There is no doubt lots of holiday sales happening, but if you haven’t crossed everyone off your shopping list yet, I’d like for you to consider something different this year! Nothing makes me happier than receiving a gift that I know went to a good cause, so I wanted to share some artisanal gift ideas that do just that. As you guys know by now, I’ve been working with UNICEF USA throughout the year to raise awareness, contribute to great causes, and more. This holiday season, they’re offering several holiday gift ideas that give back to those who need it most around the globe. With Christmas less than a month away, I wanted to get these on your radar, so you’ll have them in time to wrap and give!
This is a great option to put on your Christmas list for others to give to you. The UNICEF Inspired Gift Collection offers everything from school supplies and warm clothing to soccer balls and vaccines. Think of this as replacing your personal Christmas gift with supplies that help the world’s most vulnerable children. You can also make a donation in honor of your friends or family members.
The following items are from UNICEF Market—an online collection of handcrafted items made by artisans from around the world that fund critical care for children. Purchasing from these artisans and family-run workshops will allow UNICEF to scale up response to COVID-19 and other emergencies, as well as continue to implement health, nutrition, sanitation, protection, education, and more programs for children in over 190 countries.
Here is a great gift for the guys that also makes a beautiful home decor piece. This chess set is entirely hand-carved from warm brown marble and translucent onyx from Mexico’s Sierra family. It’s lined with a soft fabric on the back so you don’t have to worry about it scratching anything. (I also love this one for more of a minimalist vibe!)
I’m a big fan of fun, unique glassware and will often collect vintage sets. I love these cocktail glasses for their vibrant colors. It adds a festive touch to any gathering or table setting! This set is eco-friendly, as it is crafted from recycled glass. Not only that but your purchase can provide enough polio vaccines to vaccinate 85 children!
Jewelry is always a good idea for friends, sisters, and nieces. This dainty piece is such a classic with the shell pendant and delicate chain. It’s truly a great alternative to mainstream jewelry brands when it can provide
32 doses of measles vaccine to children!
In case you missed it, mug and saucer sets are becoming a thing in home decor and I’m a fan. This set is handmade in Thailand and comes in the most exquisite pattern. It’s perfect for any home decor enthusiast or anyone collecting unique chinaware.
The black and ivory, geometric motifs on this cushion cover makes a perfect addition to the living room or even patio furniture. I love that the bold and dramatic design that works well in most home settings. Handwoven in Peru, it would be great as a housewarming gift, something for the hostess, or even a newly married couple who may be buying their first home together!
This unique table runner and placemats set from Indonesia perfectly adorns any dinner table. It’s especially great for anyone who’s obsessed with that modern farmhouse aesthetic. The best part is that the runner has a natural cedar-like aroma to it (just perfect for the holidays). It can be dressed up or down throughout the holiday season – and used beyond that too!
Here’s another home gift that I’m obsessed with. It’s an uber soft and lightweight alpaca blanket in a beautiful beige pattern. I’d give this to the homebody or someone who loves cozy gifts. They can stay all wrapped up throughout winter!