5 cool, sustainable gifts for the do-gooder in your life

gifts-that-give-back-holiday-gifts Welcome to Well+Good’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guides, where we recommend five (or more) healthy, stylish gifts for everyone on your list (or for you to add to yours!)

Sure, giving is its own reward. But it can also have an amazing ripple effect. Like when you purchase holiday presents for your pals that also give back and do good.

These five eco-friendly, charitable gifts will put a smile on your BFF’s face—and someone else’s, too. —Molly Gallagher

(Photos: sugarpaper.com; popinjay.co)


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miakodanewyork-cowl Miakoda Cowl Scarf, $230

Sure, you could get a scarf for your BFF from J.Crew, or you could get this hand-crocheted one made of organic cotton by Miakoda. In fact, the eco-conscious fashion line’s tanks, sweatshirts, and socks are all made with organic fabrics—a real spin on most fashion brands.

(Photo: miakodanewyork.com)


Hope-Tote-Esperos-Bags-Holiday-Gifts Esperos Hope Tote, $48

This durable canvas tote can hold a laptop (or your gym clothes)—and even better? It literally carries hope. For every bag or backpack that this Austin-based brand sells, it sends a child in need to school for a year.

(Photo: esperosbags.com)


BollandBranch-sheets-gifts-that-give-back-2 Boll and Branch Sheet Set, $200–$260

Boll and Branch sheets are made of 100 percent certified organic cotton with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes—and made in Certified Fair Trade factories in India. For every sheet set sold, the company makes a donation to Not For Sale, an organization that protects people against human trafficking.

(Photo: bollandbranch.com)


Be-Love-Pullover-Holiday-Gifts Be Love Eco Fleece Pullover, $60

Gabrielle Bernstein, Elena Brower, and Shiva Rose are all fans of Be Love’s inspirational tees. The super soft sweatshirts are especially perfect to throw on after yoga class—and Be Love donates $5 from every purchase to the Alexandria House in Los Angeles, a residence for homeless women and their children.

(Photo: beloveapparel.com)


Anfa-Envelope-Clutch-holiday-gifts Popinjay Anfa Envelope Clutch, $263

The company helps impoverished Pakistani women make living wages by designing beautiful hand-embroidered pieces, like the above clutch which was inspired by Moroccan stonework.

(Photo: popinjay.co)


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