Tired of walking up and down department store aisles looking for the perfect gift and not finding anything that feels quite right? Selecting quality-crafted, meaningful gifts often means looking beyond the shopping centres and being a little more creative in your pursuits. Some online speciality retailers offer a broad selection of ethical gifts that will not only brighten the day of the person on the receiving end, but also make a real difference in the lives of the artisans who create each item. Focusing on ethically sourced pieces from South East Asia, offers a one-stop shopping experience for all your gift giving needs. By bringing these items to consumers outside of Asia, Temples and Markets is helping small social enterprises expand their reach and improve the lives of those less fortunate along the way.
Unfortunately, many department store items are mass produced, of poor quality and likely contribute to the inequality of workers in the countries where these items are made. For truly unique gifts you can feel good about buying, choose retailers who ensure that the artists and craftsmen behind these creations are being paid fairly. Temples and Markets showcase contemporary pieces that are born from a combination of local Asian resources, cultures, skills and talent, and helps underprivileged communities with each piece sold. For example, this elegant LOVEbomb infinity necklace is a symbol of endless hope, peace and resilience as the infinity pendant is crafted from upcycled aluminium originating from bombshell pieces found in Laos. Each piece from this collection supports safe land clearance and village development in that country.
You CAN have it all. When it comes to buying eco-friendly, ethical gifts you don’t have to compromise. Quite the opposite. Pieces like this timeless De Lann Sterling Silver Bracelet and these chic Senhoa Purity Earrings featuring Swarovski Crystals, are statement pieces that she can keep in her jewellery collection for years to come. If you’re shopping for him, look no further than this gorgeous and practical Lotussilk Leather Wallet. Hand-made with the highest quality craftsmanship, each piece is one of a kind and will stand the test of time. While your loved one will be impressed with the thought and originality of the gift –and have a good story to share about its origin -you will feel good knowing that you made a difference in the world.
Make the gift you’re giving all that more special by choosing one that aligns with your own values. By making positive gifting choices, you can do your small part to make the world a better place. By buying from companies who promote ethical sourcing as part of their philosophy, you’ll not only put a smile on the face of the person receiving the gift, but you’ll also be spreading some of that joy to the artist who created it.
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