THE #GIVEBACK GIFT GUIDE! 5 GIFTS IDEAS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
There’s something truly special about a gift that keeps on giving, especially when it helps a cause bigger than ourselves. All of the makers and products in this guide support a charity or cause, making them true feel-good gifts. Find these handmade goods and more at the Nooks!
1. Forest + Fauna’s Eco and Ethically Made Goodies
Toronto maker + animal lover Michelle duQuesnay-Jones of Forest + Fauna creates fun, eco-conscious and ethically-made goodies, from jewelry to housewares. She uses natural finishes that are not toxic to people or the environment, and creates using as much reclaimed, recycled, traceable and environmentally conscious materials as possible. When you purchase an item from Forest and Fauna, $1 goes to Nature Conservancy of Canada. Shop Forest + Fauna at the Nooks Danforth and the the Nooks Port Hope!
2. Forged By Nature’s Ethically Made Butterfly Jewelry
Rachel Lyon-Gagnon of Forged By Nature is a resin artist and curator of ethically made goods. Each of her resin coated butterfly wings is sourced through the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or from conservatories around the globe, giving new life to creatures that have completed their life cycle and teaching others the importance of pollinators. What a great gift! Rachel also partners with ethical companies doing good work, such as Under One Sun to share their products and good works. She is committed to wildlife education and preservation therefore a portion of each sale goes to Wildlife Preservation Canada. Shop Forged by Nature at the Nooks Danforth!
3. Karamella Designs’ Fundraiser Bracelets
Karamella Designs are proud to be handmade In Canada with love and positivity. Maker Karen is a true believer in giving back, so Karamella has been and always will be a huge supporter of local fundraisers and charities. Her Fundraiser line of bracelets gives back to such causes as Sick Kids Hospital, Emily’s House and the Super Sophia Love Box Project. Find Karamella Designs at the Nooks Port Hope!
4. Kind Karma Company’s Meaningful Gemstone Jewelry
Maker Laurinda of social enterprise Kind Karma Company is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty through offering nurturing employment opportunities to youth in need, helping them grow self-confidence and believe in their own ability to be successful. All Kind Karma jewelry is locally made in the Toronto area and handcrafted by at-risk and transitioning homeless youth. By helping the next generation of leaders become successful and capable adults, Kind Karma Company ensures these youth are able to pay kindness forward and help others. Says Laurinda, “Believing in themselves and their own self-worth is more than half the battle to knowing that they are able to accomplish whatever dreams and goals they have for themselves.” Shop Kind Karma Company at the Nooks Danforth.
5. Progoti’s Socially Conscious Clothing
Progoti (Bengali for “progress”) is the brainchild of Nurjahan, who came to Canada from Bangladesh in 2003. Her experiences in the garment industry called her to create Progoti, an ethical clothing brand and social enterprise. Progoti sells quality, ethically made apparel at cost, offering socially conscious customers the opportunity to directly support garment workers with a portion of their savings. This model raises awareness through its transparency, and hopes to inspire others to bridge the information and compassion gap between garment workers and consumers. Shop Progoti at the Nooks Danforth!