Here at Toffee & Twine, we’ve declared March to be Gifts that Give Back Month.
Gifts that Give Back are gifts that support charitable organizations that are working hard to make the world a better place.
We like to think of these gifts as a win-win-win situation: You win by feeling good about giving back, the person receiving your gift wins by getting a great gift, and the organization wins by receiving your donation.
There are hundreds of amazing organizations out there doing important work, and increasingly more of them are partnering with commerce stores, or manufacturing their own gifts to help make giving back that much more fun.
When you’re choosing a Gift that Gives Back, it’s important to do some research about the organization your gift is supporting:
Is the money going straight to people in need and/or action that betters the world? Is this an organization that you and the person you’re gifting to stand behind?
We’re kicking things off with 6 gifts from UNICEF’s marketplace.
UNICEF market is a platform for unique pieces, crafted by artisans all over the world. Every single purchase supports UNICEF’s mission: To save and protect vulnerable children all over the world.
UNICEF partners with NOVICA, who developed an infrastructure that allows purchases to go directly from the country of origin to you. That means that your purchase DIRECTLY supports the artisan.
Here’s 6 of our favorite gifts currently available in UNICEF Market:
This beautiful ruana – a type of Peruvian cloak – and included scarf will be a beloved winter wardrobe staple for whomever you gift this beauty to.
The ruana is handmade by Alfredo Falcon, whose workshop outside of Lima provides a sanctuary for other textile artisans who fled central Peru during times of unrest.
The price of this one-of-a-kind gift enables UNICEF to provide 61 doses of measles vaccine to children around the world.
Get the ruana here: Wine and Purple Ruana with Scarf
This striking rug is meant to evoke the warmth of the Mexican sun, where it is handwoven by artist Mario Chavez.
The Zapotec are an indigenous people to central Mexico, and weaving is a central part of their culture.
Mario Chavez and his family use wool that they’ve sheared from their own sheep, and all natural dyes to make these vibrant rugs.
Brighten up your space: Handmade Zapotec Wool Rug
This gorgeous hammock will have you wanting to spend most of your time outside...and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Handmade in Guatemala by artist Estuardo Cofino, this hammock features hand crocheted borders and a sturdy frame.
Start relaxing here: Cotton Hammock
Rosy and Daniel handcraft this copper vase in Mexico. Oxidized copper gives the vase a brilliant green hue, and the spirals give it that bit of “ooh la la!”
Rosy and Daniel are a married couple who are passionate about maintaining the copper craft tradition of Santa Clara del Cobre, in the state of Michoacan. They are the fifth generation of copper workers in their family, which means that every piece they make retains generations of tradition.
The price of this vase enables UNICEF to provide 146 packets of lifesaving nourishment to children suffering from severe malnourishment.
Save a child’s life: Spiral Motif Copper Vase
This beautiful tea set for two is handmade in Thailand. Artisan Thatsanee crafts the teapot and cups from celadon, while Ramphan paints delicate designs on the vessels. Celadon artistry is traditional to the Lanna, or Northern Thai culture, and requires great skill.
The beautiful green-glass appearance of the teapot is sure to relax your senses, as you sip on delicious tea.
Get your tea time on: Green and Brown Celadon Tea Set for Two
This gorgeous silver arm cuff is handcrafted in Mexico. Artist Angel Ortiz draws from his family traditions in Taxco, a city famous for silversmithing.
If you’re looking for a statement piece, this arm cuff will take any outfit from meh, to amazing.
The price of this gift enables UNICEF to provide 599 satchels of oral rehydration salts to help children combat dehydration.
Get the cuff here: Handcrafted Sterling Silver Bracelet
Whether you’re gifting yourself or a loved one, give a little back with your gifting.