Back a few years ago we hosted an exchange student. Oh the fun stories from that year. Oh Stacey, she was a hoot.

One of the most endearing things she said to me in her broken English was that I wore things that had meaning. She was talking about my vast tshirt collection, most of which had a meaning or supported a specific cause that I liked.

And Stacey was right. I’m very intentional in what I wear, what I buy, and how I can support companies who do good beyond them. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some Amazon Prime like mad… but when I can, I choose to support a company that serves beyond themselves.

It’s time to make those Christmas Wish Lists and do some shopping, so the perfect time to share some of my favorite “Purchase with a Purpose” Companies.

First up: LuminAid


These lights are crazy cool. Inflatable, solar powered. Nick got one for Christmas last year and a few weeks ago we used it at a bonfire and folks went nuts over it. It’s a great light.

You can purchase one and sponsor a light to be donated to one of their partner charities with their Get Light, Give Light program.

Obviously, I can’t make a Purchase with a Purpose list without including Tom’s.


 I have a red pair of Tom’s Classics. They are one of the first 10,000 pairs made after the company was featured in the LA Times in 2006. I won’t go count how many pairs I now have but I’m a big Toms fan…. and I LOVE my booties from them. For every pair you buy they donate a pair of shoes to kids in need. {Including a shoe drop at an elementary school in my hometown}

While we are on shoes, let me share another favorite shoes with a purpose company:



I have a pair of their ribbon sandals. There is a little learning curve to getting them strung and tied, but once you get it, the possibilities are literally endless.

Ssekos are crafted in Uganda by women who are employed in Sseko’s college degree workship program. They also now offer other shoes (booties: swoon) and handbags!

Let’s talk jewelry:

Giving Keys

Giving Keys is a pay it forward company. The unique old keys with inspirational messages are used to partner with various homeless agencies as well as employee those transitioning out of homelessness. Wearing one of these keys is a simply yet impactful way you can help someone have keys to their own home.


I love my necklace and bracelet. A few more pieces could be in my stocking for sure!

Next up: BRANDED Collective


I got one of these bracelets in my Cause Box and instantly fell in love with this company. The BRANDED Collective employs survivors of human trafficking from Nashville-based non-profit End Slavery Tennessee. Each bracelet is branded with a number and the survivor’s initial. Bonus this company is right here in Nashville!

Another BRANDED collective bracelet is for sure on my wish list!

I can’t have a purchase with a purpose jewelry spot without mentioning one of my favorite companies: Noonday.


Noonday partners with Artisans all over the world to create high quality hand crafted jewelry and handbags (and home accessories). And of course, added bonus for this momma is the company was founded by an adoptive momma and their company continues to support fundraising adoptive families!

I swoon over several noonday pieces!

Oh this is fun: check out Scarlett Threads


I have these Scrappy Pot Holders and they are just adorable. Hand crafted by their artisan, Deng Jia, I get so many compliments on them. Such a unique gift!

You know I’m a sucker for a good tshirt!

Here are a few of my favorites from some Purchase with a Purpose Companies.

Unlock Hope

That “Be a Nice Human” would be perfect for me in a size medium sweatshirt. #hinthint

Project 615



And if for some reason you still don’t know what to get me for Christmas…. or need some more ideas for yourself, here is my pinterest board full of more Purchasing with Purposes companies.

Gotta any other good companies I need to know about, let me know! Now go do good with your purchasing!