By Madeline Bennett | College Correspondent
Holiday shopping as a college student can seem daunting. How are you supposed to buy people gifts when you have limited funds yourself? Much less find gifts with a positive social impact as well. Fortunately, you can find great gifts for your awesome tribe without breaking the bank AND while giving back. Share ethical holiday cheer and save your bank account by opting for these 25 gifts under $25.
1 | Roll on Bracelet $4.00
Not a typo, you can actually get a holiday gift for under $5! These ravishing bracelets are hand-crocheted with cotton and glass beads by fair trade artisans in Nepal, and you can pick between multiple designs that are just right for your occasion.
2 | Handmade Wire Bike Ornament $4.95
This wire bike ornament is handmade in Kenya and is the absolute cutest gift for your most festive friend. This fair trade gift is the fairest one of all!
3 | Alter Eco Dark Chocolate Truffles $5.95
Strong, bold Ecuadorian-sourced dark chocolate hiding a delightfully soft, sweet dark milk chocolate center? Count me in! This brand works with small scale farmers to aid them in creating Fair Trade and Organic practices.
4 | Natural Oil Bar of Soap $5.95
Snag this handmade soap which uses palm oil grown on local plantations. You can pick between the fragrances of sandalwood or lavender, and your purchase stops deforestation and gives work to local farmers in India! Smell good and feel even smoother this Christmas!
5 | Loomed Cotton Headband $5.95
This olive green headband handmade in Nepal is the perfect gift for that friend who can rock a messy top bun. It features colorful stripes, and can even be transformed to a thicker bandanna style or a thinner scrunched up look!
6 | Solid Cologne $12.00
Looking for a scent that will stay on your skin longer, on-the-move friendly, and provide a soap to someone in need? Wait no longer - your wish is granted! Consisting of scent notes like hops, vetiver, and Irish moss, this hand-crafted cologne is sure to sharpen your senses this holiday season!
7 | Silver Pen Holder $14
Organize your desk in style with this pen holder made from repurposed snack wrappers out of Nepal. Keep your study area chic and sparkling!
8 | Socks That Give Books $15.00
Crafted for comfort, the highest quality, and the education of kids, these classy socks, which fits men’s US shoe size 8-12 and women’s size 9-13, are calling your name! For each pair purchased, two books are donated to schoolchildren in Asia through the charity, Room to Read.
9 | The Pits Natural Deodorant $16
Did you know the aluminum in your deodorant not only causes cancer but is the reason your shirts stain yellow? Remedy this problem immediately by making the switch to natural deodorant that’s good for your body and smells great!
10 | Slay Mug $17.00
Sleigh bells? More like slay 24/7/365. The proceeds from this mug go to Charity: Water and a charity of your choice at the checkout. This mug is the perfect gift for the girl boss in your life; let them know that they run the world!
11 | Tassel Keychain $18.00
Add some pizzazz to your go-to accessories with this key chain! By purchasing this key chain, which is handcrafted in Ethiopia, you provide fair-wage employment to women who have overcome extreme hardships.
12 | Coffee Break Coaster Set $18.99
You have the perfect mug, now here is the perfect coaster for the coffee lovers out there! This coaster set is handcrafted in India, ethically sourced, and is an Authentic Fair Trade Product!
13 | Earth News Journal $18.99
Extra! Extra! Read (and write) all about it! Give a gift that allows someone to express themselves with this artistic journal made by recycled cloth and newspaper. This 50- page unlined journal is an authentic Fair Trade Product, and is handmade in Bangladesh.
14 | World Go Round Bracelet $18.99
Give this bracelet to someone who makes your world go round. Handcrafted in Nepal, this simple brass bracelet lets the love do the talking. Purchasing this bracelet supports artisans, mostly women, in remote and mountainous regions of Nepal. Buy the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas!
16 | Sassy Stud Earrings $13
For your friend with personality take your pick on her new favorite earring. Whether she’s a social media maven, a writer, a girly girl, or a summer baby there’s a stud set for her. All made by artisans in Colombia!
17 | Sea Salt Spa Scrub Kit $18.99
Treat yo’ self this Christmas by creating your own beauty treatment! This kit, handmade in Pakistan, is rich in minerals for a perfect day of relaxation and exfoliation.
18 | Free to Explore Makeup Pouch $20.75
While freeing women from sex trafficking this pouch will free your friend from makeup clutter. Look beautiful and fight for beauty being protected and valued around the world.
19 | Striped Crew Neck Tee $22
For your fashion forward friend who loves a closet full of classic staples this t-shirt of radical transparency is perfect!
20 | The Perfect Throw Pillow $23
Have fun with a statement pillow as silly as your friendship. Employing tribal men and women in Kenya, I recommendthe Narwhal Pillow, the Llama Pillow, or the Cloud Pillow for optimal results.
21 | Gold Stackable Ring $24
Handmade by Javanese artisans in Bali, this sleek ring is perfect for your chicest friend. Bonus is that if she wants she can keep buying and stacking onto her collection!
22 | Africa Tee for Women or for Men $24
Krochet Kids is providing meaningful employment for people in Uganda and Peru and this tee touts both through it's message and being made in Peru. Wear your heart on your tee.
23 | Kiss & Hug Necklace $24.99
Spicing up Christmas this year with some romance? Your loved one will absolutely adore this simple brass sign of your affection. Gift them with this exquisite kiss & hug necklace which is handcrafted in India.
24 | Evergreens Candle $25.00
Make your dorm smell like a Christmas tree (even if you can't have one) by lighting this ethically produced candle, which is inspired by Fraser fir trees at Christmas farms. It is hand-poured in North Carolina and has an eco-friendly wick made from cotton and paper. For every purchase, The Light Candle donates 10% of the price to provide relief aid, education, and food for Syrian refugees, while Society B additionally donates 10% of your purchase to a charity of your choice at checkout!
25 | Gold Marble S’well Water Bottle $25
For your fitness friend or your girl on the go! You probably know by now that S’well is the hottest water bottle on the market but did you also know it funds clean water in Madagascar? Let your friend sweat for good while they hustle.
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