10 Gifts That Help Women Around the Globe

updated May 1, 2019
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If you could buy a gift that would look great in someone’s home and also make a huge difference to someone else in need, would you do it? If the answer is yes, look no further than the list below.

We’ve rounded up 10 awesome gifts that are handcrafted by women across the globe. The purchase of each item helps women support themselves and their families — what’s better than that?

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  1. Plume Napkin Set, $38 for four at Raven & Lily: If your friend is into upcycling, this napkin set will be right up her alley. Made out of repurposed remnant linen, the napkins are screen-printed by hand by female artisans in Phnom Penh.
  2. Nepali Potholder, $8 at Global Girlfriend: This colorful potholder was made by female artisans supported by the ACP, a nonprofit organization located at the foot of the Himalayas dedicated to putting in-need artisans to work.
  3. Teak Salad Server Set, $28 at Accompany: Handcrafted in Vietnam, these gorgeous teak salad servers are made out of excess material left behind by loggers. They’re also made through efforts that help artisans, from Bolivia to Vietnam, improve their living standards.
  4. Pearl Artemis Frame, $22 at Enrou: Beautifully carved and crafted out of ethically sourced bone, this frame — handcrafted by female artisans in India — will look amazing holding a menu, a special cocktail napkin, or anything else, really.
  5. Customizable Market Bag, $68 at Apolis: This bag — which can be customized to include any neighborhood, state, and country — is so cute, your friend will actually remember to bring it to the store. Bonus: Each bag is handcrafted by a cooperative of moms in Bangladesh who are provided a fair-trade wage, job security, and benefits.
  6. Margarita Placemat, $10 at The Little Market: Produced by Mayan weavers working with Guatemala-based Mayan Hands, these vibrant placemats will brighten up a dining room and provide opportunities for female weavers to better themselves.
  7. Woven Basket, $110 at The Citizenry: Handcrafted by a collective of 20 women in Uganda, each patterned basket is created using traditional techniques (it takes weeks to produce one finished basket!) and includes a fitted lid, making it a perfect storage solution.
  8. Grey Bone Inlay Box, $48 at Global Goods Partners: Global Goods Partners creates economic opportunities for female artisans in more than 20 countries by selling their wares like this little box, which is gorgeous and could totally hold recipe cards or other kitchen odds and ends.
  9. Mini Brass Pineapple, $35 at Indego Africa: Indego Africa works with 25 groups of 1,000 women in Rwanda and Ghana to sell products that are handmade using traditional techniques like this brass pineapple, crafted in Ghana out of 100 percent recycled brass.
  10. Bamboo Plate Set, $19 at Ten Thousand Villages: This colorful bamboo plate set — made in Vietnam by female artisans who are paid a fair wage — is designed to rest on top of a wine glass, making them perfect for someone who frequently throws cocktail parties.
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