Calgary-based FENVII Collective Launches its Artisan Gift Boxes

Help homeless families, support mental health or equip children with school supplies when you buy one of these boxes.

Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.

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.


Here are five of the FENVII Collective gift boxes you can choose from

The “Date Night” box ($130) features a hand towel made by Ethiopian artisans, an olive wood heart shaped spoon made by Kenyan wood workers and Culinary Argan Oil by The Argan Project, which works with family farmers and argan oil cooperatives run by women in Morocco. Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.

The “Congratulations” box ($95) features a handmade bottle stopper from a fair trade company in Cape Town and a hand-poured candle made by Burmese refugee women now living in the U.S. Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.
The “Housewarming” box ($110) features a gold and copper pulp bowl made by local women in Swaziland, mini olive wood salad servers made by Kenyan wood workers, a hand towel made by Ethiopian artisans and Hand in Hand lotion and liquid soap. Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.

The “Birthday Box” ($110) features a hand-poured candle made by Burmese refugee women now living in the U.S. and a bar of chocolate from Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate. Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.

The “Mommy & Me” box ($140) features a hand crocheted sock monkey made by women in Peru, an organic Lovie burp cloth made by women in India and a book from the Teach Twice Organization. Photograph supplied by Fenvii Collective.

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