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Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Christmas Gift Buying Guide: GIRLS

Baby Girls

Glad Worship CD from Ben Doggett ($10)


What better way to send Baby Doll off to dreamland than with a selection of peaceful worship music? Listen to a sampling of Ben’s tracks here, then email him directly for this special price on this special collection. Get both Glad and Deep to Deep for the combo price of only $15.





French Terry Baby Blanket from Brightly Twisted ($28)


In a variety of colors and patterns to match the growing personality of any little one, this soft terry blanket is sure to please the fussiest baby right down into naptime.





Bamboo Baby Socks from Brightly Twisted ($12)


Oh, the cuteness. Also in a variety of colors, these little socks will keep your Brightly Twisted baby’s toes safe and warm.









Onesie from Brightly Twisted ($28)


These dyed-by-hand onesies are as carefully crafted and unique as your special little person.

Details:

  • Lap shouldered neck opening for easy dressing.
  • Double needle rib binding at the neck, sleeve and leg openings for a classier more finished look than just underwear
Fabric: bamboo cotton

Also comes in a short-sleeve model.


Girls, ages 4-7

Fun Soap from Heart Expressions, LLC ($5)


   

Make bath time a play party with Fish-in-a-Bag or Sea Glass Soap. With nothing but glycerin, colorant, and fragrance, these soaps are as pure as that sweet little girl in the tub.


PersianPuppets from Trades of Hope ($38)


A set of 2, these whimsical, soft puppets are made of cotton and upcycled fabrics. This means every king and queen's dress will vary.

Approx. Measurements: 14" x 8.5"
Material: Recycled cotton and polyester
Color: Multi colors
*Colors vary 

Artisan Information:
In a developing society like India it can be unimaginably difficult to secure a living especially for the disadvantaged. This artisan group is determined to help the widowed, the abused, the poor, and the handicapped. Providing much more than merely sustainable income to give regular meals for their families, they are providing education, job training, and are actively fighting for women’s rights. The community established through this group has provided a haven in which all women, despite their past, have a welcoming community where they are supported while also gaining self confidence through becoming self-sufficient.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India. 


Sophie Books by Stephen Davies (prices vary)


'Watch out! The locusts are coming!' A terrifying army of locusts is making its way along the edge of the Sahara desert, devastating the crops in one village after another. Gidaado's village is next. When the locusts arrive Gidaado will need all his wits about him in order to survive. He will also need his friend Sophie, his three-stringed guitar and an albino camel as fast as the Saharan wind.




A Cat Named Denali: Arlington, VA by Gretchen Schuyler Brenckle, illustrated by Kathryn Belcher Frazier ($12.70)


Meet Denali the Cat! Denali is on the adventure of a lifetime as she travels the United States meeting new friends and learning fun new facts. Where will she go next?






Girls, ages 8-12

Jeweled Necklace from Trades of Hope ($24)


Wear this gorgeous necklace long or doubled. Made out of iron wire, glass beads, and nickel-free plating.

Approx. Measurements: 50''
Material: Iron wire, glass beads, & nickel free plating
Color: Multi-colored & silver

Artisan Information:
The poverty cycle in India continues primarily because of the lack of proper education. Most schools are not free in India and many cannot afford to send their children to school. Girls' educations are often neglected as they are considered burdens on their families. Therefore, many children never learn to read or write and grow up to very limited opportunities. However, through this artisan group, futures are being transformed. Women are being empowered and their children are provided with a free education. An impact to be felt for generations to come.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India.


World Changer Coin Bank from Trades of Hope ($38)


Save up for your next adventure with this handmade terra cotta coin bank.

Approx. Measurements: 20" Circumference, 6" tall/wide, coin slot 1.5" by .25"
Materials: Clay & chalk powder
Colors: Terracotta & white 

Artisan Information:
"Caste mentality” strongly exists among Bengali people. Many women are discriminated against and looked down upon by society for being poor. This artisan group empowers the disadvantaged; especially women, people with, disabilities and indigenous people of the society. This group strives to empower rural women through handicraft production. Working with women regardless of caste, creed, or race. These women are provided job training, job creation skills, and leadership training. Thank you for giving these woman a new opportunity in life!

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in Bangladesh. 



Leggings from Brightly Twisted ($86)

Because don’t we all wish we could still wear these like this?

  • Slim fit
  • Elastic waistband
  • Spandex provides firm hold
  • Cotton keeps garment breathable
  • Model is 5"9 . Wearing size M
Dye Specifics:
  • Muddled variances of mossy, army green
Fabric Content:   87% organic cotton    13% spandex









Juniper Headband Set from Trades of Hope ($32)

 

This set of two headbands is covered in sequins and beads, hand-sewn into intricate designs.

Approx. Measurements: 20" stretchy band
Materials: Beads, elastic & velvet
Colors: 1- Grey, silver, black, feather-like pattern/diagonal lines that meet at center
2- Gold, crystal, black, Circular designs

Artisan Information:
The poverty cycle in India continues primarily because of the lack of proper education. Most schools are not free in India and many cannot afford to send their children to school. Girls' educations are often neglected as they are considered burdens on their families. Therefore, many children never learn to read or write and grow up to very limited opportunities. However, through this artisan group, futures are being transformed. Women are being empowered and their children are provided with a free education. An impact to be felt for generations to come.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India.


Girls, ages 13-18

Bamboo Cotton Socks from Brightly Twisted ($33)


In more color combinations than you can shake a foot at, these socks are the best friends her feet will ever have! Eco-friendly bamboo cotton makes these socks super soft and cozy. Truly our most universal item available, they’re a one-foot-fits-all sensation, and a wonderfully sneaky way to add some brightlytwisted to anyone's wardrobe.

Fabric: bamboo cotton





Chelsea Necklace from Trades of Hope ($32)

 
  
 This curved bar necklace features gold and rose gold tones. Hanging from a gold colored chain, this piece was named after one of our co-founders because of her golden and modern style, along with her passion for using sustainable business to end poverty. 

Approx. Measurements: 18"-20"
Material: Mixed metal
Color: Gold and rose gold

Artisan Information:
Creating these exquisite products goes beyond helping women escape poverty by providing job training so they can become self-reliant and independent. In addition to the sustainable business that comes from crafting products, these artisans are receiving welfare programs, financial management classes, education and healthcare. These artisans are now able to provide for their families a healthy and promising future.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India.


Drawn by Maria Keffler ($4.99 ebook; $13.89 paperback)


This coming-of-age speculative fiction story will take your teen on a heart-throbbing journey back to the 1980’s.

Artistic prodigy Juliet Brynn just wants to survive 1982 with as little social torture as possible. But then her sketches start to come true and Damon Sheppard, a boy with a troubled past, shows her worlds she never knew existed and a power at work in the universe that forges paths into places most people choose never to go. When Juliet begins to shape the future by drawing it, she must discover the source of her newfound Power of Artistic Prophecy and the key to making it work.
"I started to pray for help to come, for God to save us. Then I stopped. I swallowed another mouthful of my own blood. If God even existed, he obviously didn’t give a crap about me."
When unthinkable trauma strikes, will Damon—and Juliet’s prophetic gift—prove as catastrophic as some predict, or can they impart her the power to make everything right again?

Give her the complete Drawn series with Books II & III:

 
        


 
  

“So Thankful For You... because most of my other friends kind of suck.” (Blank Inside)

Set of six thank-you cards she’ll love sending.


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Kids:               Babies           Boys (ages 4-7)
                                                Boys (ages 8-12)
                                                Boys (ages 13-18)
Women:        20’s-30’s       40’s-60’s       70’s+

Men:              20’s-30’s       40’s-60’s       70’s+

2017 Christmas Gift Buying Guide: MEN

Men, 20’s-30’s

Lip Balm from Heart Expressions, LLC ($3/$3.50)


Keep his lips kissably soft. This exotic, sweet balm has a creamy texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. Blended with coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba oil, castor oil and beeswax, this upgrade on plain old drugstore lip-balm sticks is yummy without being too feminine for a manly man.




Journey Laptop Sleeve from Trades of Hope ($58)


The hardworking men in your life will appreciate this Journey Laptop Sleeve made by Indian artisans that have been rescued out of sweatshops and now earn a fair and living wage.
Approx. Measurements: 14" x 11"  
Material: Felt, cotton, partial leather, and mixed metal  
Color: Brown and Grey
Artisan Information:
Artisan group creates these beautiful handmade products which has empowered them to become self reliant and economically independent. These artisans were once working in the mainstream market and experienced unfair wages and exploitation, but through this group they are now paid a fair wage which is changing their lives. Through their work they can now pay for food, education and other expenses to make a better life for themselves and for their families. It is our hope that through the production of these products these Artisans will break free from poverty and continue to gain confidence and dignity by being a part of this group.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India. 

Inkblot Pillows from Brightly Twisted ($138)


Brighten up his home life with some colorful inkblot pillows. Soft and plump, as well as chic and stylish, these throw pillows are eye catching and easy to pair with other pillows, blankets, or simply add some color to a room on their own!
Velvet pillow measures 20"x20".


A 10-Card Get-You-Through-the-Year Gift Set from A Bit Peculiar Cards & Art ($50)

 Make sure he’s never caught empty-handed on special occasions.
A Year's Worth of Cards, Ready to Go. Four (4) Birthday Cards, one (1) Get-Well Card, one (1) Congratulations Card, one (1) Anniversary Card, one (1) Sympathy/Encouragement Card, one (1) Valentine's Card, and one (1) Christmas Card.

Colors and patterns may vary, as each card is individually crafted by hand.


Men, 40’s-60’s

Alden Messenger Bag from Trades of Hope ($145)


Work in Fair Trade style with our gorgeous Alden Messenger Bag.  Our Indian artisan partners have sewn this with exquisite detail!

Approx. Measurements: 15" W x 11" L
25" longest drop length
Materials: Goat Leather
Colors: Brown leather (Shades may vary)

Artisan Information:
The poverty cycle in India continues primarily because of the lack of proper education. Most schools are not free in India and many cannot afford to send their children to school. Girls' educations are often neglected as they are considered burdens on their families. Therefore, many children never learn to read or write and grow up to very limited opportunities. However, through this artisan group, futures are being transformed. Women are being empowered and their children are provided with a free education. An impact to be felt for generations to come.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India.

Deep to Deep Worship CD from Ben Doggett ($7)

 This collection of Gospel worship music from Ben Doggett will turn his commute into an extended quiet time of praise and meditation. Order direct via email for this special price.






Craftsmen Leather Bracelet Set from Trades of Hope ($26)

Made by Empowered Artisans in India, this set includes two masculine leather bracelets. One adjusts on leather cords, the other buckles with a rustic lobster clasp. 

Approx. Measurements: Braided Bracelet- 3" to 3.5" adjustable diameter
Material: Leather, Cotton wax cord, & Alloy metal
Color: Brown 
Artisan Information:
In India today, 4% of children never start school, 58% don't complete primary school and 90% don't even graduate. This is the result of the extreme poverty in this country. Many parents have to choose between providing an education for their children or feeding their families. This Artisan group has helped by providing books, uniforms, and school fees for many needy children. They are now currently working on building a school which will bring an education to 300 students who otherwise would not have received one.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India. 

A Subscription to Make Magazine ($24.99-39.99/year)
  
This bimonthly magazine (print and/or digital) makes a fabulous gift for the guy who likes to tinker. Filled with projects, it inspires the techie or craftsman to get creative throughout the year.



Men, 70’s+
Voyager Leather Journal from Trades of Hope ($38) 
Whether traveling the world or retiring at home, record your thoughts in this handmade Voyager Leather Journal.  ($38)  It is created by women who have come out of sweatshops and can now work from home to be near their families.

Approx. Measurements: 9" x 5"
Materials: Leather (goat)
Colors: Reddish brown (shades may vary)

Artisan Information:
Sweatshops in India work employees 12-14 hours a day. Through this artisan group, they are given the ability to work from home, allowing them to spend time with their families and make fair wages. They are being trained to own their own business so that they can provide for their family!

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India. 


Indigo Bamboo Blanket & Pillow Set from Brightly Twisted ($298)


Add a unique and uncommonly pretty touch to your home with our incredibly soft and hand-dyed homewares! The quality and color you know and love from our clothing is now available for you to cozy up with!!
This colorway is available on both pillows and blankets as well as a set of the two! The bamboo blankets are cut to order - literally made just for you!
Bamboo Blanket measures 50"x 60"
Velvet Pillow measures 20"x 20"    -INSERT INCLUDED-

Leather Traveler Wallet from Trades of Hope ($35)


Soft, rugged leather features nine card slots, two bill compartments, and a ID window.

Approx. Measurements:
When folded 3.5" W x 4.38" L
Unfolded length is 8.75"
Materials: Leather, black polyester lining, cotton thread, & plastic ID holders 
Artisan Information:
The Indian artisans who make this wallet focus on providing education for the neediest children in their community. They have worked hard to raise enough funds to establish a school so that parents in their poor community won't have to choose between working to provide basic needs for their families or sending their children to school. This group has given work to a multitude of women without sacrificing their desire for their children to have a bright and promising future.

Purchase this piece and empower a woman in India. 

The God of Mists & Shrouds by Maria Keffler ($4.99 ebook; $11.89 paperback)


Gift the history buff some light reading.
An orphaned Hebrew princess disguises herself as an exiled peasant. A Babylonian slave chooses between the courage that could save her and despair over the love she has lost. A sorceress discovers the truth behind the origins of her dark power. The consequences of the masters they choose will reverberate through generations. As King Amel-Marduk reigns over Babylonia during the Israelites' exile there from 586-516 BC, three women choose their own paths along a history marked with tragedy, betrayal and injustice. Ziona hides from her past and fears that the God of her countrymen has abandoned her to a future as repugnant to her as it is coveted by her enemies. Gatha looks for the courage to speak the truth, and to choose either a foreign faith that promises an impossible hope, or a consuming despair over circumstances she can't change. Parva discovers the reality of her helplessness against the dark forces of a spirit world she gravely underestimated.
Continue Shopping:

Kids:               Babies           Girls (ages 4-7)      Boys (ages 4-7)
                                                Girls(ages 8-12)    Boys (ages 8-12)
                                                Girls(ages 13-18)  Boys (ages 13-18)
Women:        20’s-30’s       40’s-60’s       70’s+