It’s that time of year when gift giving is on the top of our minds. The last thing I want to do is walk into a mall and buy something for someone special from a big box store. Why would turn to the corporate giants when we can support mission minded businesses who support people globally and locally while doing good?
I’ve compiled a few of my favorite gift ideas from businesses who care about others so much so that proceeds are donated to provide ethical living wages to people in developing countries or who support mission based work here and throughout the world. When you buy an item from these businesses you’ll be giving back!
I hope you’ll take advantage of the generous 25% storewide discount that my friends at Mission Lazarus are offering. In full disclosure, I’m not an affiliate, they are providing this exclusively for BBT readers, so I encourage you to take advantage of it!
Here are my top 10 gift ideas that keep giving:
Handmade leather products from students in Hondurus and Haiti. Their leather bound journals are soft and beautiful to the touch. They have women’s totes, leather bound Bibles, passport covers, wallets and more. When you shop Mission Lazarus use the BLOGBYTRACY25 code to receive 25% off your total.
Mission Lazarus helps people in Hondurus and Haiti, glorifying God by advancing His Kingdom through holistic ministry and social enterprise with educational, medical, agricultural and spiritual outreaches.
ML’s program exists for students who otherwise would not have opportunity for education. The government in Honduras provides education to 6th grade, past that, it is the cost and responsibility of the student. Many families need an extra income, and far forced to send their young kids to work in order to survive. This limits the students opportunity for education, to receive a skill. Our program seeks to remove those three barriers.
Their products made by students are sold to cover the costs of the program with any surplus feeding directly back into the ministry, as this is just one of the many amazing ways Mission Lazarus is serving these communities.
ML provides a stipend to the students in our program based on attendance, removing the financial barrier. They provide a vocational training focus in three different disciplines: leather working, carpentry, and sewing for women. ML provides education as well, and by the end of the 3 year program, their students graduate certified in their vocational field AND have completed through 9th grade academically.
One of my favorite Mission Lazarus items is this Lined Journal featured here in chocolate leather, bound by the students in our vocational program in Honduras. Each journal purchased covers the cost of 1 student in their program. You can get a lined or unlined journal.
Price: $33 (use the 25% off discount code below)
I also love their leather cross bracelet and of course the Ana Julia Tote.
The Passport Cover Wallet is featured in their dark chocolate leather, hand stitched by the students in their program in Haiti. This operation is less than a year old, so they still have a lot of growth and learning to encounter to best fit the needs of this community in Haiti. The inside slots allow for you to place your passport, cash and/or credit cards inside safely during travel. This piece is versatile to your traveling needs!
Price: $32 (use the 25% off discount below)
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Golden oak hand made wooden, one-of-a-kind surrender Crosses.
Rick and Jackie have a heart for spreading God’s word and helping people in their personal walks with Christ. In the beginning of 2016, Rick was inspired to begin creating what they now call our Surrender™ Crosses. They’re a way to release our burdens to God and rely on Him more. They had been praying that God would open doors very widely or shut them very loudly. On Tuesday, May 3rd, God answered their prayer in an unexpected way – Rick lost his job.
They knew that God wanted them to take a leap of faith and make this their full-time business and ministry. They are “plan everything” kind of people, but when God says go, they go. And here they are!
Dawn of Funky Fish Designs creates jewelry that speaks from the heart and gives back by designing for various nonprofits and fundraisers. She partners with international and local nonprofits such as Visiting Orphans and BeLydia. Each of her redeemed keys, when purchased, provides a Ugandan child one month of education.
Dawn will do home parties in Austin, TX, too!
I love this unique vintage spoon handle necklace that’s stamped with your initial. Get it here!
You’ll find jewelry and accessories at Fashion and Compassion, a non-profit providing dignified jobs to women in vulnerable communities around the world. ALL net proceeds go to their Ministry Partners, to further meet the needs of our artisans and the communities they serve.
I love their jewelry designs! The crescent necklace is so much fun.
Price: $385. Beagle Freedom Project
BFP is a global leader in research animal rescue and advocacy.
Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life after everything they have endured for vanity and scientific curiosity.
Everyone can use these Cruelty Free Coasters.
Price: $25 for a set of 4
Find something for your furry friends or those who love them!
Shop the Beagle Freedom Project here!
Pleated clutches, hair accessories and totes oh my!
Three Cords works to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women.
Three Cords was born out of Mission of Hope Haiti, an organization founded in 1998 that exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. After a major earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, an estimated 9,000 Haitians faced amputations from the falling rubble. Mission of Hope provided surgeries, prosthetics and other medical care to many people impacted by that earthquake.
Unfortunately the disabled in Haiti are seen as unable to work or contribute to their communities and are often treated as outcasts.
25% of sales go to Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts.
I love these totes and they come in multiple patterns and designs.
Check out the full tote collection here!
A beautiful set of 52 watercolor scripture cards designed by PaintItForward Prints is a perfect gift, we can memorize a scripture a week over the next year!
beLydia is a non-profit “Gathering for Good” that will raise awareness about sex trafficking and also raise funds for The Refuge and also partner with Redeemed Ministries, Red Oak Ministries, The Key2Free & Adamo Nail Bar while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
beLydia Gatherings are hosted at churches and homes to raise awareness and funds for organizations that care for women and girls who are trafficked.
These scripture cards are the most beautiful I’ve seen and a great way to learn scripture. Make it a book mark or hang them on your cork board!
Wearables for women and paper items that you’ll fall in love with!
Their mission: to help others FILL their lives with His printed words, to help them FIX their hearts on Him, and to FIGHT for those in need.
Celebrate Advent: 25 Days of Intention with JOY Cards!
Persimmon’s signature Joy Cards! These 25 advent cards are filled with hand-drawn graphics, bible verses, & daily application questions, providing purpose & enjoyment for years to come.
Their ‘hope’ women’s tee is made of 100% GOTS Certified organic cotton, and is lovingly made by the women of work + shelter in New Dehli, India. This product is the first of its kind, and represents their desire to continue shining light on ethical fashion and fair wage employment, to honor God through the gift of creativity and design, and to place high-quality clothing in your closet.
I love this cute tee by Persimmon Prints too!
9. Imagine Goods
They have something for men, women and children! Jewelry & home décor.
Imagine Goods’ provides empowerment through employment by partnering with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give the first fair wages they’ve ever received.
I love the matching napkins and table clothes. Each is made with fabric that has been hand-picked from locals in the open-stall markets of Phnom Penh. This fabric may not be located again.
Price: $27 for a set of 4
Shop the napkins! Many reversible patterns + colors are available.
Accessories for babies, girls & women, made right here in Austin, TX.
BeWee’s leather embossed bracelets will keep you encouraged all throughout your day. I love being reminded of God’s strength and presence each day when I wear my BeWee.
Price: $24-$36This girls headband is just adorable, it’s the Butterfly Garden Headband.
I hope you’ve found something here that peaks your interest for someone your buying for this holiday season. I’d love your feedback on my holiday gift guide. Whether it’s giving back to the world or giving hope and encouragement one of these items is bound to put a smile on someone’s face this season.