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1. Ten Thousand Villages, Palm Wood Butter Board, $13

2. Barr-Co, Reserve Hand Soap, $34

3. Prosperity Candles, Burmese Gratitude Candle, $28

4. Nell & Mary, Succulent Tea Towel, $20

5 Areaware, Bent-Nail Bottle Opener by B. Ravenhill, $12

 

1.

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
Palm Wood Butter Board
$13

Photo by @ nisolomens

Photo by @nisolomens

the stuff:

We promise, you'll be the only party guest who shows up with a butter board as a gift.  Small and mighty, this pretty piece will squeeze onto a crowded table of hors d'oeuvres but is still big enough to hold a couple of cheeses and a small bowl of honey or a stick of artisanal butter (you know how your food snob friends are).  And, though it's only $13, the dark grain and smooth finish make it look like you dropped at least $25 (usually the cutoff for those office Secret Santa parties, right?  We won't tell anyone you spent less.)

 

the story

Ten Thousand Villages is a pioneer in the world of fair-trade, ethical shopping. This non-profit social enterprise has been using market-based solutions to end the cycle of poverty since 1946, so you can ask your grandma if she loves them as much as we do. TTV sources all of their products from communities throughout the developing world, and every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills by makers the company has known and worked with for years. Their site is chock-full of amazing artisanal products. Forget Amazon, this place has it all.

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages

Photo by Ten Thousand Villages


2.

BARR-CO
Reserve Hand Soap
$34

the stuff:

Finally a soap scent we never get sick of.  (We might also use it as face wash in a pinch...) Since friends are always asking us where we got this stuff when they visit and use our commode, we figure why not gift them a special version of it for the holidays? Before you roll your eyes at the idea of spending $34 dollars on a bottle of hand soap, let us point out that it's a really big (and pretty!) bottle and probably not something your host/ess will buy for themselves, thus making it a perfect gift. They'll appreciate the rustic glam quality it brings to their countertop, and the fact that they now have a hand soap that doubles as a conversation starter.  (SOAP IS A CONVERSATION STARTER WHEN YOU REACH A CERTAIN AGE OK?!?.)

the story:

Don't let their Anthro affiliation fool you. St. Louis-based Barr-Co. (one of the brands under the K. Hall Studio umbrella) prides itself on creating eco-friendly, quality goods in small batches with lovely, reusable packaging.  We bought our first bottle of Barr-Co soap for the pretty retro packaging and the scent; now we're buying some for everyone we know because it's the best soap we've ever used.  It leaves our hands (and our face and our kids faces and our baby's tush) feeling luxuriously soft, even without lotion after (though we'll admit, we have their lotion, too).  Barr-Co sells a gift set of most of their soaps and lotions in smaller sized bottles with metal holders to set them in.  They're cute, but the metal rusted on our bathroom counter, plus there's something about that oversized bottle, large and in charge by the sink.  Barr-Co is making statement soaps a thing.

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3.

PROSPERITY CANDLES
Burmese Gratitude Candle
$28

Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles

the stuff:

Everybody loves a pretty candle.  The problem is, so many of the cute candles you find at high-end gift stores are petroleum-based paraffin wax candles that pump nasty chemicals into the air that can damage the brain, lungs and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties. Avoid that nastiness and go all natural instead.  We love everything about these black glass beauties from Prosperity Candle, from the wood wicks, to the essential oils they're scented with, to the fact that every one is hand poured by Burmese women in their Massachusetts studio. The symbol atop each label is the candle's name handwritten in Burmese, the official language spoken in Burma (Myanmar). Feeling especially grateful?  Spring for Prosperity Candle's "Thank You" set and get the candle, organic coffee beans and sea salted caramels. Sounds like the perfect day-after-the-party combo for the host/ess on your list.

the story:

Prosperity Candle is a social enterprise that supports refugees and artisans through candle-making and beautifully crafted vessels. Each candle is hand poured by a woman artisan using the highest quality waxes, natural cotton and wood wicks, and premium fragrances made with essential oils. No synthetic fragrances here! The women who started Prosperity did so to honor creativity and quality, support fair trade and ethically made goods, and to keep unhealthy stuff out of their homes. But most importantly, this is a company that believes in "contributing to the common good, the power of optimism, and in shared prosperity where everyone everywhere has the opportunity to thrive."  Amen to that.
 

 

Photo by Prosperity Candles

Photo by Prosperity Candles


4.

NELL & MARY
Succulent Tea Towels
$20 (on sale for $12!)

Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary

 

the stuff

Cutest hand towels ever. Perfect for your mom or that friend who just bought a house.  Or, hey, take advantage of the sale and buy them for yourself (we won't judge!  A girl needs chic tea towels!  Um, what the heck are tea towels?  According to HuffPost, they’re meant to be used as a "drying tool" in the kitchen.  So.... kitchen hand towels.  But tea towels sounds so much more refined, so we're gonna call them that).  Handprinted in Portland with indigo and charcoal water based ink, these will make even your most hipster of friends happy.  On sale for $12 right now, these cuties won't break the bank and the succulents are really just adorable.   

the story:

Oregon-based Nell & Mary (recently relaunched as North of West) was founded in 2012 by Krista Stovel, Leah Stovel and Avery Bloom.  Every piece they make is designed, cut, sewn and screen printed in their studio/micro-factory in Portland and sold in their flagship brick and mortar store.  We love that North of West sources materials which are either “rescued” or organic, and the fact that all of their inks are water based. In addition to unique home textiles, North of West offers really adorable kids' clothes.  Perfect for the new parents on your list, or for your own kiddos.  They'll be the hippest tots on the block.

Photo by @nellandmary

Photo by @nellandmary


5.

AREAWARE
Bent-Nail Bottle Opener
$12

Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

the stuff:

 

Show up to the party with this little gem and a 6-pack of your favorite local craft beer and you'll ensure an invite to every party ever thrown forever and ever. This bent nail bottle opener couldn't be more simple or more genius, even if we're kind of mad we never thought of it ourselves. What we wouldn't have thought of, though, is the magnet that catches the cap as you open whatever bottle of cider/beer/seltzer you're serving up. Another magnet holds this to the side of your fridge, the perfect place to point it out as evidence of how hip you are. Next up, opening cans with a screwdriver or something.

the story:

Areaware is a small team of 24 people dedicated to bringing great designers--and great design-- to the marketplace. Based in Brooklyn, NY and Columbus, OH, Areaware supports the efforts of independent, emerging designers by producing their work; they oversee all aspects of bringing a design product to market, including creative direction, product development, sourcing, marketing, sales and distribution. This bottle opener was one of the early designs of Brendan Ravenhill, who now designs rad American-made lighting and furniture in Los Angeles.

Photo by @ areaware  (Instagram)

Photo by @areaware (Instagram)

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The {Purposeful Closet} Edit
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Meet Andrea

A Texas native currently living in Nashville, Andrea Miner is the force behind The Purposeful Closet, an online platform for ethical fashion brands.  She says she does what she does because she "wants fashion to once again be about the quality, creativity, and people behind it."  Preach, girl.  You can find her on Instagram @thepurposefulcloset and online at www.thepurposefulcloset.com.

1. French Girl, Cleansing Wash, $18

2. esby, Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate, $295

3. ABLE, Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown, $178

4. Nisolo, Mariella Mule in Black, $178

5. The Citizenry, Tierra Rug, $155- $325

 

1.

FRENCH GIRL
Cleansing Wash
$18 (2oz)

Photo by  Grayscale  (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices { here })

Photo by Grayscale (read Grayscale's review of French Girl Organices {here})

 

the stuff:

Clear skin, s'il vous plaît! This all-natural, earth-friendly cleansing wash from French Girl is everything I need to wake me up as I splash my face to get ready for the day and everything I want to get me ready for bed. This beauty line has completely changed my skin’s life. With two different lines for different skin types, this stuff is made for everyone. Get ready to tell your friends (and strangers) about your skincare routine, because they’ll be asking!

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics { here })

Photo by POPSUGAR Australia (read their review of French Girl Organics {here})

the story:

French Girl’s organic beauty line first launched on Etsy in 2010 and has continued to grow ever since. With a commitment to using exclusively organic and sustainable ingredients that are locally sourced from a Seattle farmstead, these products are what skincare dreams are made of.  Plus, all French Girl products are vegan and cruelty-free. They’re never tested on animals - just on the girls who love them!


2.

ESBY
Duffy Crop Jumper in Slate
$295

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing!) Andrea

 

the stuff:

Throw it on and go!  Whether I'm getting ready for a night out or just running errands for the day, the Duffy jumper keeps me looking good and feeling comfortable while I'm doing it. The drawstring allows for a relaxed fit, or it can be cinched to define the waist. Whether I'm sporting wedges or flats, this is an easily transitional piece for every day and every mood.

 

the story:

Esby was founded in 2014 by designer Stephanie Beard. They feature quality clothing that is designed to be worn over and over. Their beautiful pieces are meant to flatter all shapes, while maintaining comfort and wearability. Everything is made right here in the USA, using only the highest quality fabrics sourced from around the world.


3.

ABLE
Mamuye Leather Tote in Chocolate Brown
$178

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the stuff:

I like big bags and I cannot lie! Whether I want to throw everything I own into it or just my wallet and some daily essentials, this bag can handle it all!  The soft and sturdy leather only gets better-looking with time. As the leather wears, it darkens and softens while maintaining its structure, which means the Mamuye tote will transition with me through every day and every season.

Photo by ABLE (website)

Photo by ABLE (website)

the story:

Recently renamed from FashionABLE to ABLE, this company is all about women empowerment and working with women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances. Their mission is to give women opportunities so that they are able to be part of and create a sustainable economy wherever they may be. ABLE has grown from what used to be a single collection of hand-woven scarves, to expanding into leather goods, handmade jewelry, denim, and shoes.


4.

NISOLO
Mariella Mule in Black
$178

Photo by Nisolo (website)

Photo by Nisolo (website)

 

the stuff

Meet my new go-to shoe. The Mariella mule from Nisolo is perfect to slip on and wear everywhere. If you dream of a shoe that you can wear with your favorite daytime denim and on a date night with a dress or skirt, this is it. With an almost 1.5 inch heel, this updated take on the classic mule style is truly timeless.

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

Photo by (and picturing) Andrea

 

the story

Nashville-based Nisolo has taken the fashion world by storm, becoming one of the first mainstream social impact labels. Their commitment lies in ethical production as well as ensuring the healthy lives of their producers. Nisolo offers high-quality products at fair prices without sacrificing the safety and lives of the people behind them. Now that’s something to be a part of!


5.

THE CITIZENRY
Tierra Rug
$155- $325

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the stuff:

The cactus. The sand. The sun. The heat. Okay... maybe not the heat, but I love how stunning the desert can be. There’s something about the vibrant and simple life that draws you in. Maybe it’s all the Pinterest images of Saguaro cacti but it makes me want to bring a piece of the desert into my home. Enter the Tierra rug from The Citizenry.  It has the perfect Aztec vibe and works in pretty much any space. You can throw it in your kitchen, entryway, or bedroom and it will add just the right amount of flare. It takes one full week to complete one of these rugs and you can feel good about supporting the fair trade cooperative of 14 Zapotec women who live and work in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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the story:

This isn't the first time the Citizenry has been featured on Communelle, and I'm sure it won't be the last.  What else can I tell you about this incredible company?  The Citizenry was built on the premise that we should fill our homes with pieces that celebrate the people and lives who made them.  By personally traveling to different countries where their products are made, the team at the Citizenry are able to use only local materials and establish real relationships with their artisans. With fair trade standards, the Citizenry’s artisans are compensated fairly for sharing their incredible talents and gifts.