Gifts that give back

41 picks for under $60 that’ll help you embrace the holiday spirit
By Marcy Franklin additional reporting by Gabrielle Boerkircher

1. Consciousness on your shoulder 
Not only does it tote your organic groceries in style, but proceeds from this FEED bag (sold at Whole Foods) provide 100 school meals to children in Rwanda. ($30,

2. Good for your sole
Even a closet overflowing with cute shoes can fit a few more for a good cause—for every pair of Toms Shoes sold, the company will give a pair of shoes to a child in need. ($44,

3. Tea time
Need a shake-up in your tea routine? Try Guayaki’s Yerba Matè Gourd and Yerba Matè tea. The gourd gives a deeper and richer flavor to the healthy and invigorating matè . Guayaki purchases the gourds and bombillas (straws) from artists in South America at fair-trade prices. The company also works with the Achè Guayaki tribe in Paraguay, providing living-wage jobs and reinvigorating the rainforest through the cultivation of matè plants. ($12,

4–8. fair-trade fashion
The products from Global Goods Partners ( come from around the world and help strengthen rural economies. This (4) tea light ($26) from South Africa supports Streetwires, a women’s development initiative. The (5) Plum Tagua necklace ($22), from Columbia, is the work of artisans who receive fair-trade wages. (6) Cambodian handwoven silk scarves ($26) and (7) recycled paper coasters ($20) are created by, respectively, the Watthan Artisans collective—which supports disabled citizens, many of them landmine victims—and Friends International, which cares for marginalized urban children. This (8) Damagua clutch ($36) from Colombia is made from Amazonian palm fiber; proceeds help provide fair-trade wages for women.

9. Soul food
Women’s Bean Project soups, chilis, marinades, mixes, coffee, and desserts taste so great, you might be tempted to snatch a bag from under the tree when you’re scrambling to host a houseful of relatives. All proceeds go to the Denver nonprofit, which employs women and teaches them job readiness and life skills in hopes of breaking the cycle of poverty and unemployment. ($3.75 to $9.95,

10. All in this basket
All profits from these colorful baskets go to Rwanda Partners, a nonprofit that provides financial support, training, and resources to help Rwandans rebuild their communities and their lives. ($17 to $49,

1. See how your greeting card grows
Botanical’s line of plantable paper is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and inlaid with wildflower seeds. Grow a beautiful garden after tossing used calendar pages ($19.95) or bury your thoughts in this plantable journal. ($24.95,

2. Style in the palm of your hand
Bright Mar y Sol clutches and handbags add punch to any outfit. Women from Kenya and Madagascar handcraft these fair-trade accessories from renewable materials, helping to make high fashion ethical and eco-friendly. ($15,

3.Bag it
This biodegradable rubber yoga mat from Manduka and the Global Girlfriend bag made by Ugandan women are pure Zen. Twenty percent of proceeds from the mat ($42, go to Manduka’s Off the Mat, Into the World organization, created to inspire yogis into activism. Proceeds from the bag go to Camfed, a nonprofit that funds African women’s small businesses. ($20,

4. Monkey around
This eco-friendly Sock Monkey is crafted from recycled cotton and is safe for children. Even better, buying one helps support Nest, a nonprofit that provides microcredit loans to women who want to create businesses. ($26.50,

5. Butter me up
Brew Butta’s toxin-free, fair-trade shea butters from West Africa not only come in recycled packaging, but the Butta Earth program also lets you return your old bottles for a refill. ($12 to $35,

6. Write On!
Send a little piece of nature to friends and family with these fair-trade, eco-friendly cards. Economically disadvantaged women handcraft the cards using their favorite pressed wildflowers and leaves—providing a welcome change in stationery for you and a decent wage for women around the world. ($4 per card;

7. Love and kisses
Looking for a feel-good/do-good stocking stuffer? All profits from chemical- and paraben-free PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics lip glosses go to women’s rights groups such as V-Day, UNIFEM, and Project Hope International. ($14,

1. Better bling
Twenty-five percent of the retail price of Wendy Culpepper’s Ignite gemstone jewelry collection goes to various charities—blue topaz sales benefit the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, rhodolite goes to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, peridot goes to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and amethyst benefits the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. ($30 to $55,

2. Beaded beauty
Cute and affordable, these bangles and bracelets are available through two great Colorado companies—BeadforLife and Suubi—that employ women in Uganda. For every $10 BeadforLife necklace (far right) you buy, $7.52 goes to community development programs and $2.01 is earmarked for educational programs to fight poverty. And 100 percent of Suubi’s profits go to the artisans. ($5 to $30, and

3. Greener gems
The trendsetter in your clan will love Mata Traders’ funky jewelry, made by women in India. Mata Traders works with organizations that promote education, employment, and empowerment for women. ($10, ring; $18, bracelet,