The longer you wait on your Christmas shopping, the more likely you are to end up in Walmart on Christmas Eve sorting through a bin of five dollar DVDs. You don’t want that, and the people you’re buying presents for certainly don’t want that.
Here are a few options for some presents that are not only better than a DVD, they’re also produced ethically—because the greatest gift of all might just be a clean conscience.
###1. Proof Eyewear
Of all the ethical eyewear companies popping up lately, Proof is one of our favorites. Their Do Good programs are way more than lip service to social justice. Last year alone, they built not one, but two eye clinics in India.
Looptworks operates on a simple principle: Use less to make more. They use recycled materials to make gorgeous products, like iPad cases, book bags and T-shirts.
Fair trade coffee companies are a dime a dozen, but this one goes above and beyond, often paying local farmers twice the fair trade wage and investing profits in local initiatives.
Through Oxfam’s Unwrapped initiative, you can donate anything from a goat to honey bees to a new garden for an impoverished family, all in your friend’s honor.
###5. Raven + Lily
At Raven + Lily, you can find tons of gorgeous jewelry, journals and bags, all made by hand by marginalized women who receive fair wages for their work.
For the camper in your life, Kammok donates malaria treatments to people in Africa every time they sell a hammock, insect net or outdoor shelter.