10 Beautiful Gifts That Give Back

10 Beautiful Gifts That Give Back

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Amanda Waas
Feb 15, 2017

If you're going to give a gift, it should be something that you'd actually want to receive, right? And if your purchase helps the world in some way, that's doubly great.

That's why we've rounded up 10 awesome tabletop gifts that give back. Now you'll be able to pat yourself on the back every time you give a gift crafted by local artisans in a developing country or made by a company that helps supply clean drinking water to people in need. Go, you!

  1. UBB X Woodchuck Coaster Set, $36 at United By Blue: United by Blue is an eco-conscious company dedicated to making high-quality goods while helping to preserve oceans and waterways. When you purchase this engraved mahogany wooden coaster set (or any product from United By Blue), one pound of trash will get removed from U.S. waterways.
  2. Every Weather Tea Set, $30 at Ten Thousand Villages: This adorable, stackable ceramic tea set is crafted in Vietnam by artisans who are paid a fair wage. The set is sold by Ten Thousand Villages, a marketplace committed to empowering artisans all over the developing world (they sell wares from more than 20,000 artisans located across the globe).
  3. Glass Water Bottles, $12 at Faucet Face: Everyone could stand to drink a little more water, and these adorable glass water bottles are guaranteed to help. Bonus: Faucet Face donates a percentage of its proceeds to a charity that helps supply clean drinking water to people in need.
  4. Caribe Wooden Tray, $105 at The Citizenry: This asymmetrical wooden tray is handcrafted out of Tzalam wood by a group of artisans in the Yucatan Peninsula, in a fair-trade environment. Fun fact: Each tray takes a whole day to make!
  5. Dipped Wooden Canister, $26 at The Maker's Collection: Crafted out of solid birch by artisans in Minneapolis, this dipped wooden canister is food-safe, so it's the perfect vessel to store sugar, flour, and the like. Better yet, by purchasing goods from the Minnesota-based Maker's Collection, you're supporting U.S.-based artisans and supporting an outlet that donates 100 percent of its profits to the American Refugee Committee.
  6. Striped Napkins, $36 for four at Bloom & Give: Bloom & Give sells textiles (scarves, bags, kitchen goods, etc.) created with traditional Indian techniques, and these napkins are one of our favorite items on the site. They further honor Indian culture by donating 50 percent of the site's profits to girls' education programs in India.
  7. Rectangular Cheese Board, $28 at Canvas Home: The perfect serving tray for your next dinner party, this textured stone cheese board is handmade by local artisans in Portugal. What's more, Canvas Home donates 10 percent of its profits to a group that supports local artisans across the globe.
  8. Alessandro Corkscrew, $55 at Alessi: What if every time you opened a bottle of wine, you could feel good about helping people around the world? You can, with this corkscrew. Designed specifically for (PRODUCT)RED, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this product helps fight AIDS on a global scale.
  9. Glass Bowl, $70 at Simon Pearce: This handcrafted glass bowl will not only look good in your home (so fancy!), but it'll also help people suffering from traumatic brain injuries — something that has touched the lives of Simon Pearce and his family. Twenty percent of the proceeds from the product go to the LoveYourBrain foundation.
  10. Elephant Wine Stopper, $10 at The Little Market: The Little Market is a nonprofit that supports local artisans around the world by paying them fair-trade prices for their goods. Cast in zinc and coated in brass by artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, this bottle stopper is so cute it might get you to save that last glass of wine for later.
(Image credit: Kitchn)
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