9 Fair Trade + Charity Subscription Box Gifts that Give Back
Updated for 2017!
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.
CAUSEBOX, for the socially-conscious consumer
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.
“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.”
Price: $54.95/quarter with free shipping (discounted price for annual subscribers)
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!
GlobeIn Artisan Box, for the global style guru in your life
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.”
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.
Price: The monthly cost for the 3-month gift is $48/month (includes shipping), or $144. Discounted price for longer length subscriptions.
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!
Benevolent Beauty Box, for the animal-loving beauty maven
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.
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!) 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.
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).
How to give as a gift: Head over to Benevolent Beauty and choose “Give as a Gift” – they’ll walk you through the process from there.
Check out all of our Benevolent Beauty Box Reviews to learn more about this subscription!
Love Goodly, discover vegan beauty and lifestyle products
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.
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! They advertise a retail value of $85+ for each box.
Price: $35 to gift a one-time box, or $29.95/every other month if you subscribe
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!
Markybox, For the family who already has memberships to the local museums
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.
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.
How to give as a gift: Purchase a Markybox gift card, which can be redeemed for a subscription.
Love With Food, For the healthy snack addict that loves to share
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!
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.
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.
Sock Panda’s Panda Pals, for the kids on your holiday gifting list
How they give back:
With each sock purchase, Sock Panda donates a pair to someone in need. Over 50,000 pairs donated so far!
They have adult subscriptions too, but it’s tough to find anything cuter than Sock Panda’s Panda Pals kids socks, which come with fun age appropriate themed activities each month! 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. Ages 3-8.
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.)
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!
PupJoy, for the 4-legged canine friends on your gift list this year
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.
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.
Price: Gift subscriptions start at $29/month (discounts for longer subscriptions). 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!
Footsteps by Your City Sports, A charitable sock subscription for quality athletic socks
How they give back: Foot Steps is a women and men’s sock subscription service with a charitable slant to it: for every pair purchased, this company donates a pair of socks to the homeless! Choose whether your subscription is for you or if you’re giving them as a gift, pick your subscription length, your size, and your style (crew socks or “no-show” ankle-height socks).
COUPON: Save $10 off a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription! with coupon code MSA2017
How to give as a gift: Foot Steps makes it easy to gift: just choose “These socks are for a gift” while you’re adding the subscription to your cart.
Check out all of our Foot Steps Reviews to learn more about this subscription!
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