Gifts That Give Back to Women - Socially Responsible Gifts

Help Women Help Themselves, Support Women's Efforts With These Gifts

If you want to give a distinctive gift with special meaning, why not shop for gifts that give back to the women who produced them? These gifts 'give twice' by benefiting both seller and recipient. Often handmade by artisans who work within a women's collective, these socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities. Browse this list of resources for online gifts that give back to women. All benefit women ​and many qualify as fair trade gifts.

embroidered pillow
Afghan pillow. (store.feminist.org)

Buy pouches and pillow covers handmade by Afghan women living in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a part of their Campaign for Afghan Women & Girls, FMF is providing an outlet for the sale of these beautiful products. 100% of the proceeds go back to Afghan women and girls. More »

embroidered table runner
Bright Garden Embroidered Table Runner. (serrv.org)

At the St. Mary's sewing and embroidery center in Ahmedabad in western India, women use traditional skills to create works of art. Profits from sales are distributed to the 450 women artisans who also receive benefits in the form of a savings plan, school scholarships for their children, and technical courses to upgrade their skills. More »

beauty gift set
Jet set. (thistlefarms.org)

Run by women who have survived lives of violence, prostitution, and addiction, Thistle Farms offers handcrafted natural bath and body products that are as good for the earth as they are for the body. All proceeds go back into Thistle Farms and the residential program, Magdalene, which provides housing, supplies, medical and dental treatment, therapy, education, and vocational training at no cost.  More »

womenspeacecollection.com
(womenspeacecollection.com)

Women’s Peace Collection is an enterprise that fully supports women in regions of conflict and post-conflict – as mothers, peace builders, entrepreneurs, and skilled artisans. Items are made by women in Darfur/Sudan, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Israel/Palestine, and other conflict areas around the world. More »

purse
(womenspeacecollection.com)

Purchase fairly traded handmade items from women-led artisan groups in Asia, Africa, and the Americas that earn a fair living wage and work in a clean, safe, and healthy environment. Sales help support these artisans, their families, and communities. Special sections: Gifts Under $15 and Eco Gifts made from recycled rice bags, candy wrappers, laundry detergent pouches, and comics. More »

teacup candles
(prosperitycandle.com)

Begun as a pilot program in Iraq with high quality pillar candles handmade by mothers and daughters, Prosperity Candle has given women in a place of conflict the opportunity to start their own businesses and earn an income above the minimum wage. More »

necklaces
(rosiesplace.org/shop)

New and vintage buttons are turned into decorative accessories by the artisans of Rosie's Place, a program designed to help poor and homeless women -- many with children -- maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. More »