Creating a home for a global community of conversation changers to empower people everywhere offers quite the reason to celebrate. For Holiday 2016, we're honored to curate a collection of Conscious x House of Gratia et Caritas approved gifts that embody the spirit of the global Conscious community. This year's digital gift guide celebrates Conscious brands that speak up for those who have no voice, contribute to change through conscious shopping, and most importantly, ones that create opportunities that allow everyone to become a conscious storyteller through their own unique style.
$48 USD // This FEED Projects bag provides 25 school meals for children around the world. FEED partners with established cooperatives in Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico and Peru to provide sustainable livelihoods to underserved populations. Shop here.
Free to Explore Tote
$29.99 USD // 20% of the proceeds from each Tote Project purchase will go to Two Wings, a non-profit organization that uses education, mentoring and life coaching to empower at risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking to pursue their dreams. All totes are fair trade products handmade by rescued victims of trafficking. Shop here.
The SMITH Cobble Hill in Navy
$235 USD // For each Smith sold, State will hand-deliver a STATE bag - packed with essential tools for success - to an American child in need. Shop here.
Buffalo Offering Necklace by Bethany Joy Lenz x Stilnest, GOLD
$114 USD // In honor of supporting the American Indian community, Bethany Joy Lenz has partnered with Stilnest and The Tanka Fund. The Tanka Fund supports buffalo restoration on American Indian reservations by restoring healthy lands healthy people and healthy economies. Shop here.
$115 USD // Rebel Nell pieces are handmade with graffiti sourced from the Dequindre Cut in Detroit. Rebel Nell employs disadvantaged women in Detroit, to educate them on financial management, life wellness and business, and to empower them to successfully transition to an independent life. Shop here.
Bullet Necklace Classics Pack
$76.50 USD // Every HALF UNITED product purchase provides 7 meals for a child in need. Half United is partnered with charities the USA, Haiti, Cambodia and Fiji to provide over 500,000 for children in need. Shop here.
$28 USD // Groovy Globe tees are made with 100% organic cotton and donate 20% of sales to Trees for the Future and Global Green USA. Shop here.
Gold Mantra Ring
$38 USD // Each purchase supports inner city students in Phoenix. Students are given scholarships through The Shine Scholarship Project. Over 40 scholarships have been given since 2011, and 100% of donations given to the non-profit go directly to the students. Shop here.
$188 USD // Soul Carrier products are handcrafted by artisans in Mexico. The purchase of the Illumination Clutch benefits Mama Hope, an organization dedicated to support entrepreneurs from around the world and visionary leaders in rural African and Central American communities to fund and build community-identified sustainable projects using 100% local resources. Shop here.
Prince Mid-Weight Parka
$169.99 USD // Every Tentree purchase includes a metal token containing a one-of-a-kind tree code. Register your tree code to see where your ten trees are planted and discover your impact. Tentree is a Canadian company that has partnered with not-for-profits around the world to ensure tentree has a truly global footprint, and can identify the regions that will benefit most from its planting program. Shop here.
True Ethic MLK Quote Soy Candle
$22 USD // True Ethic donates 10% from the sales of this candle to Wipe Every Tear, working to rescue and restore women from sex trafficking. True Ethic is a Minnesota-based brand that donates 10% of sales to various non-profits around the world and locally in Minnesota. Shop here.
$25 USD // Every purchase empowers women by investing in the future of women in Mozambique (through education, entrepreneurship, sustainable development programs and helping women learn to become leaders in their villages). Shop here.
Coffee Tree Bracelets, set of 10
$80 USD // These brass bangles were handmade in Rwanda. For every bangle purchased, Kula Project is able to fund a coffee tree for a family which will provide income for 30 years. Shop here.
Black Whistle Necklace
$65 USD // Each necklace shows your support for being a whistleblower for Peace in Congo. Your purchase helps Congolese visionaries pursue entrepreneurial endeavors within their communities and contributes to Falling Whistles’s vision for Peace in Progress. Shop here.
$40 USD // Fair trade products from The Peace Exchange create economic growth and sustainable opportunities for empowering and educating women and children in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Shop here.
$109.99 USD // 10% of the profits of these shoes will go directly towards the Sseko Scholarship Fund. Sseko Designs makes leather goods and accessories with the mission to generate enough income for high potential young women to continue to university in Uganda. Shop here.
Refu Horn Tassel Necklace, Black
$42 USD // Jimani Collections offers education and design classes to women in Kenya to help transform communities and grow sustainable economic opportunities for women and their families. Shop here.
$66 USD // Each Aid Through Trade piece is handmade with love by female artisans in Nepal. Each purchase provides women with a fair income and benefits in a safe and healthy work environment. Shop here.
$26 USD // Purpose Jewelry is handcrafted by modern day slavery survivors. Through PURPOSE Jewelry, you are able to give freedom to rescued young women in Mumbai, India and around the world. Shop here.
Leather Tote Pinwheel
$150 USD // JOYN is a socially-conscious fashion brand that produces women’s handbags that are 100-percent handmade by artisans in Rajpur. JOYN empowers local entrepreneurs by supporting them in starting or growing their own businesses of spinning, weaving, block printing or stitching, so they can help their own communities rise out of poverty. Shop here.
Green with Envy Earrings
$85 USD // Knotty Gal accessories are handmade in the USA and between 10% - 15% of each Knotty Gal purchases go directly to the Bhandari Girls' School in Bangladesh. Shop here.
$55 USD // A portion of each Weekend Casual purchase goes to support charities such as Ekal Vidalaya in India or Surge For Water, when clicking to purchase, you get to choose which charity you want to support. Shop here.
Deep Blue "Brave" Bracelet
$38 USD // Each Brave Collection piece is handmade. Pieces are carved and woven by hand by fair trade artisans in Cambodia. The Brave Collection donates 10% of profits to fight human trafficking and empower women and girls around the globe. Shop here.
I Love Peace Bangle
$55 USD // Article 22 jewelry is made from Vietnam War era bombs, plane parts and other aluminum shrapnel left in Laos. Each piece helps clear 80 million unexploded bombs littering Laos, making land safe and providing new metal to artisans while pioneering the transformation of weapons into jewelry and the tangible experience of fashion that does good. Shop here.
Indigo Flannel Button Down
$118 USD // Apolis exists to create social global change through community partnerships in Uganda, Peru, Honduras and Bangladesh by empowering people to determine their own future. Shop here.
$131 USD // A portion of each Salt & Light Threads purchase is donated to A21 to combat human trafficking. Salt & Light Threads is an Australian-based clothing line that is passionate about fighting for human rights and fashionable exotic and tribal prints. Shop here.
$55 USD // Krochet Kids International’s empowerment project in Peru is located just outside the capital city of Lima, and it is currently working to help lift 38 women and their families out of poverty. KKi empowers women in Northern Uganda and Peru with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Shop here.
Zoe Headband Blue
$44 USD // GREENOLA STYLE is a fair-trade accessories brand that empowers artisans in Bolivia, Kenya and India. Holistic programs that provide business training, healthcare and design education and community building help achieve long-term sustainability for artisans and their families. Shop here.
Created by Melissa Wong, Founder of House of Gratia et Caritas. Melissa Wong founded House of Gratia et Caritas in November 2012 to provide tasteful coverage of charitable companies that give back fashionably. The name, House of Gratia et Caritas comes from Melissa’s love of Latin; ‘Gratia' meaning grace and thankfulness and ‘Caritas’ meaning charity.