Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact
Looking for the perfect gift? One that says volumes about who you are, and the amazing, conscious person you think they are? Mission-driven gifts are the next big thing in gift giving. We’ve rounded up some serious gorgeous gift ideas, made by artisan women around the world:
Silver Leaf Necklace by Raven and Lily
Raven + Lily’s Ethiopia collection transforms what was once meant for harm into beautiful jewelry while empowering HIV+ women living near the Entoto Mountain. Their handmade pieces benefit at-risk women suffering from homelessness and disenfranchisement. Artisans craft jewelry with upcycled metal – empowering at-risk women. Their Almaz Silver Leaf Necklace is $64 and handmade in Ethiopia of recycled silver, copper, and brass.
Silver Scented Candle by Prosperity Candle
Prosperity candles are hand-poured, delicately scented, and artfully crafted by women artisans who are building brighter futures for themselves and their families in western Massachusetts after years in refugee camps. Every candle comes with the name of the woman that made it so you can look up her story on our website and even send her a note. I especially love their modern, Stockholm Collection candles, including the silver Osby votive candle, which is $22 (and I fully plan on storing jewelry in it once I’ve burned up the candle). I’m usually very picky with scents, but I love all of Prosperity’s fragrances, which are made using essential oils. Make sure to ask for their beeswax and soy wax filling (call and request it), since it’s free of paraffin.
Body Oil by True Moringa
If you haven’t already gotten on board the moringa oil train, it’s high time. Their paraben free, sulfate free, all natural facial and hair serums are lightweight and easily absorbed, locking in lasting moisture and preventing signs of aging with antioxidants and unique moisturizing agents. Not to mention they provide a sustainable livelihood to over 1,000 small farming families in Ghana. Get (my favorite) peppermint infused True Moringa body oil for only $29.
Tea by Ajiri Tea
Exceptionally full-bodied and smooth, award-winning Ajiri Kenyan Black Tea ($9) is grown in the Kisii Hills of western Kenya, an area known for its abundant rainfall and fertile soil. Each comes in a decorative box made from dried banana leaves, with a little bag tied with handmade beads inside. Everything is handmade by women in Kenya, and 100% of profits support education for orphans.