Whether gifting others or treating yourself, picking up these products is a great way to give back.

By Courtney Leach


 

The store

Silver in the City


The product

Executive Handbag, $112


The cause

PUP (peopleup.org) designs bags, wallets, accessories and Christmas ornaments with materials that would otherwise pile up in our landfills, including pieces of the RCA Dome, which was demolished a decade ago. PUP has also procured and transformed materials from Super Bowl banners, Fountain Square Music Festival signage, Indianapolis Indians banners and more. Purchasing these products funds PUP’s various community initiatives throughout the Indianapolis area and supports eco-conscious design.


434 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis (317) 955-9925

 

The store

Smith’s Jewelers


The product

Jewelry and book set, $65


The cause

Smith’s Jewelers supports Prevail, a Hamilton County organization that advocates for victims of crime, approximately 70-80 percent of whom are women and children who suffer from domestic violence or sexual abuse. During Prevail’s annual fashion show, the featured speaker chooses a charm that is symbolic of her or his journey of survivorship. Smith’s uses the charm to make a necklace or bracelet and pairs it with a book that reflects the overall message. All profits go to Prevail.


98 N. 9th St., Noblesville (317) 773-3383

 

The store

Capstone Cafe & Bookstore


The product

Sky Footwear Socks, $12


The cause

This product came to fruition in a Taylor University dorm room. Two dudes with a heart for the homeless decided to do something about one of the most requested needs: socks. Whenever you buy a pair of Sky Footwear Socks, a pair will be donated to a homeless shelter. The socks come in a variety of styles and designs, and are oh so cozy!


12900 Hazel Dell Parkway, Carmel (317) 846-2884

 

The store

R4 Galleria


The product

Thymes Frasier Fir scented candles, various styles, sizes and scents, $5-$112.50 (most are in the $25-$50 range)


The cause

For each Frasier Fir product purchased, the manufacturer, Thymes, plants one tree. Candles, hand soaps, wax melts, decorative sachets, diffusers and more products are also available.


19 E. Main St., Suite 100, Carmel (317) 564-8694

 

The store

Gallery 116


The product

ArtMix Urban Artisans large sushi serving platter, $15; small sushi dish, $6; mug, $18; Indiana plaque, $25


The cause

ArtMix Urban Artisans is an internship program that aids 16-22 year olds, with and without disabilities, who are transitioning from school to the workplace. Under the leadership of their professional teaching artists, interns work as a creative team to produce marketable artistic products in clay, fiber, paints and mosaics. These products are sold in the ArtMix Gallery and in local shops, with 50 percent of the retail price going back to the ArtMix program to pay for teaching artists and supplies.


8597 E. 116th St., Fishers (317) 577-9730

 

The store

Uplift Intimate Apparel


The product

Blush Panties, 1 for $15 or 3 for $33


The cause

For every pair of Blush Panties sold, Uplift Intimate Apparel donates $1 to Restored Inc. through its Panties on Purpose (POP) program. Restored Inc. provides services, outreach and education to young girls, ages 11-24, who have been victimized by domestic sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. The organization works to raise awareness and provide education and advocacy in the hope of ending human sex trafficking throughout Indiana.


711 Veterans Way, Carmel (317) 853-6007