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Special Gifts for Her that Will Make a Big Impact, Too

Special Gifts for Her that Will Make a Big Impact, Too

Now that we’re well into the holiday season, choosing the right gift is high on my priority list. Allow me to set the record straight: selecting gifts hasn’t always been my forte. In fact, there have been several times I’ve spilled the beans about gifts I was geared up to give only to be met with a “That’s okay, no thanks” from the recipient. (Rude? Perhaps. But kudos for the brutal honesty.)

Luckily for my family and friends, I’ve grown in my gift-giving prowess largely in part to changing the way I shop. While I particularly enjoy gifting others with experiential presents (i.e., experiences rather than things), I also relish in selecting thoughtful items made by local and global artisans.

As you embark upon all the glorious gifting you’ll do this month, why not consider buying items from individuals and companies that serve the common good? By purchasing ethically and responsibly sourced items, you’re making an impact in the lives of the artisans and their communities. Procuring the right gift is no longer a chore when there’s a wide selection of products that go unmatched in craftsmanship and uniqueness—just like the individuals for whom you’re buying.

These favorite pieces made by socially conscious businesses, and from both local and global artisans, are sure to spread a little holiday cheer:

Jewelry + Apparel

ABLE

ABLE is a Nashville-based company focused on ending generational poverty by providing economic opportunities for women living in Ethiopia, Mexico, and Peru. I’m a devoted fan of ABLE’s jeans and have these earrings on my wishlist. ABLE’s holiday guide includes items of varying price points, so harness your purchasing power and invest in the lives of women around the globe.

Francis + Benedict

These handmade skirts made by Togolese seamstresses make a gorgeous gift for the friend who loves vibrant colors and prints. (I’ve had my eye on these stunning pieces for a while now and may splurge on one for myself this season!) Learn about joining the Advocate team to widen F + B’s global mission of “using their love for people and fashion to change communities one outfit at a time.”

Karama Collection

I was introduced to Karama a few years ago at a writing event and became an instant fan of their products and commitment to marginalized artisans. Karama—an Arabic word meaning dignity—was founded on the belief that individuals flourish when given opportunities to support their families through creative work. A chic piece of their jewelry or handcrafted ornaments make ideal gifts.

Krochet Kids

Krochet Kids is devoted to providing job opportunities to vulnerable women living in impoverished conditions. They carry fair trade apparel for women, men, and children, and each item is hand-signed by the artisan who made it. These gifts for her include tops, scarves, hats, and other fun things (my daughter and I wear their beanies every winter).

Pact

Drink your morning cup of java wrapped in this soft, cozy robe and snuggly holiday socks from Pact Apparel. All of Pact’s clothing items are made in a fair trade factory with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton, and a double perk is the company’s affordable prices.

Raven + Lily

This Austin, Texas-based lifestyle brand is all about empowering women. They offer modern, fair trade fashion, accessories, and home items. If I could own everything Raven + Lily has in their store, I would. These swoon-worthy earrings and rings make gorgeous gifts (be sure and snag these stacked rings while they’re on sale!)

These favorite pieces made by socially conscious businesses, and from both local and global artisans, are sure to spread a little holiday cheer!

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The Root Collective

The Root Collective offers a stunning collection of boots and flats. With each purchase of their handcrafted shoes, you become a part of the mission that provides jobs for their artisans and transforms communities. These handmade neutral vanilla boots are to die for, and as a bonus, you get $20 off your first purchase (use code BETHECHANGE).

Self-care + Lifestyle

Appointed

Appointed is an American-made, Washington D.C.-based brand that uses sustainably sourced materials to create its desktop products. I became an Appointed convert a few years back, and plan to purchase several calendars for loved ones this holiday. This chambray blue 12-month planner is a perfect gift for your task-oriented friends. Appointed has gift cards as well.

Connected Goods

At Connected Goods, you’ll find a vast collection of fair trade items handcrafted by artisans across the globe, coupled with locally sourced, American-made items. Each purchase connects the customer with the artisan and gives a glimpse into a small aspect of their life story. These one-of-a-kind belly baskets handcrafted in Vietnam, gifts under $50, and self-care baskets are all on my list. 

Follain

For a one-stop-shop of clean, effective, and luxurious beauty products, one must look no further than Follain. All of their makeup, skincare, hair, and bath & body products are non-toxic and have been vetted by the company’s research team. Give the gift of great skin care in one of these spa sets.

Locals + Lejos

Make L + L your destination for contemporary and timeless, socially conscious home goods made by skilled artisans. Browse their curated holiday gift guide; these Neri Bowls and Akaneri Bowls, both handcrafted in Rwanda, are lovely statement pieces.

Rose + Fitzgerald

This husband and wife duo offer jewelry and luxurious home good items, all of which are locally-sourced and handcrafted by skilled artisans living in Uganda, Africa. Such beauties include this Mugavo geometric planter made by woodworkers from start to finish, and these pure brass bowls.

The Citizenry

Fans of modern, clean aesthetics will love everything the Citizenry offers, and it’s one of my favorite spots to discover “hand goods crafted with a soul and a story.” This blush alpaca throw and handwoven bath towels would make gorgeous additions to any household. Take a look through their holiday gift guide and support a company that celebrates the people behind their products.

May you and yours enjoy thoughtful and exquisite pieces that serve the common good this holiday season. Happy gifting!


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