12.05.2011

Nothing Says Love at Christmas Like...



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To continue this series on the Advent Conspiracy, I wanted to share some fun ideas for gifts that you can buy that also give back! I love all of these amazing shops and the stories behind them. Please take a few minutes and browse through these amazing goods and watch the videos or check out the websites to hear about the good that they are doing! You're SURE to find something for someone on your list (even guys and kids!) and at the same time help someone who needs you!

Let's give and give back! Shop away!


Eyewear with a Purpose.

"We believe that everyone has the right to see. Unfortunately, millions of people around the world today don’t have access to proper vision care. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with renowned non-profits, such as VisionSpring.org, to deliver one pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that we sell. In doing so, we enable you to share the gift of vision with someone who can’t see today and give them the opportunity to read, to work and to live a fuller life."









"Kallie Dovel, traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, getting a first- hand look at life in Northern Uganda. While she was there, she met women making paper beads but who lacked a plan to market and sell them. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities to her new friends. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. Since then, we have grown to 99 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation. Find out more about what we do in Uganda here."










"our passion at noonday collection is to connect you with the lives of artisans struggling for a better future while styling you along the way. fashion and design are a vehicle for opportunity and change. you, too, can be a voice for the oppressed!"

Check out their story here.





Scarlet Threads

Work. Dignity. Beauty.

"Scarlet Threads is a compassionate boutique, specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia.  The perfect gift for bridal showers, holidays, or any special occasion, all Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with our core vision and values.  When you purchase one of our beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of our story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work. "


The result? 
Dignity, which is always beautiful and never goes out of style.










One for One Movement

"In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers."










"PUNJAMMIES™ are made by women in India rescued from forced prostitution seeking to rebuild their lives. Proceeds from the sales of PUNJAMMIES™ provide fair-trade wages, savings accounts, and holistic recovery care. Please support International Princess™ Project as we bring hope and a voice to those who have none."






I hope that you'll take an opportunity to show someone how much you care and also give back to these amazing causes! If you're interested in giving to Living Water International in someone's name and getting free handmade tags check out this post!

happy *giving* day!

5 comments:

Sarah Stepan said...

I love that you did this post! I'm a huge fan of Warby Parkers. I've been browsing the site for weeks trying to decide on my next pair :)

Molly Swanson said...

Oh Sarah! You're darling in some W.P. specs!!! :) Thanks for reading and giving back!

Christina Mae said...

Love all these great ideas for Christmas gifts- especially those necklaces from 31 bits! I'm about to get my shop on! :)

Erika (IPP volunteer) said...

Thank you so much for mentioning Punjammies in this post! What a great list and we are huge fans of these other organizations too! We'd love to stay in touch, please follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InternationalPrincessProject

Wynne Elder said...

love this molly! just went through every video & website! most of them I had heard of but hadn't taken the time to learn more about them! and thanks for posting noonday :) everyone someone buys on my site I get the credit towards our adoption ;) thank you! I added to my "christmas gifts that give back" pinterest board!