Gift Guide That Keeps Giving

One of my goals for 2013 is to only shop and support local mom & pop shops and markets or purchase items that are supporting small businesses, donating to charities, fair trade, and/or helping the environment. Jonathan and I have been doing most of our grocery shopping at our local farmers market every week and for Christmas this year I will be shopping the mom & pop stores here in Ocean Beach and other places in San Diego. We complain about the economy but we continue to pump money into big business that run out the small businesses. I feel that Black Friday feeds our needs of wanting more but we don’t have to give in. Shop smart. By shopping smart this holiday you can rest assured that your money is helping others. The following is a few online shops that are either small business, donate to charities or are just all around awesome. Check them out and help create a conscious, more sustainable world.


The Greater Good –

“The GreaterGood is a network of websites, a family of online activism sites that harness the power of the Internet to help people, animals, and causes in need.”

On the Greater Good’s website you can choose from a number of charities that you want support… for example: breast cancer, animal rescue, rain forest protection, etc. You pick the site you want to support and then can shop from the store that relates to the site chosen. I purchased a ceramic coffee cup that looks like the paper ones (so I quit using the paper ones) and my purchase saved 1,145 sq. ft. of land. The more you spend the more you help. You can shop products that are handmade, fair trade, organic, eco-friendly, etc. It’s that simple. You shop for christmas gifts and give to a good cause!



Heifer International –

“With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer projects help families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways. We refer to the animals as “living loans” because in exchange for their livestock and training, families agree to give one of its animal’s offspring to another family in need. It’s called Passing on the Gift – a cornerstone of our mission that creates an ever-expanding network of hope and peace.”

I love this site. You can gift a cow or sheep or crop seeds or bees and gift it in honor of somebody. So for example I gift a cow to a village and they create a special honor card for me to share… so I give that to my mom and she helped the village as well. This is great for those folks that don’t ever want anything. It’s genius to me. Check them out… how cool is it that you can gift a cow?!



Random Objects –

This one is for the boys. Just an online clothing company that takes various quotes and proverbs and interprets them visually. Much better off buying a rad t-shirt from this site than a printed t-shirt from Target that everyone else is going have. 🙂

Other cool t-shirts sites: Free Clothing Co. & Rumplo



Uncommon Goods –

K, so this site doesn’t have some cool charity that it supports but it does have some uncommon gifts. If you don’t like to give that run-of-the-mill type stuff and don’t have time to shop the small local stores this may be the site for you. They do have some really creative gifts. Give it a browse… you never know what you might find.



Other cool shopping sites:

The Nature Conservancy Store

Modern Artisans

Core Bamboo

Klean Kanteen



Bahgsu Jewels


Shop smart ok… there are plenty of the small businesses to support. I encourage you to shop as local as possible but if you are an online shopper or are looking for something unique I hope you shop from the websites shared above! Happy shopping!!!