This holiday season, you can give more than gifts. You can make a difference in your community by shopping local & shopping small businesses. When you shop locally, you put money back into your community. But we can take it one step further and buy from businesses that are committed to making the world a better place. When you buy your holiday gifts with these Knoxville shops, artists, and designers, you’ll be doing just that.
Amazig Leathers sells gorgeous rich leather bags, and employs leather artisans in Morocco at a fair wage that would normally be overworked and underpaid, and their US homebase is in Knoxville, TN.
Pneumawood uses reclaimed wood to handcraft beautiful wood-turned pens, kitchen items, and even shaving kits!
Lisa Clow creates hand-lettered calligraphy and art prints, many of which use eco-friendly soy inks and recycled paper. You can find her work at the Market Square Holiday Market! She’s also the artist who created my logo.
Esther’s Hope is a ministry run by local 501c3 Feeding the Orphans in Ghana, West Africa. They employ single moms to handcraft beautiful blankets, purses, aprons, and jewelry. Feeding the Orphans provides our friends in Ghana with food, jobs, healthcare, clean water, and churches.
Daisy Fire Candles makes eco-friendly and delicious-smelling soy candles. Check out her holiday gift baskets, too!
Hope Blooms offers adorable handmade fabric flower jewelry, and donates a portion of sales to fight sex trafficking in our area. "Plant a seed of hope + freedom. 10% goes right back to Knoxville non-profit, The Next Door. The Next Door equips women in crisis to develop lives of wholeness and hope. Find out more at thenextdoor.org."
Life Lived Beautifully – Gretchen Saffles has created wonderful prayer journals that have served thousands of women across the country – and she’s located right here in Knoxville! A portion of all sales go to Kupendwa Ministries in Uganda.
New Eve Jewelry – well, you know me! I make handcrafted jewelry from reclaimed vintage materials and gemstone beads, to encourage you that God makes us new. And 10% goes to fight poverty with our friends, Feeding the Orphans. We just launched our holiday collection and we're having a huge holiday sale, so go check it out!
The best part? You can shop all these charitable Knoxville brands in your pajamas without battling the wild Black Friday crowds! Remember this season to think global and shop local, and make a difference with your dollars.