AO Holiday Guide: Gifts That Give Back



A thoughtful gift always makes the best present, but what if the creative juices just aren't flowing this year? A fool-proof thoughtful gift is one that has a story and benefits more than just the recipient. We've rounded up our favorite gifts that give back to ease your shopping woes. Happy Holidays!


01. Sunglasses from The Flint Collection

Ok, this one is obviously the closest to our hearts. We launched The Flint Collection this year to give back to our city in the wake of the water crisis. Article One is headquartered in Flint, a city that has lifted us up, championed our small business, and taught us the importance of hard work and resilience. 

100% of the profits from the Flint Collection go directly to, an organization dedicated to long-term solutions for the health & development of Flint's youth. 

Mott in Crystal - $200

Shop the collection here :) 


02. Starling Candles

The Starling Project provides development of solar power systems in countries such as Chad by supporting organizations like UNICEF through the sale of hand-poured candles made in Brooklyn, NY. 

To date, they have raised $100,000 for sustainable energy solutions. The candles come in 4 different scents that you can feel good about burning.

Starling Candle in Currant & Rosewood - $55

Shop Starling Here. 


03. Soma Water

For every Soma Bottle purchased, a donation is made to charity:water, plus ridding someone of their plastic water bottle waste is a gift in itself. 

Soma bottles are shatter-resistant glass and beautifully designed. Plus they ship within 24 hrs (looking at you, procrastinator!). 

Soma Glass Water Bottle in White - $30

Shop Soma Here. 


04. Krochet Kids Beanie

Krochet Kids is actually a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, employing women around the world and providing a steady income in poverty stricken households. Each piece is hand-signed by the person who made it, and the empowering employment opportunities have helped to create happier and healthier families. With tons of products to choose from, you can't go wrong. 

The Mattie in Navy - $45

Shop Krochet Kids Here. 


05. Globe In Basket

Globe In employs artisans around the world while bringing handcrafted goods to your home every month through their subscription program. If you go the monthly route, Globe In sends you goodies from different artisans each month. Or for a smaller gift, give the handmade woven basket (makes a great storage option + you can fill it with an edible treat when you gift it!)

Signature Handwoven Basket in Red - $10

Shop Globe In Here. 


06. UNICEF Market Hand-Blown Juice Glasses

UNICEF Market is a gifting game-changer. Everything sold not only benefits UNICEF initiatives, but you can also trust in the fair-trade, ethical sourcing of the items sold. 

These hand-blown juice glasses are made in Mexico from recycled glass by artisans that ship directly from Mexico to you. There is a bio about each Artisan in the Market and an endless list of beautiful household gifts (I highly recommend looking through the rug section). 

Six Fair Trade Handblown Recycled Juice Glasses in Cobalt - $45

Shop UNICEF Market Here. 


07. STATE Backpack

For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack - packed with essential tools for success - to an American child in need. They have tons of styles, including leather options and briefcases. 

Lorimer in Navy - $80

Shop STATE Here. 



08. LSTN Headphones

Each purchase of LSTN headphones, earbuds, or speakers goes to help people with hearing loss around the world who may not have access to the medical care they need. So far LSTN has helped over 20,000 people through their partnership with Starkey Hearing Foundation.


Shop LSTN Here. 

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