Spread the Joy wishes you and your families all a very happy holiday season!
The holidays are such a sweet time of the year! No matter where you are, how you celebrate; whether you’re celebrating the end of the year, or the beginning of a new year, let’s face it, it’s partly (or entirely) about presents!
This year, STJ wanted to shed light on companies that give back. We compiled a list of AMAZING finds with organizations that have awesome give back programs! We hope you all enjoy this list as much as we do! These are the gifts that keep on giving!
STJ’s NICE LIST
CELEBRATING TRULY KIND COMPANIES!
ROSE WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER
This family-run social enterprise not only came up with this super LUXURIOUS rose whipped shea butter, but their company was made also to empower. Their mission is to support as many women as possible, and as holistically as possible. To that end, they are dedicated to fair wages and opportunities for their female workers in Ghana and donate 15% of their profits back to them in the form of an education fund. Check them out!
We are so excited that ATHLETIFREAK is unleashing their first collection in January 2021! Crafted with a passion for movement and an appreciation for comfort, their gear has you covered before, during, and after you ‘Get your freak on’!
A core value of ATHLETIFREAK is enabling movement today to unleash a healthier tomorrow. They are committed to being #givingAF by contributing towards foundations supporting youth development and empowering healthy movement through free training curriculums. Their first I Commit Day Movement is already a tremendous success with participants in over 15 countries globally, all uniting and training for a virtual 5K on 1/1/21. You can still register at athletifreak.com/icommitday
ALSO! The donations collected from this year’s campaign are going straight to Spread the Joy! Yipeee!
HANDMADE SIDEWALK CHALK MASON’S PLANETS
We are in LOVE with this collection of beautiful and creative sidewalk chalk! Mason’s Planets includes all 9 planets (including Pluto) and $2 from every sale of Mason’s Planets will go to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to support Autism research. For more information about the inspiration behind Mason’s Planets, check out this blog post from Twee: https://tweemade.com/blogs/news/test-blog-post
MARSHMALLOW MAKING KIT
How awesome is this marshmallow making kit! We love this not only because it’s such a fun activity to do with your kids but Squish Marshmallows believes in giving back to the community and fellow humans. Each year they work with a number of nonprofits and charities, to provide a portion of their proceeds to their causes, or donating products for their fundraisers and auctions, to raise funds. They have also worked with local schools to raise money for their programming, as well as local agencies to collect socks and toiletries during the winter months, for homeless shelters. They have been fortunate to spend time with the families at the Ronald McDonald House, providing demos and experiences making treats. During the summer of 2020, they also committed to donating 10% of their proceeds to Black Lives Matter, for social and racial justice.
HOT COCOA KIT
Instant gourmet hot cocoa… yes please! We love this kit from Teaspressa! We also love how Teaspressa works with Gompers to employ and empower people with disabilities. Teaspressa partners with nonprofits throughout the year to give back, for example, by donating free Teaspressa to all of the staff at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and by hosting fundraisers where Teaspressa proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
CREAMY CLAY CONCENTRATE
We are so excited that Founders Beauty is launching their first product in January 2021! Not only is this creamy clay concentrate vegan and cruelty free, but Founders Beauty also, offers a percentage of their profits to “Founders Friends”, a facet of the brand that partners up with nonprofit organizations to be able to share financial support. One such organization is Spread the Joy! Woohoo! Stay tuned to their IG for product release dates!
SHEENA MELWANI & TRID
CLOSE THE WINDOWS || RASCAL COLLECTION
If you have spent any time on social media during this pandemic, chances are you’ve come across the hilarious duo of Sheena Melwani & The Real Indian Dad. The combination of beautiful music, comedic commentary and contagious laughter is truly what the world needs right now, and one of the things that has helped many of us at Spread The Joy get through these difficult times. These two embody what we believe at our core – Spreading Joy. This duo has been instrumental in donating their time and love to Spread the Joy and we are so grateful to them! They also used their talent and ingenuity to raise over 7000$ for STJ! Make sure you check out this dynamic duo and for your very own Close the Windows merch head over to their shop!
How adorable is Bixbee’s Panda Backpack? Not only does Bixbee have unique backpacks, their give-back program unites a community of givers! The “One Here. One There” is a social mission which allows Bixbee to collaborate with local and far-reaching nonprofits that provide children in need access to education. The backpacks that Bixbee donates serve as a vehicle for other supplies too. They often collaborate with like-minded companies on donations, while their nonprofit partners also rally organizations to donate goods such as socks, blankets and hygienic products.
Everyone wants a unique pouch! Maika Goods gives you everything you need to create your own personalized, one-of-a-kind pouch! Plus, each quarter, they select a charity or organization that speaks to their hearts, and dedicates a portion of their proceeds to organizations such as Black Lives Matter, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Foundation, The Loveland Foundation and The Conscious Kid. They also use Planet Access Company to be their fulfillment warehouse which trains and employs adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
OPEN THE JOY
GRAB N’ GO CONVERSATION STARTERS
We found the perfect stocking stuffer! Say goodbye to boring small talk between kids and adults and check out this Grab-N-Go conversation starters! Open the Joy makes toys designed by therapists to bond families and develop emotional intelligence in kids. ALSO, did you know that Open the Joy is the founding partner of STJ? They have supported us from the start and continue to back our mission by donating a portion of their profits and products in our joint pursuit of bringing love, laughter, hope, and joy to sick kids at their bedside. In 2021, Open the Joy will be manufacturing the ultimate “Joy Box”, to be distributed by STJ to hospitalized children across America.
Now this pick is not a conventional gift for the holidays but we love the product and the give back so much that we think this is a great gift item for yourself and/or maybe a gift for the planet! Voxapod cups are FDA registered and made in the USA with 100% premium medical-grade silicone. One cup can last for years, reducing waste and saving money. All cups are BPA-free, toxin-free, and plastic-free. The best part about this company is that 2% of all sales are donated to ensure girls in need have access to safe and sustainable period care, so they can stay in school.