5 Gifts That Give Back to Those in Need

Posted by Jax Mercantile | 12.16.2016

It is the season of giving! Or is it the season that keeps on giving? These five brands that can be found at Jax are aiming to make sure the giving continues long past the holiday season. Yes, you CAN make a difference and help those in need, just by doing your holiday shopping this year!


Here are 5 gift ideas that will continue to give back long after you have made your purchase:





1) Sherpa Sweaters, Hats and Scarves

Not only are these garments warm and beautiful, they also provide a life full of hope for women and girls. Each hand crafted sweater takes 8 full days to complete, and provides meaningful employment for a woman in Nepal. Sherpa employs over 1,000 women in Nepal, and according to their website they, “are focused on providing economic and social stability to the people of Nepal through steady employment, quality working conditions and educational opportunities for future generations.” For every garment sold, a donation is made to provide educational scholarships to children who grow up in remote Himalayan villages. In addition to that, the money also goes back into helping the women who work there. These garments are a great way to celebrate the season while creating a hopeful future for many in Nepal!




2) Women’s Bean Project

Looking for a great stocking stuffer or small item to use as a host gift? How about a soup or cookie mix from The Women’s Bean Project! The Women’s Bean Project provides transitional job training and classes for chronically unemployed and impoverished women. By buying their products you are helping women learn the importance of reliability, accuracy, punctuality, attention to detail, while also giving them valuable communication, budgeting, accountability, problem solving and goal setting skills. Buying these products as Christmas gifts is an easy way to make a big difference!




3) Oboz Footwear

Oboz is known for creating footwear technology that makes their shoes perfectly suited for active lifestyles and outdoor activities. What most people don’t know is that for every pair of shoes they sell, they also plant a new tree! So far the company has planted over 1,126,452 trees! They work closely with an Organization called Trees for the Future which aims to create sustainable sources of crop shade, soil rehabilitation, food, windbreaks, medicine, mudslide control, timber and more for communities in Africa. So if you are looking for a gift for the outdoorsy person on your list, give Oboz and give back to help the environment!





The TOMS, “One for One” business model is widely known. For every pair of shoes you buy, one pair is given to someone in need. What most people don’t know is that they give so much more than just shoes. The company has grown to provide shoes, sight through glasses, water, safe birth, and bullying prevention to those in need. They are continually searching for new ways to assess the needs of others and provide needed help to those who need love, and you can help by purchasing their shoes as a gift for yourself or someone else! Their selection of shoes has also greatly expanded to include many new shoe styles.


Image: Life is Good Playmakers Program


5) Life is Good

Who doesn’t love getting comfy pajamas and graphic t-shirts for Christmas? You can get Christmas pajamas for the whole family and a cute t-shirt for the aunt who is impossible to shop for. And by buying Life is Good you’ll be doing more than just getting good Christmas gifts, you’ll be helping give back to children in need! Life is good donates 10% of its net profits to kids in need and is committed to spreading the power of optimism. Since 2013 the company has helped raise over 9 million dollars for the Playmakers Program, which provides training and support to childcare professionals who use their resources to ensure that children grow up feeling safe, loved and joyful!


Shop these brands at Jax, and give the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season! 

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