The holidays sneak up on us with a smile while kindly emptying our bank accounts. To keep the true gift of giving alive while being a conscious consumer, check out these six gift suggestions for your friends, family, or Secret Santa that show how much you care. Each of these sites offer gifts under $30 that can be given to a variety of ages, personalities, and tricksters who say they don’t want anything. Save your dollars and capitalist guilt and shop below!
Every bracelet purchased from 4Ocean funds the removal of one pound of trash from the ocean and coastlines worldwide! This simply-styled, adjustable string bracelet is only $20 and comes in a variety of colors. Each color supports a different cause: royal blue (4Ocean), periwinkle (dolphins), yellow (seabirds), gray (manatees), teal and gold (marine nursery), black (shark), lime green (sea turtles), blue and green (Earth day), black and light blue (whales), silver (polar bears), coral (coral reefs), and maroon (sustainable fishing).
2.) Net Zero Straw
This is one of my favorite new products on the market! A reusable, portable, aluminum folding straw that comes in a stylish keychain case and is made of 100% recycled materials. Its rust-proof, dishwasher-safe, made for hot or cold drinks, BPA free, and suitable for use of those with disabilities. Only $20, this straw and its case come in a variety of thoughtful colors: Green Sea Turtle, Gray Dolphin, Blue Shark, Pink Coral, and Black Orca Whale. Free shipping worldwide is just an added bonus!
3.) Ivory Ella
Fashion for a cause is always trendy and Ivory Ella is on Instagram's radar! A portion of each purchase is donated to Save The Elephants to help stop illegal poaching. This crime is at an alarming rate of one elephant being killed every 15 minutes, according to The Elephant Crisis Fund, so a purchase is worth the money. Ivory Ella offers easily affordable apparel, jewelry, accessories, tumblers, plush elephants, stickers, bags, and phone popsockets. Students get a 20% discount and new shoppers get an additional %10 off when they enter an email address!
This body lotion is magic hydration with rosewood oils and ylang ylang in a cocoa butter base. LUSH donates 100% of the price (minus taxes) to small grassroots organizations such as: Friends of Borneo, Yayasan Hutanriau, and Darwin Animal Doctors. Vegan and never tested on animals, this pot of love is only $7.95 for 1.7 oz. and $27.95 for 8.4 oz. Smell like a god or a goddess and feel like one, too!
Chic and cheerfully promoted by Vampire Diaries’ Candice King, Collective Journeys debuts a new bracelet each month that supports a local, US-based charity. 15% of each purchase will go directly to the charity and you’ll get $5 off your first order when you enter your email. Each bracelet is $30 and arrives in a limited edition box which journals about that charity. These colorful and trendy styles will fill your winter with a dose of much-needed sunshine!
6.) Out of Print
Totes, mugs, socks, pins, and pouches all under $12 from Out of Print support literacy programs around the world. The company donates books while designing our favorite literature into everyday items. Graphic prints, witty socks, and Edgar Allan Poe mugs are the perfect present for your favorite book-lover.