Trees For The Future
Plant A Tree $$25
If you want to offset your carbon footprint or a friend's, Trees for the Future can help. TTF works with communities in environmentally at risk areas, giving them seeds and teaching them how to restore tree cover to their lands, which helps to preserve traditional livelihoods. For $100 they will plant 1,000 trees.
Askov Finlayson + Faribault Woolen Mill
Zag Blanket $185
Our friends at Minneapolis' Askov Finlayson designed this limited edition, double-woven jacquard blanket with nearby Faribault Woolen Mill, which has been weaving for nearly 150 years. The domestic Merino wool is blended with a small amount of cotton for added softness. Best of all, for every blanket sold one is donated to St. Stephen's Human Services, a local not-for-profit addressing homelessness.
Charity: Water $25
There is no better gift than the gift of giving back. Charity: Water has a clear mission to bring available clean drinking water to every person on earth. This holiday season, they partner with CLEAR Cambodia in an effort to provide 15,000 Cambodian families with BioSand filters, which transform dirty water found in Cambodian marshlands into drinkable hydration. A gift that not only brings joy through aiding others, but also forces us to not take this precious resource for granted, and realize our own good fortune in something as simple as the kitchen sink.
Yellow Leaf Hammocks
Vineyard Haven Hammock $179
For the serious lounger, slip into one of these high-quality hammocks, handwoven by artisans in rural northern Thailand using yarn that's as soft as cashmere—which also repels mildew and mold, is fade-proof and guaranteed to not fall apart—meaning, it's meant to last. Know that your afternoon nap will make an impact: Yellow Leaf is a social entreprise dedicated to fostering sustainable economic development for its weavers and their families.
WWF Animal Kingdom Playing Cards $7
Fit for the cardshark, magician, or amateur player, this delightful deck will add an extra element of fun to even the most elementary game of Go Fish. These festive cards showcase delightful hand-illustrated interpretations of your fave fauna. Added bonus? The cards themselves are derived from sustainable materials, and for every deck purchased, $1 will be donated to to the World Wildlife Fund, benefiting global conservation efforts.
The Square $45
Guaranteed for life, Clean Bottle's stainless steel packs a big punch. The 100% BPA-free construction and square shape prevent it from rolling away when dropped, both ends unscrew for an easier cleaning and drying process, and 10% of all profits are donated to eco-friendly charities.
Dusk Candle $80
Dusk is one in a trio of handmade coconut oil candles created in scents matching designer Kelly Lamb's favorite places and moments of the day. You can use the oil for fragrance or as balm, and once it's diminished, the geometric ceramic vase can be used as an elegant flower pot.
Hand in Hand
Ethically-Sourced Soaps $61
Vermont's Bill Glabb and Courtney Apple create Fair Trade triple milled shea butter soaps that literally save lives. With their "buy a bar, give a bar" program, the socially-responsible company makes soap available to children in need, and a portion of the proceeds is used for rainforest conservation projects. Hand in Hand wraps each bar of lavender, orange blossom and white tea soap in eco-friendly packaging and provides a free carbon offset.
Sarah Rainwater Design
Edible Flower Heirloom Seed Kit $50
Rhode Island designer Sarah Rainwater provides all the essentials needed to start growing calendula, lemon mint, nasturtium and starflower at home. The pristinely packaged seed kit includes seeds, biodegradable paper pots and a wooden planter with glass vials for displaying what you've grown.
FTO Guatemala Café Femenino $5
These Klatch Coffee medium roast beans are from a women-run co-op farm in the Nahuala region of Guatemala. The CafÃ© Femenino Coffee Project began in Peru with now more than 1,500 women in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala are actively involved in growing single origin Fair Trade coffee. These beans offer the aromas and flavors of chocolate, nuts and citrus.
Krochet Kids International
The Simon $30
Krochet Kids International (KKi) has made a name for themselves by bringing spectacular knit creations to life with the help of women artisans in Peru and Northern Uganda. The Simon is a knit case for the iPad with a micro-fleece liner for gadget protection, and as always, is signed by the person who made it.
Designed to bring light to the three billion people around the world living without electricity, the Luci is a collapsable, solar powered lamp with compelling potential. For each Luci that is purchased MPOWERD promises to send another Luci to a community in need.
1:Face Watch $40
Wear your heart on your sleeve, literally, with these sleek and philanthropically-minded watches from 1:Face. Each color band represents a different cause, and purchasing one supports the charity of your choice—from hunger to breast cancer to the environment and more.
Natural Druzy Cave on Agate Ring $163
From the altruistic duo behind the Jaz Collectionâ€”who met in 2009 while studying at Columbia Universityâ€”is this handcrafted agate and druzy crystal ring. This gem is as sparkly as you'll feel knowing 20% of proceeds benefit orphans in the DRC.
Derek Blasberg + OC
The Complete Correspondence Kit $24
"Editor extraordinaire" Derek Blasberg guides budding scribes through the delicate art of forming an exceptional handwritten letter with his complete correspondence kit for Opening Ceremony. Simply fill in the blanks and seal it with a kiss.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. $28
In the words of Steve Jobs, "Your time is limited, so donâ€™t waste it living someone else's life." This insanely soft tee pays tribute to the legendary designer, and purchasing one benefits Peletonia, a grass-roots cancer research nonprofit.