Gifts that Give Back

If you’re looking for sustainable, ethical gifts to thrill your loved ones while also empowering others, then this is the gift guide for you!

These gifts are beautiful and smart, caring for the people who made them as much as you care for the ones who will be opening them on Christmas morning. Each company and product uniquely supports a charitable cause in some way, so know that when you buy from this gift guide, you are really giving two gifts in one!

Plus, you’ll find some discount codes for the month of December in the gift guide below so don’t wait to place your Christmas order!

Modern Fort

Modern Fort is all about giving back. Every single item in their online shop gives back to a community based cause and each month they feature a new campaign to fundraise for worthwhile charities.

For the next two months, all purchases in the shop will be giving back to moms battling cancer in our community and these gorgeous lip glosses, created in collaboration with Evelyn Iona, are supporting the YWCA’s work to end domestic violence and abuse.

I Will Bring Change

This is a charm bracelet with attitude! I Will Bring Change is a justice foundation that exists to prevent human trafficking and support the rescue, restoration and reintegration of survivors through educational and fundraising campaigns. 100% of the profits generated from the sales of charm bracelets, shirts and the Face of Dignity makeup line goes direct back into programs that end human trafficking and support survivors.

Use code “giveback2016” for 10% off charm bracelets, t-shirts and makeup.

Joue Design

Handmade in Vancouver and designed with a subtle print of lush greenery, The Palmera by Joue Design is a classy way to bring charitable causes into your home. Partial proceeds from the sale of these pillows benefits the BC Children’s Hospital.

Use code “giveback2016” for 15% off.

Bebe De Luxe

All natural, vegan and made with none of the nasties, Bebe de Luxe is 100% certified organic with all food grade ingredients. Plus, Bebe de Luxe is a proud sponsor of Baskets of Love, providing comfort, support and resources for families and children with Down Syndrome. To learn more about this loving cause, click here.

Use code “giveback2016” for 15% off your Bebe de Luxe order.

Storyweaver Mercantile

Storyweaver Mercantile is all about weaving hope, through artisan goods with a story. Every item in this online shop is connected to an artisan who directly benefits from the sale of their work. This gorgeous chunky amethyst pendant was made by the hands of a human trafficking survivors, empowering her with a new life of dignified and sustainable employment.

Use code “giveback2016” for 15% off all bags, jewelry, accessories and kid’s items in store.

Mia’s Moccs

An essential in every baby wardrobe! Mia’s Moccs are ethically made genuine leather moccasins available at an affordable cost to families. Each pair comes with a soft insole and a wide variety of colours and patterns. Every month proceeds from each sale benefit a different charity in our local community, with December sales supporting Autism Canada.

Use code “giveback2016” for 20% off your purchase from Mia’s Moccs.


Recently I discovered I need glasses and it has opened my eyes to the reality of 2.5 million people globally who live with vision problems. Clearly is a Vancouver based company that seeks to give the gift of sight to people around the world. They make vision care accesible  by providing eye exams, prescriptions, protective eyeware and vitamin A to people in need around the world. Plus, if you donate any old pair of glasses to Clearly’s campaign, you will receive a credit towards a new pair for yourself.

Clearly is so dedicated to providing quality eye care to everyone that they even started a charity called Change the View, which works to remove barriers to eye care and vision correction for those who need it most. To date they have helped 550,000 people around the globe!

Fashion and Compassion

As the name suggests, Fashion and Compassion is all about connecting communities with beauty and dignity all around the globe. These artisan created products support empowerment projects in Mexico, Educador, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and the United States.

I love this simple copper keychain because of its clear message. You are loved. A powerful reminder for the dear ones in our lives. A great stocking-stuffer gift and totally gender neutral.

Use code “giveback2016” for $10 off any purchase of $50 or more.

Good Coffee

I love this company’s name because it gets right to the point, it’s Good Coffee. In fact, it’s life changing coffee because Good Coffee goes above and beyond to impact the lives of people in a wholistic and sustainable way.

Good Coffee pays its farmers 20-35% above fair trade wages and reinvests 25% of all its profits back into the communities where the farmers are based. The people that you see on the labels of their coffee bags are the real people who benefit from your purchase because Good Coffee has taken the time to be in real relationship with them. It’s a truly life-changing way to look at your daily cup of ‘joe’.

Use code “giveback2016” for 20% off your coffee purchase for the month of December.

Mama Gems

Deliciously gorgeous and practical teething jewelry for boho mamas and babies everywhere! Mama Gems are a fashionable way to bring comfort to teething babes while allowing mamas to maintain their own beautiful style at the same time. 5% from the sale of every items goes directly to The Gwendolyn Strong Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to increasing awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)  and Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, BC.

These gems are beautiful and purposeful, and not just worn by mamas.

Kantha Bae

A baby wrap like no other! Kantha Bae is a babywearing company that seeks to do good. Partnered with Basha Boutique in Bangladesh, Kantha Bae wraps, slings, quilts and head wraps are made with fair-trade, hand-embroidered fabric and turned into one of a kind pieces for you to hold your little one close.

With every Kantha Bae wrap, you support Bangladeshi women who are coming from at-risk and trafficking environments to find a home, job and safe care for their children.


Made by the free for the free. Fallow is always free of slave labour, unfair wages and harmful chemicals. Fallow goods are made with sustainability and freedom in mind. Classic, beautiful and lasting items that make you feel good about getting up and getting dressed everyday.

Use code “giveback2016” for 10% off your purchase for the month of December.

Paisley and Sparrow

Paisley and Sparrow is more than an online marketplace, it is the answer to unjust situations found all around the world. When you purchase high quality, beautiful items from Paisley and Sparrow you are directly creating opportunities to change lives through your generosity.

This toque empowers artisans to rise above poverty in Peru and Uganda through sustainable economic development programs.

Use code “giveback2016” for 20% off everything in store.

Whatever you choose to give this Christmas, I hope it is filled with lots of love; love for you, love for your loved ones and love for the people behind the products under your tree.

Big thanks to Madison from M&Him for partnering with me on this year’s Gift Guide! Additional photos by Shaunielle Ross and Olivia Loney.

This post isn’t sponsored by any of the above companies, I just genuinely love the good that they are doing in the world. And if you are inspired to buy off this Gift Guide, I’d love to know about it! Probably after December 25th…so as to not spoil any surprises!

xo, Tara



8 Comments Add yours

  1. I adore each of these! I had not heard of 90% of these companies! Thanks for introducing me to them! Excited to learn more about each one!

    1. Tara Teng says:

      Yay! So glad I could introduce you to some great companies!!

  2. Alice says:

    Such a great roundup! I know my family always appreciates gifts when they are more meaningful, such as these! Happy holidays!

    Alice at Lone Star Looking Glass

    1. Tara Teng says:

      Thanks Alice!! My family is the same way! It’s always nice to give something “more”!

      Merry Christmas!

  3. Shane says:

    I love gives that gift it forward! I am really into the charm bracelet that supports human trafficking

    1. Tara Teng says:

      Me too! I wear it all the time!

  4. Lauren says:

    These are AMAZING.. but those mama gems!?? I need!!!

    1. Tara Teng says:

      Right?! Mama Gems are easily the prettiest teething necklaces I have ever seen! So unique.

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