The Social Impact Holiday Gift Guide For Conscious Consumers (2018)

Here at Causeartist, we want to motivate you to keep those values in mind, and make it as accessible as possible.


Getting through the holiday season can be a real challenge for the conscious consumer. For most shoppers, any item will do for their mother, father-in-law, uncle, or aunt, but for conscious consumers, their ethical values need to be represented in every gift given.

Here at Causeartist, we want to motivate you to keep those values in mind, and make it as accessible as possible. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to spread awareness, advocate for conscious consumerism and spread the joy of fair trade, empowering, organic, upcycled, artisanal, and ethical products through the spirit of gifting. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate holiday gift guide, featuring ethical brands from across North America and the world.

Shop the ethical product holiday gift guide below and enter the new year knowing how much you’ve positively impacted everyone in your life and those behind the production line of each item gifted.


Chic Made Consciously – Titus – $78

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Designed to make you feel empowered, TITUS is a trendy piece that shares a remarkable story. Sustainably made from reclaimed war remnants and unexploded landmines, you can share a story of purpose and definitely make a fashion statement that proudly stands out. Wear this piece and feel opulent knowing that you are changing the world with your purchase!


Nimble – Sustainable Wireless Dual Pad – $50

Nimble is brand new to the ethical electronics space, but they are destined for huge impact. They work only with suppliers who share their values on workers’ rights, sustainable materials and reducing environmental impact. Nimble is committed to not only reducing their environmental impact through smarter production means and materials, but by encouraging the entire Nimble Community to help reduce the amount of e-waste ending up in the world’s landfills.

The company provides a recyclable bag inside all packaging, and offer a pre-paid mail-in label so customers can easily send old electronic devices, cell phones, cables, etc, directly to their e-waste recycling partner, Homeboy Electronics for safe, responsible reclamation! Nimble also selects high-quality, low-impact materials, with no paint or toxic chemicals. Fully recyclable aluminum and plant-based plastics are used with no chemical adhesives and all fabric blends are made with 100% organic hemp and recycled plastic bottles.


Indosole – Men’s ESSNTLS Slides – $45

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Indosole takes old tires that would otherwise contribute to Indonesia’s massive landfill problem, and transforms them into beautiful sandals and shoes through a production process that is organic, toxic free, and environmentally sustainable. Not only that – the process provides dignified work to many in Indonesia.

For a decade now Indosole has strived to be the environmental keepers of the future. They have successfully merged artisan skill with social impact, developing a custom shoemaking process that transforms tires to shoe soles by hand. Through this crafted concept and forward thinking, Indosole has been able to save over 80K+ tires from landfills, but to have a mass scale environmental impact a breakthrough technology was needed.


Eone – Bradley Canvas Timepiece – $260

Meet Eone, an innovative watch company creating one watch that can be used by people whether they are sighted or blind. It all started at MIT, when Hyungsoo Kim, founder of Eone, was a graduate student. In class he noticed that his friend and classmate couldn’t tell time, but because he was blind, he was too embarrassed to use his talking watch and interrupt the lecture, he’d discreetly whisper to Hyungsoo for the time.

This sparked an interest in Hyungsoo, because he figured there had to be an alternative to a talking watch for individuals without sight. After doing some initial digging, he found that there weren’t any quality alternatives to what his friend was stuck with. Inspired by the conviction that everyone has a right to time, Hyungsoo collaborated with designers and individuals with vision impairments to create a watch that everyone can use — sighted or blind.


Shea Brand – Gift Box – $40

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Shea Brand is a Brooklyn-based alternative skincare/self-care company with design-driven, minimal plastic packaging for potent, botanical-based, certified organic products: raw, organic shea butters, CBD Pain Reliever, lip balms, hydrosols and witch hazel sprays. The three founders launched the company after realizing raw, organic shea butter’s healing effects for cofounder, Austin’s severe eczema. Then, produced their CBD line by marrying that formula with Austin’s background and extensive knowledge as a medical cannabis grower—alongside a chemist, as well.


Vibes – Hi-Fidelity Earplugs – $23.99

Use code: CAUSE for 15% off. 

Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs (as seen on ABC’s Shark Tank) are discreet, reusable earplugs designed for sound quality decrease the volume of loud environments to a safer and more comfortable level, while still allowing you to hear everything around you clearly. 

Vibes were originally designed for concerts and musicians, but they’re also great for motorcycle riding, loud fitness classes, sporting events, people who work in loud environments, and more!

Each purchase includes a donation to Hear the World Foundation, which provides hearing healthcare and hearing aids to children in need around the world.


Janji – W’s Rover Hoodie in Huayna Print – $84

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The Rover Hoodie is a Janji travel staple and a fun yet streamlined, super comfortable yet high-performing mid-layer that lends itself perfectly to colder weather training and quick getaways. 

Janji is a social impact running brand that’s devoted to allowing runners to explore, connect and change the world through running. Every season, Janji goes to a different country around the world, meets with local artists, fabric makers, and designers, builds a line around that country, and then 5% of the sale funds a clean water project in that country. Today, Janji is in over 200 running stores and has given thousands of years of clean drinking water to people around the world.


Mitscoots – Faux Fur Pom Red Adjustable Cuffed Beanie Faux – $35

Mitscoots has been at this for years working hard to get individuals off the streets and into stable employment. The brand has made a huge impact with their gear. With this beanie you are helping employ the transitioning homeless to package up each and every beanie and get them sent out the door to you. For each Beanie purchased, Mitscoots gives an equal quality Beanie to someone in need.


Five|Six – Waraniéné Pillow – $95

Five | Six Textiles are woven by hand using the highest quality raw cotton in the rural village of Waraniéné, Côte d’Ivoire. Woven in strips on handmade upright frame wooden looms, these textiles are produced using the same materials and techniques developed hundreds of years ago. This process produces quality cloth that is significantly durable, reminiscent of linen, and softens with use. Marrying timeless motifs with contemporary aesthetics, each Five | Six Textile is designed in partnership with the weavers to preserve their traditional one-of-a-kind patterns and ensure their artistry continues to thrive and evolve.

The brand has a long-standing partnership with the Dyula weavers, which allows Five|Six to design a collection of home textiles that tell a story through their use and help bring global communities into local homes. Each textile is a unique work of art that combines traditionally bold motifs, clean lines, and contrasting colors that exemplify the eclecticism and ease of contemporary homes. Minimal yet full of detail, these pieces are designed to work with your home and enhance the appreciation of handwoven textiles.


Marc Skid – Philip Boxer Brief – $29

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Marc Skid is a premium, eco-friendly underwear brand with a passion for bettering the world. The brand teamed up with nine top-rated Charity Navigator charities that support the brand’s mantra to feed the world, save the world and cure the world.The organic pima cotton underwear is offered in both men and women’s styles in four colors – blue, green, red and white. Each color supports a branch of Marc Skid’s platform – green underwear funds feeding the world, blue supports saving the world, red supports charities that cure the world and white gives customers the option to choose any affiliated charity. Marc Skid donates $4 from each purchase to one of nine Charity Navigator Four Star charity partners of the customer’s choice.


Packed with Purpose – Toast for Two Gift Box – $75

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Make the holidays special with an elegant gift that gives back from Packed with Purpose. These beautifully designed etched glasses, exquisite handblown wine stopper, and rich decadent chocolate are the perfect accompaniments to a favorite bottle of wine. Each gift box is artfully packaged in our signature Packed with Purpose box and includes:

  • two custom designed wine glasses, “plants and birds”
  • hand blown glass wine stopper
  • 74% dark chocolate bar
  • the story behind each product and the positive impact it has on our communities

Folks & Tales – Urika Coaster Set – $15

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Each product tells a specific story through its unique design and the hands of the artisan who patiently crafted it. By blending traditional shapes, patterns and materials with modern aesthetics and colors, Folks & Tales create authentic yet trendy pieces that will bring that coveted twist to your space. Folks & Tales ethically collaborate with artisans from multiple cities and remote villages, mastering crafts that have been passed on from one generation to the next.


Seed – Your Daily Synbiotic (probiotics + prebiotics) – $49.99/m

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Seed is all about bringing science back into wellness. Their Daily Synbiotic (probiotics + prebiotics) for men and women is the best on the market, with 24 clinically studied, naturally-occurring probiotic strains (that you won’t find in yogurt). Seed’s formulation is the first to look beyond digestive health to include cardiovascular and dermatological health. Further, Seed’s packaging is recyclable, compostable, and partially edible (made of mushrooms or corn)… also dissolves in water.


Outland Denim – The Smith in Shore – Classic Denim Jacket – $245

Meet Outland Denim, a social enterprise creating premium denim products that help tackle the worlds human trafficking crisis. Every 30 seconds, someone is sold in the human traffic industry. Once in, it’s nearly impossible to escape. Outland Denim has created an approach of zero exploitation, to help prevent young girls being drafted into sex trade, or as slave labor into the garment industry. This approach is done through a program that Outland created called The Denim Project. This program offers young girls with an interest in sewing to earn fair wages, and to learn and master the crafts of sewing and fashion.

Outland Denim began when founder James Bartle travelled to Asia and saw first hand how human traffickers prey on vulnerable young girls in order to service the sex industry. After learning that once a girl has been rescued and rehabilitated, sustainable career path is vital for securing her future, James created the “Denim Project”, which would enable those girls who demonstrated an interest in sewing to put their new skills to use.


Say it with a Sock – Sock Club – $11.99

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Unlike other gifts, a sock subscription is unique, unforgettable, and something people never forget. Say it with a Sock will send your loved ones 1 or 2 pairs of fun socks each month. All the socks are made from a high-quality modal cotton and designed in Los Angeles. With over 3,000 5 star reviews, you can’t go wrong with Say it with a Sock this holiday season. 

Say it with a Sock has partnered with Lava Mae, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that is changing the way communities see and serve people experiencing homelessness. Lava Mae began by transforming buses into showers and toilets on wheels to deliver mobile hygiene and sanitation to those living on the streets. Say it with a Sock donates tens of thousands of new socks to people who need them most. Their hope is that every person who takes a shower will be able to experience the restorative feeling of putting on a clean new pair of socks.


Parker Clay – Miramar Leather Backpack – $188

Use code: CAUSEARTIST20 for 20% off your order

Parker Clay is a luxury lifestyle brand with goods designed in Santa Barbara, California and made in Ethiopia, where they are creating opportunities for women to become economically independent, all the while crafting gorgeous leather and hand woven products. Brittany and Ian Bentley travelled to Ethiopia and worked with organizations that empowered underprivileged women through skill development, and eventually decided to create Parker Clay with the intention of helping these same women gain financial stability. All of Parker Clay’s products are sustainable and made with some of the finest leather in the world.


Artisella – Nakiri Earrings – $45

Use code: CAHOLIDAY for 15% off

Nakiri Earrings by Bijoux Pépine use natural materials, like sand, pigments and spices, crystallizing them in resin to achieve color, texture and architectural shape. Handcrafted in Montreal by Perrine Marez using hypo-allergenic stainless steel and eco-friendly materials. Artisella was born from a desire to do things differently; an invitation to slow down and invest in the world and in people. They showcase contemporary and conscious fashion made by emerging designers and independent labels rallying around the ‘slow fashion movement.’


Doodlage – Patch me up women’s wallet – $33

Doodlage creates pieces from scrap textiles and materials found, therefore hunting for material first, and entering the design process second. This is how Doodlage pieces come to life. The team inspires everyone to get creative too, including their tailors and labour workers to instill a love and responsibility for ethical design and production. Now in over 40 stores across India, it’s super exciting to see such an innovative brand spreading so quickly in a country where global production is priority, and western culture and influence has taken over.


LSTN – The Beacon Wireless Earbuds – $130

LSTN was founded with a singular purpose: to change lives through the power of music. Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through their charity partner, Starkey Hearing Foundation.

Over the past 4 years, LSTN has helped over 22,000 people worldwide hear for the first time. This was possible due to LSTN customers purchasing the companies high quality headphones and accessories.


Hand in Hand Soap – Holiday Soap Box Set – $40

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These special, limited edition Holiday Bar Soap Sets come with three delightful holiday scents. Each bar of soap features a fun, illustrated winter scene and all three scents come ready to gift in a custom box! Hand in Hand is a personal care brand with a social mission: for every product purchased, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated to a child in need. Since 2011, over 1 million bars of soap have been donated to children in Haiti.


MADI – The Simone – Bamboo Sleep Shorts – $54

Meet MADI Apparel, for every pair of underwear they sell, they donate a pair to a woman in need. Why? Because underwear is the most needed, under-donated item of clothing. MADI Apparel is a women’s undergarment brand with the dedication to Make a Difference domestically and globally. MADI was founded upon the principles of American manufacturing, self-sustaining fabrics/packaging and global impact through underwear donations.

The MADI brand was developed around the core values of Heart, Confidence, Comfort, and Wear-ability. The styles were created with simplicity in mind. Each style is named after a woman – symbolizing the impact women can make in this world if they’re able to achieve their full potential. The goal at MADI is to create positive worldly change with the help of a garment everyone needs – underwear.


Kind Karma Co. – Teardrop Moonstone Necklace – $54

Use code: CAUSE15 for 15% off your order.

Ever been told to “turn that frown upside down”? Well, we took that saying and applied it to stunning gemstone pendants! Each of these necklaces features a teardrop gemstone laid sideways along a delicate gold-filled chain. These necklaces measure 16″ total in length and are available with either moonstone or rose quartz pendants. All necklaces are made with quality 14KT gold-filled chain and findings and are tarnish and fade resistant as well as hypoallergenic.

Kind Karma is a social enterprise that employs at-risk and transitioning homeless youth in Toronto to handcraft quality jewelry. In addition to receiving hourly wages, youth employees are also given proceeds from all sales to support the achievement of individual goals such as funding post secondary education, securing permanent housing or enrolling in courses for personal and professional development. By offering an innovative art-therapy based employment model, Kind Karma aims to break the cycle of poverty by helping future leaders reach their full potential so that as successful adults, they can continue to pay kindness forward by helping those in need.


Fair Harbor – The Boardshort Men’s – $68 / The Atlantic Bikini Womens – $56

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Fair Harbor is a lifestyle brand based on the simplicity of summer and our dedication to the environment. We make swimsuits out of recycled plastic bottles to help protect the places that we love. It is our mission to create high quality performance products that embody the pureness and simplicity of Fair Harbor, NY.


Crafted Society – Mario Low Sneakers – $313

Meet Crafted Society, the social enterprise redefining what a luxury brand is and should be. Crafted Society was born out of a passion to create exquisite hand crafted products with the most talented artisans of Italy. And also use the products as a vehicle for positive social impact while helping to preserve authentic and traditional craftsmanship. To preserve the crafts the artisans must transfer their knowledge to the next generation but this is an increasingly difficult task, mainly due to the ‘secrecy’ which has surrounded these talented humans for decades. Crafted Society decided it was time to challenge convention, the founder decided it was time for TRANSPARENCY to triumph over secrecy.


Under The Canopy – Organic Cotton Stitched Quilt – $80

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Under the Canopy launched with a mission to help everyone live both stylishly and responsibly. As the leading environmentally responsible home brand, Under the Canopy ensures every aspect of their materials and production methods are certified to meet strict standards.  Under the Canopy’s beautiful, affordable, and authentic products are better for the earth, your home and you.


Brave Soles – The Stanfield – $69

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Inspired by airports around the world, Brave Soles’ Airline Collection partners with Jazz Aviation to upcycle aircraft seat leather into beautifully crafted handbags, wallets and clutches. The Stanfield, named for the Halifax airport, will hold your ipad mini, stow your cards and accompany you to
dinner. Circular fashion meet travel inspiration.

Founded in 2017 by Christal Earle, a humanitarian worker supporting communities that live and work in the garbage dumps of the Dominican Republic, Brave Soles started with $250 and a pile of discarded tires. Christal saw in these tires a major environmental health issue and a potentially endless supply of raw material. After meeting an artisan family with three generations of experience hand-cutting tires for soles, Christal realized the fashion possibilities of these garbage tires. She took a major
leap of faith, spent her last $250 and commissioned the first pairs of Brave Soles. Today, Brave Soles sells to ethical fashion lovers around the world.


Known Supply – Wren Dress – $59

Having 10 years of experience managing their social enterprise operations and collaborating with a litany of brands (Vans, Nordstrom, Volcom, Whole Foods & more!) founders Travis and Kohl envisioned a new kind of company. One that would be inclusive to all those who wanted to have social good woven into their operations, but didn’t have the knowledge or resources to do so.  They had built a brand on introducing their customers to the person who made each product by way of a signature accompanying each piece.  Now it was time to give it away.

KNOWN SUPPLY is much more than an apparel brand. It is a movement and a platform for social good. The brands apparel is available to those who value people and want to see their stories brought back to the forefront of the conversation. Travis and Kohl are disheartened by what fast fashion is doing to our planet and the people who make our clothes.


Solo Eyewear – Guyana – $89

SOLO Eyewear creates environmentally friendly sunglasses that fund eye care, encourage adventure, and inspire individuals to change the world. Each pair of SOLOs purchased funds eye care for people in need through prescription eyeglasses and sight saving eye surgeries. They have already restored vision to 10,000 people in 32 countries, which has resulted in an economic impact of $3.6 million dollars.!!!!! They are able to create this amazing impact through their trusted non-profit partners Restoring VisionAravind Eye Care System, and LV Prasad Eye Institute.


Zendagi – Calm Waters Blue Lapis Tassel Earrings – $78

Zendagi’s Calm Waters Blue Lapis earrings add just the right amount of bohemian charm to your style. Handcrafted by artisans in Northern Pakistan, the long tassels are individually woven and are designed to sway with your every move. The earrings feature a white feldspar and a blue lapis bead, all hand cut by artisans.

After decades of plastic baubles in North America, the desire for real gemstone jewelry, with its deep colors and weighty heft, is clear. zendagi, which means life in Urdu and Farsi, celebrates the woman who believes in timeless elegance and the empowerment of others. zendagi knows that a gem is made beautiful when it is ethically sourced and crafted. Every zendagi gemstone is traceable to the foothills of K2 in northern Pakistan, providing sustainable livelihoods to women living in remote mountain villages.


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