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The Ultimate List for Smart Gifting

by Liza Semenova

The holidays really feel like they snuck up on us this year. Some lists are full of sweatpants and more sweatpants, but not all giftees can be so easy to shop for. Whether you’re stumped or just don’t know where to start - we get it. We’ve put together some of our favorite brands for you to make your shopping journey a little easier.

Not looking to go the traditional gift route? Does your recipient already have everything they could want? In the season of giving, you can also give back to a worthy cause. Good things don’t just come in brown paper packages tied up with string. We've also included some of our favorite non-profits that strive to make an impact every day.

 
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HAPPY SPRITZ

Spritz your way to a better mood. Happy Spritz makes natural, vegan essential oils for everyone on your list. Happy Spritz was founded by husband and wife dream team Bram and Michelle.
The couple spent years creating essential oils for personal before starting Happy Spritz. From spritzes to essential oils and towelettes, their products are perfectly sized stocking stuffers for the essential people in your life. If you're not already head over heels, Happy Spritz donates to animal rescue groups throughout North America and makes social media “pledges” which help impact the chances of dogs getting adopted. We’re all fur that!
SHOP HAPPY SPRITZ

 

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54 THRONES

Raised in the south and inspired by her Nigerian culture, Christina Funke Tegbe founded 54 Thrones to share the beauty, innovation and authenticity of Africa. 54 Thrones clean beauty products are handcrafted with ethically sourced, organic, African-grown ingredients that pay tribute to the beautiful rituals and customs of Africa. And the world is paying attention; 54 Thrones has been featured in Vogue and on Oprah’s Favorite Things 2020. Share the skincare love this holiday season!
SHOP 54 THRONES

 

Bilingual (English/ Spanish) books under a Christmas treePhoto: @lil_libros

LIL' LIBROS

For the love of books! After two mothers struggled to find bilingual picture books to introduce Latin American culture to their children, they came to one clear solution: work with talented authors and illustrators to create them. Lil’ Libros honors celebrated Latin American figures like Frida Kahlo and superstar soccer player Pelé, while also teaching your little ones their ABC’s and 123’s. Give bedtime stories an upgrade with Lil’ Libros.
SHOP LIL’ LIBROS

 

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SKYLAR

Something smells amazing - no it’s not Christmas cookies. It’s our favorite clean, cruelty-free perfume brand Skylar. Her time at The Honest Company made founder Cat more conscious of everything she was putting on her body - including her perfume. Transport your recipient to island life with Isle or a nature getaway with Willow. Not sure what they prefer? Skylar’s got you covered with their sample palette. Perfect to find their perfect match and as a travel companion.
SHOP SKYLAR

 

Dog and person in matching sweaters
Photo: @shopdogthreads

DOG THREADS

The best way to spark joy for your dog-owners this season? Matching outfits from Dog Threads of Shark Tank fame. Family photos just got better with everything from matching pjs, flannels and sweaters for dog-owners and their furry BFFs. A family-owned business, Dog Threads donates 2% of every sale to non-profit animal rescues, plus any excess fabric from their clothing is used to create dog beds for local animal shelters. The perfect family photo awaits!
SHOP DOG THREADS

 

Mother holding a child, with text below that says: For every mother a healthy child. Vitamin Angels.Photo: @vitaminangels

VITAMIN ANGELS

Since our early days, SmartyPants has been working with Vitamin Angels, making a 1:1 nutrient grant for every bottle of SmartyPants sold. Vitamins Angels provides much-needed vitamins and minerals to at-risk mothers to be, mothers and children under 5 around the world. They work closely with local organizations and existing health services to best meet the needs of each community. As of 2018, Vitamin Angels has reached more than 70,000,000 children and mothers in 70 countries, including the US! 
DONATE TO VITAMIN ANGELS

 

 

Logo for the American Public Health Association (APHA)

APHA

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is on a mission to “improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status.”  Through science-based decision making the organization advocates for laws and regulations to advance public health, funds critical public health programs and provide certifications to health professionals so they can continue to improve and increase their knowledge. The APHA works to address and eliminate health disparities so that we may see “the healthiest nation in one generation.”
DONATE TO APHA

 

Text: The Constitution says everyone must be counted. ACLU Photo: @aclu_nationwide

ACLU

For over 100 years, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), an organization you’ve likely heard of, has been fighting for our civil liberties. The ACLU's work spans a wide range of causes, from fighting for the rights of LGBTQ families, the Black Lives Matter Movement and advocating for better voting policies. With over 1,700 staffers in every state and their grassroots volunteer team, the ACLU’s work helps bring landmark changes in our history.
DONATE TO THE ACLU
 BooksPhoto: @roomtoread

ROOM TO READ

Nearly 1 billion people around the world are unable to read or write. Without literacy, education, job opportunities and human connection are all impeded. Room to Read created global literacy programs with the goal to break the cycle of childhood illiteracy and poverty. Through these programs, Room to Read works closely with communities to ensure primary schools have books of various skill levels in local languages. Their program also helps train teachers and librarians to engage young readers. With over 18 million children impacted so far, give the gift of reading this year!
DONATE TO ROOM TO READ

 

Child's handwritten letter to SantaPhoto: @uspsopsanta

USPS OPERATION SANTA

Must be Santa…or it could be you! The USPS receives hundreds of letters from hopeful children and families that could use some help to make Christmas special. All you have to do is Adopt a Letter to make someone’s Christmas wish come true. Once you’ve picked your letter (or letters), shop, wrap and ship their perfect gift by dropping it at any participating Post Office by December 19th.
ADOPT A LETTER

 

 

 

 

 

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