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The Spirit of Giving: Gifts That Give Back

December 4, 2014

‘Tis the season of giving … back. And while we all love to give (and receive!) during the holidays, our purchases are even more meaningful when we know that it’s also giving something to people or communities in need. So, if you want to make a difference this holiday season, check out some amazing companies that make it possible to support worthwhile causes while doing your holiday shopping.

The Giving Keys

The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that get sold and shared around the world. The Never Ending Necklace features a horizontal key offered in a variety of chains. Infinite from end to end, this necklace carries never ending inspiration.

Handmade Seasonal Felt Dog Ornament

MADE by DWC is a social enterprise created to break the cycle of chronic unemployment and homelessness by helping women to discover talents and develop skills through vocational opportunities. The Handmade Seasonal Felt Dog Ornament was created by the women of the Downtown Women’s Center, and is individually sewn and carefully stuffed in workshops where ladies learned hand-sewing techniques. It’s perfect as an ornament during the holiday season, yet transitions seamlessly to everyday use as a cute decorative piece.

Lima Clutch

The Lima Clutch is made with soft, structured leather that allows for folded style and it’s perfect to carry your essentials with flair. The company behind it, Nisolo, works to empower artisans in emerging economies by connecting them to the global marketplace in a responsible manner.

Throw Blanket

When you make a purchase from Parker Clay, you join in the movement of supporting the nonprofit, Women at Risk, which helps women in Ethiopia realize and leverage their potential. Their gorgeous Throw Blanket is the perfect accessory for any bedroom, living room, or wherever your wanderlust may take you. All you need is a good book and a warm cup of coffee.

Tibeb Infinity Cabernet

Sseko Designs uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty. The Tibeb Infinity Cabernet scarf is hand woven and features a modern twist on a traditional Ethiopian tibeb pattern. The reversible infinity design allows for effortlessly chic and cozy styling. Look great and feel great knowing that this scarf is hand-crafted by Fair Trade certified artisan partners in Ethiopia.

CAbi Ruffle Top

The Heart of CAbi Foundation is proud of its mission to encourage and empower women in need. As you know, a portion of the net proceeds from each purchase of the Ruffle Top is one way to support CAbi's efforts around the world.  Starting Thanksgiving Day through New Year's Eve, the Foundation will donate a new garment to a woman in need for every item purchased through our Buy One, Get One program (up to 50,000 items). And, in the spirit of Giving Tuesday, The Heart of CAbi Foundation will match every Make a Change donation given during the holiday season.  These contributions will fund small business loans through our nonprofit partner Opportunity International.


Want to support our Giving Tuesday efforts? Share with us on social how you are giving back this season, by giving your time or a donation to a nonprofit organization, between now and the end of year, and we will donate a garment to someone in need! Make sure to include #CAbiCares in your post.