Here is it again – the most wonderful time of the year! It’s so easy to get swept up in the consumerism and the need to keep up with the expectations of others. I love buying gifts for family and friends, but in recent years I have also wanted to use better stewardship practices with my giving. It’s a challenge to give meaningful gifts without overspending to the point that nothing is left to give to those outside of my social circle. I also want to support good causes and ethical companies.

Over the years, I have compiled a list of some companies that I love, and would like to share them with all of you as well. Happy shopping!

  • Vickery Trading Co. – This group in Dallas, Texas offers children’s clothing, women’s headbands & scarves, pajamas for the whole family, and handmade ornaments and stockings. The best part is that they employ refugee women to sew the clothes. They provide job skills training alongside English classes and other support to help their employees navigate their new home in the U.S. My personal favorite from this shop is the holiday lounge pant, which comes in varying sizes and colors for the whole family.
  • Treetops Collective – This is another group offering jobs and support for refugees in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their shop has cute clothing as well as home decor. My top picks from this shop are the “Spread Welcome” doormat and the “Love Your Neighbor” T-shirt.
  • Sseko Designs – While a bit on the pricier end, this site offers an array of gift options including clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. Their goal is to provide job skills training and university scholarships for women in Uganda.
  • Hope Outfitters – This shop offers a variety of clothing displaying faith-based messages and proceeds from all sales support a specific cause, which changes periodically. My favorite item here is the wall art featuring Micah 6:8.
  • Rescue Her – This non-profit fights human trafficking, and has a collection of shirts, jewelry, and even coffee.
  • Seek the Peace – Also based in Dallas and working to support refugees, this shop offers jewelry and delicious smelling hand-poured candles. Their Shalom necklace is my favorite item in this shop.
  • Fruit-Full Kids – I have several of these Fruit of the Spirit plates for my son, and we love them! This company donates 10% of net sales to Samaritan’s Purse.
  • When You Can’t Go Home – This beautiful book by Karisa Keasey features stories about refugee families that she has met, which are accompanied by her original artwork. 50% of the proceeds are donated to World Relief.
  • For a more in-depth shopping guide showcasing ethical companies and those who use their company for doing good, this Mercy Global Ethical Shopping Guide has an extensive list. World Relief has also compiled a great Christmas Gift Guide.

Please let me know of any other companies that you love to support!