7 Kids Gifts that Give Back



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  1. One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, by Katie Smith Milway A great book that introduces children to other cultures and the power of giving. Best of all, this book can be found at your local bookstore (great to support local small businesses!) and can be given along with a microloan from Kiva.org or give some chickens to a family through World Vision.
  2. Tegu Made with sustainable materials, these magnetic wood blocks are rooted in giving. Tegu created an independent toy factory in Hondoras in order to provide employment and fair wages for the community. In addition, they partnered with a local school that educates many of the children of the families that work at the city trash dump.
  3. Uncharted Play The SOCCKET Original is a portable, power generating soccer ball designed to promote physical activity and spread awareness about the global energy problem.
  4. Wudy Werks, a veteran-owned, Made in America small business, handcrafts these enormous 3D Double X T-Rex puzzles.
  5. Laugh Brand With every purchase, Laugh gives back 30% of profits to fight human trafficking and exploitation.
  6. Plan Toys Fully transparent with their sustainable materials (such as wood from rubber trees & formadelyhyde-free glues) and sustainable manufacturing, Plan Toys gives back with their reforestation program and programs for children in the community.
  7. Yoobi – For every item bought, Yoobi donates an item to their Yoobi Classroom Pack, which is then distributed to classrooms, as determined by Kids in Need Foundation.


Better Life Bags. The name says it all.

This is my dream. My unspoken goal. Design something awesome + Change people’s lives. There I said it. Lofty, no? That’s why I’m in awe the folks behind Better Life Bags!

See a need, come up with a plan to fill that need, provide hope, build a community. All while making adorable, useful bags. That is what Better Life Bags is doing in Detroit.

We hire women, who otherwise cannot get jobs, to work for BLB.  We rent them a sewing machine and tools while teaching them a skill set that allows them to become a primary or secondary provider in their families.  Most of these women are first generation immigrants from countries such as Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen, so we are also able to provide them with much needed fellowship and friendship as we visit their homes to deliver fabric and pick up orders.

That’s not all, though.  From the beginning, Better Life Bags has given 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country through Kiva.org.

Better Life Bags

Yes, you can run to the mall to buy a bag. But that mall bag won’t be a customized with the fabric of your choice. That mall bag won’t help provide jobs and training for women in order to provide for their families. That mall bag won’t help build a community. And that mall bag you would buy isn’t giving 10% of every sale to a low income entrepreneur in a developing country. But Better Life Bags is doing all of this!

The Alicia clutch (shown above in a custom fabric) is ready to ship in 4 colors. You can customize it with their huge selection of available fabrics. How amazing is the one above? I’m in love with the fabric. It’s going on the Christmas list…

Need more proof?

The Brynnda Bag. Leather & Amy Butler Fabric? Perfection.

The Nesting Pouches. Perfect for, well, everything.

Custom Snack Bags? Imagine not having to buy (and throw away) ziploc bags anymore. These will pay for themselves, and help the environment!

Check out the rest of their collection and options: Shop for Bags

Want to learn more about the folks at Better Life Bags? Check out their Better Life Bags Blog and follow them on twitter @betterlifebags

Your purchases and gifts can help change the lives of others. Giving takes many forms, and sometimes it is through the purchase of a fantastic bag.