Holiday Gifts and Decor that Give Back

I was gifted a product from the Macy’s Heart of Haiti line, however all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Every year I have a few traditions with getting new ornaments for our Christmas tree. We always get an ornament as a souvenir from where ever we go on vacation. Also, we make an annual family pilgrimage to Hallmark to add to our collection. Finally, I make sure to get a Heart of Haiti ornament from Macy’s.  heart of haiti snowflake ornament

This year I was sent the Heart of Haiti snowflake ornament. It’s on my tree along with the papier mache dove and steel star from previous years. I love their handmade uniqueness and what it brings to my home decor.

It’s fascinating to see empty oil drums transformed into something beautiful and decorative for my home. See the process in this video.

I like knowing everything in the Heart of Haiti line is made by an artisan who benefits directly from his or her skill and hard work creating item of such beauty.

When you purchasing gifts for the holidays, give gifts that provide sustainable income for those who need it most. The Macy’s Heart of Haiti line isn’t a charity. With Macy’s Heart of Haiti, people are employed and can make a livelihood, doing what they love most. It’s a sustainable trade-not-aid program where artisans make 22% of the purchase price of every item sold. In Haiti, the average daily income is around $1.00 a day, so creating products for Macy’s can elevate the artisan and her family.

Haiti is a country rich in the arts so after the earthquake hit a few years ago, Macy’s made the bold decision to carry a product line made by local artisans. Things were hard back in 2010. Shortly after the earthquake, there was no infrastructure to house or ship goods. Macy’s continues to sell the products, with a full assortment of beautiful handcrafted items available at and select stores.

You can see the entire collection at Heart of Haiti is part of the Gifts that Give Hope collection. Haiti has 400,000 artisans out of a population. Currently, Macy’s employs 550 artisans which benefits an extended 4,500 family members.

I’m putting more thought into what I buy and where it comes from. Every purchase is important, and every item I buy should make a difference. When I buy products like Macy’s Heart of Haiti that give hope and employment to artists, I make sure our hard-earned dollars are indeed making a difference and doing good.

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