10 Ways to Say “Happy Valentine’s Day”

And help humanity at the same time.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner the hunt is on for the perfect gift. Browse this list for 10 gifts everyone will love — friends, family or that special person — all from social enterprises.

1. The Abeba Leather Envelope from Parker Clay

$58

Handmade in Ethiopia, perfect to carry as a clutch with your essentials or to slip inside your tote for extra storage.

How it helps: This purchase provides employment opportunities to local artisans in Ethiopia!

2. Orion Choker from ABLE

$54

Three 14k gold-fill gold star pendants sit pretty on this fun necklace/choker combo. With an adjustable chain, extending from 13–16″, it can be worn choker style or longer.

How it helps: ABLE exists to empower women with jobs and opportunity both locally and globally. This product was handcrafted by women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances, like addiction, homelessness or prostitution.

3. Lisa Ray Jasmine of India from The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc.

$70

Spicy notes of cardamom, ginger, frankincense and myrrh, with supporting notes of orange blossom, patchouli and vetiver that transport you to India.

How it helps: 7 Virtues’ mission is to “Make perfume. Not war” by empowering families in developing countries with jobs and tools to rebuild. They source the oils for their perfumes directly from disadvantaged communities in Haiti, Rwanda, The Middle East and Afghanistan.

4. The Mini Brownie Set from Greyston Bakery

$10

This mini brownie set comes with four of Greyston’s 1.25 oz Chocolate Fudge Brownies in a celebratory red box with white ribbon! The perfect Valentine’s Gift.

How it helps: Greyston is an open hiring employer, meaning anyone who wants a job, is committed and works hard — gets one! Their non-judgement hiring policy helps provide opportunity to a range of individuals who may face barriers to employment, like the formerly incarcerated.

5. Travel Collection from Nisolo

$63–378

The Nisolo Travel Collection features four handcrafted, leather travel pieces that will last you a lifetime. The collection combines the best of minimal design and timeless style for effortless travel. Buy each piece separately.

How it helps: Nisolo’s mission is to produce responsible fashion. They work with artisans in Peru to provide consistent employment, pay above fair trade wages and offer skills training. Their wages allow workers to improve living conditions, have access to education and savings.

6. Sweetheart Gift Bundle from Women’s Bean Project

$22

The perfect gift to satisfy your sweetheart’s sweet tooth! This signature Sweetheart Bundle from Women’s Bean Project comes with a Chocolate Brownie Mix, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans and Mixed Jelly Beans shrink-wrapped and tied with their signature ribbon.

How it helps: Women’s Bean Project’s mission is to empower impoverished women with the skills required for gainful employment and self-sufficiency, while offering them a safe and stable work environment.

7. Luxe Spa Set from Helping Hand Partners

$102

The perfect spa retreat for your home! This set includes an 11 oz. glass candle, a 4 oz. bar of glycerin soap, two 4 oz. tins of glycerin bath melts and two 4 oz. tins of soaking salts, all packaged in a spacious zippered travel case. Available in Sea Salt, Lavender, Citrus and Mint.

How it helps: Provides jobs and a career path at Helping Hand Partners for disadvantaged adults from underserved communities in Chicago.

8. Repurposed Book Journals from MADE by DWC

$24

Repurposed Book Journals are handmade using a Japanese bookbinding method which give new life to vintage hardcover books. Each journal offers a one-of-a kind cover and title making them unique attention grabbing gifts.

How it helps: MADE by DWC works to empower homeless and low-income women to overcome barriers to traditional and non-traditional employment, cultivate local and sustainable products and build community in downtown Los Angeles.

9. “Walk in Freedom” Leather Snap Cuff from Branded Collective and Mission Lazarus

$40

A handmade leather band from Mission Lazarus with a hand-stamped brass piece from Branded Collective. This bracelet is 1 inch wide and comes in three lengths: Small — 8 inches; Medium — 8.75 inches; Large — 9.5 inches

How it helps: Branded Collective employs survivors of sex trafficking in the U.S., giving them skills and support needed to empower them for employment and equip them for a fulfilling life.

Mission Lazarus provides job training, access to education, skill-building and employment to disadvantaged boys and young men in Honduras.

10. The Thunderbird Throw from Gifts for Good

$49

These stylish Thunderbird Throws are an elegant addition to your office chair and are great to throw over a couch or keep in the car.

Dimensions: 52"”W, 82"”L

  • - Hand loomed by artisan workers from El Salvador
  • - 100% Acrylic
How it helps: With the purchase of this blanket you are supporting child centers in Honduras, and helping the artisans who handweave them in El Salvador to rise above poverty through fair wages and full-time employment.

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