Gifts That Pay it (Fashion) Forward

This holiday season check out these online stores whose goods do good. In the spirit of giving, gift friends and loved ones with trendy apparel and accessories that do double duty as a charitable contribution. I’m willing to bet you can find something for just about everyone on your list at one of these retailers. When you’re done with them, pick something out for yourself. Then kick back with a cocoa and applaud yourself for finding presents that spread the most good.

Out of Print Clothing celebrates one of the most underrated art forms, book cover art. Their t-shirts, crew neck sweatshirts, and accessories feature original art from the covers of high school English class standards and childhood favorites. For each item purchased, Out of Print donates one book to a community in need through its partner charity, Books For Africa. With such reasonable prices ($28 for a t-shirt or $42 for a sweatshirt) and so many literary favorites to choose from, doing good through Out of Print is a no-brainer.

Sevenly brings shoppers new designs for a new charity each week. Their mission is to address the lack of awareness, funding, and following for the thousands of charities around the world. In the past its awesome designs have benefitted Autism Speaks, Hands for Africa and National Breast Cancer Foundation among other worthy charities. Sevenly prints their art gallery worthy designs on a wide variety of trendy products ranging from cropped tanks to off-the shoulder tops and since $7 from each top purchased goes straight to a deserving organization, a spontaneous lunch break shopping spree won’t leave you feeling too guilty.

Pay a visit to Pura Vida Bracelets and in no time at all your wrists will be decked in beautiful, handmade jewelry. The site sells braided and beaded beauties as well as trendy gold bar bracelets. The company has been able to create full-time jobs in Costa Rica, where a largely tourism based economy has made it difficult for craftsmen and craftswomen to make ends meet. Additionally, the company, started by two So Cal pals, donates 1% of proceeds to The Surfrider Foundation to help keep the world’s beaches and oceans clean. At $5-$20 per bracelet, these fun pieces make awesome stocking stuffers or a great little gift for a pal.

For the dapper dudes on your holiday list, look no further than Apolis. The men’s outfitter sells outerwear, knits, and accessories made by manufacturers in needy communities worldwide. Apolis, which translates to “global citizen,” creates jobs and equips entrepreneurs through opportunity. They call their model “advocacy through industry.” Every time you purchase a product you help sustain the work of men and women in third world countries. The stylish apparel and accessories are pricey, but would make any guy with good fashion sense a happy camper.


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