If you buy two of our handmade Dickens Christmas Carol Stockings, look closely and you’ll see that each Scrooge is different, each Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim is different—even each snowflake is different. The Dickens Christmas Carol Stocking is one of several artisanal gifts Levenger is offering. These are truly unique holiday gifts, each item one-of-a-kind. In a virtual age, isn’t it nice to know that what you touch is handmade?
When you buy Levenger artisanal gifts, you’re also helping to keep alive handcraft traditions among people who would otherwise live in extreme poverty. The artisans of the Dickens Christmas Carol Stocking are women and men who live in impoverished, rural India.
One more reason to feel good about giving these artisanal gifts from Levenger: they’re connected to worthy causes. Levenger is making a donation to Reading Is Fundamental, in support of children’s literacy in the U.S., based on sales of the Dickens Christmas Carol Stocking through December 24. Reading Is Fundamental is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. devoted to children’s literacy.
Another artisanal gift that Levenger offers is the MyMela Tree of Life Tote. Handmade by women in India, each of these silk totes features delicate hand embroidery, in what is known as the Ahir stitch, of a brilliant Tree of Life. Rich in symbolism, the tree bursts forth on this tote in a jewel-toned canopy of flowers, birds and other creatures from nature, each one embroidered by hand.
The father-and-daughter team who founded MyMela contribute 20% of their profits to the Indian artisan communities they work with.
Our popular Thai Pad book rest for your iPad is also handmade, by women in rural Thailand, during those times when they’re not harvesting crops. On Steve’s blog titled Thai Pad Country, you can read about his son’s visit to meet the women who make this sturdy book pillow, which holds an iPad or other e-reader as well as a traditional book. Levenger is making a donation to the International Reading Association that is earmarked for literacy programs in the remote regions of Thailand.
Our holiday theme for this year is Lasting Gifts of Joy. Levenger artisanal gifts are handcrafted from traditions that have lasted for centuries, and bring a special joy to both the one who receives and the one who gives these handmade gifts.