Gifts that Give Back 17

The holiday season seems to divide people into two distinct categories; those who love diving right in to the shopping fray and those who lock up their wallets for safety until after the New Year.

Out of the ones who do spend, many are becoming more aware of consumerism’s impact, especially during the holidays. The environment gets taken into account as we make choices to limit packaging, read labels, and purchase locally-made products. And, thankfully, people are even beginning to buy items based upon the working conditions for those who are making the products.

A meet-in-the-middle space for those seeking to repurpose their buying power and rejoin the holiday gift-giving tradition lies in the selection of gift items that, by their very nature, give back in some way. Read below to learn about some dual-purpose gifts with local connections. 

Hydro Flask

Store: Hydro Flasks can be found in many local and national retail establishments. 

Headquarters: Bend
Hydroflask.com 

Founded: 2009

Product: Insulated stainless steel food and beverage bottles

Cause: Parks for All – Bend-based Hydro Flask’s Parks for All foundation provides grant funds to non-profits that are focused on building, maintaining, restoring, or providing better access to parks. Sales of all product lines – hydration, coffee, beer, wine, and food – contribute to this grant program. Since the program launch in January of 2017, the foundation has distributed $245,000.




Sudara Punjammies Little World Changer Tees 
& Stuffed Animals

Store: Sudara

Headquarters: Bend
Sudara.org

Founded: 2006

Product: Sudara Punjammies Little World Changer Tees 
100% cotton t’s imprinted with words and images to 
inspire our next generations.

Product: Sudara Stuffed Animals 
Made with hand-dyed wool in Nepal.

Cause: Ending human trafficking in India – Sudara is a “benefit company,” which, according to the State of Oregon business registration site, is a “corporation or limited liability company that considers its impact on society and the environment in the business decision-making process, in addition to earning a profit.” Sudara employs women in India, giving them a living wage and a path out of being enslaved in the sex trade.




Angelina Organic Skincare’s 
Saving Grace Melissa & Honey Night Cream

Store: Angelina Organic Skincare

Headquarters: 838 NW Bond, Bend
AngelinaSkincare.com

Founded: 2002

Product: Angelina Organic Skincare’s Saving Grace Melissa & Honey Night Cream 
A moisturizer for all skin types.

Cause: Saving Grace-Bend – Saving Grace’s mission is to provide comprehensive family violence and sexual assault services and promote the value of living life free from violence. Bend-based Angelina Organics Skincare donates 10% of sales from this product to the cause.

Tacony Socks by United By Blue

Store: Forge Humanity

Headquarters: 126 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend
ForgeHumanity.com

Founded: 2016

Product: Tacony Socks by United By Blue


Cause: For every product sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways. They gather their corporate team and volunteers and actually go out together to do the work.




Tentree Beanies

Store: Forge Humanity

Headquarters: 126 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend
ForgeHumanity.com

Founded: 2016

Product: Tentree Beanies


Cause: For every product sold, Tentree will plant 10 trees in the area of your choice. You can even plant your own tree farm and follow its progress online.