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9 Fair Trade + Charity Subscription Box Gifts that Give Back

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We all know that subscription boxes are the best kind of ‘gift that keeps on giving’. 😉 But many of our favorite boxes not only give a monthly gift to the recipient, they also give back through charity donations, fair trade production policies, and more. What could be a better gift than a great subscription box that also supports a great cause?

Editor’s Note: Lots of boxes support charities, many more than we can fit here! These are some of our top picks and those that have information about their charity programs easily available online.

  1. CAUSEBOX
    For the socially-conscious consumer
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    How they give back: CAUSEBOX is a quarterly subscription box that features brands and items dedicated to doing good all over the world. Many featured brands donate a portion of proceeds to charities and/or may employ local artisans, use ethically-sourced goods, and more.

    Why we love it for gifting:
    Boxes we’ve received so far have had a great value and a variety of items, all aligned with CAUSEBOX’s mission. There’s definitely something for everyone in each box.
    What’s in the box?From CAUSEBOX: “In each box, you will receive 5-8 of our favorite seasonal lifestyle products from different brands that are focused on ethical and sustainable production, donate a percent of profits to charity, or aim to inspire and empower others.”

    OK, What else should I know:
    Price: $54.95 with free shipping (discounted price for annual subscribers)
    Frequency: Quarterly

    How to give as a gift: You can purchase either quarterly (paid each quarter) or annually (paid upfront) and have it shipped to the recipient; just be sure to select “This is a gift” when checking out.
    Check out all of our CAUSEBOX Reviews to get an idea of what to expect from this box!


  2. GlobeIn Artisan Box
    For the global style guru in your life
    GlobeIn Artisan Basket October 2016

    How they give back: From GlobeIn: “We empower remarkable artisans in remote areas with the tools to build sustainable businesses. Providing connection and guidance, we help our partners feel stronger, more confident and in control of their lives through the expansion of their craft. As servant leaders, we improve the lives of our artisans so they can take great care of themselves, their families and their communities.”

    Why we love it for gifting: The woven baskets included with each month of the Artisan Box are their own beautiful (and reusable) gift packaging, for starters! The items are usually well-curated and focus on the home, and occasionally accessories — both categories we often reach to for gifting during the holidays.

    OK, What else should I know:
    Price: The monthly cost for the 3-month gift is $38/month with free shipping, or $114. Discounted price for longer length subscriptions.
    Frequency: Monthly

    How to give as a gift: GlobeIn has a gift purchase option. Choose a 3, 6, or 12 month Artisan Club subscription, or buy individual products from the shop. Read all of our GlobeIn Artisan Gift Box Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  3. SquareHue
    For that friend who always lends a helping hand (and always has an impeccable manicure)
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    How they give back:
    SquareHue donates a portion of all proceeds to charity; their current focus is human trafficking. SquareHue has donated to organizations like The A21 Campaign, PolishedGirlz, and local organizations like Touching Miami with Love.

    Why we love it for gifting:
    Sometimes you just need something fun and easily giftable at a lower price point, and SquareHue is a great choice! Plus, their polish is 7-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the USA.

    OK, What else should I know:
    Price: $16/month for 2 polishes, $21/month for 3. Discounts available for longer subscription terms if you pay in advance.
    Frequency: MonthlyHow to give as a gift: Under “Subscribe”, choose “Gift Nail Polish Box”. You can choose the 2 or 3 polish box, and then set the gift subscription to last 3, 6, or 9 months, after which time the subscription will end. (Be sure to check out their Shop too for non-subscription gift sets if you’re looking for a one-time gift!)

    Check our all of our SquareHue Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  4. Benevolent Beauty Box
    For the animal-loving beauty maven
    benevolent-beauty-box-september-2016-reviewBenevolent Beauty Box September 2016

    How they give back:
    In addition to supporting cruelty-free brands, Benevolent Beauty donates $1 from every box sold to the Humane Society International to help with the fight against animal testing and cruelty.


    Why we recommend it:
    In addition to having a great mission, Benevolent Beauty always has a great value and high-quality products. It’s a really great box for anyone looking to explore cruelty-free brands and support a good cause. (Plus, their customer service is top notch!)

    What’s in the box:
    Benevolent Beauty sends out strictly cruelty-free items in the categories of cosmetics, hair care, skincare, and beauty tools. The Monthly VIP box contains 4-7 full-size items each month, and the Monthly Mini box contains 2-3 full-size items each month.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: Monthly VIP Beauty Box costs $29.95 a month and the Monthly Mini Beauty Box costs $15.95 a month (discounts available for longer terms) – all with free shipping (shipping is extra for international).
    Frequency: Monthly

    How to give as a gift: Benevolent Beauty doesn’t have a “gift subscription” option, so you’ll need to subscribe and use the recipient’s shipping address, then cancel when you want them to shop receiving the shipment.Check out all of our Benevolent Beauty Box Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  5. Love Goodly
    Discover vegan beauty and lifestyle products
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    How they give back:
    In addition to supporting great vegan, eco-friendly, and non-toxic beauty brands, Love Goodly supports different causes each month. More info on their website here.


    Why we recommend it:
    In addition to always providing great value (almost three times the price of the box!), we always find something new to love in Love Goodly’s beauty picks. It’s also nice to have a charitable, vegan beauty subscription box option that ships bimonthly!

    What’s in the box:
    Love Goodly is a vegan subscription box that sends a mix of beauty, wellness and lifestyle items every other month. They advertise a retail value of $85+ for each box.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: $35 to gift a one-time box, or $29.95/month if you subscribe
    Frequency: Bi-monthly

    How to give as a gift:  On Love Goodly‘s homepage, you can either give a single box as a gift, or subscribe to a recurring subscription.
    Check out all of our Love Goodly Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  6. MarkyboxFor the family who already has memberships to all of your local museums
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    How they give back:
    Markybox raises money for free family programs at museums, and is working to fund art teachers across the US so they can have the materials they need to provide a great arts education. 


    Why we recommend it:
    Getting messy and making stuff is fun! Strictly speaking, Markybox is an artist- and educator-designed DIY box designed for families and kids. The projects are still pretty fun for adults, though, and each Markybox includes enough supplies to do each project twice – so it’s fun for a mini “girls night in” as well as sharing with the kiddos.

    What’s in the box:
    Supplies and instructions to complete a DIY project twice. These are projects that teach interesting and more advanced art-making techniques rather than making crafts: some examples include making plaster casts of hands, paper marbling, and paper mache.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: $30
    Frequency: Monthly
    How to give as a gift: Purchase a Markybox gift card, which can be redeemed for a subscription.


  7. Love With Food
    For the healthy snack addict that loves to share
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    How they give back:
    With each purchase, Love With Food donates to organizations like Feeding America and The Global Food Banking Network, to help fight childhood hunger in the US and around the world. They’ve donated over 1 Million meals so far!


    Why we recommend it:
    There’s always a good variety of products in each Love With Food box, so gift recipients are sure to find something they enjoy no matter what their dietary preferences. Good to Know: They also offer a strictly gluten-free option!

    What’s in the box:
    The Love With Food Tasting Box contains 8+ snacks per month, while the Deluxe Box contains 10-16. All products are either organic, gluten-free, GMO-free, all-natural or free of artificial additives.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: $9.99 a month for the Tasting Box, $19.95 a month for the Deluxe Box, and $24.99 a month for the Gluten Free Box.  Discounts with longer subscriptions.
    Frequency: Monthly

    How to give as a gift: When gifting, you can easily prepay for a 3, 6 or 12 month subscription – just choose “Give as a Gift” after selecting a box.

    Check out all of our Love With Food Tasting Box Reviews and Deluxe Box Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  8. Sock Panda’s Panda Pals Subscription
    For the kids on your holiday gifting list
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    How they give back:
    With each sock purchase, Sock Panda donates a pair to someone in need. Over 50,000 pairs donated so far!

    Why we recommend it:
    They have adult subscriptions too, but it’s tough to find anything cuter than Sock Panda’s Panda Pals kids socks! We especially love that you can snap the left and right sock together, ensuring that you never lose another sock to the laundry gods. Plus, kids love getting stuff in the mail (maybe even more than we do) and they love knowing that they’re helping someone in need.

    What’s in the box:
    Each Sock Panda Panda Pals kid’s sock subscription comes with 2 new pairs of socks each month, plus bonus activities for the kids. For ages 3-8.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: $15/month for the Kid’s subscription. (They also have a $16/month Tween Ages 9-11 subscription and a $19/month Men’s and Women’s subscription.)
    Frequency: Monthly

    How to give as a gift: Select “As a Gift” from the Subscribe menu, and choose a month-to-month, 6 month, or 12 month plan. Subscriptions recur until they are canceled.

    Check out all of our Panda Pals Reviews to learn more about this subscription!


  9. PupJoy
    For the 4-legged canine friends on your gift list this year
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    How they give back
    : PupJoy donates $2 from every box sold to BISSELL Pet Foundation, which assists animal welfare organizations, providing resources to reduce the number of animals in shelters and rescues through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. PupJoy also supports small business manufacturers when sourcing their products, and all of their treats are made in the US.

    Why we recommend it: PupJoy‘s customization options make it a great pick. They have 28 total options, so you can ensure your dog is getting allergen-free treats, and toys and accessories that suit their needs. Treat options are currently All Natural, Grain Sensitive, Protein Sensitive, or Organic and you can customize your delivery frequency, too.

    What’s in the box: You can expect toys, accessories, and treats according to how you’ve set up your preferences.

    OK, What else should i know:
    Price: Gift subscriptions start at $29/month (discounts for longer subscriptions)
    Frequency: Choose Monthly, Bimonthly, or Quarterly

    How to give as a gift: PupJoy makes it easy to gift: select your treat and frequency preferences, and then choose 1, 3, 6, or 12 boxes to ship as a gift. 

    Check out all of our PupJoy Reviews to learn more about this subscription!

If you enjoyed this list, check out our Best Subscription Box Gifts for even more subscription gifts!

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