We’re not sure about you, but our mother taught us never to go to a party empty-handed.
Throwing a party is a lot of work, so it’s just good manners to give the host or hostess an appropriate gift to thank them for the invitation. The old stand-by is a bottle of wine, but to be honest that’s a little boring. Why not take the opportunity to give your host the kind of thoughtful and useful present you might want to receive yourself? Bonus points if the gift also “gives back” to the world in some small way!
1. Prosperity Candle She Inspires Candle
From a citrus blend to notes of cardamon and sweet vanilla, every all-natural soy and coconut wax candle at Prosperity is hand-poured by refugee women artisans building brighter futures for themselves and their families. Plus, each candle in the She Inspires series features an inspiring quote by a fearless woman!
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$20; Buy it here.
2. Lula’s Garden Jewel Garden
This is the perfect gift for the host or hostess with a green thumb! Three small pre-planted fresh succulents arranged in a pretty display box will brighten up any window sill. Plus, the Los Angeles-based company donates a portion of all sales to organizations that help provide access to safe water throughout the world.
$35; Buy it here.
3. Tahmina Saffron Tea
Especially around the holidays when temperatures drop, there’s something so special about a cup of tea. Tahmina infuses three different tea blends with saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Rich in antioxidants and minerals, saffron is good for depression/anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and more. With more than 90% of the world’s opium and heroin coming out of Afghanistan, the innovative tea company is working to change the country’s narrative, supporting local farmers growing saffron rather than poppy. This tea is both good for your body and the world! Plus, enjoy 25% off during their Black Friday sale!
$17 $12.75; Buy it here.
4. Thistle Farms Jet Set Bag
This little bag of earth-friendly, TSA-approved lotions and balms is so cute and handy you’ll want to get one for yourself, too. The products smell amazing! The best part is that Thistle Farms products are all handcrafted by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Proceeds go directly into programs to help these women and others.
$25; Buy it here.
5. Confetti Farm Animal Ornaments
Each one of these adorable figurines is handcrafted by an artist in Peru. Proceeds from the sales go right back to those impoverished areas thanks to the work of Heifer International. The ornaments are inspired by the traditional good luck charms of the Andes mountains and they’re certain to bring a smile to your friend’s face every time they look at them.
$16.75 each; Buy it here.
It always feels good to give a gift, and if you can also give back to society it feels even better! Bringing one of these thoughtful presents to your host or hostess will make so many people happy.
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