It’s the final gift guide! Another thing I’ve also been thinking about recently, is gifts that benefit a worthy cause. We all know that there’s plenty of items to buy during charity-focused months, but what about all year round?
Thanks to the power of Twitter, I’ve discovered a few more brands to add to my list. Their causes range from supporting young girls in Africa, to employing people who are visually impaired and it’s a great option if you’re looking for something with a story. They’re also quite nice to gift to yourself too.
Happy & Co
These are more than just jazzy cushions. Cambodia has had a special place in my heart ever since I visited back in 2013 and it’s great to see a brand like Happy & Co. that’s inspired by their travels, but also creating employment opportunities where they are needed. Even though this is homeware focused, 10% of profits are invested back into the Happy & Co. farm and community near Siem Reap.
Do you know someone who really needs to make a bullet journal? These notebooks from Gazelle London would be impossible to forget. Prints are inspired by a range of African designs and 1.5% of profits go towards CAMFED, a charity helping marginalised young girls to go to school and succeed. Find out more here.
Edge Of Ember
Another way you can support CAMFED is by buying a piece of Edge of Ember jewellery. They’ve offered up 500 units in their latest charity sale and there’s the potential to help around 60 girls go to secondary school for a year. Products are made in collaboration with small artisan businesses in developing communities and there’s plenty of rose gold to obsess over.
Every year L’Occitane do a special giftset where £10 of the proceeds go to the Eye Heroes charity, which fights avoidable blindness in children. There’s also plenty of other causes they support (deets here) and it’s a great way to buy some of their most popular products at a slight discount.
Hiro + Wolf
More jewellery! You’ll find lots of ethical products on So Just Shop, but Hiro + Wolf stands out to me, thanks to their minimal take on Kenyan culture. The brand enables small-scale artisans to access international markets and they’re pretty conscious of their environmental impact.
Everyone likes a nice soap and hand lotion combination in their bathrooms, amirite? The Soap Co proves that you can have a luxury company that makes social impact, as they create employment for those who are blind or otherwise disabled. The minimal packaging is a dream and everything is made in the UK from natural extracts.
This is a bit of a no brainer if you’re stuck at the last minute. The Lush Charity Pot supports small, grassroots organisations and they donate pretty much 100% of the price. The small size is a great Secret Santa option.
There are also plenty of places like Refuge that need donations all year round and I’ll have another post up soon featuring ways you can make a difference locally. I’d recommend following Corinne Redfern on Twitter too, if you’re looking for ways to help urgent causes. Let me know in the comments if there are any more brands I need to know about!
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