Gifts That Give

ifts that Give. With the holidays coming around and gift-giving being the trend… why not invest in the Kingdom of God?

Here are a few thoughts, and some world-changing organizations. I feel fully envisioned and encouraged reading each and every organization’s mission statement. This December, you can be a part of change and a part of seeing dreams of freedom and restoration fulfilled.

1. The Slingshot Cow Tote, $75. Supporting Invisible Children, this bag is hand-made by a seamstress living in Uganda, 100% cotton canvas with leather trim that only gets better with age. Each bag includes an inside pocket stamp that introduces you to the seamstress who made the bag, and the impact your purchase has on her and her family. So personal and such a versatile, well-made bag. 

2. Zia: Silver Leather Leaf Earring, $22. These beautiful earrings are handcrafted from locally sourced leather by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India. Proceeds from this purchase go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children. Maybe the best investment in a pair of earrings that you’ve ever made.

3. Griffin Blonde Tortoise Sunglasses$95, available in other colors and includes polarized lenses. Made by Warby Parker. Through your purchase of a pair of prescription or sunglasses, another pair is distributed to someone in need. The styles are SUPER cute and really the prices are so decent. 

4. Jasper Marine Slate Sunglasses, $95, available in other colors and includes polarized lenses. Made by Warby Parker. Through your purchase of a pair of prescription or sunglasses, another pair is distributed to someone in need. 

5. Uzma Travel Journal: Grey with Silver Moroccan, $11. Supporting Raven + Lily, a socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering HIV-positive women in Ethiopia and marginalized Muslim women in Northern India. This journal is made with 100% recycled cotton paper and textiles. This journal’s proceeds go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children. 

6. Uzma Travel Journal: Ivory with Gold Eye, $11. Supporting Raven + Lily, a socially responsible brand dedicated to empowering HIV-positive women in Ethiopia and marginalized Muslim women in Northern India. This journal is made with 100% recycled cotton paper and textiles. This journal’s proceeds go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and their children. This beats Barnes & Noble.

7. KEY2FREE Viscose Tee, $25. Supporting the A21 Campaign, an organization fighting to abolish human trafficking in the 21st century. 

8. Peacock Earrings$20. This purchase supports Noonday Collection, which works to fight poverty for women living in Rwanda, and supports orphan care and prevention. These earrings are made by women in India working in fair trade conditions. This group of artisans creates avenues of employment for economically disadvantaged women. 

9. Highlands Black Women’s Botas, $79. I like these. Supporting the TOMS mission, which for every shoe purchased, gives a pair of shoes to a child in need. 

10. Goat and 2 Chickens, $100 or any other amount. Help provide for multiple families with this most practical gift, supporting World Vision

11. Kantha Blanket, $198. Supporting the efforts of Hand & Cloth. Look at their gorgeous website (pictures, design, everything… I’m in love) and read about the work that they are doing to offer livelihood and life for women at risk and survivors of human trafficking in Bangladesh. I had the opportunity to meet Sarah, who directs Hand & Cloth, last weekend. She is wonderful and these blankets are hand stitched, rich, beautiful. Each one, one of a kind- made from six layers of vintage sari fabric, sewn together… 

12. The Rose Bracelet, $95. Supporting Invisible Children, this Rose Gold bracelet is a symbol for women in Central Africa trapped in abuse. It’s a statement to those who’ve been abducted and turned into slaves: I will fight for you. 

13. Aftercare Package for a Trafficking Survivor$30 each. Supporting International Justice Mission, this gift provides tangible necessities for a survivor of sex trafficking.