Tis the season to give and receive, and if you are reading this post, this year you want to give mindfully and ethically. We asked Judith Treanor, founder and curator of TEMPLES and MARKETS, a super chic one-stop shop for all things exotic and sustainably-made to be our guest style and shopping editor and she happily obliged. Yay! Her generosity extended to an added perk just for our readers - a juicy promotional discount! (see below) Here are her gift-giving suugestions for practically everyone on your list; including yourself.
For The Downtown Mum who has all the usual Boho chatkis possible and is yearning for something with utility as well as spirit
For the nurturing Tiger Mom who is busy, very hands-on (possibly a SAHM) and is hyper concerned about her kids education
For the slightly proper husband/partner/lover/SO who travels for work a lot but doesn't have time to really explore.
For the young child.
The Human and Hope Association is a grass roots NGO in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Proceeds from the sale of their handicrafts support education, vocational training and community support projects to move Cambodians out of poverty. The Stationary Carriers are handcrafted by seamstresses who create these beauties at their homes in Siem Reap, Cambodia, for a fair wage.
The Stationary Carrier is a great alternative to the Pencil Case, Keeps them organised and all their friends will want one too! The Stationary Carrier is full of Pencils, Sharpener, Ruler and it is so much easier to find the Pens, Pencils, Erasers they need. Rolls up for Easy Carrying. Makes a perfect gift. Each carrier is made from Saroung fabric with a coconut shell button and features lead pencil, coloured pencils, crayons, a pencil sharpener and eraser. Just one of the gorgeous handicrafts featured in store from the Human and Hope Association in Cambodia.
For the teenager.
FREEDOM MULTI BAND BRACELET WITH LOTUS CHARM
Teenagers love Friendship Bracelets but this one is incredibly special. It has a story behind it that the socially conscious Teen will love to get behind.
Proceeds from each Freedom Bracelet provides safe employment for survivor artisans and at-risk women in Cambodia. Profits from this initiative also fund the education and protection of street-working children and their families from human trafficking and exploitation.
A Lotus Flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with breathtaking beauty, untouched by its impure surroundings. It is against this imagery that the Social Enterprise “Senhoa” was conceptualized to represent the women and children they work with. In other words – out of negativity, beauty can grow.
The Senhoa lotus flower is an enduring symbol of innocence, resilience and hope.
The Lotus Flower Bracelet is a upscaled designer take on the friendship bracelet and if you love to shop ethically you will absolutely love yours.
Each bracelet comes with a card that tells the recipient where the money from its purchase will go to.
The Best Friend who has everything, does everything, knows practically everything, but needs to slow down.
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