November 26, 2013

Style Story: Christmas Gifting for a Cause

I'm sure many of you already have your Black Friday shopping strategies ready. I mean...considering they're opening stores the night of Thanksgiving (crazy!), it's like they're expecting ridiculous amounts of shopping to happen. But before you head out to those Black Friday sales, I'd like to share my gift guide that not only has great gifts for the special people in your life, but can also positively impact the world. The best part is getting to shop via the internet! Yup, no camping-out-in-the-freezing-cold necessary to snag these made-with-love items!

1. Mocha Club
Mocha Club is one of my favorite causes and probably one I've been supporting the longest. I may be biased since some of my favorite musicians are a part of this cause (Matt Wertz, Dave Barnes, etc.) and it's a beautiful thing. It's amazing what giving up 2 mochas (or whatever your coffee drink of choice) each month can do to positively change the lives of people in Africa. Giving $9 each month can support various projects such as providing clean water, education, helping women at risk, caring for those with HIV/AIDS, or caring for orphans. But you can also help by purchasing "I need Africa" items where 100% of proceeds go back to Africa. Inspiring.
Read more about their vision here.

Mocha Club Gift Guide
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2. FashionABLE
One of Mocha Club's partners, FashionABLE, is another favorite of mine. I've already shared about this great cause in a previous post, but just to give it some more much-deserved exposure I'm sharing about them again. FashionABLE's mission is to help empower women in need in Africa by providing counseling and teaching them how to be self-sustainable by starting small businesses making scarves & leather goods. This organization also ensures that they are paid fair wages and hired fairly. Amazing. Read more about their commitment here.

fashionABLE gift guide
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3. The Little Market
Lauren Conrad & Hannah Skvarla started this beautiful cause with a beautiful vision. They view The Little Market as "a place where a global community can come together to combat poverty, empower communities, and create social justice." They traveled the world to find artisans in developing countries and are funding their work by selling their fair trade and locally made items. Beautiful.

The Little Market Gift Guide
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4. The Giving Keys
Caitlin Crosby started this beautiful cause by engraving empowering words on old keys. She sold them and told people to embrace the message on the key and then pay it forward by passing the key on to someone you feel needs the message. The cause has blossomed and spread and Caitlin's vision became one to empower the homeless by employing them and help them transition out of homelessness. Lovely.

The Giving Keys Gift Guide
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Do you know of any other great causes that are positively transforming & impacting the world and we can support with Christmas gifting? Post a comment below!

Keep living out Love, friends! :)

Glossy Blonde

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE MATT WERTZ! Love when I find other people who are familiar with his music! I've heard him talk about the mocha club but have never looked on their website and had no idea they had so many things in the store! Great post!


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