This time of year is a good reminder to be kind to one another. Hug a neighbour, compliment a stranger, tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. We could all use a little tenderness. Choose forgiveness over resentment, appreciation over jealousy, and gentle words rather than hurtful ones.
To all of my readers - I appreciate you and your support more than you know.
Now since it's the gift giving season I wanted to share some feel good gift ideas with you. I hope you enjoy some of these great companies on a mission and get inspired!
31 Bits jewelry is a socially minded business designed to give internally displaced women in Northern Uganda an opportunity to counter poverty. By giving their beneficiaries access to the international market, they are able to earn an instant income, providing homes, food, and education for their families. This program equips women by providing literacy education, financial and vocational training, holistic care, and strong support systems, empowering individuals to further their careers and attain social equity. The jewelry is beautiful and would make a great gift for a woman you love!
Sevenly's mission is to harness the power of art and community to build sustainable awareness and fund movements that support charities in their efforts to change the world. Every week they feature a different cause with a different clothing item for sale and provide 7$ with every purchase to the week's charity. I love the range of causes they support and stylish designs.
Feed Projects create beautiful bags and accessories to help feed, educate, and nourish those in need. For example, this gorgeous FEED 1 Bag in Gray will provide school meals to 1 child for 1 year.
Krochet Kids is a non profit that has helped over 150 people in Uganda and Peru start working, to receive education, and to be mentored toward a brighter future. Need something warm for winter? This ‘el Empoderamiento’ sweatshirt, Spanish for empowerment, is lined with fleece to keep you cozy and comfy all year round. The yarn and knitting needles graphic is also a great reminder of the women you support when you buy their products!
Radiant Cosmetics mission is to help garner awareness for human trafficking by raising funds through cosmetics, to provide resources for those on the forefront of change, as well as victims of trafficking. This moisturizing lip gloss is a perfect holiday staple to gift or get for your holiday parties!
Three Avocados Coffee - We all know a coffee lover! The beans in this coffee are 100% Arabica, are grown on Mt. Elgon in Uganda, and are hand-picked at the peak of ripeness. In addition to mouth-watering coffee products, Three Avocados also offers a number of other fair trade Christmas gift ideas like mugs, tumblers and t-shirts. On average, the farmers who work with Three Avocados are paid 20% above market prices for the coffee they grow. And because they use only organic methods, the coffee produced is also environmentally friendly. Most importantly, 100% of the net proceeds from Three Avocados coffee go toward providing clean water in Uganda.