Bead for Life

Holiday shopping madness is upon us, and it would seem as though everyone- Young, old, wealthy, or of humble means- Is out in force, buying up anything that could possibly be wrapped up in paper and topped off with a bow. I’m not one to advocate such excessive consumerism, but if it’s possible to make conscious purchases that aren’t simply wasted on meaningless plastic and glass, I personally would certainly be more inclined to fork of my hard-earned money. Shouldn’t a gift be something of actual value, and not just the numbers on a price tag? If no store has that “perfect gift” and you find yourself at wit’s end, looking to please the person who has everything, I have one little suggestion to throw into the ring.

One of the most thoughtful presents I received in a while was this beautiful bracelet made of paper beads, from a good friend who seems to know me better than I know myself. Thanks to Bead for Life, an organization that allows women from Uganda to sell their lovely handiwork, it’s possible to support those in need and give a lovely piece of jewelry to the loved ones in your life. It’s like donating to a charity, with benefits for all those involved!

Being a compassionate consumer means taking into account the welfare of animals, naturally, but I think that the well being of our fellow man is often swept under the rug in this equation. Think about what’s going into your store-bought gifts this year, and decide: Do you want something mass-produced that’s supporting sweatshops and suffering, or something unique, handmade, and actually bound to send money where it’s needed?

19 thoughts on “Bead for Life

  1. Thank you so much for the suggestion! I was looking for something to get the women in my family. I just bought five of their beautiful bracelets and look forward to giving them as Christmas presents!

  2. Thank you for sharing this!

    I’ve been trying to get my gifts from local craft fairs so that I’m doing a small part in supporting the creative community and smaller businesses. It can be so easy to get caught up in the latest products, how much to spend, and such, but it’s so true that value goes beyond a simple monetary price!

  3. I already love Ten Thousand Villages and now it looks like I’ve got another great source for beautiful gifts. Just looked quickly at the website and it looks terrific! Am going to check it all out. (By the way, I love the snowflakes drifting down this page, Hannah).

  4. I do really like the look of that, but unfortunately no one in my immediate family would really use it! My 96 year old grandma, for instance, has pretty traditional taste in jewelry… :P

  5. Oh that’s so lovely! I try to hand-make my gifts (thus they usually revolve around food) but I would definitely buy someone a one of these necklaces. One of my cousins, I know, would really appreciate the gesture!

  6. WOW, what a pretty bracelet, and for a good cause too! I am very much impressed at how “green” you are!

  7. Just to say : I really love the photos which you make !
    And the Christmas’ decoration of your blog is cute !
    It’s a pleasure to read your article, your good recipes ..!
    Have a good day, See you.

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