This is a sponsored blog post. Consideration was paid to me by Indie Do Good to review this product. All opinions are my own.
Gift buying has changed over the years, especially with the introduction of more electronics. I remember when Jeremy and I first got married and started buying gifts for our family members, it was more about THINGS then, and that was just 15 years ago. Now, I feel like we think less about the amount of things that we give but more about if they are useful and thoughtful. Maybe that is just because we have grown up a little since then but I also think the general consensus is that gift giving isn’t about quantity anymore but more about quality. This year we are really shifting the way we look at our gift lists as we shop and plan on doing good while shopping too!
Do Good When Gifting This Holiday Season With IndieDoGood
Meet Indie Do Good
Today’s younger generation is driving change, and that’s a good thing, especially during the holiday gift-giving season. Currently, 75% of consumers age 22-36 consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause, especially the causes that they and their friends support.
The consumer of this younger generation is looking for the unique and the innovative. They embrace the Maker Movement, an umbrella term that encompasses the inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman. It is the overall spirit that is leading what others may refer to as the Indie Movement, the DIY Movement, or the Shop Local Movement. The movement rebuts mass ecommerce, encourages information sharing, and enables local independent artisans. You might even call it the anti-Amazon, anti-mass, or anti-big box movement.
This Maker Movement is a social movement driven by the entrepreneurial and inventive spirit. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning about products, services, and lifestyles. It is motivated by giving back, having fun and finding self-fulfillment.
IndieDoGood.com is a one stop shop to bring consumers right to the home of a wonderful community of Makers. Each of these Makers has a story to tell about how they’re doing good and giving back, and you can see all of their stories right on the site along with their products. Plus, every purchase on the site includes a “do-good” with a 5% donation of the total purchase price going to your favorite charity.
IndieDoGood.com founders Ron and Sue Otten are enthralled with the Maker Movement. This began when their passion for giving back to charities and local communities converged with their desire to provide an environment where entrepreneurs can tell their story, quickly go to market, and bring high-quality, artisanal products to shoppers around the world.
Some Of Our Favorite Finds From Indie Do Good
Are You Kidding Socks
Socks that give back, kids helping kids. Founded by 2 young brothers, Brandon and Sebastian. They are living their passion of designing and selling their own line of kids and adult socks but they are making a difference at the same time. Their love for socks has allowed them to create a small business where they can share their fun designs with others as well as also using their socks to help raise funds and awareness for local and national charities. They have partnered with charities such as Autism Speaks, American Cancer Society, Special Olympics Florida, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, and The Live Like Bella Foundation to name a few.
This is a perfect gift giving option for our family. We all love fun socks and buy them for gifts every holiday and birthday. The selection that Are You Kidding Socks has is so fun and colorful and they come in all sizes.
Ugo is the game changing waterproof life jacket for your phone, that floats. It’s the first of its kind to protect your phone, data and small valuables. Developed by two entrepreneurs, Ugo is about freedom and enjoying one’s passions.
Have an adventurer or travel lover on your list. This is a MUST have. When I first saw the Ugo I was wondering how useful it would be but as I used it I knew that this was life changing on our beach and lake vacations. Put this item in the USEFUL gift category.
The RefreshinQ Co. offers nutrient-enriching patches and convenient supplement packs to give your body what it needs, when it needs it. Their products focus on energy and fitness, overall health and weight support. Finally, a pill free supplement alternative.
Have that health conscience person on your list? This would be a perfect item to add to the gift bag this holiday. These patches will help them have a little extra support this busy season. What a great way to start the new year too!
Sunleaf Naturals creates beautiful aromas for everyday healthy living. 100% essential oils, diffusers, pure plant ingredients, and beeswax. SunLeaf is located in Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, so it should come as no surprise that protecting freshwater resources is of critical importance to them.
Sunleaf Naturals donate 5% of total proceeds to the Freshwater Society to support the organization in its effort to educate and inspire people to value, conserve, and protect freshwater resources. Sunleaf Naturals also own and operate a Honey Bee Apiary on the Seminary Fen, a rare and protected ecosystem on the Minnesota River in Chaska, MN. These hives are the source of their pure, raw SunLeaf Apiaries Honey, which they harvest in small batches annually. In addition to the Freshwater Society, Sunleaf Naturals donate 5% of proceeds from our Honey Soaps, Filled Candles, and SunLeaf Apiaries Honey to the University of Minnesota Bee Lab, which operates a large research facility in neighboring Wisconsin.
I added this beautiful ClarySage and Lavender diffuser to my Teagan’s teacher gift. As a daughter of two teachers, I know how important it is to promote some relaxation options for our teachers. I cannot wait to check out more of the products available from Sunleaf Naturals, especially the soaps and candles.
Fair Anita is a social enterprise, rooted in fair trade practices that exists to create opportunities for women and girls, selling trendy (and affordable) fair trade jewelry and accessories made by over 8,000 talented women in 16 countries, providing dignified jobs, in countries of extreme poverty and domestic violence. The company’s talented artisan partners carefully design and create all products by hand—gorgeous accessories you can be proud to wear.
Guys, the earrings and bracelet that I received were both so beautiful and well made. Jewelry is always a great gift idea for that hard to buy lady on your list and Fair Anita is making your options even better. So many styles and colors to choose from. Empowering women? Sign me up!
Have you modified your shopping strategy yet? Frankly, we all need to change the way we shop this holiday season and add Indie Do Good to our shopping list. We need a little more good in our world and this is a perfect way to start. Learn more about the Indie Do Good story by watching the video below.
Shopping on your mind? Head over to IndieDoGood.com and check out a few of these products and more. This is a great way to get your holiday shopping done in a one stop fashion and give back while doing it.