During the holidays, we usually try to help others out while we’re also picking up gifts for our family and friends. Often, we donate things to shelters and give time to help others who are less fortunate. Each of these amazing companies is started by amazing women and support wonderful causes. If you’re looking for a few gifts that you can give to your loved ones, and they’ll be happy to receive, that help out others check our list out.
31 Bits was founded by Kallie, Alli, and Jessie. The company was started after Kallie got back from a trip to Uganda. While there, Kallie met women who grew up in a war and had nothing. They were single moms with no education and no job, and they were the same age as Kallie, Alli, and Jessie. The best friends sell jewelry that is handmade by artisans in Bali and gives women in Uganda and Indonesia fair wages and working conditions. They also provide financial education and business training, promote physical and mental wellness, and care for their workers’ families and communities.
31 Bits jewelry and other items can be purchased on their website, 31bits.com, as well as Nordstrom and QVC.
In 1997, Becca Stevens started Thistle Farms. She welcomed home five women who had experienced trafficking, violence, and addiction. Twenty years later, Thistle Farms continues to welcome women with free residences that provide housing, medical care, therapy, and education for two years. Residents and graduates earn income through one of their four social enterprises. Thistle Farms sells everything from shirts, jewelry, and tea to candles, bath and body products. Thistle Farms’ mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. They do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners. If you happen to be in Nashville, TN, Thistle Farms also has a café you can check out.
You can buy their products on their website as well as at Whole Foods.
The Doll Kind
The Doll Kind (TDK for short) was started in 2015 by Jackie Konczol and Victoria Farmer. They are two moms on a mission: To empower and inspire a generation of children to create a kinder world, one heart at a time. Co-founder Victoria snapped a picture of her daughter after discovering her daughter d found herself in a bit of a predicament involving a five-gallon bucket of white paint and five minutes alone. The picture went viral and sparked criticism and debate. Victoria stumbled upon some cruel and judgmental comments. Victoria knew that people weren’t born mean and she decided to try to create a better world for her children. Both moms recognized that in every child’s hands lies the potential to do good and change the world and that children’s toys have a profound effect on their childhood. The Doll Kind donates a doll to a child less fortunate. Donation sites include orphanages, hospitals, shelters, and more throughout the United States and countries across the world.
The Doll Kind’s Dolls can be purchased on their website TheDollKind.com
The Giving Keys
The Giving Keys got started in 2009 and was founded by singer-songwriter and actress Caitlin Crosby. The Giving Keys works to repurpose old & new keys into modern jewelry and accessories. They sell necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and keychains. Recipients of the accessories are encouraged to one day give their key away to someone who needs the message more than they do. The Giving Keys keeps an active blog of stories of customers who “pay it forward” and give their key away. Every product purchased supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness and so far, The Giving Keys has generated 109,612 hours of work for people transitioning out of homelessness. The Giving Keys products can be purchased on their website (TheGivingKeys.com) and can be found in over 1200 retail locations worldwide, including Nordstrom, TOMS Marketplace, Kitson, Fred Segal, Anthropologie, Sevenly, and Altar’d State.