THE MANIFESTO GIFT GUIDE


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We love giving. Giving a client a great new logo, giving a consumer an amazing experience, giving the office dog a treat – all of it! When it comes to the holidays our feelings on giving don’t budge, and like everything we do, we go back to our manifesto for guidance.

We believe that brands should stand for something more. …  As commerce without cause is meaningless. …  A label alone is not enough.

With this in mind, may we present you with the Manifesto Holiday Gift Guide! This holiday season let’s let our dollars tell a story with more chutzpah than a Black Friday deal, with more meaning than your favorite holiday ornament, and more backbone than a Christmas turkey.

Social Brands We Love 

Why do we love them? Because by supporting these brands, you’re shopping in support of a cause, and the only thing better than finding the perfect wool knit hat is to know that the craftswoman who made it in Peru is directly benefiting from your purchase. (We might have to add “your winter accessories should stand for something more” to our manifesto.)

Half United

These sleek bullet casing necklaces are a stark contrast from the not so pretty cause they’re supporting – hunger. The founders of Half United started with $200 and a desire to start a business that would affect the world positively. To date, they’ve provided over 98,000 meals across the world to families and kids in need.

 

Warby Parker Warby Parker is hot stuff, so hot that it’s easy to forget that they are a one-for-one operation. As of this summer, WP has given away half a million pairs of glasses. Thumbs up for high style, high global awareness and low cost. (Warby’s are another office staple for Manifesto, surprised?)

 

541 Threads Looking for a cozy cotton hoodie with just the right cut for that early morning Christmas unwrapping fun?  Look no further than our own backyard. Founded in Bend, Oregon, 541 Threads gives five meals to those in need for every piece of clothing purchased. 26,000 meals given away–and counting!

 

Sseko’s story is founded on one objective, to enable higher education for women in Uganda. Half of Sseko employees’ wages go into a savings account to serve as their tuition fund after their 9 month stint making beautiful Sseko sandals, bags and scarves. We love Sseko not only because their products are swoonworthy, but because we admire the founder’s commitment to creating a sustainable business with purpose.

 

Cuppow turns your beloved mason jar into a foolproof coffee mug or resilient and compartmentalized lunchbox. Made from 100% recycled materials, 5% of Cuppow profits go to organizations that promote environmental stewardship, recycling, and social awareness. Small but impactful, it’s a great stocking stuffer for your friend who’s constantly lamenting about their granola getting soggy in a tupperware full of yogurt. Our account coordinator swears by the lids!

 

Craftsmen We Envy

If we weren’t so busy declaring brand beliefs and telling stories, we’d be learning how to turn a tree into a canoe Ron Swanson style. We love a well made product that comes from the meticulous eyes of a fine craftsperson, and supporting these makers is part of our mission.

Tanner Goods 

We prefer our wallets to last and our belts to age with as much dignity as their owners. Handmade in Portland, Tanner’s goal is to produce strong, beautiful, durable handmade goods. We love their traditional approach to timeless leather goods and their emphasis on quality you can see and feel.  If you ever run into creative director Sam Huff, make sure to ask him about his grandfather’s leather camera strap that inspired him to start Tanner Goods.

Lands’ End Canvas

Lands’ End recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and it’s definitely a Silver Fox in our book. The Canvas line is the tried and true Lands’ End look and values with a trendy twist for a slightly younger audience. We love them because it’s iconic, durable, the right price, and they have the best customer service bar none. (Did you know they were the first clothing retailer to sell online, to have an 800 number, and have 24/7 customer service?)

 

Harry’s 

Great shave. Fair Price. Simple. That’s the Harry’s moto. German engineered blades, ergonomic handles and premier shaving cream are delivered right to your door, just pick what you want and when you want it. A subtle way to tell the men in your life that they need to get their groomin’ on.  Harry’s donates 1% of their sales and volunteers 1% of their time to organizations that prepare people for personal and professional success.

 

Olympic Provisions

As the saying goes, for the person who has everything, buy them salami. Portland based charcuterie shop will send an artisanal salami every month for a year with a Salami of the Month Club subscription. Wine club memberships move over, Portland’s redefining the goods-by-mail landscape. Causes We Admire 

Changing the world isn’t easy but somebody’s got to do it! These are causes we’re happy to get behind. Giving to an organization in honor of a friend or loved one is always the right color and size. 

Habitat for Humanity

Many of us here at Manifesto have had the opportunity to volunteer with Habitat, creating a deep appreciation for this behemoth of an organization. Give the carpenter in your life a holiday card saying a box of nails and roof shingles have been donated in their honor.

 

Urban Light

Sometimes a vacation will change your life. That’s what happened to founder Alezandra Russell after visiting Thailand years ago. A small donation will help Urban Light outreach, the only non-profit in Chiang Mai fighting to end the exploitation of young boys. Manifesto is excited to be working with Urban Light to reinvent their brand and visual identity, launching 2014.

 

Soles4Souls

Soles4Souls provides new and used shoes to those in need around the world through two avenues. First, they address the issue first hand by donating shoes directly to those in need, and also by giving shoes to carefully selected micro-enterprise organizations in order to provide training, jobs, and sustainable income to desperate communities. Donating $20 allows Soles4Souls to donate 20 pairs of shoes.

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This holiday season let’s give consciously and remember to ask ourselves why before we buy, because giving is more fun when your dollars stand for something more.

Happy Holidays from your friends at Manifesto