6 Paper Gifts That Give Back for Giving Tuesday

November 29, 2016 by Erin Behan

After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (did we miss one?), we could all use a break from consumerism. That's the idea behind Giving Tuesday, a day that's meant as a counter to the buy-buy-buy mentality that so easily takes over around the holidays.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, we've rounded up a few of our favorite paper-focused gift sites that give back, but not just today — everyday. That's right, each of these shops donate a portion of their proceeds to charities or otherwise focus on bettering the world around us on a daily basis.

6 Paper Gifts That Give Back for Giving Tuesday
Sassy cards from Live Love Studio
When you consider the fun, uplifting messages on the bold cards from Tennessee native Kate Moore — "You Are So Beautiful" and "Life Is Short, Order the Cheese Fries" — it should come as no surprise that with each card purchase, you are providing a meal to someone in need. In this case, the recipients live in east Tennessee Appalachia and receive help through Second Harvest Food Bank. Buy a card, donate a meal: Giving couldn't be easier.

6 Paper Gifts That Give Back for Giving Tuesday
Hip, artist-designed notebooks from Denik
The premise behind Denik is simple: Buy some cool notebooks ($11.95 and up) and support the artist who designed them AND schools in developing countries around the world. Artists receive anywhere from 2 to 5% of the sale price and get the satisfaction that those sales (5% of the gross profit) also help to build schools across the world. So far a school in Mali has been built, and funds are being raised for ones in Guatemala and Laos.

Striking artwork from Raven & Lily
Everything on the ethical fashion and lifestyle site is made by a woman artisan (more than 1,500 in all) in a variety of developing countries, including Ethiopia, India, and Cambodia. We're especially taken by this paper mache skull ($136) from the Empowering Women in Haiti collection that's hand-crafted using recycled paper and traditional methods, although this black-and-white notecard set ($16) made from recycled remnants in India is also quite nice. Your peace of mind comes in knowing that the artisans are fairly paid and supported in education and healthcare.

6 Paper Gifts That Give Back for Giving Tuesday
Thoughtful letterpress notebooks from Design With Benefits
Everything about the Design With Benefits site is meant to do good. You can shop by benefit categories such as "education" and "animals," and a percentage of the net profits of the Design With Benefits site goes toward creative projects using design to solve social problems. In the case of these gorgeous Dreams Matter letterpress notebooks ($14-25), handmade in New Orleans, you'll also be helping students through the I Have a Dream Foundation.

Modern office and art supplies from Yoobi
Buying staplers, scissors, markers and sticky notes takes on a deeper meaning at Yoobi. That's because for every item you buy, Yoobi donates an item to a U.S. classroom in need. The site also works with the Starlight Children's Foundation to outfit hospital supply programs. We think this office starter kit in bold blue ($30) would make any paper-lover happy, as would any of these cute stocking stuffers.

6 Paper Gifts That Give Back for Giving Tuesday
Paper jewelry from Project Have Hope
A quick look at this colorful bangle bracelet ($15) doesn't reveal its best-kept secret: It's made of paper! Women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda make this striking jewelry from reject paper and scrap paper (including earrings and necklaces) that they then roll into beads or shapes and varnish. Each purchase from Project Have Hope helps to fund educational and economic programs that directly benefits the women and children of the area.

SHOP AT DistinctPapers.com for all your paper needs, and donate a portion of your order to your local charity for #GivingTuesday.

Erin Behan

Written by Erin Behan

Erin Behan is an L.A.-based writer and editor who considers fine paper one of life's little pleasures.


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