Siiri Morley (Founding Partner, Prosperity Candle)
For many of us, the holidays begin to feel devoid of meaning and more like an endless to do list. Are the holidays really about finding the best deal or buying unwanted gifts that don’t inspire? The holiday season, at its best, should be about sharing, giving back and creating a deeper connection with loved ones. And for women like the ones reading this blog, it would be ideal to also be able to support and promote women as business leaders and change-makers.
With the new gift collection from Prosperity Candle, you can avoid the typical frenzy of holiday gift shopping and find gifts that support a venture that is all about women -– run by women, creating products for women, and empowering women as entrepreneurs to rebuild their lives.
Consider giving the gift of Prosperity this year, a gift that gives back to women. Every one of our candles is made by women rebuilding their lives after conflict or natural disaster. Prosperity Candle gives women from Burma, Iraq, Haiti, Rwanda and Afghanistan an economic opportunity to invest in the future of their family and community.
To help you choose the best from the Prosperity Candle Gift Collection, we're offering a few suggestions for everyone on your list:
For The Chocoholic With A Conscience: Divine Chocolate By Candlelight Who knew that chocolate and candles could go so perfectly together? Our Divine Chocolate by Candlelight is the right gift for your socially conscious chocolate lover. It encourages an indulgent moment between friends at the end of the day. Light a candle, break open a chocolate bar and promote social change around the world! $34 For The Elegant Hostess: Vessel Of Light Our updated Vessel of Light is a perfect gift for the hostess with a classic sense of style. These candles, in their simple elegance, fit beautifully into any home and make a substantial (and long-lasting) hostess gift. Make a great first impression with this classic gift that empowers women refugees rebuilding their lives. Your hostess will be sure to remember your thoughtfulness as the scent of tea infusion permeates her home! $20 For The Zen Feminist: World Pulse Travel Tin Candle Set Know someone who is a passionate advocate for women’s rights? Our World Pulse Travel Tin set is perfect for a jet-setter creating social change. What better way to honor this activist than to help her create a tranquil space amidst the chaos with our aromatherapy candle set? This gift advances the work of World Pulse to share women’s voices and create change. With lemongrass sage, arabian sandalwood & tea infusion scents, these candles are ready for any mood! $23 For The Tea Enthusiast: Numi Flowering Tea and Candle Gift Set Any tea lover will adore this gift. Flowering Numi Tea (which is just AMAZING), paired with a hand-thrown ceramic tea bowl candle and a handcrafted Haitian basket is the perfect recipe for a tea party with a conscious. Once the candle has provided you with hours of candlelight, the tea bowl can be washed and used to sip your favorite tea. A unique gift that gives back for the tea rinker in your life. $42 For The Activist: Raise Your Voice Giftset Amnesty International and Equal Exchange are two serious leaders when it comes to creating social change with human rights and fair trade. Why not combine them into one gift for the activist in your life who also needs to fuel up on coffee and relax at the end of the day with a candle. Both create incredible change for women in the Congo and Burmese refugees in the U.S. Powerful combination, if you ask us. $38 For the Fair Trade Diva: Greenleaf Soapstone Centerpiece Candle Do you have a friend who prides herself on decorating her home with products that do good in the world? If so, she may be looking for something new, after frequenting the same shops for years. Our Greenleaf soapstone centerpiece candle is a perfect twist on a classic fair trade product. These soapstone dishes are made by hand in Kenya. Never before have they been converted into candles, making them multi-purpose. This candle makes a distinctive accent piece for any fair trade chic home. $40 For The Candle Lover: Candle Lover's Gift Set Any candle lover would, of course, be happy with any of our gifts, but the ultimate gift for the candle lover in your life is our Candle Lover’s Basket. This gift basket combines beautifully burning candles made by Burmese women refugees and women in Iraq. Two pillars, one glass vessel candle and two tin candles makes this a versatile and long-lasting set of candles for a cause! $70 For The Multitasking Mom: Spa Gift Basket Our Spa Gift Set is the obvious choice for a woman who never seems to make time for herself. Encourage her to do so with a gift that sets her up for a luxurious bath that pampers her while empowering women around the world. The candle, all natural soaps, and fragrant bath salts encourage a luxurious soak in a tub, perhaps with her favorite book or a glass of wine. Our mission to help women rebuild their lives applies to soothing evenings in the tub, too! $48 For The Minimalist Decorator: Mai Rice Bowl Candle Our Mai Rice Bowl candles are stunning in their elegance and zen charm. These candles fit beautifully into the most modern and minimalist home. Perfect for a contemporary space, yet eclectic enough to demand attention (read: great conversation starter!). These candles are ideal for illuminating a chic holiday party. $25 For The Eco Warrior: Soda Bottle Candle Yes, we have gifts that are good and green. Our Soda Bottle Candle is a great gift for someone looking to make their life greener. This soda bottle candle is hand-poured in a repurposed soda bottle. Wash it out after burning the candle and it makes a great tumbler for your eco warrior’s home. Two gifts in one! $18 Visit our website to learn more, read about the women who create these candles, and shop for our gifts that give back.
Editor's note: Got a question for our guest blogger? Leave a message in the comments below. About the guest blogger: Siiri Morley is a Founding Partner of Prosperity Candle, a social enterprise that aims to empower women entrepreneurs in regions of conflict. She has worked on poverty reduction and sustainable economic development projects in Afghanistan, Croatia, Ecuador and Kenya, and was a business capacity development advisor with the U.S. Peace Corps in Lesotho. She has consulted on social impact measurement to design firm IDEO. Siiri holds an MBA from the Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University. Follow her on Twitter at @siirimorley.