Gifts That Give Back

Happy Tuesday Friends! We are still riding out the storm. We were blessed and it did not affect us as much as they thought it would. Our prayers go out for the other parts of Japan that it hit hard. Since we still cannot get out this morning because of light flooding, that means a lot of house cleaning and online shopping is going down over here! I know it is not even Halloween yet but since we have to ship all of our presents home, I shop early. Today, I wanted to share with you a few of my current favorite products and companies that are giving back this holiday season. We started back a few years ago trying to shop local, from consultant friends, or companies that give back. Here are some of my favorites gifts that give back!

Thistle Farms

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Thistle Farms‘ mission is to HEAL, EMPOWER, AND EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners.

Magdalene is a private residential rehab center that takes its motto of “love heals” very seriously. Here women receive two years of free housing, therapy, medical care, education and employment — everything they need to prepare them for the transition back into a community. The products sold at Thistle Farms supports this center this center and need. They have lotions, candles, appeal, jewelry, and much more. Check them out here.


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This Shop One, Share One offer from Beautycounter makes my heart so happy. I know that cancer has touched many, if not all, of your lives. If cancer hadn’t touched mine–this page probably wouldn’t exist.

Basically, cancer sucks!

For that reason, Beautycounter will be gifting one of these Glow and Go Mini Oil Holiday Sets to patients at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC)—a trailblazing destination for research, education, and patient care for each one that is purchased (up to 5,000!!) You buy one – they gift one. Just a small something to let brighten these individuals day and let someone know they are thinking of them.

The sets are $28 each. A great value! If you haven’t tried face oils – this is the set to get.

If you already love face oils, these are great to have on hand when you’re traveling … and these will make great holiday gifts for teachers, hostesses, stocking stuffers and more.

Nozomi Project

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Nozomi, which means ‘hope’ in Japanese, is a faith-based social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products.  Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery. Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life.

I purchases Christmas ornaments from the Nozomi Project last year for many family members. That all loved them so much. They sale out quickly. You can order them here. I love their tagline of “Beauty from Brokenness“.

Question: Do you start shopping early? What are some of your favorite companies that give back?



  1. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups

    October 24, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Glad you guys are doing okay. These are some wonderful sounding companies. I had never heard of Thistle Farms but I will definitely be checking them out.

    1. Bethany

      October 24, 2017 at 5:36 am

      They are located in Nashville, TN =)

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design

    October 24, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Love these ideas! My goal is to be done shopping by December 1!

    1. Bethany

      October 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      That is about mine. I cannot finish without cyber Monday. =)

  3. Marina @ Happy Healing

    October 24, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    These companies sound awesome, I’d never heard of them! Thanks for sharing these ideas 🙂 I need to start doing some shopping!

    1. Bethany

      October 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      It is much less stressful and better on the budget for me to start early.

  4. Christina @

    October 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I really love this post and am definitely going to reference it for my Christmas shopping this year!

    1. Bethany

      October 25, 2017 at 4:15 am

      We really try to shop local, from friends, or from companies like these. I feel like I am ‘voting’ with my dollar this way.

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