Purposeful Gift Guide a la Fueling Function

There’s power in our spending habits that we probably overlook more often than we think about. Everything we purchase has a supply chain and real people behind it. I’d like to spend more purposefully this holiday season so I’ve compiled this list of brands on a mission to make the world better. From practical to stylish, these businesses are purveyors of purpose: they want your purchase to make an impact on people or the world in need.

None of these are sponsored but they’re all pretty damn amazing. Cheers!

31 Bits | How it’s Made Matters

31 Bits is a company founded by women, for women, that empowers women. The mission of 31 Bits is to give artisans around the globe dignified job opportunities to create products that women would buy such as home goods, jewelry, and accessories. The name 31 Bits comes from Proverbs 31, a passage that describes a diligent woman providing and caring for her family using her gifts and talents.

31 Bits products are thoughtfully designed and ethically made. They collaborate with some of the most skilled artisans around the world by providing them with dignified job opportunities, fair and sustainable wages, joyful working conditions, and giving them access to the global market. Learn more about the Artisans in Uganda, Indonesia, and Bali here.

Check out these weekend sales from 31 Bits:


Mitscoots Outfitters | Get + Give + Employ

While volunteering on the streets of Austin (where Mitscoots was founded and currently operates), the founders discovered that after food and water, there was no greater request among the less fortunate than quality clothing.

That’s why when you purchase (trendy and durable) travel bags, blankets, beanies, socks, gloves, and other items, Mitscoots donates equal quality items to the less fortunate. They’ve established partnerships all across the US to meet the needs of many. They also provide work opportunities to those in need with help from shelters and placement agencies for the transitioning homeless.

Chronic homelessness has decreased 28% in Austin this year. Use code GIVE28 for 28% off your purchase this weekend!


Londynn’s Bowtique Co | Living with a Little Extra

The blogging community allowed me to connect with Madisen and her sweet baby girl, Londynn. Madisen’s blog, Living with a Little Extra details the joys of raising Londynn, who was born with Down Syndrome.

Madisen is a Utah native who now sells handmade bow headbands for babies. A portion of her proceeds support families trying to adopt children with special needs.


Bravelets | Bravery Loves Company

Use code BLACKFRIDAY to get 30% off this weekend!

“There are times in all of our lives where we need to be brave – whether for ourselves, for our family, for our friends, or even for a complete stranger. Bravelets bracelets are more than just something to wear on your wrist. All Bravelets jewelry and accessories are symbols of hope, strength and courage. They are designed to help you be brave in the toughest of times.”

Giving back is at the core of this company. They’ve raised almost $3 million for thousands of deserving causes including an entire jewelry line for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for millions of Americans affected by mental illness.


Girlfriend Collective | Leggings for People Who Care

Where’s the active or leisurewear lover in your life? Listen up. This activewear is not just sleek, it’s sustainable.

Each pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings is made from 25 recycled plastic water bottles from Taiwan. The founders admired Taiwan’s dedication to recycling and decided to get involved. Taiwan recycles 55% of their waste (compared to 35% in the US.) In addition to their environmentally-friendly activewear, Girlfriend Collective also ensures that from factory to office, all employees earn a fair and livable salary.


The String Effect | Bracelets that Give Back

The String Effect is another charitable jewelry brand that’s also local to my hometown of Ogden, Utah (woop woop)! These are sleek and versatile bracelets made out of guitar strings, all with a single dangling charm. The best part? The carefully-chosen charms all represent organizations for which the bracelets support such as Autism Awareness, The Harvey Relief Fund, and local literacy programs.


In the season of giving, I invite you to consider gifts that spread love around to more than one person! With gifts this trendy, it’s easy to find something special.