My favorite gifts to give are those that make a whole bunch of people happy at the same time. I think you’ll like this idea too, which is why I’ve created the Incredible Buy One Give One Holiday Gift Guide.
I love BOGOs! BOGOs are companies that give someone in need a free gift every time one of their items is purchased. Tom’s seems to have started this practice by producing canvas shoes that were sold as two-fers. If I bought a pair of TOMS, TOMS would give a pair for free to someone who was shoeless. Today, a lot of BOGOs offer a wide variety of products. I’ve compiled the best of them into this incredible Buy One Give One Holiday Gift Guide.
Buy One Give One Holiday Gift Guide
TOMS – TOMS shoes has provided over 60 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, thanks to the many shoe purchases the company has inspired.
You can still shop for shoes, but TOMS now also donates other essentials thanks to the shopping you do with the company. Here are a couple of other reasons why we included TOMS in our Buy One Give One Holiday Gift Guide.
If you buy the company’s sunglasses, TOMS will donate prescription glasses and help fund sight-saving surgery.
If you buy a bag of TOMS Roasting Co. Coffee, you’ll help fund 140 liters of safe water–a week’s supply–to a person in need.
Purchases of TOMS Tote Bags like the one pictured here support the training needed to help provide a safe birth where conditions are risky.
DIFF Charitable Eyewear – DIFF (as in make a “diff”erence) is built on the principle that designer eyewear should be socially conscious as well as affordable and fashionable.
That’s why, for every pair of sunglasses purchased, a pair of reading glasses is donated to someone in need.
Through their partnership with Eyes on Africa, DIFF has provided the gift of sight to over 20,000 people.
They also partner with Student Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, a partnership that in 2017 helped 10,000 people worldwide.
Better World Books – This bookseller collects and sells books new and used, then uses the profits to fund literacy initiatives worldwide.
They also commit to matching every purchase on their website with a book donation to someone in need, in a program called Book for Book.
They conduct book collection drives on over 2,300 college campuses and partner with 3,000 libraries, too.
So far, the company has converted more than 250 million books into over $24 million in funding for literacy and education. In doing so, they’ve diverted more than 250 million books from landfills.
Here’s another benefit: every order shipped from their warehouses is carbon balanced with Green-e Climate certified offsets.
Bluer Denim – For every pair of jeans you buy from this company, you can donate an old pair.
Once Bluer receives them, they’ll give you a $15 credit and send your old jeans to someone who needs them.
It’s a great way to recycle your jeans and reduce the carbon impact of producing and shipping a new pair.
Here’s another advantage to Bluer. They’re made in America: designed in Portland, Oregon; made from cotton grown in Georgia and denim milled in North Carolina, with rivets and zippers coming from Kentucky. The jeans are cut, sewn, washed, and hand-finished in Los Angeles using what the company says are eco-friendly ozone laundry processes.
Good Spread – I always give friends and my kids food for the holidays, so when I heard about Good Spread being a BOGO company, my first reaction was, “Bingo!”
Good Spread includes organic unsweetened peanut butter, organic honey banana peanut spread, organic chocolate pretzel peanut spread, and organic salted honey peanut butter.
The ingredients are non-GMO, Palm Done Right, and organic certified.
Where does the BOGO come in? When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. As the company’s motto goes, “Four delicious organic flavors to choose from. One lifesaving mission!”
WeWood – “You buy a watch. We plant a tree.”
Since 2011, WeWOOD, a company based in Florence, Italy, says it has planted over 500,000 trees.
Its goal is to plant 1 million total by 2020. The company works with Trees for the Future and American Forests to “help restore Mother Nature one watch at a time.”
The watches are made from exotic remnant hardwoods minus any toxic chemicals.
BOGO Bowl – This company’s name says it all. And the company says it up front.
“You buy a bag and we give a bag to a pet in need.”
The pet food manufacturer says it doesn’t use byproducts, artificial colors or flavors, or corn, wheat or soy as filler. It’s good dog and cat food in a variety of formulations to help animals maintain a healthy weight and develop healthy bodies, starting with kittens and puppies.
The company helps pet pantries, foster-based programs, animal shelters, and rescue centers.
We’re looking for more BOGO companies to add to our guide. If you have any recommendations, please list them in the comments below or on the Big Green Purse Facebook page.
Happy holidays, and thanks for shopping BOGO!
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