Shopping for an adventure traveler this year? We have just the list for you. But wait…
We all know that the holidays are a time for giving, so why not celebrate with a present that gives back to a cause you care about? The following gifts are sold by cause-driven companies who have committed to sustainable sourcing, paying a fair wage, and making a positive impact on others and this world. In some cases, a pair of glasses may be donated to a child in need, a pair of socks may be provided to a homeless shelter, or a tree may be planted. In other cases, a percentage of your sales may benefit environmental research or a training program in sanitation. No matter the benefit, you can be comfortable knowing that your money goes farther this year by supporting these cause-driven companies.
Check out this list of best adventure travel gifts that give back.
Leather Passport Cover
If you are like us, a passport is a treasured possession. Every stamp collected is like a brushstroke in a piece of art that takes 10 years to complete. Keep your cherished passport free from spills and crumpled pages with this classy leather passport cover, handcrafted with love by artisans in India.
Where to buy it: https://www.noondaycollection.com/
The Noonday Collection identifies artisan entrepreneurs around the world who share the dream of creating meaningful opportunity in vulnerable communities. Since 2011, Noonday has created dignified work for over 4,500 artisans in 15 countries, impacting 20,400 vulnerable family members.
Unisex Do Good Hoodie
Sport this cozy Do Good Hoodie while fall hiking or keeping warm on a chilly airplane, all while spreading a positive message to “Do Good”.
Where to buy it: https://www.cotopaxi.com
Cotopaxi is a company built on the spirit of adventure, optimism, and determination. In addition to exercising sustainable and fair production practices, each year Cotopaxi earmarks 1% of its revenue for providing targeted grants to global nonprofits. Grantees are selected on their commitment to sustainable solutions and generating positive results within their communities. Previous grantees include organizations such as Nothing but Nets in Sub-Saharan Africa, CHOICE humanitarian in Latin America, Kilimanjaro Kids Community in Tanzania, and the Maria Imaculada Orphanage in Bolivia.
Yosemite Spectradome Polaroid Camera
You’re guaranteed to win the title of “best-gift giver” this year with this retro Polaroid Camera. A Parks Project favorite, this camera comes with a fixed-focus lens, built-in flash, exposure compensation slider, and neck strap. No battery is required and it is compatible with any Polaroid 600 Film.
Where to buy it: https://www.parksproject.us
The Parks Project has a passion for the outdoors and takes responsibility to promote, protect, and preserve public lands. Purchases from their collection help fund a project in one of America’s national parks. Their impact includes 1,658 square feet of invasive species removed (Channel Islands), 29 Native American speaking programs sponsored (Glacier), and 23,388 feet of trail restored (Yellowstone). In total, over, $1,086,690 has been given back to United States parklands.
Pretty Peak Bracelet Pack
This bracelet stack from PuraVida Bracelets, is the perfect gift for lovers of the great outdoors. With rose gold tones and gemstone mountain charm, this gift is simple yet stylish. Pair this gift with the matching Gem Mountain necklace and stud earrings. Each gift is packaged in a biodegradable bag that breaks down after 180 days when buried.
Where to buy it: https://www.puravidabracelets.com/
Founded in Costa Rica, PuraVida Bracelets are a movement symbolizing the simple things in life. The company’s name “Pura Vida” comes from the Costa Rican philosophy encouraging the appreciation of life’s simple treasures. Each item is handcrafted by one of the 800+ global artisans employed by PuraVida Bracelets. Your purchase provides a steady income and positive working environment while spreading the message to slow down and live in the moment. Pura Vida has donated over $2.8 million to charity.
Love Heals Leather Journal
This organic cotton canvas tote features the message “Love Heals”, written in various languages around the world. The handles of the tote are constructed from recycled saree fabric, making it an eco-friendly and thoughtfully made gift for the traveler in your life.
Where to buy it: https://thistlefarms.org/
Thistle Farms support women who have survived trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Through the support of donors and customer purchases, the organization provides a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support. Over the past year, Thistle Farm has provided over $2 million in income for survivors.
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Warby Parker polarized sunglasses
Keep those peepers protected while on the slopes or hiking in the mountains with Warby Parker’s polarized Downing Wide sunglasses. Speaking from experience, you do not want to be caught on the peaks of Kilimanjaro without adequate eye protection. Warby Parker provides a wide range of glasses and sunglasses for both men and women.
Price: Starting at $32
Where to buy it:: https://www.warbyparker.com
According to the World Health Organization, just one pair of glasses (in the developing world) increases productivity by 35%, which in turn increases monthly income by 20%. Through their Buy a Pair Give a Pair program, Warby Parker has distributed over 7 million pairs of glasses to needy communities worldwide. They have been able to achieve this through a 2-pronged model: 1. Train adult men and women with the skills necessary for administering eye exams and selling glasses at affordable prices 2. Directly giving vision care and eyeglasses to school-aged children.
Bombas Merino Tri-Block Calf Sock Gift Box
If you’ve ever been trekking, hiking, or even on your feet for a long time, you know the importance of using quality gear, particularly when it comes to socks. A hole in the toe, thinning material, and the development of funky odors are a common occurrence with cheap socks. Merino wool socks, on the other hand, provide lasting comfort with its anti-microbial, breathable, and naturally moisture-wicking properties. The Merino wool gift box set from Bombas is a perfect gift for any outdoorsy guy or gal.
Price: $78 set
Where to buy it:: https://bombas.com
Do you know what the most requested item is by homeless shelters? While I was working at the Manchester FoodBank, I discovered that the answer is socks (and underwear). Bombas exists to help solve this problem through its 1 pair purchase = 1 pair donated program. Since its inception, the organization has donated over 42,388,605 pairs to homeless communities in the United States. The socks donated are not the same as the socks sold through their website, rather, they are specially designed to fit the needs of their beneficiaries with anti-microbial treatment and reinforced seams for greater durability.
Gemstone Compass Chain Necklace
Celebrate future adventures with your traveling companion by gifting her a Gemstone Compass Chain Necklace from the Brave Collection. This piece is crafted in Gold Vermeil, and made by hand by fair trade artisans in Cambodia. Available styles include iolite, garnet, moonstone, and black spinel.
Where to buy it: https://thebravecollection.com
The Brave Collection provides job opportunities to Cambodian female artisans who come from underprivileged backgrounds. Your purchase allows artisans to work in a dignified work environment where they are paid above-average wages and receive benefits such as health insurance and stipends for their children’s education. Furthermore, 10% of profits are donated to fight human trafficking and empower women across the world.
Artisanal Face Mask
Let’s face it, we are still in the middle of a global pandemic. While some countries are beginning to relax travel restrictions, it is important that we all do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. For this reason we encourage you to give the gift of a sustainably sourced mask this holiday season. Hiptipico masks are handmade using 100% recycled textiles from the region of Zunil, Guatemala. Each triple layered mask is made with a replaceable filter slot. Purchasing this mask helps ensure that artisans are provided with a dignified job opportunity rather than looking elsewhere for handouts.
Where to buy it:: https://www.hiptipico.com
Hiptipico is an ethical fashion brand showcasing the handmade creations of Maya artisans. Products include embroidered straps, coin pouches, bags, and other accessories. The name Hiptipico comes from the Spanish word “tipico“ meaning the traditional dress of the indigenous Maya people. Incorporating this name into their brand reflects Hiptipico’s commitment to preserving indigenous culture and creating sustainable job opportunities through this art form.
Reusable Dopper Water bottle
The Dopper bottle is a great eco-friendly gift that reduces the use of single-use plastic water bottles. It can be conveniently used both as a bottle and as a carafe with a cup. The bottle is BPA-Free and dishwasher safe meaning it is both safe to use and easy to clean.
Where to buy it: https://www.preserve.eco/
The Dopper Foundation was established in 2013 with the mission to bring safe, clean water to underserved communities. They also aim to educate the public about waste management, water scarcity, and sanitation. 5% of all proceeds go toward creating new sources of clean drinking water and providing sanitation training to families in developing countries. The Dopper Foundation has contributed over $100,000 to date for sanitation projects and education programs in Nepal and other developing countries.
Hand in Hand Clean Hands Set
Whether you are at home, in a plane, or on the trail, clean hands are more important than ever. This holiday season, stock up on all the hand cleaning essential with the Hand in Hand Clean Hands Set. Each set includes four bottles of liquid hand soup and two hand sanitizers (a 10 oz bottle for home and a 2 oz bottle to take on the go.) With delicate scents like Cactus Blossom, Citrus Grove, Lavender and Sea Salt, these moisture nourishing soaps will leave your hands smelling and feeling ahhh-mazing. These bottles are made of recyclable aluminum and are produced in the USA. All Hand in Hand products are palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, parabens-free, and petrochemical-free.
Where to buy it: https://www.handinhandsoap.com/
With every Hand in Hand purchase, one bar of soap and one month of clean water is donated to a child in need. Since their founding, Hand in Hand has distributed over 3 million bars of soap around the world to help fight against water-related illnesses in children.
A multi-tool is an essential item for any adventure traveler or outdoor enthusiast. This handcrafted leather keychain by Rethreaded contains a scoring point, file, serrated edge, screwdriver, and bottle opener. Each multi-tool keychain is made of genuine leather upcycled from retired airline seat covers and is carefully handcrafted by survivors of human trafficking.
Where to buy it: https://www.rethreaded.com/
Rethreaded is a conscious gift company that uses business to benefit communities around the world. The company couples long-term employment with life and career development for survivors of human trafficking. Each purchase directly gives freedom and hope to women impacted by the sex trade. To date, Rethreaded has helped over 4,000 women.
Wild Pine Dad Hat
Don’t let the name of the hat fool you, this cap is perfect for either him or her. Inspired by the Ponderosa Pines in the northern US, this one-size-fits-all wilderness hat is ideal for any outdoor adventurer.
Where to buy it: https://keepnaturewild.com/
Keep Nature Wild does so much more than selling outdoor apparel. They are on a mission to build community by picking up trash outside. For every product sold, the company and their community of Wild Keepers commit to picking up 1 pound of trash. To date, Keep Nature Wild has picked up 361,232 pounds of trash.
The Mountains are Calling Enamel-Lined Copper Mug
Celebrate the great outdoors with this high quality enamel-lined copper mug. Pair this gift with a mountain cabin and nice bottle of Tito’s and you’re all set for a Moscow Mule weekend.
Where to buy it: https://unitedbyblue.com/
United Blue is committed to ethical manufacturing, sustainable materials, and a cleaner planet. For every product purchased, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways. 3,439,767 pounds of trash have been removed. They are determined to spread the idea that if one business can make a difference, so can one person.
Bolivian Woven Tote
Her Future Coalition’s woven tote is made with 100% woven sheep’s wool with hand-cut leather thread and hand zone leather straps. This gift is your ideal companion on the open road!
Where to buy it: https://www.herfuturecoalition.org
The Her Future Coalition is composed of female artisans who have overcome trafficking, child marriage or other abuse. 100% of the proceeds from your purchase benefits these women as well as the children in their shelter and education programs.
Handmade Bamboo Straws – Set of 6
Single-use straws may be convenient, but they are having a dangerous impact on the environment. Most plastic straws are not biodegradable and cannot be broken down naturally. Instead, they break into smaller particles which are often confused by marine animals for food. According to the World Wildlife Fund, plastic has been found in an estimated 90% of all seabirds and sea turtles! These small plastic particles release harmful chemicals into the soil, air, water, and into the animals that consume them. Enter Bamboo straws – a reusable, natural and sustainable way to enjoy your beverage! With the convenient pouch this straw set is easily packable for your next trip. Price $10
Where to buy it: https://collectivehu.org/
The vision of Collective Humanity is for at-risk communities throughout the developing world to be empowered with a strong foundation of economic opportunities, education, and community support from which they can choose their future and transform their lives. All profits from sales are reinvested into community empowerment programs for participating artisans and their families. To date, Collective Humanity is helping over 60 hard-working female artisans to earn dignified pay and over 75 family members to access community support programs.
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