Maybe you’ve been procrastinating. Maybe you haven’t been able to find the right gift. Or maybe you’re trying to avoid contributing to the multi-billion dollar industry that is Valentine’s Day.
Whatever the reason, if you find yourself in a bind, we’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for socially conscious goods that can help you show your love while putting your dollars to a good cause. Because the best gifts are the ones that give twice.
Whether it’s a significant other, friend, or even yourself - don’t forget to take the time to show your appreciation and love tomorrow.
Here’s a roundup of our favorite ways to do that:
1. Out of Print
Out of Print sells a whole collection of literary-inspired goodies perfect for the bookworm in your life. From “Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy t-shirts to “Where The Wild Things Are” totes, there’s a piece of merchandise to celebrate almost every classic novel you can think of. We personally love the line of enamel pins they’ve recently added to the site.
Each purchase helps fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need.
2. Raven & Lily
Raven & Lily is a fair-trade women’s fashion and lifestyle brand selling clothing, accessories, household items, and more. The Texas-based brand is centered around the mission of empowering women by employing them with fair trade wages. All designs are produced in economically-challenged countries like Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Cambodia, Kenya, and Peru.
They’ve curated a handy Valentine’s Day gift guide that can help jumpstart your shopping.
3. Cause Roast
Cause Roast produces delicious tasting, stylishly packaged fair-trade coffee. Each bag of coffee gives 50% back to a range of causes and needs including clean water, food, and education. Their bag of Brazilian Hartwig roast is every bit as flavorful as it is powerful - its cupping notes include peach, tomato, jam, and citrus.
Keep your loved ones warm this winter with a hand crocheted beanie.
The Krochet Kids is a nonprofit that works with women of Northern Uganda and Peru to lift their families out of poverty. The organization employs women, educates them, and provides them with mentorship to build a sustainable career path for their future. Each product is hand-signed by the person who makes it so you can see the impact of your purchase.
Want to share your favorite socially conscious brands with us? Tweet them to us at @gramforacause and we’ll add them to the list!