10 Ways To Shop Charitably This Holiday Season

10 Ways To Shop Charitably This Holiday Season

There are plenty of companies that make an effort to give back all year long. From footwear to eyeglasses, more and more brands are -- thankfully -- making an effort to put its profits to good use.

But it's not only big names who are charitable. It seems like these days, you could check off all the items on your holiday shopping list by supporting smaller labels or lesser-known initiatives, all the while providing meals, clothing or jobs to people in need.

Here are ten of those companies that we're especially excited about right now.

echo hat
The brand: Echo Design
The dates: Nov 17 - Dec 17
The price point: $32 - $78
The 411: For their second annual Share The Warmth campaign, Echo Designs has partnered up with three organizations to support those in foster care and foster parents. For every hat, muffler or pair of gloves purchased, two comparable cold weather items will be donated to Together We Rise, Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Association and Episcopal Social Services.

blue united
The brand: United by Blue
The dates: Ongoing
The price point: Accessories start around $8; apparel at $150
The 411: For every item purchased from United By Blue, the company vows to clean up one pound of trash from the ocean by organizing company hosted cleanups. To date they have removed over 200,000 pounds.

The brand: Lolë
The dates: Nov 22 & 23 (donations will be accepted through Dec. 1)
The price point: Pre-loved coats priced between $10 - $50. All those who donate will receive a $50 toward a new Lolë coat and celebrity donations (from the likes of Liv Tyler and Madeline Stowe) will have a starting bid of $50.
The 411: As part of their Yellow Label Program, Lolë will sell pre-loved coats at NYC's Brooklyn Flea, as well as auction off coat previously owned by celebrities. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Ample Harvest, which works to eliminate hunger in America.

The brand: Calypso
The dates: Nov 3- Nov 23 (just a few days left!)
The price point: $200-$350
The 411: The Calypso Cares initiative invites customers to donate gently worn sweaters, and in return receive 25 percent off their purchase. Online shoppers can also qualify for the discount by donating a monetary value on the website. All sweaters will be donated for Clothes4Souls, an organization that provides clothing to people in need, as well as 100 percent of the monetary donations given online.

The brand:Twillory
The dates: Ongoing
The price point: $79 per shirt (except on black Friday, when 2 shirts are $99 and 4 are $189)
The 411: Twillory is a menswear start up with a twist. When you purchase a shirt from their website, you are sent a pre-paid mailer bag. You can send your gently-used garments to Career Gear, a charity that provides not only clothing but support to low-income men for interviews.

body shop
The brand: The Body Shop
The dates: Throughout the holiday season
The price point: $3- $60
The 411: The beauty goods retailer has teamed up with War Child to provide children affected by war with an education. For every specially marked gift set sold, they will make a contribution that funds a class. They aim to provide 6 million classes.

The brand: Kiehl's
The dates: Through the holiday season, while supplies last.
The price point: $38-$48
The 411: The skincare powerhouse has teamed up with Norman Rockwell and Feeding America to provide 1,000,000 meals to families this holiday season. 100 percent of net profits, up to $100,000 will be donated to the food assistance program, which has a presence in all 50 states.

lady killer
The brand: Theodora & Callum
The dates: Beginning in November, while supplies last
The price point: $155
The 411: Scarf retailer Theodora & Callum has linked up with Barbra Streisand on an exclusive "Fight the Ladykiller" scarf. 50 percent of profits for each scarf sold will be donated to the Women's Heart Alliance, to combat heart disease.

ten thousand villages
The brand:Ten Thousand Villages
The dates: Ongoing
The price point: Varied, starting as low as $9
The 411: Ten Thousand Villages is one of the world's largest fair trade organizations, whose profits directly benefit underprivileged artisans. All products sold on the site (from jewelry to home decor) pay for food, education, housing and healthcare for tens of thousands of people.

krochet kids
The brand: Krochet Kids Int'l
The dates: Ongoing
The price point: Varied by apparel and accessories, starting around $20
The 411: Krochet Kids is an online apparel website that provides careers, education and mentorship to women in Northern Uganda and Peru in an effort to take their families out of poverty. Every product purchased allows the site to continue creating a sustainable product.

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