When I give a gift to someone, I try to make sure that it’s a good match for that person. I put a lot of care into the choosing. I want to feel good giving the gift, and I selfishly want to see a huge smile on the face of person getting the gift.
Recently I was introduced to a line of products that can bring another person into the equation: The Haitian artisan who made the gift. There are special items at select Macy’s stores and Macys.com that would make gorgeous, quality gifts, and buying them benefits families in Haiti. It’s a win all around!
I was introduced to Heart of Haiti by my friend Letitia Barr and my friends at KidzVuz. Haiti is a very poor country, and when it was hit by a devastating earthquake five years ago, Macy’s stepped in to help some local artisans rebuild. Take a look at the story in this short video:
The best part is, nothing about these items suggests that anything was compromised in the gift giving. These are incredible pieces of art, handmade by people who use the money they make to support their families, send their kids to school, and rebuild their country piece by piece. This isn’t charity, this is a sustainable business. There are 550 artisans employed by Macy’s Heart of Haiti program. You can meet a few of them here.
Macy’s gave me this incredible bowl to take home. It was handcrafted out of a recycled oil drum!
The process is pretty cool, and I want to give you a link right to the beautiful piece that Jonas is making in the video below, because it’s on sale through this Monday for only $22.99! In fact, from what I can see on the website, just about everything in the Heart of Haiti collection is on sale. There are some incredible bargains to be had. As soon as I’m done writing this I’m going to put in an order, and if the recipients read this, hopefully they’ll think I’m smart for saving so much money. :-)
There are candlestick holders, trays, bowls, vases, even ornaments. I can’t wait to go shopping!
So please, when doing your Christmas shopping (and beyond), consider Heart of Haiti products. Help talented artisans by giving gifts that give hope.