Our Vendors 

The StreetWise Holiday Gift Guide

Wed, Dec 12, 2012

Bright Endeavors, based in Chicago, is a non-profit social enterprise of New Moms, Inc., manufacturing and marketing eco-friendly home and bath products. Program participants, composed of at-risk and homeless adolescent parents (ages 17 to 24), spend eight weeks learning transferable job skills through classroom training and hands-on experience creating its line of high quality soy candles and bath products: Dreambean Eco Home and Bath. Bright Endeavors is a green business, using vegetable waxes, natural botanicals, Dead Sea salts and reclaimed and recycled glass. All proceeds are used to support New Moms’ programming and place participants into quality, permanent employment. Direct Link: http://www.brightendeavors.org/Site/Home.html

Love Basket: ($22)Enjoy this basket filled with relaxing bath products. Included are a sweet vanilla soy candle, verbena Dead Sea salts and two luxurious bath tea pods. Each bath tea pod is handmade using high quality oils, herbs and dead sea salts.




Recycled Ginger Ale Bottle Soy Candle: ($15) Made with natural soy wax, this recycled ginger ale soda bottle candle is a “green” candle inside and out. Enjoy the clean, fresh aroma of our signature scents. Burn time: 35-40 hours.


Pure Eden Spa Products was created with a social purpose. When The Enterprising Kitchen (TEK) announced it was closing its doors in December 2010, both Fey Cruz and Arzu Eren felt compelled to save the business and continue the legacy of empowering women. They employ women in need of a second chance, such as non-violent ex-offenders, immigrants and those in poverty. Direct Link: www.pureedenspaproducts.com

Garden Walk Spa Sampler: ($20) includes 2 oz Shower Gel, 2 oz Organic Body Butter, and 3 Glycerin Soaps.


For over 35 years, the Emergency Fund has provided immediate financial assistance to help low-income Chicago area individuals and families through a crisis or transition. In partnership with Erica’s Jewelry, the Emergency Fund is sponsoring Symbol of Hope, a spirited campaign whose proceeds go directly to the Emergency Fund to assist individuals and families in need. Direct Link: www.emergencyfund.org


Founded by Chicago area philanthropist Lisa Weinberger, Moda Esperanza (“hope”) empowers women and single mothers, many of whom are orphans themselves, to earn fair wages by turning recycled pop tabs into beautiful purses, belts, bracelets and other fashionable accessories. 100% of the profits made from the sales of these products are recycled into helping others to soar with hope. Visit www.modaesperanza.com for a list of pop tab drop off centers. Direct Link: http://www.modaesperanza.com/


Felicita Purse: ($40) The purchase of one Felicita Purse provides a child with safe transportation to and from school for two days.


Lily Purse: ($125) The purchase of one Lily Tote Purse provides one day of meals for a mother and her children.


Through www.GiveMiracles.org, individuals wanting to give back with their holiday gifts can purchase critically-needed medical equipment and medical care for children at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago as part of its first ever crowd-funded hospital gift catalog. Once donors choose their gift from the catalog, ranging from comfort toys ($30), to a pediatric wheelchair ($970), to an entire hospital wing devoted to neonatal intensive care ($12 million), they will receive updates on exactly how their gift is being utilized. Visit www.GiveMiracles.org and search “crowd-funded hospital gift catalog” for a list of donation needs.


Handcrafted by HIV-positive women in Zambia, Africa, the Abataka Collection (of the Abataka Foundation) is designed by Mary Fisher and has been endorsed by the First Lady of Zambia, Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata. Proceeds from the sale of Abataka jewelry provide a means for AIDS-affected women in Africa to earn a living and care for their families. The Abataka Foundation serves as a support group for HIV-positive women and women living with AIDS. Direct Link: http://www.abataka.org/


Smoky Quartz “Attunement” Bracelet: ($99) Smoky quartz nuggets and chips in this bracelet range from brown to grey to black. Irregular cuts provide interest and depth. The artisan has signed a card, which is included with each purchase. You can read her story at www.abataka.org.


Chicago-based Compass to Care designs and sells the Dina Doll. Inspired by her own childhood bout with cancer, founder Michelle Ernsdorff designed the Dina Doll, named after her sister, to be a best friend or companion for all children, not just those with cancer. 100% of the proceeds go directly to help families get to the cancer treatment facilities their children need by paying for families’ travel costs. Direct Link: www.compasstocare.org/dinadoll/

Dina Doll: ($20) The Dina Doll can be purchased specifically for a child you may know, or donated online to a child in need.


Just in time for Hanukkah, the Spertus shop online has a $60 Sipuk Mezuzah, hand-forged in Northwest Indiana by Rabbi Benjamin Kramer. The Sipuk Mezuzah comes in natural, black, patina, blue, and green-bronze. Direct Link: http://shop.spertus.edu/category/


The Chicago Lighthouse is a clock-making facility providing jobs for visually-impaired people who make products that are distributed across the nation and around the world. Direct Link: chicagolighthouse.org

Time Optics Talking Watch: ($59.95)


Lambs Farm helps people with developmental disabilities lead productive, happy lives. Its vocational services provide participants with meaningful work experiences, offering job training, and support and placement services. Products include candles, gift assortments, logo wear, puppy treats, preserves, special event favors, chocolates, brittles, and more. Direct Link: www.lambsfarm.org

Keepsake Candles: ($6.95 for 8oz-$13.95 for 26oz)


five ACCESSORIES is a social enterprise committed to offering fairly traded and eco friendly handbags, recycled purses and sustainable jewelry. It empowers and delivers sustainable livelihoods for workers and their communities through the sale of eco friendly and fair trade locally made products. The purchase of one of its products goes to provide income, dignity and hope to artisans and their families. Direct Link: www.fiveaccessories.com


Circle Bag CA53: ($86) Make a statement with this bag made from recycled black plastic bags. One size (20inches x 30 inches). Made in Cambodia by Smateria.

Compiled by Erica Lindsay
StreetWise Editorial Intern


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