All you need to do is look at the memes and videos on 2016 to know its been a tough year, but the past few months in particular have spurred reflection about the little things we can do to make a difference. In a season that's very commercially-driven, it was important to me to include a gift guide, in addition to our fashion and foodie options, that's philanthropic. The gifts here support everything from women's rights to animal adoptions and cancer research. Below is the full list of charity-driven gifts, along with the causes they each champion:
1. Striped Marble Bottle Opener ($28): Be Home supports artisans from Bolivia to Vietnam, providing them with living wages and giving them the opportunity to continue practicing traditional crafts.
2. Stuffed Bunny ($45 to $65): Each purchase provides provides 10 meals to children in North America and around the world via Cuddle and Kind.
3. Neon Extendable Leash ($54): Found My Animal contributes to animal rescue organizations and raises awareness about the importance of adopting over buying animals.
4. 14K Gold 'Jackie' Necklace ($495): 50% of purchase benefits cancer research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
5. Lush Charity Pot ($8 to $28): 100% of every purchase is donated to "small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights."
6. Clare V. Flat Clutch ($280): Benefits Every Mother Counts, a non-profit organization dedicated to "making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother."
7. SOKO's Kazi Cuff ($45): 20% of every bracelet purchased goes towards women's programming for artisans in Kenya. We love that each cuff includes your initials and those of the woman who created it, connecting you to the artisan you're supporting with your purchase.
8. S'well Bottle (on sale, $37): The U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help provide clean drinking water to children around the world.
9. Striped Woven Vase ($38): Each sale empowers artisans in Rwanda working for All Across Africa.
10. Madewell x FEED tassel ($30): Provides 30 school meals for children around the world.
11. Utensil Set ($18): Badala helps to provide employment to women and artisans across East Africa and Central America.
12. Suga(red) Lip Treatment ($24): 25% of every purchase goes to the US Fund for the Global Fund, which can provide more than two weeks of life-saving HIV medicine.
13. Vanilla Candle ($55): Starling Project provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.
14. FASHIONABLE Wallet ($68): Creates jobs with fair wages for women in developing countries.
15. Good Vibes mug ($16.95): "Charity: water," a non-profit dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to people in developing countries.
16. 'Get Lit' Greeting Card ($6): Wunderkid supports young creatives pursue a career in the arts.
17. STATE 'Union' Backpack ($185): For each backpack sold, STATE hand-delivers a backpack full of school supplies to an American child in need.
18. Wooden Napkin Rings ($55): The donation to the World Wildlife Fund is the real gift here, though the napkin rings carved into FSC-certified wood are beautiful, too.
19. Origins Feel Good Candle ($34): A tree is planted for every candle purchased via the American Forests ReLeaf project.