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We talk a lot about gifting here at The Quality Edit. There’s no greater feeling than giving a gift to someone you love and seeing the smile on their face when they open it up. But, the holidays are about more than just giving great gifts. Giving back to your community is one of the best ways to spread some seasonal cheer. There are so many ways to give back, such as donating to your favorite nonprofits or volunteering with local organizations. But if you’re already doing some online shopping, you might as well make those gifts work harder by purchasing from a business that gives back.
This Tuesday is Giving Tuesday. Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people do a lot of shopping and spending. Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as a day to encourage generosity. Especially during these trying times, giving back feels more important than ever. In the spirit of doing good, we’ve created a roundup of brands that give back, so you can feel better about your holiday shopping. From donating to organizations to planting trees, these 14 brands will help you create a social impact with your purchases.
New socks are one of the most requested items at homeless shelters. This fact is one of the driving forces behind Bombas. The brand started out making extremely comfortable and high-quality socks, but has since added underwear, tees, and slippers to the list. For every Bombas item purchased, the company donates a pair of socks to someone in need through partnerships with shelters, nonprofits, and organizations. To date, Bombas has donated over 50 million clothing items. Looking to make that 50 million and one? We’ve listed some of Bombas’ most giftable items below.
- Women’s Holiday Snowflake Calf Sock, 4-pack, $70
- Men’s Gripper Slipper, 2-pack, $76
- Women’s Cashmere Blend Calf Socks, $28
I’m not going to lie, the first time I saw a PopSockets PopGrip I thought it was cool, but totally unnecessary. But, after getting a free PopGrip at work and sticking one of the grips onto my phone, I was quick to see the value in these things. The adhesive phone grip makes it easy to grasp your phone for safekeeping or stand it up for FaceTime sessions and Netflix marathons. It even expands and collapses, so it doesn’t add too much bulk to your setup. On top of being an awesome mobile accessory, PopSockets has some pretty cool give-back initiatives.
PopSockets collaborates with nonprofits to make unique collections. When you purchase a PopGrip from a nonprofit partner collection, the brand donates 50% of proceeds from that sale to the partner organization. PopSockets has partnered with a variety of different organizations championing different social equity and inclusion, environmental action, and global health causes such as The Trevor Project, Girls Inc., Doctors Without Borders, and many more.
- Ocean Eyes PopGrip, benefitting Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, $15
- Rainbow Pride Llama PopGrip, benefitting It Gets Better Project, $15
- The Big Winnie PopGrip, benefitting ASPCA, $15
Brightland is a highly-adored brand in the DTC world, and they're using their platform for good this Giving Tuesday.
For every purchase made on Giving Tuesday, Brightland will donate one meal to God's Love We Deliver, a New York based charity that delivers delicious, medically-tailored meals to those living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, or other life-threatening illnesses. At the end of the day, everyone deserves access to wholesome, nutritious food.
A great backpack should be practical first and foremost, but high-quality materials and fun designs are a plus. STATE does just this (and well!) with backpacks you’d be excited to bring to school, work, or wherever you’re heading. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a new bag or scoop something for anyone from your coworker to your kid, a STATE bag makes for a great gift. Most bags are in the $100-$200 range, but you can find kids backpacks, fanny packs, lunchboxes, and other bags for under $100.
The best part of gifting STATE? When you buy one of the packs for yourself, the mission-driven brand gives back. Each year STATE donates a portion of its revenue to run its signature bag drop rallies, where fully packed backpacks are donated to partner organizations. The brand has updated thousands of backpacks to date.
Is there any better gift than a great night’s sleep? All four of Leesa’s mattresses offer that plush, sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling anyone would be grateful for. For every 10 mattresses sold, Leesa donates one to a family in need. So far the brand has donated over 37,000 mattresses to its nonprofit partners.
From the way its fabrics are produced to the packaging all of the garments are packed in, Amour Vert considers its environmental impact every step of the way. Every time someone buys a shirt from the brand, Amour Vert plants a tree with the help of American Forests. Since this initiative started in 2010, the brand has planted 354,000 trees. What better excuse to get your eco-friendly, fashion forward friend a new shirt?
Allbirds is known for making some of the most comfortable shoes in the game. Unlike your typical sneakers, Allbirds uses wool and other renewable materials to provide a unique shoe that looks great, feels great, wicks moisture and minimizes odor too.
Allbirds works with Soles4Souls, a nonprofit that donates shoes to people in need, to help lightly used Allbirds find new life with feet who need them most.
Olivela is a one-of-a-kind luxury shopping destination. While it has a vast selection of high-end and designer goodies like many other retailers, what makes Olivela stand out is its commitment to giving back. Since its inception, 20% of the proceeds from every Olivela purchase have been donated to a cause of the retailer's choice. Right now, the featured cause partner is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. If you’re looking to give any luxury gifts this year, whether it be skincare, jewelry, clothing, or home decor, Olivela is a retailer you can feel great about supporting.
- Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, $265
- Lizzie Mandler Baguette Diamond Floating Necklace, $475
- Juliska Sitio Stripe Indigo Bowl, $125
Anyone would be happy to receive some of Parachute’s soft and wonderful home goods. From bedding to robes, Parachute has mastered making products that are chic and oh-so-cozy. All Parachute products are Oeko-Tex certified, which means everything is safely made without any harmful chemicals or synthetics. On top of that, Parachute takes social responsibility seriously. The brand partners with the United Nation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to send life-saving malaria-prevention bed nets to those in need. For every Venice bedding set sold, Parachute donates one bed net to the campaign.
Material was made for the modern home cook. The kitchenware is pared down, exceptionally high quality, and looks effortlessly cool in any space. Material’s cutting board, the reBoard, is made of 100% upcycled plastic. When you buy a reBoard in colorways To Pó-Po with Love (a beautiful emerald color) and Reimagine Justice (a classic neutral), 50% of profits go to Heart of Dinner (an organization delivering meals to East Asians Elders throughout NYC) and Drive Change (an organization providing opportunities to formerly incarcerated young people through quality employment).
There’s nothing new parents will appreciate more than products to make their lives easier. Coterie makes hard-working essentials, like super absorbent diapers, to help them take care of their little ones.
This Giving Tuesday, when you purchase a pack of wipes Coterie will donate 1 pack to Baby2Baby, a non-profit that provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing, and other basic necessities.
HATCH was founded to fill a void in the maternity clothing market with pieces that are chic, timeless, and of course comfortable. With maternity wares, nursing bras, and more, Hatch has great gifts for new moms and those expecting.
On Giving Tuesday, Hatch is donating 25% of sales from their Fourth Trimester collection to Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Avocado is on a mission to be one of the world’s most sustainable brands. It starts with the brand’s mattresses and bedding essentials, which are certified organic and non-toxic. Avocado’s factory and wood shop are based in Los Angeles and powered entirely by renewable energy. On top of that, the company donates 1% of all revenue to environmental nonprofits.
Sundays For Dogs has been dubbed the “Sweetgreen of Dog Food”. The food, which was developed by a vet and an engineer, is human-grade, all-natural, synthetic-free, and dogs go crazy for it. From Black Friday through Giving Tuesday, Sundays is using its platform to fight Black Dog Syndrome, the unfortunate reality that black dogs are less likely to be adopted, and more likely to be euthanized, than other pups. Sundays has created blackout boxes (from $59) of its all-natural chicken recipe to raise awareness for this problem. The brand has partnered with The Black Dogs Project and Labrador & Friends Rescue to donate 100% of proceeds from the black boxes to help change the narrative and save black dogs.
These brands prove that shopping can feel good in more ways than one. Join us in supporting them and their partners on this Giving Tuesday and beyond!