nurses, doctors, and emergency services. Look at your list and consider who might like a gift card from NIKE.
Gifts that Give Back to Local Businesses
The Gold Gods Men’s Jewelry – This business is working behind the scenes to help local restaurants during Covid19 and the local food banks feed people in need. I encourage you to check out the Gold Gods online store.
Amazon – Most of us have used Amazon to purchase things especially during Covid19. What you may not be aware of is the fact you can set your Amazon Account to give to your favorite charity. I have set my Amazon account to help homeless in Florida.