This holiday season give the gift of substance and significance through objects and pieces that empower small communities. Spread fairly made beauty, make this year’s gifts about an affection filled with thoughtful gestures that carry critical thinking and ethical shopping. Ethical style not only carries the possibility to contribute to worthy causes, but it also means expanding prosperity to more contexts.
Thoughtful shopping for the ethically stylish.
Marama fiber is typically found in tropical, humid areas in Colombia. The technique used for this type of basketry is in a spiral form.
This decorative basket is made from palo de tetera, a local tree from the South Pacific. Extracting this fiber is a very long process, and only includes the use of the stem.
100% werregue palm fiber. Handcrafted by Wounaan indigenous women from the depths of the Colombian jungle in Chocó. Patterns and motifs are representations of their beliefs and daily lives. More about the Wounaan in our blog. Werregue items are very exclusive and one of a kind.
The Mochila Arhuaca is an admired artisan bag made by the Arhuaco people from Colombia. This bag is very practical for everyday use as it is very spacious, durable, and resistant to all types of weather. It is made from 100% virgin wool.
The Arhuaco reservation inhabits the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, a ridge that is located in northern Colombia. This specific bag was crafted in the Cesar region, by a women's co-op whose aim is to keep the tradition alive for generations to come.
These artisanal bags are worn by both men and women.
Each mochila bag is hand-made and takes about 20 days to craft; therefore each bag is completely unique.
Unique candles and gift sets created in their Easthampton, MA studio by women refugees building a brighter future for themselves and their families. Each candle is handpoured in a well-designed container that is easily refilled or repurposed. Soy blend wax and amazing scents with essential oils.
Thousands of unique and unusual gifts mindfully made by independent makers. From fun jewelry and cool accessories to creative home décor and kitchen items, UncommonGoods handpicks creative, purposeful products with impeccable design. SO much cool stuff to check out!
100% Vegetable-dyed. Handcrafted in Atanquez, Cesar in Colombia by master craftswoman Aura Montero. Winner of the Medal of Honor granted by Artesanías de Colombia. Indigenous community: Kankuamo from the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
This bag was crafted by women from the Zenu indigenous community from Cordoba, Colombia from 100% arrow cane fiber. Arrow cane is a Bambu-like plant that grows in a very tropical region in the northern part of Colombia. It is very durable and comes in a variety of 27 different qualities
The Linked Hoops Earrings features a cascade of rings. These earrings are made from upcycled bombshell brass and sterling silver. Decades of conflict have left the countryside of Cambodia littered with bombs—some still dangerous, all a reminder of violence. One by one, the makers at our fair trade partner Rajana cut and shape brass bomb casings, safely cleared by a demining agency, into jewelry — wearable statements of peace and progress.
The brass in this necklace was once a bombshell, making this piece of jewelry a powerful reminder of strength in adversity. Years of war left the Cambodian countryside littered with bomb casings. Makers turn these remnants of violence into symbols of resilience, healing and hope.
Each gift box includes:
Each purchase empowers artisans around the world.
Part of NEUMA’s Clean Body Care collection, this non-greasy body crème helps skin retain its moisture and helps restore elasticity, perfect for the changing seasons. This comforting créme is free of 15 different ingredients known to cause harm to our health and the planet, including phthalates, sulfates, parabens, ureas, and gluten. Plus, it’s certified vegan and cruelty-free.
Holiday gift guide put together by Vanessa Rosales.