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The World-Changing Christmas Gift Guide

By November 20, 2013Uncategorized
by Allie Marie Smith

1. Keranga Gold Hoop Earrings // by Raven + Lily {$32}
Beaded necklaces, earrings, and bracelets handmade using recycled metals (brass, copper, and silver). 
IMPACT: These exclusive designs crafted from melted bullet casings and vintage coins empower HIV+ women in Ethiopia. In addition to providing sustainable economic opportunities, Raven + Lily returns proceeds to fund school scholarships and micro-enterprise training for women and children in this community.

2. Ferdoz Small Wood + Leather Bangles in Gold or Silver // by Raven + Lily {$22}
Whether worn as a set or as stand-alone pieces, these super-chic bangles feature an element of nature, complemented with a sophisticated hint of metallic gold or silver leather. 
IMPACT: Handmade from locally sourced metallic leathers by marginalized women in Northern India. Proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children in the community.

3.Batike Coral * Indigo Travel Bag // by Della {$24}
Handmade of tradition batik fabric. 8.5 x 5 inches.
IMPACT: Provides employment, education and financial stability for women and men in Ghana. Their employees receive a steady, fair income and are empowered through education via mico-financing, savings, and entrepreneurship classes.

4. Nika Multi-colored Hair Ties // by Nika Collective {$15}
Beautiful dip-dyped hair ties. Comfortable in your hair and stylish around your wrist.
IMPACT: We employ women  in Nicaragua to create hair ties so that they can feed their children, while also using the proceeds from your purchases to help children holistically through child health and education programs.

5. The Empowerment Never Ending Necklace // by 31 Bits + The Giving Keys {$40}
Necklace is made on elastic and can also be worn as a wrap bracelet. Available in black and turquoise.
IMPACT: 31 Bits partnered with The Giving Keys for this unique piece. The Giving KEyes employes people who are looking to transition out of homelessness. Each piece consists of a strand of paper beads made by the 31 Bits women in Uganda, and a vintaged key engraved by The Giving Keyes employees with the word EMPOWER.

6. Darling Magazine // By Darling {$20}
This unique quarterly women’s magazine is a breath of fresh air. It’s a guidebook to lead you through the seasons of the year and your life. It exists to encourage and empower women and to be a voice of love. Features 152 pages of unique original content.
IMPACT: This counter-cultural, ad-free magazine uplifts women through rich content and beautiful photographs.

7. White Arrow Clutch // by Sseko Designs {$65.99}
Big enough to carry all the necessities for a night out in Paris and small enough to place in the top of your backpack, the White Arrow Clutch definitely makes the packing list cut. The front of this clutch is made from canvas and features leather chevron detail.
IMPACT: Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that hires high potential women in Uganda to make sandals to enable them to earn money through dignified employment that will go directly towards their college educations and ensure they will continue pursuing their dreams. 

8. The Original Falling Whistle // by Falling Whistles {$38}
This silver whistle hangs on a metal ball-chain necklace. Wear it and be a whistleblower for peace. 
IMPACT: Falling Whistles is working towards the end of the deadliest war of our time. They are building a global coalition to demand peace and investing in Congolese visionaries. They sell this whistle as a symbol of protest and ask you to be a whistleblower for peace. 

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