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Obakki Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

The Potters of Akiliba

Gifting with intention is on everyone’s mind these days and Obakki has been leading the way for over a decade. Our holiday gift guide makes it easy to choose ethical, eco-friendly Christmas presents that will feel just as good giving as they do receiving.

We worked hard all year to find the most impactful causes, ethical manufacturers and fair trade artisans to bring you stunning products that also make a difference in the real world. All of our products come with a clean conscience so you can give gifts with a greater purpose. For 2021, we’ve curated a list of our most impactful products for those looking to give back. We partner with artisans and communities around the world, providing financial independence through sustainable, ethical opportunities.

A Gift With a Cause: Scarves for Water

Scarves for Water

Our limited-edition scarves have brought clean water to over 3 million people in South Sudan and Uganda. Communities in dire need of a sustainable source of water are assigned a specific scarf colour and when we sell 500 of them, 100% of net proceeds go directly toward drilling a water well.

Our Bidi Bidi scarf features a design inspired by art from women in the world’s largest refugee camp, in Uganda. Our partnership with these women is helping them start new lives after escaping civil war.

Scarves for Water
Bidi Bidi Print Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
Bidi Bidi Print Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki
 Bidi Bidi Print Scarf | Obakki

Bidi Bidi Print Scarf

$89.00
Marsala Marsala Scarf | Obakki
 Marsala Scarf | Obakki
 Marsala Scarf | Obakki
Marsala Marsala Scarf | Obakki
 Marsala Scarf | Obakki
 Marsala Scarf | Obakki

Marsala Scarf

$49.00
Dolce Dolce Scarf | Obakki
 Dolce Scarf | Obakki
 Dolce Scarf | Obakki
Dolce Dolce Scarf | Obakki
 Dolce Scarf | Obakki
 Dolce Scarf | Obakki

Dolce Scarf

$49.00
Juniper Juniper Scarf | Obakki
 Juniper Scarf | Obakki
 Juniper Scarf | Obakki
Juniper Juniper Scarf | Obakki
 Juniper Scarf | Obakki
 Juniper Scarf | Obakki

Juniper Scarf

$49.00

Handwoven Baskets That Support Economic Independence

Basket Weavers of Kitui

The women of Kitui, Kenya weave baskets with soul. These widows and single mothers are able to feed their families and send their children to school by handweaving our baskets using natural dyes and locally-sourced sisal fiber.

Our eco-friendly baskets are handmade by our artisan partners using natural dyes and locally sourced sisal fiber. Whether you are using them as a storage catch-all or a woven plant pot, any way you style these baskets you’ll be adding a global flair to your space.

Black 18
Sand 18
Slate 18
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Black 18
Sand 18
Slate 18
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 18

18" Sisal Basket | Swirl

$145.00
Black 20
Rust 20
Sand 20
Black 20
Rust 20
Sand 20

20" Wide Sisal Basket

$125.00
Black 18
Sand 18
 18
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Black 18
Sand 18
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 18
 18

18" Sisal Basket | Stripes

$145.00
Rust Melange 16
Sand Melange 16
Black Melange 16
Green Melange 16
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Rust Melange 16
Sand Melange 16
Black Melange 16
Green Melange 16
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18" Sisal Basket | Melange

$145.00

A Journey to Healing: Bags by Judith

Judith sewing her weekender bags

Judith is transforming tragedy into healing with her beautiful bags. After surviving a terrifying assault, Judith began sewing these bags to deal with her trauma. Her focus and dedication have had an enormous impact on her recovery. She says that with each stitch, she is slowly taking back her power, rebuilding herself after years of suffering.

Lira The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
Lira The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Lira | Obakki

The Weekender Bag | Lira

$125.00
 The Weekender Bag | Masiko | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Cranberry | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Masiko | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Cranberry | Obakki

The Weekender Bag | Masiko

$125.00
 The Weekender Bag | Namazzi | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Blue | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Namazzi | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Blue | Obakki

The Weekender Bag | Namazzi

$125.00
 The Weekender Bag | Yumbe | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Yumbe | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Yumbe | Obakki
 The Weekender Bag | Yumbe | Obakki

The Weekender Bag | Yumbe

$125.00

Upcycled Jewelry From Kibera

Jack in his Kibera workshop

Situated in the heart of Nairobi is the neighbourhood of Kibera, and despite crushing poverty, the area has a thriving community of artists, dancers, craftsmen, and thousands of other talented residents. It is here in Kibera where you’ll find Jack and his group of artisans. Under Jack’s creative direction, they create beautiful pieces from scraps found outside the tiny shack where they work, making them the perfect sustainable gift. Jack is the visionary of this talented collective and they’re looking to improve their quality of life through access to opportunities.

Reclaimed horn bangle
18K Gold Plated Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
Silver Plated Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
Brass Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
 Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
 Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
18K Gold Plated Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
Silver Plated Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
Brass Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
 Horn Inset Ring | Obakki
 Horn Inset Ring | Obakki

Horn Inset Ring

$110.00
Mottled Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
Mottled Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki
 Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2) | Obakki

Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 2)

$35.00
Natural/Gold Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
Natural/Silver Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
 Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
Natural/Brass Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
Natural/Gold Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
Natural/Silver Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
 Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki
Natural/Brass Circular Horn Ring | Natural | Obakki

Circular Horn Ring | Natural

$55.00
18K Gold Plated Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
Silver Plated Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
 Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
 Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
18K Gold Plated Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
Silver Plated Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
 Horn Inset Studs | Obakki
 Horn Inset Studs | Obakki

Horn Inset Studs

$80.00

Wooden Bowls & Flatware with Generations of Skill

Amadou and his hand carved bowl

In northern Mali, Amadou has been refining his craft since he was eight years old. Using techniques passed down through generations, from father to son, Amadou has mastered the art of hand carving traditional wooden bowls. No complex machines. No fancy gadgets. No unnecessary complications. Just generations of knowledge and reverence for the wood itself passing through his hands.

Redwood Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12
Redwood Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12
 Hand Carved 12

Hand Carved 12" Redwood Bowl

$345.00
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10
 Hand Carved 10

Hand Carved 10" Redwood Bowl

$225.00
Blackwood Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
Blackwood Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7
 Hand Carved 7

Hand Carved 7" Seasoning Spoon

$75.00
 Hand Carved 6
Blackwood Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
Blackwood Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6
 Hand Carved 6

Hand Carved 6" Seasoning Spoon

$65.00

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