Spreading the love with gifts that give back

If your social media feeds are anything like ours, they are probably buzzing with brands selling you things for the holiday season. And while we aren’t ones to hate on things (seriously—these are a few of our favorite things), we also don’t want to forget about another important part of the holidays: giving back. Ahead, read about our favorite ways to give back, plus find out how you can give back by shopping at Scott J.


Giving back to the community is always on our founder, Scott Buchanan’s mind: “It’s part of the human race to give back. It’s giving of yourself, your time and your talents. It’s growth. The more I encourage people to give back, the bigger it all gets.”

So, how do we give back? Since we are guest-focused in all we do, we try to find ways to support our guests. So when they tell us about a cause they love, we try to get involved. We also keep an eye out for ways to get involved with local causes that help our community members and neighbors directly.


Unfortunately, we’ve probably all been touched by cancer in some way. We are always trying to find ways to make life easier for those dealing with such a tragedy. We recently sent some stylists to help out at the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund, providing blowouts for families dealing with childhood cancer.

For breast cancer awareness month in October, we provide pink hair extensions to our guests for $20 donations toward the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. We also sold handmade cake pops at our front desk for donations to the foundation.


Recently, we were honored to be apart of Slay the Runway 2, a fashion show benefitting young men and women in foster care in our community. The event raised money for youth development programming, which includes tuition scholarships for college and vocational school, and resources to connect young people in foster care to workshops on budgeting, cooking, and more. You can read more about the event here.


If you want to gift differently this season, we’ve got your back with gifts that give back both locally and globally. Check in with your location to see which of these gifts they carry.

  • Aveda Gift Sets—these gifts are full of cruelty-free body, hair and skin care made with the power of plants. The best part? They are pre-wrapped in beautiful hand-made Certified Wildlife Friendly paper from Nepal, and each purchase helps support and care for the community of papermakers in Nepal.

🚨Sweepstakes alert!🚨 ‘Tis the season to #GiveAveda, so we’re doing exactly that. Like this photo and comment with your favorite animal emoji 🐨in celebration of our Certified Wildlife Friendly paper, and you’ll be entered to win a bundle of our full-sized holiday favorites – including a trio of Candrima. 3 winners will be chosen on December 9th, so don’t miss out! – – – No purchase necessary. Sweepstakes starts at 9:00 AM on December 2, 2017 CST and ends at 11:59 PM on December 8, 2017 CST. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, except Rhode Island. Official rules, see link in bio. #holiday #holidaygifts #holidayshopping #holidayseason #sweepstakes #avedasweepstakes #giftgiving #crueltyfree #certifiedwildlifefriendly #avedamission

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  • Conscious Steps Socks—these cute and comfy socks are changing the world, one pair at a time. For every pair purchased, a donation goes directly to a non-profit that is making the world a better place. You can read about them and their charity partners here.

  • Bead Relief—these bracelets are designed by charities to raise awareness for their cause, and 25% of every purchase goes to the associated organization.

Charity + Chillin #wearyourcharity

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  • Brooklyn Candles—for those who want to spread the local love, these candles make perfect stocking stuffers and hostess gifts. How does this give back? Supporting local businesses boosts the local economy, cuts down on the environmental impact of shopping and shipping, and directly supports the people in your neighborhood.

For the wild one in your life 🌸🔥#vscocam #brooklyncandlestudio #peonies

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Stop by any of our locations in the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, Upper East Side, Brooklyn Heights or Soho to shop gifts that give back. And if you are looking for something specific, just give your location a call. Plus, get a $20 gift for each $100 gift card purchase you make (so you can #treatyoself, too). Happy holidays!