There are gifts to give, and then there are gifts to give that give back. With a fierce passion for this important distinction, Toronto native Chelsea Brown has launched the Mille Marketplace—a virtual gift shop—just in time for the holidays.
From Millie’s Pin Project—a kite-shaped pin designed by Canadian designer Jenny Bird and crafted by Turquoise Mountain in Jordan—to undyed linen pyjamas handmade in India, all items listed on the Millie Marketplace directly benefit organizations and artisans around the world, many of whom are displaced women or refugees. Check out the Holiday Edit on Millie.ca for gifting inspo, including colourful woven tree ornaments made in Rwanda, a soap set that aims to raise awareness of the importance of education for women and girls, and gorgeous scented candles that give back to nature with their wildflower seed-embedded boxes. Or, give a Millie Marketplace gift card!
Spend some quality down time during the holidays tuning in, too, to the Millie Podcast, where Brown, a longtime human rights and women’s advocacy champion, connects with extraordinary women who inspire a new way of thinking and invite us all to see the world in a different way—and isn’t that the greatest gift of all? —Noa Nichol