Plenty of Gifts That Give Back 2017

The Far + Wide Collective is an online store that carries handmade products by artisans in post-conflict and developing economies.  Their online marketplace offers beautifully handcrafted home decor, jewelry, accessories and gift items. They work closely with artisans to help them build their business by providing product development support and a platform to reach new markets.

Artisan: Masoud Abdul Baqi Sturdy and practical, this elegant Jali Lattice tray is hand-crafted from walnut, a durable, sustainable wood that is native to Afghanistan, and hand-finished with a thin layer of protective oil. Wooden jali screens are traditionally found instead of windows in the old houses in Afghanistan.   Available online from Far + Wide, $250

Inspired by ancient weaving traditions of Ethiopia, this contemporary towel collection is entirely handmade from 100% Ethiopian cotton. The focus on simplicity and raw material purity creates unique, richly textured and high-quality textiles that only get better with use.  Available online from Far + Wide Collective, $38 each.

The Mama B. Designs Miracle Line takes #blessed to a whole new level.  The online boutique featuring fashion that gives back for men, women and kids is an official partner of March of Dimes, a foundation that funds lifesaving research- giving every baby a fighting chance. A substantial 50% of every item sold goes to the organization.  The t-shirt above is $28.95.



If your kids have been asking for a pet, be a hero this holiday season and welcome a new furry friend into your family.  The Ontario SPCA’s iAdopt for the Holidays campaign is currently underway and it’s the purr-fect time of year to adopt a pet. With people having time off from work and being home together as a family, the holidays are a great time to welcome a pet into your life. By adopting a pet, you will not only be changing an animal’s life, but also having a positive impact on your children, too!  iAdopt for the Holidays, supported by Royal Canin, runs until Dec. 31 at participating SPCAs, Humane Societies and rescue groups nation wide. 

Perhaps not the most conventional holiday gift, but if you know anyone one who has an impending hospital stay for the delivery a bundle of joy, consider Giftgowns.  With easy snaps, breathable fabric, and adorable designs, Giftgowns are the perfect gift to give pregnant women the freedom of self-expression and comfort while celebrating the upcoming new addition to their family!  Available in a variety of witty phrases, the Brave gown (featured) is my favourite as proceeds of the this limited edition Giftgown through January 2018, will directly benefit The Canadian Cancer Society.  Available online at Giftgowns, $49.95

CHOOZE is a unique online apparel and accessory company offering original playful fashion for kids. Created to instill confidence in young girls, many styles are purposefully mismatched, colorful, and full of adorable designs. Each purchase gives you an opportunity to CHOOZE your CAUSE and to teach your kids about how their choices can impact others.  CHOOZE will donate a percentage of thier profit from your purchase to one of five causes that directly impact children.  Visit their online boutique here.

Vibes Hi-Fidelty Earplugs are the gift to give to the music lover in your life. Vibes are designed for live music: they allow you to protect your hearing without sacrificing sound quality or clarity.  Vibes filter acoustics to lower the decibel levels to your environment without muffling or distorting the sound like traditional earplugs do.  Each pair of Vibes earplugs includes a donation to Hear The World Foundation, a hearing health charity that provides hearing aids, surgeries, and education to children and families in need around the world.  $23.99 per pair, available online.


The perfect gift for a new mom is sleep.  The perfect gift for a new baby is a great swaddles that helps promote sleep.  We’ve found just the product that might deliver!  Little Lotus, is seriously high-tech.  It uses technology of the Embrace incubators to help keep babies at an optimal temperature. The swaddles and blankets were inspired by NASA spacesuit technology and as a result of this technology, which minimizes temperature fluctuations, Little Lotus products help babies sleep better, which in turn helps parents sleep better. If that’s not enough, every time you buy a Little Lotus product, a preterm infant in the developing world is saved in an Embrace infant incubator. They have already helped over 200,000 babies in 22 countries!  Swaddles and sleeping bags available online from Little Lotus, pricing from $75.00

Canadian jewelry designer Caroline Neron has created a collection exclusively for children and tweens, the EMA collection (named after Caroline Neron’s daughter).  It is affordable (each piece priced at $35), whimsical, and perfect for collecting!  For each piece sold, $1 is donated to the Breakfast Club of Canada.  Available online.

With the new year, you may be looking to update your makeup bag, and what better way than to look for products that give back.  The Rosemary lipstick by da lish Cosmetics  was created in honour of the passing of their founder Melanie’s beloved mother.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Pancreatic Cancer Research.  Available online from da lish Cosmetics, $26.00.


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