We asked women social entrepreneurs to tell us about a gift they make that supports a cause, helps save the earth or raises awareness of an important issue. See the full list in our ‘Gifts With a Mission’ Guide. Today we feature:



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Product: A box in a box in a box

Price: $10

Website: boxai.com

Boxai turns the notion of greeting cards inside out, literally. A twist on Matryoshka dolls, Boxai consist of a series of boxes nestled inside one another, with the message “Thanks for all you do to make life so sweet” in the smallest box. Mary Aspinwall, who co-created Boxai with her husband, Yanagi, chose to adorn these particular boxes with images of honey bees in order to raise awareness of the bee population’s rapid disappearance in the wild. The company is also a member of 1% For The Planet, a network of businesses that donate at least 1% of sales to nonprofit partners.

Editors’ Comment: We’re suckers for bees. We also thought you could sneak a surprise gift (say, a piece of jewelry?) inside the tiniest box for a unique touch.

Find more gifts with a mission in our complete guide, 12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back.[/box_light]

Read the stories behind other gifts in our guide:

When You Wish Upon a Seed

A Cosmetic Bag Keeps Girls in the Game

A Colorful Apron Ties Sustainability with Fun

An Ancient Fabric with a Modern Mission

Bundling up for a Good Cause

Designing a Huggable Gift for Kids

A Mom Creates an (Almost) Guilt-Free Eggnog

Finding One’s Calling in a Cup of Joe

Arf! A Chocolate Bar That Supports Pet Causes