We all know the holiday season can be stressful. From wrapping up the year to finding the perfect gift for our loved ones, things can get overwhelming! Sometimes picking up a little gift for ourselves in the midst of the holiday madness is a nice treat. I mean, who doesn’t like a little something new?
It may be easy to talk ourselves out of getting something for ourselves, but what if you found a great, fashionable product and it made a positive social impact because you bought it? Any second thoughts can be thrown out the window when you get to enjoy something you know is helping others. It’s a win-win.
Whether you want a new accessory or outfit, here are some worthy brands you can feel good about purchasing from.
Diff Eyewear are super trendy sunglasses we see celebrities and reality stars alike promoting.
It may seem as though they are in it just to make a buck, but the reality is for every pair of glasses they sell, they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need through their buy one, give one program.
Plus, they are a fraction of the cost of traditional designer sunglasses with the same quality. Want more good news? They’re not just for women. There are options for men and kids, too.
For the last 10 years, FEED has committed itself to tackle the fight against hunger. With every purchase, a child in the country the product was produced in is given a school meal. This cycle allows for sustainable livelihoods and provides children with the nutrients they need.
As FEED has grown, their product offerings have also evolved in design and type. From bags to apparel, you can find something that works for you and provides meals for children in need at the same time. That is worth every dollar.
Originally known as “FashionABLE” for their hand-woven scarves, they are now called ABLE, a lifestyle brand offering leather goods, handmade jewelry, apparel and footwear. Their name has changed but their mission remains the same: End generational poverty and work with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances.
They do this by providing women with alternative working opportunities that allow them to make a living doing something with dignity. This in turn helps strengthen their families and communities. One thing we can all agree on is supporting women and ABLE makes it easy to do so.
They even have a treat yourself gift guide that you should check out.
Another worthy eyewear company is Warby Parker. They sell designer quality eyewear without the designer price. When you purchase any pair of glasses, a pair of eyeglasses is donated to someone in need. Through their associated nonprofits, they are also training women and men on how to administer basic eye exams and sell glasses.
Creating sustainable jobs and opening the door to better vision care. If that isn’t enough, they also allow you to order five frames for five days and try them on at home for free. Who doesn’t like free? I know I do.
Warby Parker makes purchasing eyewear seamless, affordable and philanthropic.
THE GIVING KEYS
Want a new necklace or bracelet to add to your ensemble? Or a conversation piece? Consider The Giving Keys.
One of the more popular charitable fashion products, The Giving Keys has engraved inspirational words like “dream,” “create” and “inspire” in their jewelry. They encourage you pay it forward by eventually giving your key to someone who may need the message more.
To top it all off, they are creating job opportunities in their own company for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. They have provided 70-plus job opportunities and continue to inspire us through their products and pay-it-forward practices.
LOVE YOUR MELON
Winter is here and you should probably take the advice your mom always gave you and put a hat on. With Love Your Melon, if you purchase one of their products 50 percent of the sale goes toward the fight against pediatric cancer.
Their beanies are made in America and have kids in mind by making sure the fabrics are soft and comfortable enough for their heads yet still attractive for customers. To date, they have given over $3.8 million and over 12,000 hats to the cause (insert an infinite amount of handclap emojis here). If you’re going to keep warm, you might as well do it while helping fight pediatric cancer.
Known for their slip-on shoes and their One for One motto, TOMS has grown over the years to carry a diverse offering of other products including eyewear and bags that focus both on fashion and compassion. Their classic alpargata-inspired shoe silhouette still remains, however they have seen major growth and provide a larger variety of shoes.
If you thought you’d seen all they have to offer, you may want to check again. Besides, you’ll be able to provide a child in need with a pair of shoes.
Art Director at an NYC trend forecasting company and freelance graphic designer. Sarah is a photoshop and fashion enthusiast. She weaves the two into her care for community and women’s esteem by using them as tools for empowerment. She’s a shameless fan of all things chocolate, Jesus, and Johnnyswim. Contact her at www.SarahBernardo.com