12 Holidays Gifts That Give Back

Shopping for a meaningful gift? This holiday season, we asked women social entrepreneurs in our global TSE community to tell us about a gift they make that supports a cause, helps save the earth or raises awareness of an important issue.

We pored over dozens of entries, and narrowed our list down to these 12 unique items, all of which (according to our judges) would make you feel good when buying. Plus, these are exceptional products, which we tasted, felt, tried on or just generally admired during our final judging round. Despite our best efforts to curate a diversegift guide, we couldn’t make up our minds between two pieces of jewelry — the Amazonian seed necklace and the silk wrap bracelets — so there’s actually 13 items on the list….but who’s counting. (Except Santa, maybe.)

In coming days, we’ll be spotlighting each item, so you can read more about the inspiring stories behind them.

Product: Mexican Comida Patchwork Apron

Price: $50

Website: sanmigueldesigns.com

This lively piece of kitchen attire comes from Patrice Wynne, a Californian entrepreneur who has made the Mexican city of San Miguel de Allende her home. Local seamstresses sew the apron together from leftover fabric scraps and the purchase of one supports their livelihood as well as the reduction of waste.


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