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Obakki Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

If you’re looking for gifts that feel as good giving as getting, we’ve got you covered.

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 getting.

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 2020, we’ve curated a list of our most impactful products for those looking to give back and spread a little bit of joy to those less fortunate. We partner with artisans and communities around the world, providing financial independence through sustainable, ethical opportunities.

From supporting the education of isolated deaf children in Cameroon to bringing clean water to a community of thousands, every item we sell serves a greater purpose.

A Gift With a Cause: Scarves for Water

Our limited-edition scarves have brought clean water to over 2 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.

Foundation Red Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Foundation Red Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Foundation Red Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Foundation Red Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki

Foundation Red Scarf

$49.00
Bidi Bidi Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Bidi Bidi Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Bidi Bidi Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Navy Scarf | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Bidi Bidi Scarf | Obakki

Bidi Bidi Print Scarf

$89.00
Artisanal Handmade Dolce Scarf | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Dolce Scarf | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Dolce Scarf | Obakki
Dusty Rose Scarf | Obakki

Dolce Scarf

$49.00
Chalk Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Chalk Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Chalk Scarf - Scarves For Water | Obakki
Black & White Scarf | Obakki

Chalk Print Scarf

$89.00

Handwoven Baskets That Support Economic Independence

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.

Artisanal Handmade Green Melange 20
Artisanal Handmade Green Melange 20
Our partner from Kenya | Obakki

20" Wide Sisal Basket | Green

$120.00
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Melange Basket - Slate | Obakki | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Melange Basket - Slate | Obakki | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Melange Basket - Sand | Obakki
Melange Handwoven Basket - Slate | Obakki
Melange Handwoven Basket - Sand | Obakki
Obakki's Handwoven Basket Collection | Obakki
Basket Collection | Obakki
Christine, our artisan partner | Obakki

18" Sisal Basket | Melange

$130.00
Artisanal Handmade Black Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Black Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Azure Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sand Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Sisal Kitui Basket | Stripe | Obakki

18" Sisal Basket | Stripe

$130.00
Sisal Kitui Solid Basket | Obakki
Sisal Kitui Solid Basket | Obakki
Artisanal Handwoven Sisal Kitui Solid Basket | Obakki
Sisal Kitui Solid Basket | Obakki
Christine, our partner from Kenya | Obakki

18" Sisal Basket | Solid

$130.00

A Journey to Healing: Bags by Judith

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.

The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Made with love by Judith in Uganda | Obakki

The Weekender Bag

$85.00
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki

The Weekender Bag

$85.00
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki

The Weekender Bag

$85.00
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade The Weekender Bag | Obakki
Made with love by Judith in Uganda | Obakki

The Weekender Bag

$85.00

Upcycled Jewelry From The Slums of Kibera

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.

Artisanal Handmade Black/Brass Brass Ring with Horn Inset | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Black/Brass Brass Ring with Horn Inset | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Brass Ring with Horn Inset | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Brass Ring with Horn Inset | Obakki

Brass Ring with Horn Inset

$85.00
Artisanal Handmade Mottled Minimal Horn Rings (Set of 2) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Mottled Minimal Horn Rings (Set of 2) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Minimal Horn Rings (Set of 2) | Obakki

Minimal Horn Rings (Set of 2)

$25.00
Artisanal Handmade Stackable Mixed Brass Rings (Set of 3) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Stackable Mixed Brass Rings (Set of 3) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Stackable Mixed Brass Rings (Set of 3) | Obakki

Stackable Mixed Brass Rings (Set of 3)

$50.00
Artisanal Handmade Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 3) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 3) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Mottled Reclaimed Horn Bangle | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Reclaimed Horn Bangle | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 3) | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 3) | Obakki

Reclaimed Horn Bangle (Set of 3)

$25.00

Wooden Bowls & Flatware with Generations of Skill

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.

Artisanal Handmade Hand-Carved Wooden Bowl | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Hand-Carved Wooden Bowl | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Hand-Carved Wooden Bowl | Obakki
Artisanal Handmade Flat-Bottomed Serving Bowl | Obakki

11" Redwood Bowl

$300.00
Artisanal Handmade Mixed Blackwood One-of-a-Kind 10
Artisanal Handmade Mixed Blackwood One-of-a-Kind 10
Artisanal Handmade One-of-a-Kind 10
Artisanal Handmade One-of-a-Kind 10
Artisanal Handmade One-of-a-Kind 10
Artisanal Handmade One-of-a-Kind 10

One-of-a-Kind 10" Spoon

$120.00
Artisanal Handmade Redwood 10
Artisanal Handmade Redwood 10
Artisanal Handmade 10
Artisanal Handmade 10

10" Redwood Bowl

$225.00
Artisanal Handmade Blackwood Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Blackwood Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Mixed Blackwood Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Handcarved 7
Artisanal Handmade Handcarved 7

Handcarved 7" Sauce Spoon

$95.00

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