Best Holiday Gifts: 2 for 1 Gifts that Give to Charity
The Gap x Bombas sock collection just recently launched, giving a pair of socks to those in need for every pair purchased. It follows in the veritable footsteps of other one-for-one initiatives, which are undoubtedly some of the best ways to spread holiday cheer.
In that spirit of social good, pull double-duty with your gift list this season not only with Gap x Bombas but with a host of other present-perfect options that have the power to change the world for the better. Not bad for a pair of socks — not to mention a few shoes, shades, and other stylish must-haves.
1. Out of Print
For all the book nerds and reader leaders on your list, Out of Print provides a way for them to wear their favorite story on their sleeve — quite literally. Out of Print celebrates the world’s great classic novels through fashion. T-shirts and long-sleeve sweaters depict book covers and titles from A Clockwork Orange to The Great Gatsby, Sherlock Homes and The Call of the Wild. Additional items including scarves and socks feature punchy literary-inspired patterns, too. But, in addition to the tees and accessories, the company spreads the joy of reading and great literary art to other parts of the world. For every product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through the partner organization, Books for Africa.
2. Gap x Bombas
Style collaborations are all the rage, but the Gap x Bombas sock collection is one union of fashion forces that we can really get behind. It was designed to bring awareness to the most requested clothing item in homeless shelters: socks. For every pair sold (the colorfully patterned socks are a great stocking stuffer), Gap will give a pair of Bombas socks to someone in need. It’s just one more layer in Bombas’s philanthropic mission, which has so far donated more than 500,000 pairs of socks in the United States.
“Bombas was founded because we wanted to help solve a problem that many people didn’t know existed,” said Randy Goldberg, co-founder and chief brand officer of Bombas. “With the support of Gap, we are able to bring an international spotlight to the issue that drives us year-round,” added David Heath, Bombas co-founder and chief executive officer. The Gap x Bombas collab has a combined goal to donate one million pairs of socks to homeless shelters in participating Gap markets this holiday season.
“One for one” is the trademark and the brand purpose for TOMS. It all started with the shoes — purchase a pair and the company gives a new pair of shoes to a child in need. But, now, with an expanded product range, this give-back brand touches souls with more than just soles. Each bag of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee provides 140 liters of safe water (a week’s supply) to a person in need. TOMS Eyewear purchases provide a person in need with a full eye exam by trained medical professionals while TOMS bags help foster safe births by delivering vital materials and training. And, for the sixth year, TOMS reunited with The Movember Foundation to raise funds and awareness for men’s health with a custom line of mustachioed footwear and eyewear. As if all that wasn’t reason enough to go TOMS shopping, new arrivals such as canvas shearling slip-ons, gray plaid chukka boots, and black-and-white caviar men’s brogues not to mention sleek adventurer duffels are a just-right fit for the season.
Leading a generation towards generosity, Sevenly is based on the core belief that “people matter.” Every week, Sevenly highlights a new cause or charity partner and passionately promotes them for seven days while simultaneously creating unique Cause Art apparel to raise funding and awareness. Every Cause of the Week item donates $7 to that partner, with all other Sevenly products donating 7% to the featured cause or past charity partners. Limited-edition Winter Give Bags are great for the gift list. Or hand-pick a few of their fitted message tees or sweatshirts that speak volumes — in style. The live tracker on the website says the company has raised in excess of $4.4 million and counting to date. That’s some holiday cheer we can definitely get behind.
5. Warby Parker
Hipster-handsome frames are par for the course with Warby Parker. The company’s give-back model is simple. You buy a pair of glasses; they give a pair to someone in need. Not a bad exchange, especially when their frames are known for being some of the most trendsetting on the block. New winter shapes, such as the Upshaw shades with a classic squared-off silhouette and sturdy Japanese titanium construction, are chill gifts even during the less sunny months. Or go for the Dempsey, a staple aviator frame in a very festive polished gold rendition. And, if you’re giving a gift of glasses to yourself, the brand’s try-at-home program allows you to choose up to five pairs to order online and take for a test drive.
The veritable tree-hugger could be one of the trickiest people to shop for, but not this year. WeWood Timepieces is the answer. The mission is simple: You buy one of the 100% natural wooden watches; they plant a tree. (The company has a running tally that amounts to 420,500-plus trees planted so far.) Even better? WeWood uses recycled and sustainable materials to craft the eco-luxe, cool designs, eliminating environmental harm and restoring resources. Scrap pieces of woods including walnut, maple, guaiaco, blackwood, Indian rosewood, and more make for handsome and earth-friendly watches, which likewise use state-of-the-art Miyota movements for a beautiful fusion of technology and nature.
The FEED bag is nothing if not incredibly recognizable. But the real story behind the bag is what makes the difference. At its heart, FEED is a social business; as such, all of the products are produced under fair-labor conditions and with environmentally friendly materials, including organic cotton and burlap, whenever possible. The company also works with artisans in established cooperatives in Columbia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, and Kenya to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Every one of the products has a number stamped on it that signifies the amount of meals or micronutrient packets provided to these countries with its purchase. The holiday 2015 collection features brand-new styles in wintry hues including Go-To bags and Voyager carry-alls.