Hope Artisan Collective 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

It may seem early to start thinking about holiday shopping—after all, you’re just packing away October’s pumpkins—but here at Handspun Hope, we are already dreaming of tinsel, and carols, and all the lovely new things we have in the store…many of which were lovingly crafted by the ladies we employ in Rwanda.

We’ve gathered a collection of must-see items that you and your loved ones are going to love. Not only will they appreciate the gift they receive, but they will also love the message behind it—that everyone deserves dignified employment that allows them to feel fulfilled and care for their family.

And so, let’s dive in to the HAC 2021 Holiday Gift Guide—we can’t wait to show you what’s new!

THE COMPLETE HOPE NATIVITY

Isn’t she just breathtaking? The Complete Hope Nativity is the culmination of years of work by our needle felting experts in Rwanda. Each of the 15 pieces was hand felted, and the attention to detail is incredible! This is an heirloom-quality collection that will be passed down in your family for generations.

We know some of you have been buying pieces individually over the years to create your own personalized nativities, and we haven’t forgotten about you! This year we are releasing two new pieces to complete the nativity set—the Starlight Stable and the Judean Palm.

The stable is crafted from sustainably sourced mahogany in partnership with our friends at No.41 and comes with a sweet, hand-embroidered felted star. And can we take a minute to revel in the beauty of this palm tree? Standing almost 9 inches tall, the attention to detail in this piece is incredible! This towering tree is sure to add plenty of visual interest to your Hope Nativity set.

Both pieces come to you in a sturdy box made of banana fiber.

  

MOUNTAIN GORILLA SET

If you have a little animal enthusiast on your list, they will absolutely fall in love with this sweet and imaginative set created by the talented artisans working at Komera Ceative in Rwanda.

Each set includes a gorilla family of three, a pond, a banana tree, a grass mat, and comes in a beautiful kitenge fabric drawstring bag. Your loved one will enjoy hours of imaginative activity with this sweet set!

KNITTING PATTERN KITS

  

Do you know someone who is obsessed with knitting? Why not get them something they’ll truly love? Our knitting pattern kits come with everything he or she will need to create a stunning knit piece: custom horn stitch markers, your yarn of choice, the pattern to create one of our gorgeous knit pieces, and a project bag made of kitenge fabric. This thoughtful gift will blow the mind of any knitter in your life, especially if they love working with handspun yarn!

FRINGE BAGS

Let’s be honest—who doesn’t love getting a little leather for Christmas? If you follow fashion trends you know just how hot the fringe is right now. These fun bags, brand new to our line this holiday season, are the perfect way to incorporate fringe into your wardrobe in an everyday way.

Made of leather or buttery soft lambskin and expertly crafted in Ethiopia, this is a bag that will be used for years to come and is sure to score you big points in the gift-giving department. Shop all three color variations today!

GLASS AND MAHOGANY SUGAR JAR

No holiday season would be complete without a party, but it can be hard to find a host or hostess gift that is gender neutral and more creative than the customary bottle of wine.

Consider giving something unique like our glass and mahogany sugar jar, handmade in Rwanda. It comes with a slotted mahogany lid and serving spoon and makes the perfect addition to a coffee service or for serving jams and other condiments.

Holiday Deal!

 Do you see what we mean? So many cute things to choose from! And, to sweeten the pot even further, we’ve added another perk.

Spend $200 with us from November 1 through Thanksgiving Day, and you’ll receive a darling Josianne Cable Headband, a $48 value, for free!

 

These lovely headbands are crafted by the talented knitters working for Handspun Hope. The yarn used to make these warm and cozy bands is spun from the fleeces of our own Merino sheep. Give it as a gift or keep it for yourself—you’ll be glad you have it when the wind turns cold and winter finally arrives.

To receive your free headband, simply add it to your cart of $200 or more, and the discount will be applied automatically.

We hope you will consider buying handmade, fair-trade-certified gifts this holiday season because, when you give such items, you’re giving more than a lovely present

You’re supporting artisans who are determined to carve out a better life for themselves and their families.

You become a part of the transformation that takes place when despair dies, and that precious mustard seed of hope is planted.

You affect change in the life of another living halfway around the world.

What a lovely way to honor the true meaning of the season—which has nothing at all to do with gifts. May your gift-giving this year impact not only the life of the recipient, but also the life of the maker.

As always, we continue to be profoundly grateful for your continued support.


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