As we get older the more we realize that for the most part, we and our friends and family members have all they NEED, so gift giving can get a little more creative. And what better way to spend money on things that not only benefit the recipient, but also someone else along the line!
So, here's a list of places we've found that we love supporting while also gift giving.
1. Our favorite (and local!) business is Thistle Farms.
Thistle farms sells awesome, totally natural body products, like body wash, body butter, bath salts, and more, like coffee, mugs, and candles. But, the part that's even better than the quality is that these products are made by "women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution and addiction, and all proceeds directly support their efforts to sustain independent, healthy lives." We love these products and being able to support the healing process of these women!
If you haven't heard of Kiva.org yet, I'm so excited to share it with you! When you give a Kiva donation, you are providing a small micro-loan to people all over the world to help start a business of their own! The awesome thing is that you get to choose exactly who you give a loan to and you get to see their pictures and hear about what they would use the loan for. And because it's a loan and they have really high rates of payback, you will eventually get your money back and then you can invest that money back in someone else!