As the finale to a 4-part series on corporate gifting, (post 1 of 4 tips to giving, post 2 of 4 tech to give, post 3 of 4 gifting experiences), I thought it appropriate to consider gifts that are more than just receiving, but about giving back.
I was amazed at the multitude of companies that use proceeds from their sales to give back to a charity. I have narrowed it down and put together what could be an entire conference swag bag made up of only gifts that give back to a noteworthy cause. Right down to the bag they all go in!
Gifts that Give back – A Complete Conference Swag Bag of Charitable Gifts
1. State Give Back Pack – Bond Packable
This nylon packable design by State is perfect for the traveler. It easily packs into itself. When expanded it can fit all your conference essentials held in securely by its fold-over flap closure with speed clip.
Charitable Contribution Factor: For each bag sold, State hand-delivers a backpack, packed with the necessary tools for success to an American child in need.
Where to buy: https://www.statebags.com/products/2017-bond-heights-black
2. Charity Pot Lotion by LUSH
This gorgeous self-preserving body lotion from LUSH does a lot of good—and not just for your skin! With a delicately floral perfume of ylang ylang and rosewood oils in a hydrating cocoa butter base, Charity Pot will leave your skin subtly perfumed and touchably soft.
Charitable Contribution Factor: With every purchase of Charity Pot, LUSH donates 100% of the price (minus the taxes) to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights.
Where to buy: https://www.lush.ca/en/body/body-lotions/charity-pot/9999905236.html
3. LottoLove Scratch Cards
LottoLove offers the first ever scratch-off card with a social mission and the only lotto that makes everyone a winner! Lucky attendees can scratch off the foil overlay on the environmentally-conscious cards to see which donations were received on their behalf. What a great a vibe to carry through an event.
Charitable Contribution Factor: With the purchase of each scratch card, LottoLove donates to one of its nonprofit partners to support a different worthy cause. Gifts awarded on the “Basic Needs” card include, but are not limited to, one week of clean water, four months of solar light, three sets of literacy tools, and one nutritious meal.
Where to buy: https://www.givelottolove.com/collections/all
Price: Pack of 4 $40
4. Heifer International Chocolate
Heifer International’s dark chocolate sea salt caramels are made with Sanders’ 1920s original recipe caramel and enrobed in single and sustainably sourced, premium Ecuadorian dark chocolate from Blommer Chocolate. Each piece is finished with the finest Mediterranean Sea Salt. It’s a decadent treat sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Charitable Contribution Factor: Each product is made by the locals they assist and purchases support projects that champion sustainable farming and higher quality of life for these farming communities.
Where to buy: https://www.heifer.org/marketplace/product/dark-chocolate-sea-salt-caramels.html
5. My Red Tea Rooibos Tea
Naturally sweet and nutty, MY RED TEA Organic Rooibos tea is delicious hot or cold, with honey, lemon or a drop of milk. Added to bath water, it acts as a soothing and hydrating elixir to soak tired and aching or sunburned bodies.
Charitable Contribution Factor: 10% of profits support education and culture in the Rooibos farming communities.
Where to buy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FLKVRC8/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=myredtea-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01FLKVRC8&linkId=c102d248f14d71fae8529ac8f15132cf&th=1
Price: $20 for 80 tea bags
6. The Ethical Silk Company Mulberry Silk Eye Mask
The Ethical Silk Company allows you to give attendees the gift of a pampered nights sleep! Who doesn’t need that? Their mulberry silk eye mask is 100 percent eco-friendly mulberry silk with organic cotton filling for extra comfort. Perfect at home or while traveling.
Charitable Contribution Factor: Five percent of proceeds go to the Jeeven Jyothi AIDS Centre in Theni and Focus Ireland, a charity that works to prevent people becoming, remaining or returning to homelessness.
Where to buy: https://www.theethicalsilkcompany.com/shop/?category=Eye+Masks
7. The Classic Boka Toothbrush
Here’s a gift many Conference travelers will appreciate. If I had a dollar for every time I forgot my toothbrush while traveling!!! Boka’s classic brush is made of high-quality bristles made with Binchotan activated charcoal that naturally reduces odor-causing bacteria while providing a soft, gentle cleaning.
Charitable Contribution Factor: When you buy a toothbrush from Boka, the company provides one to those in need.
Where to buy: https://boka.com/store/classic-brush-two-pack
Price: $8 for 2
8. Lifestraw GO Refillable Water Bottles
LifeStraw GO incorporates award-winning technology into a refillable water bottle so you can carry safe drinking water with you on the go. Stop at a river, stream, or even a puddle. Fill up the bottle, screw on the lid and sip filtered water through the mouthpiece.
Charitable Contribution Factor: Through the companies Follow the Liters program, every LifeStraw product sold provides a child in a developing country with access to clean, safe drinking water for an entire school year.
Where to Buy: https://lifestraw.eartheasy.com
9. Detroit Friends Potato Chips
What conference welcome bag doesn’t need a little something salty? Detroit Friends Potato Chips Co. makes wholesome tasty goodies fried and spiced by hand in a variety of flavors sure to delight any tastebud.
Charitable Contribution Factor: With the purchase of every bag of these farm to table chips, you help revitalize a vacant area by creating job opportunities for community members. A portion of the proceeds also supports a local soup kitchen and to create other financially sustainable grassroots projects.
Where to Buy: https://www.detroitchips.com/order-online.html
Price: Individual 1.7 oz bags $2.25
10. Zebra Wood Fillmore Wireless Headphones
These wireless headphones by LSTN Sound Co. are portable, travel-ready and durable. Attendees will be happy to receive this high-tech gift and have their favorite tunes follow them wherever their travels take them.
Charitable Contribution Factor: Profits go to provide hearing aids to people in need around the world. In the last 5 years, they have helped over 25,000 people hear in the U.S., Peru, Kenya, Uganda, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.
Where to Buy: https://lstnsound.co/products/wireless-zebra-wood-fillmores
11. Public-Supply Journal
A staple takeaway at just about any Conference is a journal. Public – Supply offers journals in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures. In addition, they collaborate with leading artists to create gorgeous customized covers to speak to your unique culture or craft.
Charitable Contribution factor: Public-Supply is a for-profit company that channels 25% of profits from every sale to a teacher in a high-need classroom who will use the money for a project that drives creativity.
Where to buy: http://public-supply.com/shop/
Price: Custom books starting at $6, min 100 quantity
Give one or give all, these gifts will leave a lasting impression on any recipient. Not only are they all fantastic gifts in and amongst themselves, but giving back is always in style.