It’s around that time of the year where I start doing some serious holiday shopping for my clients, the contractors I work with, and my closest online business friends.
I started looking at all of my favorite socially conscious brands to start the gift buying process and realized it might be fun for me to share them with you. That way, you can give your clients and team members gifts that delight them and make a positive impact.
Here are 8 brands to buy from this holiday season.*
1 // United By Blue - This is a great place to go for your outdoorsy client. UBB removes one pound of trash from the waterways for every product purchased, and they do regular volunteer cleanups to make that happen. This is my favorite product.
2 // Compliment - As a teacher, Melissa Camilleri made jewelry to raise funds to help her inner-city students with school supplies. Her designs were so popular that she stepped away from her teaching role and now runs Compliment full time. She donates 5% of every purchase to an annual scholarship fund for girls in the Sacramento area. Here’s my favorite piece.
3 // Mountain Madness Soap - I’m a big fan of buying locally, so for me, Mountain Madness Soap (just 10 minutes from my house) is my go-to place for buying everyone gifts all the time forever. When they’re not supporting a local artisan, their products and 100% of their soaps are made in-house, and they’re all about finding the most sustainable ways to source, create, and sell their goods. My favorite is their oats & honey body butter, and I love that they have a Same Love bar of soap where 100% of the profits go to our local Pride chapter.
4 // uncommongoods - uncommongoods is all about connecting makers of beautiful things all over the world with people who want to buy them, and what makes them special is their focus on sustainability and their B Corporation status. I love these origami necklaces and these wooden word blocks for a word nerd.
5 // Mountain Rose Herbs - For your client who loves herbs, teas, and aromatherapy. Mountain Rose Herbs has an environmental focus on organic ingredients, zero waste, energy efficiency, and sustainable packing, just to name a few. I want to try these organic flowering teas.
6 // Better World Books - BWB is all about the triple bottom line, which makes them a great alternative to Amazon if your client is a book lover. To date, they’ve “re-used or recycled over 216 million pounds of books and raised over $18 million for global literacy and local libraries.” I still haven’t read White Hot Truth, so that’s on my list for sure.
7 // DOMA Coffee - Another local treasure in Coeur d’Alene (where I live) is DOMA Coffee Roasting Company. They describe themselves as wanting to be “an environmentally sound company that roasts great coffee.” You can expect everything to be organic, fair-trade and delicious. And while I haven’t seen it myself, I hear they’re pretty proud of their environmentally-friendly roasting machines. I like Carmela’s.
8 // Lulu’s Chocolate - Lulu’s is all about paying farmers a living wage to hand harvest the cacao pods. They’re organic, gluten-free, and vegan. And I hear they’re pretty damn delicious. I’ll be trying my first piece as soon as I get it in the mail. Salted caramel cups, ftw.
*None of these brands have paid me for an endorsement. I’m just their friendly neighborhood fangirl.
If you’d prefer to make less of an environmental impact, consider making a monetary donation to your client’s favorite nonprofit or one that’s close to your heart. You can also donate on behalf of your client to a local, aspiring entrepreneur using Kiva. Then you can send a card telling them what you did using Good Paper.