Let’s celebrate & do good
Life is filled with celebrations, both big and small. This time of year is full of large holiday celebrations. There’s also once in a lifetime celebrations, and daily celebrations. While we all get so caught up in celebrations and parties and family gatherings this time of year, it’s also important to add joy to your life by celebrating the smaller moments sprinkled throughout the year. Honestly, life’s short, so celebrate it often!
Earlier this year, I learned of an amazing subscription box that’s filled with beautiful handcrafted products made by artisans and farmers in developing countries. When GlobeIn asked me if I would be interested in sharing their mission and their newly curated “Celebrate” themed artisan box with my readers, I of course said yes. I am a big advocate for making personalized gifts for people, but I of course run out of time to make everything I’d like to in time for holiday gatherings. A GlobeIn artisan box takes the work out of giving the gift of handmade items, and it also supports people around the world.
I received this GlobIn “Celebrate” box in the mail last week, and boy was I in for a treat! The small box contained a handwoven palm leaf basket made in the Mixteca region of Mexico. This basket is the signature container included in every GlobeIn artisan box. The little basket was so adorable and quite sturdy. I have already dreamed up countless uses for it (my inner storage container lover is jumping for joy right now). I already have a mini evergreen tree tucked inside it. It’s also nice that the basket’s lid is a good size so it can be utilized as as second smaller container.
The basket’s contents were as gorgeous as the basket itself. It was such a treat to carefully admire each product as I pulled them out of the basket, one by one. One of the little details I love about GlobeIn’s boxes is that they include a beautifully designed booklet that gives detail about the artisans who made each product. That little touch is what truly makes this box so special. It’s not just another subscription box filled with things, it really becomes a meaningful and heartwarming experience to learn the story behind each product.
The items tucked inside this basket would be wonderful additions to celebrations of all kinds. The basket and table runner are the perfect touches to a pretty tablescape. The necklace is a beautiful addition to any outfit. The organic chocolate is perfect for nibbling during a soiree with friends. And the greeting cards are just right to use as party invitations or for sending special notes to the amazing people in your life.
One of the items in the basket was a bar of organic dark chocolate caramel crunch with sea salt, made in the Dominican Republic. I will admit, I struggled to maintain self-control and not immediately unwrap that chocolate bar. I successfully left it alone until it was time to take these photos (there may or may not have been nibbles of chocolate consumed during the photo shoot). Chocolate sweetens any celebration, and it made me think that inviting a few friends over for a wine, chocolate, and berry tasting party would be really fun. This chocolate was incredible. It was so rich, and had a delectable crunch to it. The bits of caramel and hint of salt were amazing. My taste buds were definitely celebrating!
The minute I spied the aqua pattern on this table runner, I knew it was my favorite item in this basket. It’s one of my favorite colors and the pattern is stunning. This is a hand-dyed Batik table runner handmade by seamstresses in Ghana. The seamstresses work for Della, which is a socially responsible fashion line whose employees receive a steady, fair income and various educational opportunities. This table runner will no doubt be making appearances all over my home.
You guys know how much I love snail mail, so you can imagine my excitement to find two upcycled greeting cards inside the “Celebrate” basket. The paper lover in me just can’t get enough of their texture! The cards are made out of recycled, handmade paper and repurposed African textiles. They were made by members of the Umoja Group, which is an association of people with disabilities living as refugees in Malawi, Africa. A couple special people will be receiving these cards in the mail.
The basket also contained a tiny little muslin pouch, which was hand cut, hand sewn, and hand stamped by a group of women living in Haiti. I decided it would make a nice home for storing my postage stamps.
The final item in the basket was this beaded necklace with tassels. I am in love! It’s so simple, but so pretty. I’ve had a chance to wear it these past few days, and it dresses up practically any outfit. The necklace and its tassels were handmade by women in Honduras.
I’ll be honest, I’ve been skeptical of most of the subscription boxes out there, but I highly recommend GlobeIn. Their products truly are top notch, and they are supporting the livelihoods of artisans and farmers around the world. It’s just incredible to read the mini stories about them in the book that accompanies each box, and it’s great that GlobeIn is exposing them to a global audience.
I love making personalized gifts for people, but I of course always run out of time to get everything made that I’d like to. A GlobeIn artisan box would be a delightful, special gift that I know someone on your shopping list would truly enjoy. You’ll be giving the gift of handmade items, all while supporting people around the globe. Oh, and I should also mention that an artisan box subscription would make such a great monthly treat for yourself.
If you’re interested in learning more, please visit GlobeIn.com. You can sign up for a monthly subscription, and they also have a shop filled with many of their previous themed boxes as well as some of the individual items that have been in past boxes. GlobIn is offering Small Stuff Counts readers 25% off of your first monthly box with the purchase of a 3- or 6-month subscription. To take advantage of that discount, head over to GlobeIn.com and use coupon code SMALLSTUFFCOUNTS.
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