13 Gifts That Give Back
Support a good cause and check off your holiday gift list with these unique home accessories
The home accents on this list offer benefits beyond putting a smile on the face of your recipient, such as utilizing Fair Trade and eco-friendly materials or providing meals for those in need. Give one of these 13 picks to your friends and family and feel confident that your purchase is going toward a cause you can feel good about.
Mexican artist Armando Ramirez sculpted this unique chess set from discarded automobile scraps. NOVICA is a fair-trade marketplace that sources handmade treasures from artisans around the world, who are able to set their own prices, control their products, and earn a livable wage.
About $205; NOVICA United, Inc.
This kitchen tool set includes tongs, a fork, and two spatulas. It is carved from sustainable teak by Guatemalan artists Jan and Maria Jose. Purchasing items from NOVICA helps to preserve traditional cultures.
About $100; NOVICA United, Inc.
These luxuriously soft bath towels are not only quick-drying but also made with 100 percent pure organic cotton. This towel collection carries the first-ever Fair Trade USA Certification for towels in North America. Cotton is a crop notorious for requiring a lot of pesticides and chemicals. Coyuchi works to provide organic, pesticide-free home essentials.
About $39 each; Coyuchi
Use this certified organic cotton blanket as a throw or a wrap. Bella's Loom is a Turkish-sourced textile company that supports the last remaining hand weavers of Turkey. They have helped find a modern market for these woven goods and also to employ and train new weavers to continue this traditional craft. Each loomed piece can take up to 17 days to make—but will last for over 30 years.
About $50; Bella's Loom
Beverage bottle labels are upcycled to create these fun IPad covers. Each is handmade in Mexico and sold through Coca-Cola's 5by20 initiative. The initiative hopes to enable the economic empowerment of five million women entrepreneurs by the year 2020. Some of these women are artisans who transform beverage packaging into one-of-a-kind home goods.
About $35; Coca-ColaStore.com
You don't need to struggle with too-cold, unspreadable butter. This genius ceramic crock keeps butter soft and fresh. It is made in Cambodia and sold through Ten Thousand Villages, a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization. The goods sold by Ten Thousand Villages help pay for food, education, health care, and housing for artisans in 38 countries.
About $24; Ten Thousand Villages
This wooden cutting board looks rustic yet sophisticated thanks to richly colored wood stripes. It is handcrafted in Cameroon by Prescrat, a craft cooperative founded in the early 1960s.
About $49; Ten Thousand Villages
Shaped like a wedge of Swiss cheese, this board is a thoughtful gift for the frequent host or hostess. The Dominion Traders group in Pakistan, which specializes in stone sculpting, makes it of 100 percent genuine onyx.
About $49; Ten Thousand Villages
Give thanks and celebrate with each sip of this spicy, nutty blend sourced from Pearl Mountain, in India, and San Rafael, El Salvador. Each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. coffee purchased helps provide safe drinking water to a person that needs it.
About $13; TOMS