Your 2016 Guide To Gifts That Give Back {For Men}

Gifts That Give Back For Him

Whether you are buying for a beard-wearing adventurer, a trendsetter, a mixologist, or a man on the move, this is your Guide to Gifts That Give Back for the man in your life. Each product inspires unique stories of ethics, conservation and artisan craftsmanship. Feel free to add your ideas in the comments below. 

You might also like our guide to gifts that give back, for women.  


Ethically Made
Footwear, Bags & Accessories


1. V-10 OXFORD | Veja
Veja is a clear leader in eco and ethical production for athletic shoes. The v-10 shoe is made from organic and ecologically friendly materials from fair trade family farms in Brazil. Based in France, the brand partners with a social charity that helps the disadvantaged reintegrate into society through work.
Shop Online | $120

2. Classic XL Necklace | The Giving Keys
The Giving Keys employs those transitioning out of homelessness to make jewelry out of repurposed keys that are shared around the world. Choose a unique message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE for the man in your life.
Shop Online | $49

3. Arctic | Niall
Niall is a Kansas City based brand that brings quality and swagger together through their iconic luxury designs. Niall’s watches use American made cases, dials, hands, crowns, glass, gaskets, screws, straps and buckles. They’ll be as close as you’ll get to wearing a little bit of America on your wrist.
Shop Online | $3,750

4. Lockwood Trench Boot | Nisolo
The Lockwood’s masculine and well-engineered shape provides your man with style, durability, and comfort for everyday wear. Lovingly handmade in Peru by Nisolo artisans.
Shop Online | $248

5. Leon Weekender | Nisolo
Inspired by the freedom of the weekend, this essential travel bag collects stories with age and will last a lifetime. Handmade with vegetable tanned leather in a state of the art facility by artisans in Leon, Mexico.
Shop Online | $378

6. Briefcase | Parker Clay
This briefcase is a blend of sophistication and structure. Made with premium bullhide leather for strength and structure and world renown Ethiopian Highland sheep skin providing sophistication and softness that can't be matched. Made by artisans in Ethopia.
Shop Online | $498


Ethically Made
Apparel & Outerwear


1. Cooper Relaxed Skinny | DL1961
A true all-season staple, the Cooper is a comfortably skinny chino made from American Cotton and eco-friendly modal. DL1961’s eco-friendly fibers require half the dye, half the water and half the energy to produce traditional denim.
Shop Online | $178

2. Nano Puff Hoody | Patagonia
Warm, windproof, water-resistant for the active man in your life—this Patagonia jacket uses warm, incredibly lightweight and highly compressible insulation with 55% post-consumer recycled content, wrapped in a 100% recycled polyester shell and liner. 
Shop Online | $249  

3. The World's Greatest Beanie | Krochet Kids Intl. 
The World’s Greatest Beanie combines functionality, superior quality, and deep consideration for both the planet and the people involved with making it and is hand signed by the Krochet Kids intl. artisan who knitted it. The non-profit social impact brand empowers their artisans in Uganda and Peru not only through fair wages, but also through education and mentoring programs. Enter GOODTRADE  at checkout for $25 off any order through December 31, 2016. 
Shop Online | $70

4. Light Corduroy Shirt | Everlane
Made from a sturdy fine-wale corduroy, this shirt is warm, soft and guaranteed to get better with wear. Made responsibly in a factory located in Shenzhen China recognized for its efforts towards minimizing its carbon footprint.
Shop Online | $58

5. The Waffle-Knit Cashmere Zip Hoodie | Everlane
Everlane’s waffle-knit cashmere zip hoodie creates pockets of warmth, and the texture looks extra fresh. Made responsibly in this factory.
Shop Online | $165

6. Midnight Slub Pocket Tee | Buck Mason
Rated the best t-shirt in the game by GQ, Buck Mason’s tees are proudly USA Made. The Slub pocket tee takes a soft, breathable slub cotton fabric, and combines it with a useful pocket, placed perfectly.
Shop Online | $32


Lifestyle Gifts That Give Back


1. LSTN Bowery Earbuds With Mic | Society B
For fans of convenience and accessibility, these wooden earbuds are the perfect go-to. For every speaker sold, LSTN helps provide hearing aids to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Shop Online | $50

2. Mugavu Geometric Planer | Rose & Fitzgerald
Its geometric form featuring beautiful, deeply grained Mugavu wood makes this planter a stunning addition to a shelf or tabletop. Each planter is individually crafted from start to finish by a group of woodworkers in a fair trade environment in Kampala, Uganda.
Shop Online | $60

3. Forest La Playa Blanket | Redemption Market
Perfect for just about anything from beach days to cool nights. Pack it for your next adventure or bundle up with a cup of coffee at home. All blankets are hand-woven on in-home looms by artisans in Mexico who are paid fair wages for their work. 
Shop Online | $42

4. Beer Tasting Pocket Journal | Ames & Oates
For the beer aficionado, a pocket size tasting journal. Keep those important
notes on all his favorite ales, in one place. 10% of each gift order is donated to provide children access to quality education through a partnership with Pencils of Promise.
Shop Online | $5

5. Admiral Flask | Ames & Oates
Made of durable stainless steel, this silver vessel snaps snugly into its rich chocolate-brown carrying case. Perfect for the traveler in your life. 10% of each gift order is donated to provide children access to quality education through a partnership with Pencils of Promise.
Shop Online | $23

6. Issue 02 | Wilderness Magazine
Wilderness is a high quality publication dedicated to exploration, character and grit. Sorry, there’s no tips on how to get shredded abs.
Shop Online | $18


Outdoor & Fitness Gifts


1. Created Co. Get Outside Mug | Ames & Oates
A reminder to power down, unplug and GET OUTSIDE. Designed by the Created Co. 10% of each gift order from Ames & Oates is donated to provide children access to quality education through a partnership with Pencils of Promise.
Shop Online | $18

2. Men’s Everywhere Jacket | Fibre Athletics  
This USA made, 100% Organic, Heavy-Weight Fleece retains body heat, feels super soft and cozy, and keeps the conscience clear knowing it was made responsibly. It’s durably designed with quality construction and detailed finishes.
Shop Online | $218

3. Dogger Solar Oven | GoSun Stove
This great fuel-free travel companion cooks a meal in 10 minutes, reaching temperatures up to 550°F.  You can set it up in seconds anywhere and it folds down into a slim package with no mess, no fuel and no flames. Every GoSun Stove sold also subsidizes a stove in developing communities.
Shop Online | $59

4. Black Hole Pack | Patagonia
This rugged, highly weather-resistant gear bag protects his belongings when the weather turns surly or his hike morphs into a contentious scramble. It’s a versatile pack with a unique double-zipper design for top or side access. Made consciously in Vietnam.
Shop Online | $149

5. Transit Issue Travel Candle | Apolis
Each part of this candle was crafted in the USA. From the amber jar to the perfume-grade scents, each detail has been carefully selected to create a candle he’ll want to take everywhere he goes.  
Shop Online | $22

6. Mountain Chess Set | Ten Thousand Villages
Handcrafted in Pakistan by Fair Trade artisans, this stone chess set is built to last and makes a wonderful heirloom piece for the serious chess player.
Shop Online | $225