11 Gifts that Empower Women and Girls

The following post was written in partnership with my incredible friends at To The Market -- one of my favorite online destinations for year-round gift-giving.


This holiday season,  it is increasingly important to me that the majority of the money I spend goes to help empower women and girls. As I reflect on the true cost of what we all normally buy, it feels imperative to spotlight products that give back. My friend Jane started TO THE MARKET to create economic empowerment by connecting artisan groups employing vulnerable communities with US-based consumers.  The socially-inspired company has a mission focused on sustainability, ethical living, and GIRL POWER...

Her partners include artisan groups that employ human trafficking survivors, HIV+ women, and young moms, to name a few.  When I think about some of the challenges her producers have overcome - and see the beautiful products they create - it’s a reflection of the world I want to see.

I rarely share products and I am blogging not so much these days, but each of the below empowers women and girls and would make meaningful AND BEAUTIFUL holiday gifts. As Jane likes to say, we can all #buythechange we want to see.

And so. Here are 11 gifts I LOVE that empower women and girls. (And MANY more you can browse, here.)

Repurposed Yellow or Flower Print Sari Blankets  $81.20
Made by female  human trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India.  Available in various colors.

Overdyed Throw in Teal, Indigo or Fuschia Throws $225
Handcrafted from layers of overdyed vintage cotton saris and held together by a kantha stitch.  Made by vulnerable women in India.  

Spanish and English Mail Bags $21
Made by refugee and low-income women in the West Bank.

Handcarved and painted wood made by women in Haiti.   
Handcarved in Guatemala by local craftspersons.  

Woven in Nepal by craftswomen.  

Ethically sourced horn shaped by artisans in Haiti.  

Sustainably handcrafted by women in Bali, Indonesia.  

The Katoi Wayuu Bags in Orange and Yellow (other colors here) $185 each
Each bag takes weeks to weave by the Colombian-based Wayuu tribe.  

May we all continue to invest in change and put our money where it matters most. SUPPORT WOMEN this holiday season. (And also every season!)

Let's go to the market, shall we? Ready and GO!