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11.28.2017

9 Gifts That Give Back For Giving Tuesday

[Credit: TO THE MARKET]

Now that the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is over, it's time for Giving Tuesday, a global movement that kickstarts the end-of-year spirit of giving. 

I am excited to be collaborating with TO THE MARKET, a social enterprise that partners with passionate artisans around the world to bring their goods to the global market, allowing them to achieve economic independence while raising awareness of the challenges they face. 

Read on for 9 stylish and meaningful gifts that will help you tick off your Christmas shopping list while giving back to some great causes!

1. Elevate Bi-Fold Wallet ($52.00) Crafted by skilled artisans in India in a eco-leather tannery free of child labor, this bi-fold wallet features an eye-catching geometric slot design with an arrow in the logo that is symbolic of Elevate's mission to lift people up to a high position. 
2. WorldFinds Topography Scarf / Sarong ($35.00) This vibrant scarf is screen-printed by hand by female artisans in India, and it doubles as a sarong for the beach in the summer. Your WorldFinds purchase will improve lives and communities through fair trade, encouraging the women towards self-sufficiency.
3. Jimani Collections Raine Necklace ($48.00) This stunning statement necklace is assembled with olive wood and brass pieces hand-cut by male craftsmen in Kenya and carefully assembled by the womenfolk, making this a true collaborative effort from Jimani Collections and a definite conversation starter.
4. Didi Jewelry Project Blue Mosaic Earrings ($32.00) Created by members of the Didi Jewelry Project who are HIV/Aids survivors facing hardship , this one-of-a-kind intricate design has matt and cut lapis, brass beads and gold-filled wire.
5. 22STARS Oxblood Paper Beaded Clutch ($50.00) This best-selling 22STARS clutch will become your go-to accessory this holiday season, exclusively designed and handmade in Uganda by survivors of conflict from hand-rolled and painted paper beads.
6. Sitti 3-Soap Gift Box ($16.00) Sitti provides fair-wage employment opportunities to women refugees in the Middle East, and you are not just gifting natural soap produced from locally sourced olive oil but providing these women with a sustainable mean of income and a chance to hope again.
7. Bubu & Lulu Mix-and-Match Wooden Block Set ($30.00) This non-toxic, travel-friendly wooden block set from Bubu & Lulu showcases illustrations by young local designers and is produced by disabled refugees in the Jerash (GAZA) Camp in Jordan, and will provide hours of imaginative play for your child. 

8. White Field Farm Soy Wax Candle ($25.00) Thanks to these candles made from non-GMO soy wax paired with lead free wicks and a unique blend of fragrance and natural essential oils, White Field Farm is able to provide job training and employment to women survivors of human trafficking.

9. Vi Bella Felt Ornament Set ($25.00) This adorable set of Vi Bella Christmas ornaments is perfect for your tree or as hang tags for your presents, and it is hand stitched by Mexican artisans who in-turn can provide more beautiful lives for themselves and their families. 
This post is generously sponsored by TO THE MARKETa socially-inspired business committed to empowering vulnerable communities through artisan enterprise. 

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