Published: November 17th 2011October 18th 2011
Gorgeous Neon Sock Monkeys made by Nhung.
$20 aud including postage
Believe it or not Christmas is just around the corner.
Would you like to support the Lifestart Foundation Workshop initiative in Hoi An, Vietnam? You can help by purchasing some of your Christmas gifts from our members. The workshop members individually make each item with care and love and will be very grateful for your support.
The Lifestart Foundation Workshop is a non-profit workshop and it focuses on creating handmade arts and crafts to help support those living in challenging situations in Vietnam.
Many disabled people have been empowered and now thrive under the support and guidance of the Lifestart Foundation.
The entire proceeds from these products go directly to the workshop members to provide a sustainable income stream and sense of independence.
As the 25th December gets closer the season of good will often become the season of stress as we embark on draining shopping trips, searching for original gift ideas. Whether we’re looking for the perfect present for mum, a fun gift for secret Santa or something unique for the person who has everything, original gift ideas can often be hard to find. Ethical Shopping Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank
SILK LANTERNS FROM HOI AN
Four colours and two shapes available in Vietnamese silk.
Made by Hai,Truong and Ly.
$15 aud including postage.
good will and reducing Christmas shopping stress can go hand in hand by purchasing unique gifts through the Lifestart Foundation online store. Lifestart Foundation sells a variety of
beautiful fair trade handcrafted gifts, many of which are under $20. Lifestart gifts are not only unique but also provide ethical shopping solutions for those that want to spend their money compassionately at Christmas time. Gifts for Kids.
The Lifestart sock creatures and sock monkeys are some of the cutest and most original soft toys on the market. At just $20 including post and packaging they make perfect gifts for children and you can even personalise your toy by choosing its name. Gifts for Her.
Lifestart have a range of funky handmade earrings ($16), necklaces ($15) and button rings ($12). Made out of recycled buttons and paper these gifts are unique and environmentally friendly.
On sale also are handmade denim bags ($25) elegant silk scarves ($14) and warm snuggly knitted scarves and hats, perfect for any friends or relatives living in a cold climate!! Gifts for Him.
Original hand painted t-shirts in grey and white are available for just $15 which can also be personalised.
RECYCLED MAGAZINE COASTERS - Set of Four
Being recycled, these coasters come in various colours and patterns and are presented bound with twine. Each coaster is handmade from dozens of individually folded and glued strips and finally varnished for a heatproof, waterproof and durable finish.
Hand made by Luu.
Set of four $17 aud including postage
are novel drink coasters made out of recycled paper ($17) and hand knitted egg hats – quirky, unique and fun this is a perfect gift for secret Santa or for the man who seems to have everything! Christmas Cards.
Lifestart Foundation have a selection of hand embroidered snowflake cards, holly cards and handcrafted dove cards perfect for the festive season. The cards are made on high quality linen paper and are sold in packs of 4.
Shopping online at the Lifestart Foundation store is convenient and what’s more you will be left feeling warm and fuzzy knowing your money is going towards a compassionate cause! For more details on ethical Christmas gifts from Lifestart Foundation that won’t break the bank go to
All prices listed are inclusive of postage and packaging.
The photo's on this blog are a small sample of what is available, please look at the online store to see all of the available products.
For more information on these beautiful gifts and the work being carried out by the Lifestart Foundation to empower people living in challenging situations please email Sue Long, In-Country
Manager via Sue.firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen Leonard, Founder and President
AO DAI BOOKMARKS
Vietnamese Silk Ao Dai bookmarks made by Hoa and Ly.
$7 AUD each including postage.
on +61 (0) 402 132432. CHRISTMAS PRESENTS WITH MEANING
All products are labour intensive and take each workshop member a long time to make. Each item is tagged with the workshop members photograph and brief story about them which makes each item very personal and special.
I hope you agree that these items will all make special Christmas presents this year. Please place your order promptly to allow enough time for postage and orders to be completed by each workshop member.
These photo's are a sample range, the full range can be found on the Lifestart Foundation online store just click here to view.
You can order items directly from our online store
or you can email email@example.com directly to make your order. PRICE LIST
: All prices are in Australian dollars and include postage RECYCLED DENIM BAGS
$25 Made by Mai. SILK CUSHION COVERS
$25 (PACK OF 2) Made by Mai QUIRKY RABBIT SOCK CREATURE
$20. Made by Nguyen. Read Nguyen's story. QUIRKY SMILEY SOCK CREATURE
$20. Made by Trang and Nguyen. Read Nguyen's story. QUIRKY DOG SOCK CREATURE
RECYCLED PAPER BEAD BRACELET
Made on a stretch band by Luu. Colours may vary. Please let us know if you have a particular colour you would like.
With each bead individually made from recycling paper from newspapers and magazines, every piece is completely unique in terms of colour.
$10 AUD including postage
$20. Made by Nguyen. Read Nguyen's story. QUIRKY MONKEY SOCK CREATURE
$20. Made by Ngung. Read Ngung's story. HAND PAINTED CHRISTMAS CARDS
$21 ( PACK OF 4 ) Made by Sinh. Read Sinh's story. EMBROIDERED HOLLY CHRISTMAS CARDS
$21 ( PACK OF 4) Made by Hanh. Read Hanh's story. DOVE CARDS
$21 (PACK OF 4) Made by Nguyen, Hanh and Chau. Read Hanh's Story
and Nguyen's story. EMBROIDERED SNOWFLAKE CARDS
$21 (PACK OF 4) Made by Nghe & Luong. Read Luong's story
and Nghe's story. RECYCLED PAPER EARRINGS
$20 Made by Luu and Gai HAND KNITTED SCARVES
$15 Made by Hanh, Luong & Xuyen. Read Xuyens story. GOOD FORTUNE JOURNALS
(set of 4) $20 Made by Ly and Nhung. Read Ngung's story
and Ly's Story. WINE BOTTLE COVERS
$12 Made by Chau, Nghe and Lieu. Read Nghe's story. RECYCLED PAPER EARRING and BRACELET SET
$19. Made by Se VIETNAMESE SILK HAIR ACCESSORIES 9
$10 Made by Vinh. Read Vinh's story. VIETNAMESE SILK SCARF
CHRISTMAS HOLLY CARD
The cards are embroidered on white linen paper. The holly design is perfect for the festive season. The cards are left blank for your message.
Hand embroidered by Hanh.
Set of four $21 AUD including postage.
$14 Made by Vinh. Read Vinh's story. AO DAI BOOKMARKS
$7 Made by Hoa and Ly. Read Hoa's story
and Ly's Story. Click here to read more about the workshop......
We also have gift certificates available – make a big difference to an individual or family in Vietnam and share the gift of giving. Each gift includes a card which we can either post to you or personalise and send straight to the recipient on your behalf. Great for Christmas, a birthday or any special occasion.
Lots of Love from
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