Gift Ideas: Gorgeous & Inexpensive Gifts for Your Secret Santa


Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

Find the perfect gift, while supporting a woman artisan.


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:

Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

Raven and Lily necklace and Prosperity Candle

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.

Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

True Moringa body oil and Ajiri Tea

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.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 51 Comments

  1. Jae Medina

    At times it is very difficult to find some good gifts when you don’t have some good budget. But i think these gift ideas you shared are really inexpensive and cute!

    • Thanks! I tried to pick items in all price ranges, so you can find great stuff for your colleague, sister, etc.

  2. Sonja FALLOW

    So many good ideas! Unbelievable that wecan get them for such reasonable prices! 🙂

  3. Kimberly Thompson

    Gifts never means big budget. It is something related to heart and feelings. If you can put it all, then definitely the outcome will be best. Very nicely done and well presented. Completely inspiring for anyone, who wishes to gift their loved ones but have a small budget. ?

  4. Amanda Roberts

    I really enjoyed this post. It was helpful. I’m picking a few things out of this list. Keep on posting! 🙂

  5. Frances Seifert

    Love them all, Hilary! Thank YOU for all your awesome gift ideas! XO

  6. Roberta Bennett

    So many cute ideas! Thanks ❤️

  7. Lynn Hayes

    Your blog (I think that is the term you use) is the best blog I’ve seen in such a long time, it is so full of brilliant and practical ideas. =]

  8. Diana Hewitt

    Always looking for new ideas for gifting, thank you! Very cool nice ideas. 🙂

  9. Sabrina Grattidge

    Some pretty cool stuff here. I actually found a gift for my sister in that list! 🙂

  10. Jennifer McSween

    These are great ideas for gifts! The thing I love most about them is that they are gorgeous yet inexpensive. t just goes to show that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to give a meaningful gift.

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