by E. Johnson Cooper
Joan Clayton is back!!! Yes, I am Joan for most holidays- but especially around the holidays and my birthday err Princess Ebonie Day. I walked around the NYC midtown for a bit last night amid the holiday tourists and a few holiday lights on 5th Avenue. It’s 100% official for me- Happy Holidays!!!! *back flip*
Last year, I shared tips on Elfing and that was cool. But this year, we’re keeping giving sexy, cool and yes, chic. Hey, 30 is the new 20! #WatchOutNow
That said, here is a list of gifts you can get- or give- that will do double duty by giving back to the community:
Biographe- ID Bracelet
Small $25 | Large $35
Who needs a Tiffany ID bracelet when you can have a Biographe one?! Right. The aim of Biographe is to provide job training and work opportunities to women that were once exploited in the commercial sex trade located in Bangkok, Thailand. Purchase here.
Indego Africa Batik Leather Clutch- $48
Indego Africa Kuzinga Snap Clutch- $48
Werk!!! Indego Africa partners with female artisans in Rwanda on a fair trade basis by connecting them to an international export market. Purchase Batik Leather Clutch | Purchase Kuzinga Snap Clutch | Find more awesome apparel rooted in the community at Refinery 29
(BELEVEDERE) RED- $44
Only available through December 31st
We pop bottles!!! In its second year of partnership, between BELEVEDERE Vodka and (RED), 50% of profits from the global sale of the (BELVEDERE)RED Special Edition bottle will contribute to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Jeff Koon’s Creme de Corps by Kiehl’s- $27
Keep ash to a minimum! #win. All sales from this product will benefit The Koons Family Institute, an initiative of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
KonaWorld AfricaBike Three- $499
Yes, I know this reaches a bit. But for all you hipsters out there, all proceeds from this little bike right here go towards, providing free bikes to charities in Africa. More details here.
Warby Parker Glasses & Shades for Men & Women – $95- $150
Hellooo sexy! As a glasses wearer myself, I did flips upon finding this gem. Not only are they affordable, but every pair sold equals a pair given to someone in need. Halleju! Learn about their Buy A Pair, Give A Pair program & get yours at warbyparker.com
Blanket America- Prices Vary
Move over Target (pronounced Tar-Jay), Blanket America gives one of every item you purchase to a family in need right here in America. Let me say the linens and home decor are tre cutes! Um yes, please! Shop & Give at: BlanketAmerica.com
TOMS Shoes for Men & Women- $54 and up
Bet you didn’t know TOMS has upgraded their foot wear?! Very nice. As you know, for every pair or shoes purchased, a pair is donated to a child in need. Get your classic TOMS or a new fancy design at toms.com
SAME SKY Jewelry- Prices Vary
Lord. I saw these Glass Bracelets and iDied. First, all of this jewelry is beaded and made by one-of-a-kind artisans: HIV-positive women in sub-Saharan Africa. Second, don’t be fooled, these women earn 15-20 times the average wage in their country. Every purchase empowers a woman. 100% of net proceeds are reinvested to train and employ more women in need. Hello! Learn more & Get your jewelry at: samesky.com
Baby Teresa- From $8.95 and up
You can’t tell me this little pooda isn’t adorbs!- as I’m sure your children and God-children are too. Well, as their slogan says: Buy Once, Give Twice! For each romper they sell, they donate another to a baby in need and for each accessory they donate formula. Hey Boo! Shop cuteness at baby-teresa.com
Well, that’s it. That’s all I got. I haven’t even made a purchase and I’m pooped. Whew! However, when I do, I’ll be happy to know my gift will keep giving- and you will be too. I hope these gifts ideas help you.
Oh! I’d be rude to give all of these great holiday ideas and not supply the wrapping. For the Martha in you, here are a few uber cute gift wrapping ideas you’ll really swoon over via Real Simple.
Get to holiday shopping and giving back! Hey Sexy!