From Indego Africa to Warby Parker, Gifts That Give Back For Good

Want to give a gift that gives back? These companies and organizations have found ways to sell beautiful products and have demonstrable social impact--one that goes far beyond just giving out free goods in impoverished lands.

1 The IOU Project

These jeans are the product of IOU, which promotes responsible fashion consumption by sharing the production process for the hand-stitched garments they sell. A unique code for each item allows you to see the names and stories of the Indian weavers and European craftspeople who created it--and know they're being paid fairly. ($159, iouproject.com)

2 Warby Parker

The retailer of hipster-chic spectacles sells its goods at a fraction of the price of most eyewear. For every pair sold, WP sources a pair for VisionSpring, which trains low-income women entrepreneurs in developing countries to sell glasses. ($95 a pair, warbyparker.com)

3 Indego Africa

Women artisans in Rwanda--most of whom earned less than a dollar a day before partnering with Indego--craft accessories, jewelry, and decor such as these baskets. Profits fund business and literacy programs for the artisans. ($44, indegoafrica.org)

4 Good African

Good African was started by a Ugandan entrepreneur to help Africans process and market their own coffee globally. Half of the profits are invested in the coffee farmers, supporting savings cooperatives and training programs. ($11 per bag, goodafrican.com)

Photos by Joel Stans; Prop Styling: Erin Swift; Metal Sculptures: Soraya Ltd.

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