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Gifts that Give Back: Shop the Upworthiest Place for Gifts & Giving

This year is different. Everything you feel, say, and do is different and matters like never before.

So, how about we let the good gifts roll?

Explore our brand new GOOD Market, a curated shop of goods that do good, and discover the perfect gifts for your quirky, picky, practical, eccentric, "don't know what to give them" family and friends.

On the giving side — every one of these is a gift that gives back. We believe in the power of your purchase, in sharing the best of humanity with the rest of the world, so every GOOD Market purchase supports local artisans and social causes around the world.

GOOD Market is a collaboration with NOVICA, one of the world's largest impact marketplaces for artists and artisans around the world. Here, you'll find gifts that fit the person, not just the holiday. You'll find something for every friend and family member – and great ways to celebrate a year where some days have been built around waiting for a delivery.

Here are a few suggestions for keeping this holiday season meaningful and memorable.

Gifts for those Home Not Alone aka "Family Gifts"

In a year of laughter and tears, it's time to find the perfect gift to express all they mean to you whether you're bound to them 24/7 or only sharing a screen.

GOOD Market's Artisan Gifts by global artisans range from the cool to the beautiful to the "you've got to be kidding me – posting this right now!" kind of gifts. They include jewelry and apparel, original one-of-kind artworks, archeological replicas, global decor, and countless other cultural treasures. This is the perfect place to get your loved ones gifts as special as they are.

Worry Wall Dancers (Guatemala)


Upworthy Merchandise

GOOD Market also offers a unique range of Upworthy Merch. The type of apparel that makes it easier to show everyone where you stand. This gear lets you broadcast your intention to stand up and not just stand by. Make a powerful statement with our ethically-sourced, made-in-the USA shirts and hoodies.

This Too Heather Red Unisex Sueded Jersey T-Shirt


Gifts for those Who Ain't Going Nowhere aka "The Kalamazoo to Kathmandu Blues"

Grab something from our GOOD for the Home Collection – it's perfect for bringing a touch of faraway dreaming to multi-purpose work and living spaces. From hand-tooled leather catch-alls to Peruvian ekekos and retablos there is something to quench the longing of everyone resigned to traveling sometime next year. Explore our GOOD Gift Suggestions

Handcrafted 3-Piece Shapivo Nativity Scene


Jewelry for All Seasons & Reasons

GOOD Market artisan jewelry does a whole lot of good. Our collection of traditional and contemporary designs, precious metals, and gemstones celebrate our commitment to doing and standing for what is right.

Hope and Peace Sterling Silver Stacking Ring Set


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Gifts Too Quirky for Words aka the "Different Drum" Guide

Beaded bandanas,rubber porcupine desk cups, and other never-imagineds live side by side in the GOOD Market. For those on your list that march to the beat of a different drum or just embrace the whimsical on the daily, this is your destination. You'll find everything from a rooster on a tortoise sculpture to hand-crocheted taco earrings. Let the fun begin.

Dolphin-Themed Mahogany Mini Djeme Drum from Bali


Gifts for Keeping it Cozy

The look of quarantine season is cozy and lounging at home — from scarves to sweaters or cushions to throws, our collection of handknit and handwoven GOOD Market Clothing is soft, stylish and oh-so-comfortable.


Alpaca Striped Kimono Ruana in Orange


Stocking Stuffers

Face masks have replaced the season's ubiquitous socks and you'll find hundreds of GOOD Face Masks perfect for gifting. This year tourism is down and many local markets have closed, forcing artisans around the world to make face masks to survive. Their amazing creations have allowed them to support their families, offer work to their neighbors, and keep global craft traditions alive all while helping the rest of us to mask up to stop the spread of COVID-19.

3 Colorful Nature Print 2-Layer Rayon Ear Loop Face Masks


It's time to find the good in everything - after all, that's what this season could really be about. Show someone you care for them and acknowledge the way they have cared for you. As the saying goes: it's the thought that counts. And GOOD Market is the perfect place to make thoughtful, conscious choices this holiday. Choose gifts that give back.

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We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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