I sent this note out to our Seer team earlier today:
Every year I struggle trying to find the "perfect" gift. Something that is thoughtful and meaningful and useful. But most of the time I feel like I'm just spending to spend.
That being said, this year for the holidays I am looking to make more meaningful purchases that not only delight but donate.
I found this sweet list from Buzzfeed of 36 Companies that Give Back when you make a purchase (think Toms or Warby Parker).
- 36 Companies That Actually Give Back - something for everyone and everything on the list like meals, dogs, glasses, school supplies!
Some more companies that I know of:
- The Little Market - fair trade, ethically sourced, nonprofit, supports female artisans around the world
- Love Your Melon - donates hats to kids with cancer, pediatric cancer research
- Bombas - fun socks, every pair purchased a pair is donated.
Anywho, I'm going to strive to buy from these and thought I'd share. LMK if you all have any companies to add to the list!
In true Seer fashion, the responses came pouring in...
It was clear I'm not the only one feeling this way about holiday shopping this year. So we want to share the love [and research] of our team with you in case you've been having similar thoughts.
In an effort to never let "giving" go out of season, we're suggesting companies that give back 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Giving Tuesday and every other day and occasion....
|Company:||Their Deets:||Recco By:|
|Buzzfeed List: 36 Companies That Actually Give Back||Alrighty - ya got us. Not a company, but a pretty great resource.||Audrey B.|
|The Little Market||Fair trade, ethically sourced, nonprofit, supports female artisans around the world.||Audrey B.|
|Love Your Melon||Donates hats to kids with cancer and money to pediatric cancer research.||Audrey B.|
|Bombas||Fun socks, every pair purchased a pair is donated.||Audrey B.|
|St. Jude Children's Research Hospital List||Another great resource with multiple company participants!||Jane C.|
|Bridge & Burn||Functional, distinctively Northwest apparel that donates 1% of retail sales to a different charity each quarter.||Dana F.|
|ABLE||Focus on ending generational poverty by creating jobs for and enabling women.||Dana F.|
|Sseko||Provides employment and educational opportunities to women in Uganda.||Dana F.|
|David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust||Fostering an orphaned elephant or rhino is a great way to spread love this holiday season.||Lindsay M.|
|Surfrider.org||Dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network - sustainable and environmentally friendly gear.||Lindsay M.|
|Pura Vida||Support artisans in Costa Rica as well as various organizations.||Connie R.|
|Out of Print||Literary themed apparel, accessories and housewares for the bookworms in your life. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need..||Lauren G.|
|United By Blue||Local Philly Company - With every product sold, they remove 1lb of trash from the ocean and waterways.||Sharon L.|
|Amazon Smile||Shop via smile.amazon.com and you can pick a charity to receive a percentage of your purchase cost.||Sharon L.|
|WeWood||WeWood plants a tree for every watch sold.||Sharon L.|
|I AM WATER Ocean Travel||Hero status with this gift -- eco-tourism, free diving trips with world champion Freediver, Hanli Prinsloo. All proceeds go to I AM WATER Foundation, helping to support Ocean Conservation by working with underprivileged kids from coastal communities around the world. Teaching them the beauty and worthiness of the Ocean through freedivng and how they can help save it.||Erin S.|
|Ivory Ella||Shop that sells Elephant themed apparel, accesories and housewares and donates 10% of the shop’s net profits to Save the Elephants and other related charities to stop ivory poaching.||Lauren G.|
Keep checking back for updates throughout December! And please help grow our list by adding your go-tos in the comments below...