The Stories of Gifts that Give Back

toasting good’s 2020 Holiday Gift Guide

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We’ve been waiting all year for a bit of *holiday* relief from the woes of 2020. To spread the cheer to your family and beyond, look no further than toasting good’s Holiday Gift Guide! We’re proud to feature social enterprises with quality products and help you find gifts that give back.

Despite everything we’ve been through this year, we’ve also seen people come together like never before. At toasting good and Social Enterprise Alliance, we’ve reflected on our responsibility to support Black-owned and operated social enterprises; we’ve restructured our nonprofit board and business operations; we’ve reached ambitious fundraising goals to build a more equitable future.

This holiday season, you may also be looking for ways to give back. You can be a part of our vision to continue supporting social enterprises and empowering the voices of underrepresented communities! How can you do it?

One way is to shop for sustainable gifts with a social purpose. Every product in toasting good’s Holiday Gift Guide comes from brands like Thistle Farms, HALF UNITED and Soapbox. Their work supports and empowers women, children and environmental causes around the world.

So, we’re going to tell the stories of gifts in our gift guide to share the incredible ways they’re giving back.

Vi Bella’s Willow Earrings

These hand-poured resin stud gold earrings were made by Vi Bella Artisans in Mexico. Unlike factory mass-produced jewelry, Vi Bella knows their artisans by name. They’ve found a meaningful community with each other and earn a steady, liveable income to support their families. Starting in 2011, Vi Bella carefully chose its production sites in Haiti and Mexico, where jobs are very scarce and people are at risk for trafficking, hunger, homelessness and violence.

“In areas such as these, one employed person can support up to ten others.”

— Vi Bella

Better yet, Vi Bella jewelry is made using sustainable, recycled and locally sourced materials. So you can give this gift knowing that it was made with respect for the environment and a mission to uplift beautifully resilient people.

MADE FREE’s Leather Day Tote

The day tote was made with eco-friendly, vegetable tanned, biodegradable leather. More importantly, it was made by free women.

The MADE FREE® model was designed to fight the war on poverty and human trafficking by addressing a core issue — providing living wages for fashion workers in places like South Asia.

That’s why every MADE FREE purchase supports a day of freedom for women who are otherwise at risk for trafficking and slavery. Their factories meet Fair Trade standards, and MADE FREE gives 90% of profits back to the teams they serve.

Gifts for Good Warm & Cozy Gift Box Set

Gifts for Good is a Certified B Corp that creates unique gift sets from sustainable and ethical companies, and each gift purchase gives back to a particular cause. This gift set is intended to support the environment by planting 20 trees through Trees for the Future. Through seed distribution and agroforestry training, Trees for the Future empowers rural groups across the world by protecting the environment.

“Trees for the Future currently has 14 projects underway in five countries in Sub Saharan Africa. Their focus is on the implementation of Forest Garden Programs in Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Tanzania.”

Humanist Beauty Herban Wisdom Facial Oil

The Humanist Beauty Herban Wisdom Oil is a powerful serum fusing clean, organic plant nutrients rich in antioxidant, adaptogenic, anti-aging and moisturizing properties. It’s also housed in earth-friendly packaging. What’s really special about Humanist Beauty, though, is their commitment to inclusivity and ethical production in a notorious industry.

Your purchase will support Humanist Beauty’s donations to Gates Philanthropy Partners and and Black Lives Matter. They’re carbon neutral, cruelty-free and commit 3% of gross revenues to nonprofit organizations with primary activities to improve the well-being of under-served and disadvantaged humans.

Women’s Bean Project Weekender Gift Box

This Weekender Gift Box contained cornbread, tea, lentils and more — it is beautifully designed and eco-friendly. With your purchase of this gift box, you are creating a direct impact on women’s lives.

Women’s Bean Project is a 7-month transitional employment program serving women who have struggled to obtain and maintain employment. Women are employed and paid full-time, whether they are working on production or in the classroom. By helping women toward self-sufficiency, your gift will address many barriers to employment they have faced throughout their lifetime.

Bright Endeavors Whitebark Pine Soy Candle

Nothing says the Holidays like a candle. Bright Endeavors candles are made in Chicago, USA by young moms in a paid job training program. For 12 weeks, the mothers pursue their professional and personal goals while receiving support for their parenting journey. Many of these new mothers are facing barriers to employment, poverty or domestic abuse and are working to build a brighter future for their children. 100% of Bright Endeavors’ proceeds support their employees.

To close out 2020, let’s shop with a purpose and GIFT. SOME. GOOD! Shop on now!

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