The only thing better than finding the perfect gift for someone is finding a gift that gives back at the same time. FENVII Collective, a new Calgary-based gifting studio that launched online on September 1st, offers the opportunity to do just that.
Inspired by a volunteer trip that founders Joanna and Amir Sheth made to Haiti in 2013, FENVII Collective offers curated gift boxes filled with handmade items made locally and across the world. The products range from olive wood spoons and salad servers made by Kenyan wood workers to hand-poured candles made by Burmese refugee women currently living in the United States. There are also ethically sourced products from individual fair trade companies and organizations that give back (Hand in Hand, for instance, gives a bar of soap and clean water to children living in developing countries when one of their bath products are purchased).
Currently, there are 16 gift boxes to choose from, which are themed around birthdays, date nights, motherhood, travelling and more. There’s a box for practically every occasion, whether you’re trying to say thank you, welcome or congratulations. Prices range from $75 to $140 depending on the box.
But of course, the best part about getting a gift from FENVII Collective is that it keeps on giving – when a gift box is purchased, half the profits go towards the organizations that the items were sourced from and the other half goes towards the FENVII Foundation’s program initiatives. Depending on the box you choose, the money could go towards helping homeless families, supporting victims of domestic violence or providing clean water to those that need it.