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{gift guide} Valentine's Gifts that Keep Giving

  Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:30 AM   |    Post a Comment     Tagged:,,,, 
Chocolate and flowers only last a few days, so today I'm highlighting some Valentine’s Day gifts that will leave a lasting impression all year long. Whether it’s jewelry helping employ marginalized women in Ethiopia and India, to shoes providing education to women in Uganda, these eco-friendly, fair-trade and humanitarian brands offer great gifts perfect for that special someone in your life.

Raven + Lily is a socially and environmentally responsible accessories company that uses 100% of their profits from sales to achieve their social cause, which is empowering women through design. This means employing marginalized women with fair trade, sustainable income, launching new partnerships, and funding healthcare and educational needs in their partnership communities.

Zuriash Scarf, Neary T-Shirt, Uzma Travel Journal, Tiffany Kunz Necklace

Sseko Designs (who I have featured on the blog before) uses fashion to provide employment and scholarship opportunities to women pursuing their dreams and overcoming poverty in Uganda. Sseko Designs began as a line of sandals, which consists of a leather sandal base and a wide range of interchangeable straps that can be tied hundreds of ways. They now offer a sandal line, wedding line, clutches and sandal accessories.

Allya Sandal, Saddle Clutch, Accent Tote, Classic Strap Collection

31 Bits (another brand I have featured before) also benefits women in Uganda by helping them rise above poverty.  They offer handmade bracelets and necklaces made from recycled paper.  More recently they have begun to offer a handbag and headbands adorned with the beads.

Westerly Clutch, Sweetheart Bracelet, Razzle Dazzle Necklace, Daphne Bracelets (I wear these ALL the time, old colors though)

*I was asked to write this post on behalf of Raven + Lily and Sseko Designs but was not compensated for doing so.
I added 31 Bits because I also support their mission.

About Closet Fashionista

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  1. I really, really love some of those top pieces - that line sounds great!

    Courtney ~

  2. Such a great idea! I love 31 Bits and their mission!

  3. These are GREAT gift ideas with a wonderful cause. I especially love the saddle clutch and the beaded coin purse. Way better than flowers :)

  4. I love companies who give back - and what a better holiday than valentines for sharing the love?
    Chic on the Cheap

  5. What wonderful organizations and the items are all beautiful!

  6. I love love LOVE 31 Bits! Their mission and their jewelry, I've loved it since I learned about it. This post reminded me that I haven't visited their site in a while...and off I go to do that right now.
    grey et al

  7. Love the concept of all these companies! xx

  8. I love finding sites that support and empower women, thanks for sharing all of these amazing companies!! I love the necklace from 31bits!

  9. Great ideas! I love the scarf in the first section : )

  10. The razzle dazzle bracelet is absolutely gorgeous! X

  11. What a great roundup of brands with a cause that have great products!!

  12. LOVE this post! I'm really trying not to give big brands and undeserving companies my money. The raven and lily stuff is super cute and of course I love those sandals you have. :)

  13. All of these are great items! Love! xo

  14. Love this post!
    I'd love for you to check out my blog :)

    xo Ally

  15. I don't care gifts, I just want to feel in love for ever <3

    See you dear!

  16. You just gave me a splendid idea of a DIY tee just like that gilded beauty! Perfect inspiration to lift me up outta the dead of winter!

    Thank you for the visit love! On the blog this week- Snippets from my trip to Sundance! Hope to see you back soon!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  17. The necklace from 31 B1tis is so so pretty! Seems like an amazing project as well!!


  18. Love the journal from the first picture!!


  19. Love these picks. I can't wait for spring!

    If you get a sec, check out me latest post... ' Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.' It was love at first sight when I saw this skirt. I would love to read what you think.

    Be featured on Stylishly In Love: If you would like a chance to be featured on my fashion blog, then email me ( a picture of your go-to outfit for Valentine's Day. In honor of Valentine's day I will be featuring 14 bloggers. Make sure to email me by February 11th.
    Thank you.


  20. love this jewelery! so fab!

  21. 100%. That's amazing.


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