Get a feel-good buzz with gifts that give back from ONEHOPE Wine, TOMS shoes and Warby Parker
The only thing that feels better than treating yourself is treating someone else.
In fact, the selfie generation may be the most selfless shoppers. A recent poll found that Millennials prefer companies that give to charity more than Gen X’ers and Boomers do, and they are also more likely to buy products from businesses that give back.
This conscious consumerism has spawned some pretty amazing products. We’re not talking about simple rubber bracelets that show solidarity with a cause anymore. Now you can indulge in buying fine wine, silky body lotions and chic specs to feed the hungry or send school supplies to kids in need.
These 10 socially-conscious splurges are 100% guilt-free, and Moneyish has broken down exactly how your hard-earned dough is donated with each purchase.
This winemaker is raising the bar for gift-giving, with every bottle kicking back for a different cause. Popping one $59 glittering gold bottle of their brut sparkling wine provides 15 meals to a child in need, or a $19 bottle of California cabernet sauvignon helps children with autism. “Consumers should know not just how much money is raised … but what actually happens with that money when it is raised,” ONEHOPE cofounder and CEO Jake Kloberdanz told Moneyish. “And customers are more loyal if they know the company is really being thoughtful about how it’s putting their money to work.“ ONEHOPE has made more than $2.3 million in donations, provided over 11,000 clinical trials for cancer patients, 33,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.6 million meals for children, and much more. So wine not grab a bottle or three?
When you buy a (RED) product – whether it be the new limited edition iPhone 7 or a pair of Beats headphones – the company makes a donation directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in the hardest-hit parts of the world. A $20 donation provides more than 66 days of life-saving medication to someone living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. The Global Fund has raised more than $465 million and impacted more than 90 million people since 2006.
This company’s got heart and sole. Every time you buy a pair of TOMS shoes (starting around $48), the brand matches it by providing another pair to a child in need. TOMS has given more than 70 million shoes to kids since 2006. And it keeps expanding this “one for one” idea. Buy a bag of Toms Roasting Co. Coffee, and give a one week supply of 140 liters of safe water to a person in need. It’s helped provide more than 400,000 weeks worth of clean water to date. Buy a Toms bag, and Toms helps provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. It has also helped more than 445,000 people see better by providing prescription glasses, medical treatment and/or sight-saving surgery with its eyewear products.
Socks are the No. 1 most-requested article of clothing in homeless shelters, so this Toms solemate follows a similar feel-good formula. Buy one pair of $12 socks, and a pair is donated to one of 300 shelters, non-profits and charities across the country. And the pair you’re donating has been specially-tailored to meet the needs of someone who might not be able to wash or change their socks daily, crafted in darker colors that won’t show wear, and given antimicrobial treatment to fight odor and fungus growth. They’ve donated 1 million pairs so far.
The eyewear makers are framing a way to bring glasses to the almost one billion people around the world without access to them – but they’re going beyond just handing out free pairs. So when you buy a pair of specs or sunglasses starting at $95, the company tallies your purchase up with the other pairs sold each month, and then donates that grand total to one of their nonprofit partners like VisionSpring. These charities then use the dough to help provide affordable eyeglasses and teach people to give affordable eye exams to those who need them. In this way, they’re helping communities learn to help themselves. They’ve distributed more than 2 million pairs of glasses this way to people in need so far.
This colorful school and office supply shop’s name literally means “one for you, one for me.” So for every Yoobi item you buy, another school supply will be donated to a U.S. classroom in need, with the goodies determined by the Kids In Need Foundation depending on what a school is hurting for the most. Yoobi has helped more than 2 million kids in the past couple of years, and it’s also teamed up with The Starlight Children’s Foundation to send Yoobi Classroom Packs to more than 200 hospital school programs across the country.
Every product in Lauren Bush Lauren’s charity project comes with a tag telling you how many meals or micronutrient packets you’ve just provided with your purchase. The $60 Frida Crossbody bag provides 50 school meals for children, for example, or the $25 small elephant-print pouch provides 10 meals. There will be plenty more items to choose from when the project opens its first Feed Shop & Café in Brooklyn in April. FEED has provided almost 95 million meals around the world through the World Food Progamme and Feeding America, and it’s also given more than 3.7 million kids with vitamin A supplements through WFP and UNICEF.
SO excited to share this #rg from @feed : Stopping by our new fave hangout this morning 😉😉….We are opening our first retail location next month, the FEED Shop & Cafe in DUMBO!!! As with everything we do, our new innovative retail store will give meals to children around the world. Stay tuned for more details, including our official opening date!
Buying your own water filter can help filter clean water for kids in developing countries thanks to this company’s Follow the Liters program. Buy a product like the LifeStraw Go 2-stage filtration bottle for $45, and you provide a child with access to safe drinking water for an entire year. It’s already helped give 1,000 schools in Kenya and India access to clean water since 2014, and helped more than 626,000 kids by delivering almost 7,000 filters.
Cuddle + Kind
Peruvian women artisans hand-knit these adorable dolls to support their own families, as well as to feed children around the world. So buy one of the $48-$68 dolls, which include cuddly spring lambs, bunnies and mermaids, and feed 10 children in need through the World Food Program USA. Cuddle + Kind has provided almost 950,000 meals and provided more than 100 fair trade jobs in Peru since September 2015.
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