A Hope(ful) Holiday Shopping Guide

A Hope(ful) Holiday Shopping Guide


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.

We’ve curated a special selection you from HOPE and have included some other thoughts from Ten Thousand Villages, The Little Market, Done Good, and The Good Trade.

Thoughtful shopping for the ethically stylish.

1. Marama Fruit Basket

Handmade in Colombia by master craftswoman Ana Gladys Aponte. This product has been fairly traded. 

Marama fiber is typically found in tropical, humid areas in Colombia. The technique used for this type of basketry is in a spiral form.

2. Handwoven Basket

Use it as a laundry hamper, magazine holder, or towel basket, this beautiful piece was handcrafted in Colombia from 100% tetera fiber. Vegetable-dyed, fairly traded, and 100% sustainably-made.

3. Bicolor Terlenca Wicker Basket

Handwoven in Colombia by indigenous women from the Eperaara Siapidaara indigenous reserve in Timbiquí, Cauca. 

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.


4. Werregue Earrings

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.

5. The Creator Mochila Arhuaca

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.

6. Zodiac Cuff Gift Set by Prosperity Candle

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.

7. Happy Place Diffusers by Uncommon Goods

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!

8. Yellow Tetera Clutch

Handmade by Eperaara Siapidaara master weavers from the local tetera tree. This single piece takes about one entire day to make. 

9. Rose Fique Bag

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.


10. Black Arrow Cane Tinaja Bag

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

11. Linked Hopped Earrings (Ten Thousand Villages)

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.

12. Be Resilient Necklace (from Ten Thousand Villages)

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.

13. Spa Gift Set – Deluxe (from The Little Market)

Each gift box includes:

  • Sugar Scrub, hand-blended by young mothers at Bright Endeavors in the United States
  • Soaking Salt, hand-blended by young mothers at Bright Endeavors in the United States
  • Soap, handmade by women who are transitioning out of homelessness and working with MADE by DWC in Los Angeles
  • Bath Bomb, handmade by artisans at Musee Bath in the United States
  • Candle, hand-poured by women artisans at Prosperity Candle in the United States
  • Small White Ceramic Tray, handmade by artisans at Chabi Chic in Morocco
  • Glass Jar, handmade by artisans at Chabi Chic in Morocco
  • White Ceramic Cup, handmade by artisans at Chabi Chic in Morocco
  • Gift Box, handmade from recycled materials by artisans at Craft Boat in India

Each purchase empowers artisans around the world.


14. neuBody & Mind Restoring Crème (from Neuma). 

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















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