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December 18, 2018 3 min read

 

A gift from a social enterprise is a truly heartfelt gesture.  You give not only a beautiful gift but one given with thought and a deeper investment in supporting others around the world. Supporting a social enterprise is a truly meaningful gift choice.

 

At Temples and Markets, we carefully curate and showcase quality unique handcrafted products from ethically sourced social enterprises. Each item tells a unique story, and when buying from one of our social enterprises, you can be assured your purchase not only makes a beautiful gift but that it also gives back. You can read more on our sourcing of meaningful gifts journey here.

 

Meaningful gifts for her

 

The beautiful jewellery from Senhoa is individually handcrafted by vulnerable women, providing access to fair wages, health services and education. The Senhoa Luxe Pearl Bracelet with Lotus Charm and Swarovski Crystals and Pearls is a beautiful and meaningful gift piece that your loved one will adore. The pale pink Swarovski crystals and pearls will look gorgeous wrapped around her wrist, the Lotus charm completing the bracelet.  This detailed and very pretty piece from Senhoa provides safe employment for survivor artisans and at-risk women in S.E. Asia.

 

Meaningful gifts for him

 

Ammo is an amazing and unique social enterprise in Cambodia.  They train and provide apprenticeships to young or disadvantaged Cambodians in Siem Reap.  Brass bullet casings and silver are transformed by the team at Ammo to create some very contemporary and unique pieces for both men and women. We love the Bullet Jewellery - Brass Cufflinks and whomever you gift them to is sure to appreciate the incredible and uplifting story behind these cufflinks. In turn, they help spread the word on this wonderful social enterprise business that turns such a negative thing into a beautiful positive. 

 

Meaningful gifts for friends

 

Beautifully handcrafted and intricate textiles from ethnic minorities in the mountains of North Vietnam make for especially meaningful gifts. A shrug from Future Traditions is a fabulous choice - it's gorgeous, practical and a little artsy all in one.  It's a scarf with sleeves or a bolero style cardigan that you can then wear as a scarf as the day warms up - brilliant for those who need a little extra layer.  

 

The Batik Fabric Boho Shrugs for Women are a stylish gift choice. The red and grey is our favourite, but one in black for the office would also be handy. When you purchase one of these beautiful shrugs, you’re supporting the social enterprise Future Traditions and helping to keep the traditional Vietnamese textiles skills of the women in North Vietnam financially viable and ethical. This is crucial for the survival of these remote communities.

 

Meaningful gifts for kids

 

Human and Hope Association Cambodia is a locally run organisation that aims to alleviate poverty in their community and create a sustainable future for themselves. They provide education, vocational training and community support programs for marginalised Cambodians. The Human and Hope Association women sew their handicrafts with their own sewing machines that they have been supported in purchasing. Simply by selecting a meaningful gift from their range – we love the super adorable Cuddly Elephants - you are providing an income to these women so they can support their families with shelter, education and healthcare.

 

Gifts with heart and soul

 

LOVEbomb in Laos create simple and stylish jewelry pieces from sterling silver and aluminum sourced from melted bomb fragments which are then cast in moulds made from wood and ash. We love the Oval Leaf Shaped Sterling Silver Hook Earrings featuring sleek elegance and with an amazing story to tell. A gift card comes enclosed in the box which tells the story behind the jewellery, making it the perfect meaningful gift for the socially conscious loved one in your life. Every LOVEbomb product sold assists with safe land clearance and supports the artisans to provide for their families and village development.

 

By choosing a meaningful gift from a social enterprise, you are making a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people.  You are supporting fair work, survivors and directly helping disadvantaged artisans to support their families. And what better way to celebrate the festive season?

 

Browse Temples and Markets today for a meaningful gift that is sure to be treasured.


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