screen-shot-2016-12-10-at-9-53-56-amI’m not a big shopper. I can’t remember the last time John and I exchanged gifts at Christmas, and we don’t buy a lot for the kids, either. So perhaps I’m the least likely person to compile a gift-giving guide. But when I do give a gift, it’s with intention, so perhaps that makes up for quantity. So, with all that in mind, here are my suggestions for your gift-giving this season:

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The Giving Keys company not only provides a beautiful gift, but the gift keeps on giving, because the company employs those transitioning out of homelessness. What word will you wear and give?  They suggest you choose a word you need in your life, and then pass it on to someone who needs it more.

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Global Goods Partners mission is to empower women artisans around the world and helping them create sustainable change in their communities. Why not give a bracelet that does good in the world?

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I discovered this Calendula Lavender skin creme years ago, and haven’t looked back. It’s a must have for me, and I think you will love it, too. Perhaps for a stocking stuffer–for yourself or others.

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Mary Anne Radmacher has been making art her whole life. And you probably have one of her cards with her recognizable script on your wall. Go here to buy her inspirational creations, for your own wall or someone else’s.

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I collect paintings by artist Tom Cornish, and they are the first thing I see when I enter my home. If you are looking to collect work by a contemporary working artist, go here to buy one of Tom’s paintings or drawings.

 

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Heather Muse creates beautiful things from wood, including this symbol of love and solidarity.

I asked my Facebook friends to recommend artisans or writers who are women of color so I could expand my own repertoire of artists to support. Here are just a few of their suggestions and I hope you’ll consider intentionally seeking out and supporting women of color in doing their work in the world this holiday season and into the New Year:

Amy Cousin Jewelry

Sandy Baker Jewelry

Dancing Love Organics

Eugenia Shea

Nicole Edgecombe art

How about buying a baby doll that isn’t white?

And seek out black-owned Etsy shops

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You might also find something at my online store, like this water bottle that reminds us all to be kind.

Happy holiday, y’all.