Well, we made it! It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year. And at STIK HQ (and for many of you reading this), that also means it’s the busiest time of year. In between end of year closes at work and family holiday parties, you also need to get all of that holiday shopping done, like yesterday. And on that note, I’m sure that your social media feeds and inboxes are filled with deals and savings on everything that you really don’t need.
Now don’t get me wrong - I love shopping. And I really love saving. But the influx of information in today’s digital age has turned me into an incredibly conscious consumer. I’d much prefer to spend my hard-earned money supporting companies with give-back components and eco-friendly missions. And in the spirit of giving, I love choosing gifts from brands that use sustainably sourced materials, give back to the communities they serve, or donate year-round to philanthropic organizations. Because yes - today is Giving Tuesday, but I want to support brands that give back everyday.
If this resonates with you, here are my top picks for gifts that you’ll feel good about giving.
1. Bombas Socks: Socks for Christmas? My ten year old self would be disappointed. Bombas socks are a cult-favorite, and for good reason. After years of research and development, the Bombas team engineered the most comfortable socks on the market right now - equipped with blister tabs, arch support, and a cushioned footbed. The reason they landed on this list? Recognizing that socks are the most requested items in homeless shelters, Bombas donates a pair of their socks to someone in need with every purchase. To date, they’ve donated more than 25 million pairs!! While they cost more than your average socks, they’ll last longer, be far more comfortable, and most importantly - your purchase directly impacts someone in need. Price: 4-pack for $48
2. Everlane ReNew Collection: I’m sure you’ve heard of Everlane, and I’m sure you know that Everlane’s mission centers around transparency. This means they’re focused on informing the end-customer everything about their purchase - from the materials sourced, to the factory where it was produced. Last year they launched ReNew, which is the brand’s commitment to a plastic-free supply chain by 2021. Our team is very committed to reducing our plastic usage (I was once scolded for forgetting my Swell bottle), so this program really resonates with us. Their program is focused on: replacing all synthetic fabrics with renewed materials, removing plastic from any packaging, and eliminating all single-use plastic from their offices and stores. Price: $48-$198
3. Bibito Baby Bib: As a first-time aunt-to-be (unless Baby Schaefer arrives before this gift guide goes live!!) I’ve been obsessing over baby gear this year. Bibito is an environmentally conscious company that creates silicone bibs that are free of lead, BPA, phthalates, and plastic. Focused on creating as little waste as possible in their supply chain and distribution, Bibito packages their products in pre-used boxes and once your baby has outgrown it, they encourage you to mail it back to recycle. Bibito speaks our language - they believe in purchasing fewer, better things that are high-quality and can be used, valued and loved. They also donate a portion of their proceeds to nonprofit organizations that fight hunger and support maternal health. Price: $18
4. Rothy’s Flats: Rothy’s is one of our favorite eco-friendly brands. If I’m being honest, I don’t own a pair but they are on my wishlist this year (hint, hint). There are many reasons why I’m coveting these shoes beyond the adorable styles (love the loafer) and colors (the Spotted and Camo are my faves). The brand was built on sustainability - from repurposing plastic bottles blended with merino wool to create their signature thread, to using biodegradable carbon inserts in their packaging. They’re a shoe purchase I feel good about giving - and receiving. Price: $125-$165
5. Sh*t That I Knit Beanie: At this point, dear reader, you should know that using high-quality, sustainably sourced materials, and giving back to the communities we serve is central to our brand’s ethos. When you buy STIK products, you’re supporting our team of female artisans (many of whom are working mothers) in Lima, Peru who rely on this income to support their families. You’re also receiving a product free of synthetics and plastics (don’t even look at what some other hats on the market are made out of), made from 100% merino wool. Central to our mission, is sharing the therapeutic benefits of knitting with those who need it the most. That’s why we created Give-A-Sh*t Knit kits that are sent to young adults undergoing cancer treatment around the country. It’s so much more than your favorite beanie, am I right? Price: $125
6. MAC Viva Glam Lipstick: What’s more fun than a bright red lip for your holiday party circuit? I’m a sucker for constantly purchasing new lipstick shades, but I never feel guilty about buying MAC’s Viva Glam collection. For the past 25 years, every cent from this lipstick goes towards helping people living and affected with HIV/AIDs. Through these efforts, M.A.C. has raised $500 million for 1,800 organizations. Important to note - this lipstick isn’t limited time - it’s available for purchase year round. Price: $18.50
7. Warby Parker Sunglasses: While known for their fashionable eyeglasses, Warby Parker offers sunglasses in polished silhouettes and classic colors - like tortoise, matte and black. Even someone with 20-20 vision would appreciate this gift (although they also add prescription lenses for us nearsighted folks). Their give-back component? Giving the gift of sight to visually impaired people around the world. Together with their nonprofit partners, they realized that almost one billion people lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population can’t effectively learn or work. To address this issue, Warby Parker has donated more than 5 million pairs of glasses to those in need worldwide. Price: Starting at $95
Compiling this list made me realize just how many brands put an emphasis on sustainability and giving back. So why not purchase from one of them and support their incredible causes and commitments?!