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20 Gifts Under $25 That Help You Give Back This Holiday Season

Why limit your holiday generosity to your friends and family when you can give back to the world? These affordable gift ideas support businesses with a social mission. With each purchase, you’ll support the life-changing programs and services of social enterprises across the U.S.

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1. Sseko Brave Bracelet

Sseko Designs / Via ssekodesigns.com

Price: $24.99

What’s Good: The Brave Bracelet is a handcrafted brass bracelet with interchangeable charm "pieces" that easily slide on and off. Sseko Designs is a fashion brand based in Uganda. Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. Buy Now

2. Large Barrel Bag from Freeset USA

Freeset USA / Via freesetusa.com

Price: $8

What's Good: Want a unique way to present a bottle of wine this holiday? Give the gift that gives back to survivors of human trafficking with this handcrafted eco-friendly jute-cotton wine bag. Buy Now

3. Kitenge Patchwork Oven Mitts from Jacaranda Community

Jacaranda Community / Via jacarandacommunity.com

Price: $20

What’s Good: These patchwork oven mitts are thick and sturdy, perfect for daily cooking use. Jacaranda Creations has created jobs for over 80 women in Nairobi who are widows and single mothers. When you purchase a handcrafted creation, you are supporting these women. Buy Now

4. Leather Journal from CAUSEGEAR

CAUSEGEAR / Via causegear.com

Price: $24

What’s Good: Designed in Chicago. Made in India. On average, 30 CAUSEGEAR items provides 1 month of life's essentials - food, clean water, clothing, housing, medical, and education - for 4 people. Show your support for the cause with the handcrafted leather journal. CAUSEGEAR supports 5X JOBS and includes the facetag of your crafter. Buy Now

5. Beelove™ 12 oz. Chicagoland Raw Natural Honey from Sweet Beginnings

BeeLove / Via beelovebuzz.com

Price: $13

What’s Good: A colorful and fragrant bouquet of blooms native to Chicago, beelove™ has a rich natural flavor all its own. Sweet Beginnings , LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of the North Lawndale Employment Network and offers full-time transitional jobs for formerly incarcerated individuals and others with significant barriers to employment. Buy Now

6. BRANDED Cuffs from BRANDED Collective

BRANDED Collective / Via brandedcollective.com

Price: $20

What’s Good: The BRANDED Collection is hand sanded, stamped, and polished in Nashville, Tennessee. The BRANDED Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. BRANDED is an economic empowerment jobs program where the women collaborate with local artisans to design and handcraft the jewelry collection. Buy Now

7. Colorado Blue Stain Mosaic Coaster Set from Mile High Workshop

Mile High Workshop / Via milehighworkshop.org

Price: $25

What’s Good: Hand crafted from Colorado beetle kill pain, these blue-streaked coasters are perfect for the Colorado enthusiast. Mile High Workshop creates employment opportunities and provides job training for members of the Denver community seeking to rebuild from addictions, homelessness and incarceration. Buy Now

8. Becoming My Own Me CD from Growing Sound

Growing Sound / Via cdbaby.com

Price: $15.95

What’s Good: This CD is filled with sweet, sing-a-long melodies that help a child develop a sense of self. Songs also focus on language development, body awareness and potty training. GROWING SOUND develops music and other products that translate key findings from recent child development research into practical and entertaining products for teachers, parents and children. Buy Now

9. Wagster Dog Treats from Homeward Bound of Marin

Homeward Bound of Marin / Via wagsterdogtreats.com

Price: $10

What’s Good: Wagster Treats are "life-changing" dog treats made with just six simple human-grade ingredients. Each batch of these gluten-free vegan treats is baked with love by people learning job skills to build a better future for themselves. Buy Now

10. Signature Glass Candle from Bright Endeavors

Bright Endeavors / Via brightendeavors.org

Price: $24.99

What’s Good: Bright Endeavors Signature Glass candles transform lives. Handmade in Chicago with natural fragrances and soy wax, the Signature Glass burns up to 40 hours and is available in 9 scents. All Bright Endeavors candles provide young moms a paid transitional job, real work experience, and the first steps towards a successful future. Buy Now

11. Wax Print Bangles from Three Sisters: Trois Soeurs

Three Sisters: Trois Soeurs / Via threesisters.org

Price: $8

What’s Good: Equally beautiful in singles or multiples, these wax print bangles were designed and made in Benin by the artist Kastro. She wraps Ankara wax print cloth in intricate designs over framework to create each piece. All profits from these bangles go directly into the TS Education Fund and help Three Sisters provide tutoring for some great kids who could really use a hand. Buy Now

12. Gwen Notecard Pack from Poverty and the Arts

Poverty and the Arts / Via artistmarketplace.storenvy.com

Price: $25

What’s Good: 5 notecards with 5 different designs by PovA artist Gwendolyn Johnson. Poverty & the Arts provides opportunities for artists overcoming homelessness to engage in creative outlets, earn income through selling artwork & merchandise, develop entrepreneurial and professional skills, and build community relationships. Buy Now

13. Humphreys Street Soap

Humphreys Street / Via humphreysstreet.com

Price: $6

What’s Good: Each bar of soap is hand-crafted by youth in South Nashville to bring beauty into your life and empowerment to theirs. Humphreys Street is a social enterprise of Harvest Hands Community Development Corporation, providing jobs and mentoring for youth in South Nashville. Buy Now

14. Pet Bandana by HEAVENDROPt

HEAVENDROPt / Via heavendropt.org

Price: $15

What's Good: Made with authentic recycled military parachute material, the pet bandana will be a great way for your pets to proudly support the HEAVENDROPt cause on their daily stroll through the neighborhood. HEAVENDROPt provides employment and training opportunities to individuals with disabilities, while recycling retired military parachutes and supporting veterans organizations. Buy Now

15. Halo Homemades Preserves, Pickles, Jams, and Chocolates

Homeward Bound of Marin / Via hbofm.org

Price: $8 - $20

What's Good: HaloHomeMades is Homeward Bound of Marin's popular line of fresh and natural preserves, pickles, jams, and chocolates. Halo HomeMades are created by students of the Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a highly successful program that offers culinary training to formerly homeless individuals who want to begin a new career and a self-sufficient lifestyle. Revenue from sales of these products helps to support the operating costs of this vital training program. Buy Now

16. Thistle Farms Healing Oils

Thistle Farms / Via thistlefarms.org

Price: $8

What’s Good: Use Thistle Farms healing oils as a light scent on skin, to utilize the healing properties of essential oils or to calm and quiet the spirit. Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. Buy Now

17. BAM Essentials - Peppermint Foot Lotion from Emerge Community Development

Emerge Community Development / Via bamessentials.org

Price: $10.95

What’s Good: Lotion on feet and cover with socks before bed — awaken with baby soft feet! Available in 2 oz and 4 oz size. Every purchase supports young women with the work and life skills to succeed. Buy Now

18. Women’s Bean Project Two Soup and Cornbread Bundle

Women's Bean Project / Via womensbeanproject.com

Price: $17.95

What’s Good: Women’s Bean Project’s Two Soup and Cornbread Bundle includes Toni’s 10 Bean Soup Mix, Giada DeLaurentiis Lentil Soup Mix and Golden Cornbread Mix. Women's Bean Project employs chronically unemployed and impoverished women through transitional employment and helps them earn the job readiness, interpersonal and life skills to create a new future - for themselves, their families, our community and our economy. Buy Now

19. Blue Corn Soap Stack of Three from SHIMA’ of Navajoland

Shima' of Navajoland / Via shimaofnavajoland.com

Price: $25

What’s Good: Through its artisan studio of hand-crafted soaps, gathered wild medicine and fields of blue corn, SHIMA’ of Navajoland creates meaningful employment, business initiative, leadership skills, dignity and sovereignty for the Dine' - the Navajo people. Buy Now

20. Beneficial Beans Coffee

Beneficial Beans / Via sarrc-store.myshopify.com

Price: $10

What’s Good: Beneficial Beans is a uniquely roasted, full bodied coffee. Their premium beans are grown and harvested from the richest volcanic soils from around the globe. 100% of the proceeds from Beneficial Beans coffee benefit adults with autism. Buy Now

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By shopping social enterprise this holiday season, you'll be using your consumer power to support the life-changing work of social enterprises.

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