13 Ethically Sourced Holiday Gift Ideas
Still looking for some truly meaningful gifts that make a difference for your favorite people this year? Look no further! We’ve collected some practical, purposeful and sustainably crafted creations, thanks to expert recommendations (and creations) from Live2Free, Agape International Mission, International Sanctuary Jewelry, and advocates/educators Rachel Thomas and Harmony Dust Grillo. So, shop on knowing that you’re playing a part in supporting survivors of vulnerable life situations.
GIFTS FOR WOMEN
1. PURPOSE Sustainably Handcrafted Signature Earrings $45
These gorgeous handmade earrings are a delicate and flattering addition to any outfit. PURPOSE Jewelry is the social enterprise of the nonprofit International Sanctuary. When you wear PURPOSE, you’re supporting hope, dignity and true freedom for women around the world.
2. TerraThread Cotton Mesh Bag $15
Practical yet self-indulgent, the cotton mesh bag holds up to 40 pounds. TerraThread creates functional, affordable and eco-friendly bags, making their cotton mesh bag an ideal accessory, from the classroom to the beach!
3. prAna Inigma Jumpsuit $99
Sustainably made and perfect for both a mid-week workout and a weekend getaway, this jumper makes a comfy fashion statement. It features a cinched waist, open back detail and everyone’s best friend: Pockets!
4. AIM Apparel Floral Long Kimono $40
Each beautiful, long kimono is handcrafted in an AIM Apparel Employment Center (where women receive fair wages and full benefits). Your purchase directly impacts the lives of these women and supports the fight against sex trafficking.
GIFTS FOR MEN
5. prAna Crestone Long Sleeve Shirt $69
This shirt adds class and style to the wardrobe. Wear it with jeans for a casual evening out or dress it up with a blazer. prAna creates clothing for positive change and strives to make industry-wide shifts toward responsibly made clothing options.
6. Made for Freedom Bi-Fold Wallet $48 (going fast!)
Who doesn’t appreciate a well-crafted leather wallet? This product from Made for Freedom speaks for itself and for the survivors supported by your purchase.
7. Teadora Grooming Set $26 (snag it at the sales price!)
For the man proud of his majestic facial hair, Teadora provides an all-in-one, sustainably sourced grooming set complete with beard oils, a comb and four exfoliating and cleansing soap bars.
GIFTS FOR KIDS
8. Vi Bella Dinosaurs Backpack $30
This adorable backpack is handmade by artisans in Haiti. Boy or girl, this is a must-have for your dino-obsessed kiddo.
9. Under the Canopy Travel Blanket $98
On a plane, in the car or staying over at Grandma’s house, these friendly-faced foldable blankets are sure to comfort the kids. Fair Trade Certified and made with ethically sourced organic cotton by empowered workers in India, your child’s new favorite cozy blanket can be found at Under the Canopy this Christmas season.
10. One World Fair Trade Felt Tooth Fairy Monsters $15
Too soft to be scary! This set of four Felt Tooth fairy Monsters from One World Fair Trade is handmade by craftsmen and women in Nepal; complete with pockets sewn on the back to hide a tooth for the Tooth Fairy.
GIFTS FOR ALL
11. Gift Basket
Have a tough-to-buy-for person on your list? Create your own ethically sourced gift basket!
Build Your Own Fair Trade Gift Basket:
Amazon Smile supports the community with every purchase (remember to search for the keywords “Fair Trade”)
DoneGood: Ethical consumerism one-stop shop
12. The Cool Aunt Series for Teenagers $79.98 $39 with coupon code: SOS
Give the gift of education this holiday season! This engaging Human Trafficking prevention series by creator Rachel Thomas is made just for teens. The Cool Aunt Series is being called “excellent,” “powerful” and “a must” for every teen to experience. It also includes a detailed resource guide for parents and helpful tips to promote internet safety.
13. Scars & Stilettos – Expanded 2nd Edition by Harmony Dust $14.99 Paperback and $8.99 on Kindle!
Scars and Stilettos is a powerful, honest, and raw story of survival and hope by Harmony Dust. This book is a “must read” for both men & women! Harmony shares her story in the hopes of educating those who might not understand what women caught in this trap experience, and showing those trapped in this industry that there is a way out.
Have a Beautiful Holiday Season!
Thank you to our alliance partners for crafting this list
Live2Free exists to challenge a generation to make personal choices that recognize the dignity of the individual, the responsibility of consumers to slow the demand that drives modern-day slavery and to network with others to rescue, rebuild and restore broken lives of victims worldwide.
AIM Apparel provides safe, sustainable employment to survivors and those being protected from human trafficking. Employment center employees receive healthcare, childcare, counseling and continued language education, all while being compensated well above the Cambodian national average.
International Sanctuary’s mission is to empower girls and women escaping human trafficking to embrace their true identity and worth. Since 2007, iSanctuary has provided a safe, loving and trauma-informed work environment for survivors.
Rachel Thomas is a Survivor, Leader, Educator, Motivational Speaker and Advocate. As the founder of Sowers Education Group and the lead author of Ending The Game and The Cool Aunt, Rachel Thomas has educated and inspired a wide range of audiences including teens, social service providers, churches, teachers, college students and law enforcement.
Harmony Dust Grillo is on a mission to help women and girls entrenched in sexual exploitation find freedom. A survivor turned UCLA honor student, Harmony is the founder of Treasures, an organization that seeks to empower women and survivors of trafficking to live healthy, flourishing lives.