Give Thoughtfully: Places to Shop

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By Rabi

We get it, even with your generous donations to #GiveTheFuture, it can be hard to break from the physical gift-giving habit. For when you really feel like you need something someone can unwrap, you can still direct your dollars toward the communities and causes threatened by Donald Trump. Shop ethically with just some of your many options.

FOR FOODIES

Cookie Kahuna is the new Black-owned brand from Wally Amos, the original Famous Amos. Their holiday pack includes three different cookie flavors and a custom card.

Southern Culture Foods, a black-owned artisan food company created by Alabama native Erica Barrett, specializes in breakfast foods including our favorite pancake & waffle mix ever! (That’s the banana pudding flavor, but they’ve got fifteen other varieties to try, including vegan and gluten-free options.)

Penzeys celebrates love and happiness through cooking, and has been making news recently because of this statement made by CEO Bill Penzey: cooking trumps racism!

Sahadi’s fine foods has been owned and operated by a Lebanese family in New York City for over a century. They specialize in middle eastern foods, and offer a variety of prepared foods and gift baskets for order online.

FOR GREENIES

Do your holiday shopping on the renewable energy market! Help your family convert their homes to renewable energy sources such as wind power, or purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) that help support green energy in the commingled grid.

Green-e offers several options for buying certified sustainable energy commodities. Many utility companies offer green energy for your home. If you aren’t the person who pays the energy bill, some providers have options to print a gift certificate. Or you can make your own by giving a card with an IOU for the added cost of power from sustainable sources.

For a ready-made gift, purchase carbon offsets with TerraPass. All TerraPass carbon offsets are green-e certified, and support efforts to reduce emissions and move communities toward renewable energy solutions. You’ll get a printable certificate and an option to send an e-card to your recipient.

FOR NEWSIES

Support freedom of the press and give a present at the same time with a gift subscription to  newspapers or magazines with quality investigative reporting.

The New York Times

The Washington Post

The New Yorker

Slate has promised to “never normalize” Trump and his presidency.

SUPPORT BLACK-OWNED BUSINESSES

Shopping Black-owned businesses means keeping or redistributing money to Black communities. From the political statement clothes at Legendary Roots and HGC Apparel, to the colorful line of non-toxic nail lacquers created by Ginger & Liz, to homegrown businesses like Dom’s Dessert Candles, there’s something for everyone on your list. The following directories help you find Black-owned companies by location or product:

Shoppe Black lists Black-owned businesses in several cities. We also love their list of plus-size clothing companies.

PurchaseBlack.com sells a selection of high-quality products from Black-owned businesses. The companies on this website are listed by invitation only for a curated shopping experience.

The Bay Area Black Market lists of black-owned businesses in California’s Bay Area, many with online shops as well.

SHOP FAIR TRADE

When there is a specific wishlist or gift request you’re trying to honor, look for a fair trade certified version. Check out the list and shop online at Fair Trade USA.

Ten Thousand Villages sells handmade items from artisans in developing countries around the world.

For more gift ideas, check out our #GiveTheFuture DIY guide!