Gifts that Give Back

Gifts that Give Back

by Susan Neuhalfen

The only thing that feels better than retail therapy is buying something you love and knowing that you’re helping a good cause. It’s never too late to start shopping for Christmas, birthday or just because gifts and Hello Daffodil Boutique in The Shops at Lakeside is the perfect place to shop for gifts that give back. Owner Jennifer Purifoy, showed us some beautiful items that she sells at Hello Daffodil.

Good HYOUman
What started as a screen-printing business, Good HYOUman teams up with designers who have a story. Their goals are to collaborate on limited edition t-shirts with inspiring messages and give back to the community, sharing the stories of the designers on the tags of each shirt. They manufacture everything in the U.S. while a portion of the sales are donated to the designers’ causes of their choice. They also sell box basics that benefit Stand Up to Cancer. Hello Daffodil has several of these shirts including the shirt pictured. This cowl neck hoodie, “Now is the New Later” designed by Diamarie Cruz, is inspired by her relationship with her brother. Diamarie donated a kidney to save her brother’s life so they have a special bond through “Jacinto” as they named her kidney that went to live with her brother. The shirts, which are super soft and always inspiring, are all made in the U.S. with U.S. fabrics.

BLO Vintage

These are the most unique and beautiful necklaces (as well as other pieces) you will encounter. When jewelry designer Allison Stackpole went to college, her mother gave her a necklace to wear with a whistle on it. It was the same necklace her grandmother had given to her mother. It was a whistle to blow for emergencies and, for Allison, symbolized love, protection and the connection between mother and daughter. Now she designs her own pieces with whistles, harmonicas and pitch pipes. BLO Vintage supports colleges and universities in raising awareness for campus safety. They also donate a portion of the proceeds sold to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Socialite Pink
Based in Fort Worth, Brooke Reynolds, Founder and Chief Giving Officer of Socialite Pink, started her dream company by taking a beading class and watching YouTube videos. Today she makes gorgeous “hyper-functional jewelry” while encouraging women and giving back to women in need. She started the “sparkle you, sparkle her” 1-for-1 gifting program where for each gift purchased another piece is sent to woman or girl overcoming challenges. She gives to countless charities and makes simply elegant jewelry like chokers, bracelets, necklaces and earrings and pendants with tassels.

Diff Charitable Eyeware
Step aside, Jackie O. These sunglasses are simply glamorous. DIFF sunglasses are seen on many celebrities yet affordable for you and me. The best part is that for every pair of sunglasses purchased, DIFF will donate a pair of eyeglasses or fund an eye exam for someone in need.

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