If you still have "Bridal Party Gifts" on your wedding to-do list, why not consider giving a gift that gives back?
Featured Gifts That Give Back: | Mushmina
Founded by two sisters with an insatiable appetite for travel, Mushmina employs over 150 fair-trade artisans in Morocco. More than 80% of the skilled artisans with whom Mushmina proudly collaborates are female. By purchasing their handmade Moroccan accessories, clothing, leather handbags, and custom textiles, you're helping to support these artisans and their livelihoods. Free-spirited fashion with cultural integrity? Sign. Us. Up.
1 } Raven + Lily
Companies like Raven + Lily scream "Girl Power". They feature beautiful artisan-crafted products made by women around the world, and they work to provide employment with fair wages for women in developing countries. Their products are handmade—mostly from recycled materials—and include everything from home goods and clothing to bags, jewelry, and accessories.
With tons of products to choose from, it'll be easy to find a gift your bridesmaids will love—even before they know the story behind it.
2 } FEED Bags
If you ask us, you can never have too many bags. FEED bags are functional and attractive, and every bag purchase helps provide meals to those in need. They come in a variety of colors, fabrics and styles, and range from chic leather crossbody bags to army green utility duffle bags. There's truly something for everyone, so you're sure to find a great gift for all of your bridesmaids or groomsmen. Each of their products has a number stamped on it that signifies the number of meals or micronutrient packets generated by its purchase. What a great way to connect the dots from product to cause.
3 } ONEHOPE Wine
If your friends are anything like ours, they love a good bottle of wine. ONEHOPE Wine sells wine and other products to raise awareness and funding for a diverse range of charitable organizations, including ones that help children with autism, provide clean water, donate to clinical trials for women with breast cancer, and many more. Half the profits from each sale benefit a good cause. For example, the glittering bottle below provides 15 meals to children in need. We'll drink to that!
4 } Lush Charity Pot
We already had a love affair with Lush—fresh, handmade cosmetics that are ethical, vegetarian, and never tested on animals. But our girl crush got even deeper when we heard about their philanthropic skin softener, Charity Pot. 100% of the purchase price (every single penny minus the tax) goes towards supporting humanitarian, environmental, and animal rights causes locally and around the world. Since its launch, Charity Pot has donated more than $18 million to 1,400+ grassroots charities in 42 countries. Delicately perfumed with the floral scent of ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, Charity Pot will leave your skin soft and your soul nourished.
5 } Love Your Melon
Love Your Melon began with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. After achieving that goal to the tune of 45,000 hats, they set a new goal of contributing $1 million to pediatric cancer research and providing immediate support to children and their families. Half the profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to their nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer. How amazing is that?! To date, they've donated over $2.6 million and 110,000 hats. Hide a bad hair day (or hangover) with one of their adorable caps or beanies, and feel good knowing you're helping to make a difference.
6 } Kate Spade On Purpose
Who doesn't love Kate Spade? We bet you'll love them even more when you hear about their On Purpose label, which marries smart business with a strong social mission. They've set up a supplier in Rwanda that's owned by its (mostly-female) employees and provides full-time employment with competitive salaries and benefits like paid maternity leave and health care. As if we needed another reason to purchase more Kate Spade bags.
7 } S'well
S'well bottles were created to rid the world of plastic water bottles. Vacuum-sealed and made from stainless steel, these bottles will keep your bridal party's beverages cold for 24 hours or hot for 12. But the best part? The company donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each bottle to UNICEF, (RED), and many other important charities. Since 2015, they've contributed $800,000 to help provide clean and safe water to the world's most vulnerable communities.
8 } Sudara
Sudara is a "mission-driven lifestyle brand" providing dignified employment opportunities to women who have escaped from, or are at a high risk of, human trafficking. Every Punjammies® robe and pair of slouch pants is made proudly in India, and their sales have helped hundreds of women live lives free from sex slavery through safe, sustainable, living-wage employment. Jump on the bridesmaids-robe-bandwagon while taking a stand against modern day slavery.
9 } Bird + Stone
Bird + Stone is a New York socially-conscious jewelry company founded on the principle that jewelry can do good and improve the world. They enable each consumer to be a "micro-philanthropist"—a person who makes meaningful change, in this case through the simple act of purchasing jewelry. 15% of profits go to the Sisi Fund, an organization in Kenya that helps women get small loans and learn business skills to start up micro-enterprises. Plus, they've partnered with the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign to help support the 62 million girls around the world that aren't able to attend school.
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