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Everyone knows the holidays are about giving and not receiving. Well, at least that’s what your mom used to tell you. So for those of you who wouldn’t mind getting a shiny new piece of jewelry this holiday season, what if we were to tell you that there are a few new shopping sites that will let you give and receive – in one go. Here is our pick of the top sites to shop that also give back this holiday season.

Ethically Sourced

Zady aims to combat the fast-fashion craze by committing to only selling items that are created via ethical practices. They have partnered with cofounder Maxine Bedat’s The Bootstrap Project to support artisans in the developing world with each purchase made. Founded in 2013, Zady will launch their first private label soon, presumably in time for the holiday season.

Like Tom’s for Everything

Launched earlier this month, Favoire gives every purchase the power to give back to charities. Founded by Wakefield contributor Cassandra Pare, the site allows users to purchase high-style items through the site; Favoire then donates their affiliate commissions to the cause of their choosing.

Second Hand Good

Kind of like an online Salvation Army, The Fashion Project uses the proceeds from donated clothing sales to support charities they work with. First they’ll send you a pre-paid donation bag or let you print a pre-paid mailing label from their website, then you send in your used clothes where they then make their way onto the site. 55% of the net proceeds of each sale goes to support one of the charities affiliated with The Fashion Project.

Conscious Consumers

Describing themselves as an online marketplace for conscious brands to showcase and sell their products, Creeds of Love is an ecommerce site whose products give back. Their site features art, apparel, accessories, and beauty from conscious brands and 10% of all sales go to charities that support women. Launched in November, they are also hosting a pop-up shop in Manhattan – Creeds Collective will offer SoHo shoppers something a bit different than the usual $5 latte or $1500 python purse.

Lucky Seven

Having raised over $4 million for charities to date, Sevenly works with a new charity each week. Through what they call “cause art”, they create t-shirts and other goods with the promise that $7 of the proceeds from each item will go to that charity for the span of the seven days. Although the products on the site are more limited, the impact is certainly very tangible.

Now go forth (and shop better).