Christmas is less than 50 days away, and I have to tell you, I am giddy with excitement. I love everything about this holiday – from celebrating our Savior’s birth, to the twinkling lights, decorations, and snow. I also LOVE Christmas music, which I admit I have already started blasting throughout my home and car.
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
It is also one of the busiest times of the year.
Give Gifts That Give Back
While a select few of you finished your Christmas shopping back in August (I know some of you are out there) many of us are just beginning to make our lists.
I would like to encourage you to think differently about your purchases this year. Make your gift giving a win-win and truly change lives with the items you buy.
First up is Glory Haus. Based in Marietta, Georgia, their mission is to change lives through their work, art and relationships. All of the Glory Haus products created are handmade in the USA and provide hope and employment to women who are transitioning out of difficult situations. Glory Haus also has a fair trade factory in India, called Daughters of Hope. These artisans supply Glory Haus with their handmade linen products. Daughters of Hope provides employment, training, and HOPE to impoverished women. Daughters of Hope not only reduces poverty and injustice, but gives dignity, freedom, and hope to women who have been caught up in the cycle of economic and social oppression.
My Top 3 Picks From Glory Haus:
- Joy to the World Nativity Ornament – I love the color and the beautiful handpainted nativity scene. This is definitely a must-have for my Christmas tree.
- Happy Camper Mug – This vintage style mug is oh, so darling. I especially love the little campfire painted inside. It’s perfect for drinking hot chocolate on a cold winter night.
- Beautiful Ride Bike Tea Towel – I own two Daughters of Hope tea towels and love how colorful and cheerful they are. I can’t wait to add this adorable one to my collection.
Starfish Project restores hope to women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. They provide life-changing opportunities through their Holistic Care Programs and their social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry and become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers.
My Top 3 Picks From Starfish Project:
- The Audrey Necklace – As I perused Starfish Project’s jewelry collection, this necklace quickly caught my eye. I adore all things boho. I love the feather and its small row of beads. When I saw the name of the necklace, I fell even more in love. This necklace shares its name with two of my favorite people: My daughter, Audrey, and Audrey Hepburn, whom she was named after.
- Grace Lauren Studs – I was first introduced to druzy stones at Kendra Scott and I was immediately hooked. Isn’t the sparkle beautiful? The Grace Lauren studs also bring a ray of light to the women at Starfish Project. They are equal to the cost of one week of counseling for an exploited woman.
- Mary Katherine Rose Drury Bracelet: Another glimmering piece of jewelry! Seriously, give me all things sparkly. What isn’t shown in the above picture is the dainty starfish charm at the end of the bracelet’s chain, which represents the parable about the boy on the beach tossing starfish, that had washed up on shore, back into the ocean. He knew that although he may not be able to help all of the starfish, he was making a difference to some of them. This parable is the inspiration behind the project’s name.
Papillon is providing hope to Haitian Artisans with the dignity of a job, training, and the ability to create something new out of something discarded and seemingly unusable. They use metal, cardboard, aluminum, dirt, and paper to make jewelry and other beautiful things. Their mission is orphan prevention through job creation.
My Top 3 Picks from Papillon:
- Be The Change Zipper Pouch – I can’t get enough of zipper pouches and probably already own more than enough. But there is always room for one more. I am quite fond of the “Be the Change” mantra and anything with tassels is a plus in my book.
- Joy Mug – Mornings can be hard for me, especially when I don’t sleep well the night before. It would do me good to have a simple reminder on my coffee mug each morning to have joy.
- Caribbean Tassel Bracelet – There I go with the tassels again. I am telling you, I can’t pass them up. They call out to me in all of their tassely goodness. A neat fact about this bracelet, it is made from Papillon’s signature pit fired beads. The beads are packed amongst banana leaves in the kiln for firing, which gives them their distinctive smoky color.
Redemption Market is a boutique featuring a variety of fair trade gifts. They choose only the highest quality products, focusing on sustainability and ethical treatment of the designers and artisans. Every purchase makes a difference and is a step toward recovery and rehabilitation.
My Top 3 Picks From Redemption Market:
- Gold Accent Ceramic Pitcher – It’s gorgeous and it’s versatile. This handmade pitcher is food safe and dishwasher safe, so it can be used to hold flowers or a beverage.
- Joyn Leather Wallet – I currently own a Joyn crossbody bag and it is my favorite. This leather wallet, which doubles as a crossbody bag, looks amazing. It is lined with a beautiful hand-woven hand blocked fabric.
- Emerald Floral Notebook – I have a journal addiction. I have so many lined notebooks all over the house, yet I still want more. I can’t get enough. This Denik journal’s smythe-sewn binding allows it to lay flat. It is also water resistant, which is a plus for me. I have a tendency to spill things.
“Society B—a marketplace for good. We thoroughly vet the best social businesses and feature only our favorite fair trade goods and products that give back. And to put our money where our mouth is, we multiply your social impact by also donating 10% of our sales (not just profits) to a featured charity.
Society B is for the optimists, the global citizens, the do-gooders, the change-makers, the fair-trade fashionistas, and the people-lovers—anyone who believes that commerce can and should play a better role in society.”
My Top 3 Picks From Society B:
- ABLE Scarf – This is my favorite item on this entire post. The story behind this scarf is beautiful! I urge you all to read it. With the purchase of this scarf, you are enabling and empowering another woman to live up to her potential and fulfill her dreams. The story of FASHIONABLE is women sharing what they are ABLE to do when provided an opportunity, and this scarf has those statements written on it. “I am able to face new challenges. I am able to provide for my family. I am able to have dignity + respect. I am able to achieve my dreams.” It is also a reminder to me of my own able statements. I am able to have grace. I am able to change. I am able to overcome.
- Kuni Bowl and Kuni Untensil Set – Handcrafted in Kenya from locally sourced olive wood, the Kuni Bowl and Utensil Set bring a warm ambiance to the kitchen. Their purchase helps provide scholarships, microloans, and job training for women in Kenya.
- Abera Crossbody Tote – This large tote is perfect for my busy days when I feel I have to bring my whole life with me on the go. I can also wear it over my shoulder, across my body, or carry it by the handles. I love the versatility.
There you have it. A few of my favorite fair trade things.
Which item is YOUR favorite?