Gifts that Give Back: 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The best businesses truly serve others. I really believe in developing #communityovercompetition and supporting other small businesses that are working to change the world for good. We all have enough stuff—so why not give a gift that's a bit different this year?

There is so much power in our decisions, and we each have the chance to make a difference with how we think, how we act, and how we spend. If you're also looking for some unconventional ways to give this holiday season, here are a few of my favorites that are working to do just that:

 1. Noonday Collection
Noonday's goal is to alleviate poverty through entrepreneurship. This dream became Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. They partner with 29 artisan businesses in 12 countries, creating opportunity for more than 4,400 artisans. Here in the U.S., Noonday Ambassadors are stylists, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs who earn an income by selling beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. My sister is one of those ambassadors, and not only does her small business help develop a community that supports each other and cares about where the things they buy come from, but it brings extra income directly to their family that makes a very real difference. 
Shop the Noonday Collection →
2. Compassion International
Give gifts that make an impact for children in poverty. For less than $50, you can gift that makes a very real difference to a child. Compassion International is a child-advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. 
Shop Compassion's gift catalog →
3. A21
A21 is a nonprofit organization fueled by radical hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored. Human trafficking is destroying lives, but A21 works to see, fight, and sacrifice to restore each human trapped in slavery, to give them freedom and independence and the chance at a better story. 
Shop gifts that abolish slavery →
4. Samaritan's Purse
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. For as little as $6, you can provide hope for those in need affected by natural disasters and so much more. 
Shop the Samaritan's Purse gift catalog →

    I hope these ideas inspire you to try something different this year. And if you choose to shop 7th & Palm this year and pick out a special card or gift (we have lots of gift options under $50), know that on top of what we give away personally, we donate 1% of our business time, 1% of our business profits, and 1% of our product annually to the local and global community.



    Andrea Smith 7th & Palm, LLC was created in order to build a business that allowed us to give away more time and resources to help others. We choose to not waver on our commitment to our 1/1/1 giving pledge to give back 1% of our time, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our products in order to give back to the local and global community—at a bare minimum. And you can be a part of that by voting with your dollar. All artwork, stationery and greeting cards, and prints are created by artist Andrea Smith.
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    1 comment

    This is such a great idea. Giving back is so rewarding. love your work. x


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