Gift Ideas: Gorgeous & Inexpensive Gifts for Your Secret Santa

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Hilary’s Picks: Gifts with Impact

Find the perfect gift, while supporting a woman artisan.

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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 traveling around Europe, with pied-a-terre's in Zurich, London, Milan and Lyon, France. 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 life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 71 Comments

  1. Ofelia Ruley

    I’ve heard of True Moringa a lot. I heard that it really does help the skin feel moisturized. Is it okay for sensitive skin though? It might be comedogenic and I don’t want to end up with clogged pores and breakouts. That would be really terrible.

  2. Doreen Morales

    Are there gifts for men too? Women aren’t hard to give gifts to. But men? It’s so difficult…….

  3. Socks, huh? I kinda wished that the prints would be colorful or aztec like! Well, I do love socks and I collect them in different colors and designs. Weird, right? But I just find it really cute. Thanks for the gift suggestions that you prepared here. I would love to offer a little bit of help for these very lovely goods. Do they ship worldwide? I really admire how you always do the right thing for the world, Hilary. I wish that there would be more people like you.

  4. Hmmm… I love that the suggestions are unique. That’s what I need, alright!

  5. It’s already -ber month and it’s almost Christmas! I’m so excited.

  6. Felicia Romero

    That sling bag looks pretty. My only problem is that it’s not my style. Not sure if I can also give it to people I know as well. My mom would definitely love the bangles and necklaces here though. It’s a really interesting piece that means a lot to those women artisans. I really do hope that they profit and sell more in the future so that they can benefit from it. Love the Symbology clutch as well. Very simple yet chic looking, definitely more my style!

  7. Shirley Haynes

    The ones from India look really nice. I love their bold style.

  8. Hachi Komatsu

    I dislike giving away candles. No matter what greater purpose it serves, most people will just store them and not even notice it until there’s a city blackout. But seriously, if I give this to my friends they’d stick it up my ass and say that I could do better. My friends are nice but they don’t take presents seriously. 😂 But if I may add, before some of you hate on my friends, these are really fantastic crafts.

  9. Karen Abeyta

    It would be really great to help women artisans by buying these and giving it as gifts. They’re really talented women who produce great creations.

  10. These are very affordable if you ask me. Now, it would only depend on who you give it to.

    • Sandy Green

      Yeah, I don’t give expensive gifts to people I don’t value that much. 🤐

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