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This Year, Give Thoughtful Gifts That Give Back

From From a T-shirt targeting world hunger, to a watch made from ocean plastic— this is the year to give your loved ones thoughtful gifts that give back in more ways than one…

This year, Vogue’s December issue featured a gift guide with a collection of thoughtful gifts that give back, “from jewelry benefiting civil rights advocacy efforts to sustainably and ethically made fashion from a few of our favorite brands.” After such a challenging year, we can’t help but get excited to see so many fashion companies increasingly making philanthropy, sustainability, and ethical practices essential business pillars. To that point, our favorite gifts this holiday are not only highly covetable in their own right, but give back, too. A new cozy winter sweater is always a welcomed gift but it’s even better when it’s made responsibly, or supports a cause that’s close to the heart.

From a T-shirt targeting world hunger, to a watch made from ocean plastic— this is the year to give your loved ones a gift that’s thoughtful in more ways than one. Here, shop the ethical, sustainable, and cause-supporting, feel-good thougtful gifts for everyone on your list. 

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This Year Give Thoughtful Gifts That Give Back

For The Fashionably Safe

Marni abstract floral print face mask cover

$95

FARFETCH

Tory Burch printed face masks, set of three

$35

TORY BURCH

For The Homebody

Themis Z serenity porcelain espresso cup and saucer

$77

MATCHESFASHION.COM

John Derian pitcher R11

$650

JOHN DERIAN

Google nest thermostat trim kit

AVL Backgammon Bermuda backgammon board

$1,325

OVER THE MOON

UrbanStems the gratitude

$75

URBANSTEMS

Tiffany & Co. elephant brooch

$2,500

TIFFANY & CO.

Dôen forget-me-not cardigan

Vogue Postcards From Home: Creativity in a Time of Crisis

Pangaia organic cotton loose track pants

$140

PANGAIA

Sleeper Judas tree loungewear dress

$250

SLEEPER

Bleusalt the Kaia Pant

$130

BLEUSALT

Fuchsia sun moon flats

$99

FUCHSIA

Alberta Ferretti back to winter jumper

$523$366

FARFETCH

Michael Michael Kors watch hunger stop love organic cotton t-shirt

$40

MICHAEL KORS

Jiggy Pizzles animal kingdom, Olivia Wendel

$49

JIGGY PUZZLES

Courtland & Co. magic mushroom blue dinner napkin

$165

COURTLAND & CO.

For The Investment-Seeker

Vrai chateau studs

$3,100

VRAI

Tom Ford 002 ocean plastic watch

$995

TOM FORD

Bulgari save the children bracelet

$580

BULGARI

1845 leather mini trunk

$2,790

MARC CROSS

Faherty x B. Yellowtail huckleberry fringe earrings

$145

FAHERTY

Jennifer Meyer change necklace

$675

JENNIFER MEYER

Prounis emerald zeno hoop earrings

$4,940

PROUNIS

Alexander McQueen mini satchel

$1,950

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

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For The Pal Always On The Go

Collina Strada pink rhinestone water bottle

$90$74

SSENSE

Prada cotton canvas high-top sneakers

Lumos matrix helmet

Bluejay Bikes premiere edition bluejay

$2,995

BLUEJAY BIKES

Ralph Lauren women’s custom packable jacket

$298

RALPH LAUREN

Shinola wool knit mittens

$75

SHINOLA

Prospect suck it up straw and case, set of 12

$260

PROSPECT

Final finalspork collapsible cutlery

Stojo 12 oz cup

Balmain black and white leather B-Court sneakers

$595

BALMAIN

For Your Most Festive Friend

Chanel Sequins & Gold-Tone Metal classic handbag

Le Monde Beryl Velvet Mary Jane flats

$440

MATCHESOFASHION.COM

Aimee Hucek tabletop ornaments holiday cards

$22

MOMA DESIGN STORE

Studio One Eighty Nine green and white dress

$425

STUDIO ONE EIGHTY NINE

Roger Vivier silk flower strass pumps

$1,750

ROGER VIVIER

Brother Vellies Lijadu billfold in grapefruit

$1,295

BROTHER VELLIES

For The Kids In Your Life

Jacadi Paris sweater and booties box #4 limited edition

$129

JACADI PARIS

PlanToys rabbit racing car

$35

MAISONETTE

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Renowned Jewelry Artist Megan-Marie Launches “The Althea Collection”

Jewelry artist Megan-Marie is known for exclusive and artfully crafted jewelry collections. She has launched her “Althea Collection” of luxury 14K gold chains.

Every chain in this collection was handcrafted by me…The part that I love most, though, is that these chains are made to be individualized and flatter your unique body and style. ”

— Megan-Marie

Known for her luxury handcrafted gold jewelry collections, Megan-Marie is a New York-based gold jewelry artist with a strong focus on quality and artistry. Being greatly admired by her clients, her collections have sold out fast in the past. She is now back with the new luxury “Althea Collection” featuring custom luxury 14k solid gold chain designs. Taking inspiration from organic textures and shapes, the collection is meant to reinvent and modernize jewelry designs often depicted in Greek mythology. With more chain designs soon to arrive, each order is handcrafted by Megan-Marie so the jewelry can best compliment the measurements of every client.

“Every chain in this collection was handcrafted by me, which really separates them from the generic designs we see in stores and online,” says Megan-Marie. “The part that I love most, though, is that these chains are made to be individualized and flatter your unique body and style. Whether it’s a chunky bracelet, short necklace, or shiny anklet, I believe everyone can feel incredible wearing these unique, timeless chains. And I’ve got more coming!”

The “Althea Collection” features highly customizable chain designs that can be altered to each client’s demands. The collection features The Hera Chain, The Dria Chain, The Klio Chain, The Ares Chain, The Circe Chain, The Astraia Chain and The Helios Chain. “The Helios Chain was inspired by the mythological Greek god Helios, the god and personification of the sun,” Megan-Marie explains. “The chain’s organic texture is meant to resemble the glistening Mediterranean Sea on a sunny day, and, when assembled, forms a clean, modern line. My intention was for it to feel ethereal and luxurious yet casual and comfortable.”

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Previous collections from the artist such as the ‘Evergreen Collection’ and the ‘Spearhead Collection’ have drawn unique aesthetic inspirations from different places and eras, while still maintaining the luxury, handcrafted quality that Megan-Marie is known for.

ABOUT MEGAN-MARIE: Megan-Marie is a gold jewelry artist and a Doctor in Physical Therapy by degree. She is a first-generation American woman originally from the quiet suburbs of Boston. While she loved playing sports, her love for jewelry started young and evolved into a passion when she was yearning for a creative outlet in her mid-twenties.

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What to Consider When You’re In the Market for a Skull Bracelet

Skull bracelets are your way to stand out. They are a powerful fashion statement. They carry a range of profound meanings you can relate to. It’s high time to get your hands on the bracelets carrying skull images – they are all the go at the moment. Not sure which model to choose? We are here to help.

 

The Meaning of Skull Bracelets

Before we get to various types of skull bracelets, let’s learn why people admire skulls altogether. There are a few reasons for this phenomenon:

 

  • skulls are the representation of the eternal life-and-death struggle. Obviously, skulls stand for death because a skull exposes only after the departure of life. At the same time, the skull denotes resurrection and rebirth in the afterlife;
  • skulls are protection against death. The biker community believes that skull jewelry, tattoos, and prints can drive death away. When the Grim Reaper comes after a person, he sees the mark of death, which is the skull. And if death itself has already marked a person, then his job is done here. He will go away and leave a skull wearer unharmed;
  • skulls are a symbol of bravery, valor, virility, and masculinity. Ancient warriors carried the images of skulls to instill fear in their opponents. Over time, the tradition to wear skulls affected armies and military formations across the globe. Fighters are the epitome of such qualities as honor, strength, courage, etc. No wonder they wear skulls with pride. Eventually, regardless of military background, skulls turned into the means for men to accentuate their masculinity.
  • skulls are an embodiment of adventurism and romance. Those who lived during the heyday of piracy hardly considered corsairs to be romantic figures. However, the literature of the last couple of centuries, and now the world of cinema, has made the image of pirates more attractive. That’s because they enjoy the ultimate freedom, they live without the shackles imposed by society, and their life is full of adventures. What not to like about it? If there is a single symbol that is inextricably linked to piracy, it is the Jolly Roger, aka the skull and crossbones. This skull is the epitome of freedom, audacity, and the glimpse of adventure on the horizon.
  • Skulls represent the idea of equality. On the one hand, we all face the same fate at the end – death. Everyone is equal before death. On the other hand, the skull, as one of the main symbols in the biker subculture, conveys the idea of equality for all members of a motorcycle club. No matter if you are rich or poor, distinguished or ordinary, once you saddle your steel horse, you are part of the brotherhood.
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Types of Skull Bracelets

Now that you know why the skull is such an important and multifaceted symbol, let’s take a closer look at the options you have in terms of skull bracelets.

 

Skull Chain Link Bracelets

Chain bracelets are perhaps the most obvious choice when it comes to biker wrist ornaments. They are pretty versatile and can go well with casual, formal, sporty, and leather-clad looks. Skulls can be introduced into chain bracelets in a multitude of ways. The most obvious is a skull clasp with an otherwise plain bracelet. If this option seems too uninspired, you can go with skull charms or a skull-embellished ID plate. Still not enough? Then go big with skulls sitting on every link. Pretty impressive, ha? The only downside of such bracelets is that they lose their versatility since right-into-your-face designs are likely to clash with elegant attires.

 

Skull Dangles

Less versatile but nonetheless badass, dangles and cuff bracelets are the choice of bold fashionistas. They tightly hug the wrist – or the arm if you’d like to wear them this way – to showcase their bodacious designs. Normally, dangles carry either a single but pretty large skull as a focal point, or a series of smaller skulls stretching across the entire piece. The best part is that dangles allow experimenting with embellishment since they lend themselves well to bejeweling, tooling, plating, enameling, oxidation, embossing, engraving, and other means of decoration.

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Skull Leather Bracelets

If you prefer natural, easy-to-wear, and up-to-date jewelry, leather bracelets are worthy of consideration. Today, braided pieces with skull beads or charms are all the rage. They are an ideal solution for relaxed and casual outfits. These models tend to be pretty slim but luckily, you can combine a few pieces for a more impressive look.

On the other hand, if you want to emphasize your belonging to subcultures, it’s best to go with wide and thick models. Skulls in these designs may appear on the clasp, studs, metal and stone inlays, branded elements, and in many more unexpected ways.

Skull Hemp Bracelets

Hemp bracelets are a nod to the hippies and everyone who admires the trend for sustainability and eco-friendliness. They are super easy to sport and combine with other bracelets no matter what they are made of. Skulls tend to sit on the clasp or charms in hemp models meaning they are rather discreet. However, if you wear skulls because they have a personal meaning rather than being a fashion statement, this might be your best bet.

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