Mother’s Day is fast approaching (May 9, 2021). It seems early this year. Or could it be that time goes by so quickly the older you get. Sigh…
Personally, I find shopping for women easier than shopping for men. None the less, there is only so much perfume, mugs, and candy a person can have (although I think you can never have too much chocolate in your life. Ha Ha).
I miss my mom and mother-in-law. I don’t have anyone I can buy for anymore (for Mother’s Day). I often come across something when I’m out and about and think to myself how my mom (or mother-in-law) would enjoy it as a gift.
If you are looking for a unique gift idea, how about a monthly subscription box?
There are a lot of subscription boxes available these days. You’d be surprise just how many there are. New ones are popping up every day. Some boxes are much better than others (some are not worth the money at all).
If you think gifting a subscription box is a great idea, why not gift a subscription box that not only contains wonderful products, but also helps others? Such is the case with the Anchor of Hope Box.
Here is some background information about the box, how it helps, and how it came to be.
Anchor of Hope Box is a brand that stands out for its commitment to helping others. Its monthly subscription box is filled with original lifestyle items handmade by women who are survivors of human trafficking, refugees, or are in other vulnerable situations. The boxes stand out not just because of where they come from, but for who makes them.
he idea for the brand was born in 2015 when Adrienne McCann met multiple refugees and survivors of trafficking while volunteering through World Relief Triad. She recognized their need for income and community, so she started a program where the women met once a month to learn a new skill. The subscription box served as a way to sell their handmade items so these talented women could continue working and create sustainable income.
The Anchor of Hope Box artisans are like many of us – looking to feel empowered and provide a livelihood for ourselves and our families. Adrienne meets monthly with a group of local women, teaching them a new skill every month and paying them for their hard work. She also scours the globe looking for other organizations doing the exact same thing so they can be included in the box as well.
Some of these artisans are survivors of sex trafficking in India and Asia. Some are women in Haiti that desperately need work in order to keep their daughters in school — the best way to keep them from being kidnapped and trafficked. Some are organizations that teach refugee women — relocated to the US — the skill of sewing or jewelry making so they can provide for their families. By supporting these vulnerable artisans, you become a giver of hope and sustainability, breaking lifelong cycles of poverty and giving dignity and the opportunity for healing.
Each month, you will be surprised with three quality, handmade jewelry, accessories, home goods, ceramics, artwork, or exotic spices. One of the items each month is created by the women she teaches locally, and the other two items are sourced from other organizations working with marginalized women worldwide.
I can really appreciate a brand helping out others. I think what the people behind the Anchor of Hope Box are amazing for helping these women out.
The women who make the products for the boxes are from all over the world. Their art and craftmanship varies from country to country, but that is what so wonderful about it. You receive unique products with each box. It’s also a great way to learn more about different countries.
I was sent an Anchor of Hope Box to check out for myself. The April box contained the following goodies.
A silk/cotton handwoven scarf from Vietnam.
Handmade coasters from Haiti.
Champagne and Berry scented room spray made by Anchor of Hope Box’s own artisans.
It’s hard to say which product I like the most. The scarf is lovely (it’s so soft!). My daughter saw it and asked me if she could have it. I told her that we can share it if she’d like.
The spray smells really nice. It has a unique fragrance. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet like candy. It’s refreshing. I like that it can be used year round. I think I’ll mostly use this during the spring and summer (I like pumpkin scents in the fall).
The coasters will probably get the most use. I have them in the draw in the living room coffee table. I’m always telling my kids to use coasters if they bring a drinking glass into the living room. I don’t like the condensation that builds up on the glass to leave rings on the table. Now they have no excuse.
Each box also contains an information card about each of the products, and the artisans who made them.
I think these boxes would make a wonderful gift for that special woman in your life, especially because these boxes are helping other women. Of course, you can always order a box or a subscription for yourself as well.
You can purchase just one box, or you and subscribe. You get discounted prices with the longer you subscribe.
- Month-to-Month – $36
- Three Months PrePay – $99
- Six Months PrePay- $195
- Twelve Months Prepay – $384
When you receive the box of quality products delivered to your doorstep, know that the artisans have lovingly created products that give them joy and are passing that on to you. Empowering women locally and globally is at the heart of the brand. Its exquisite pieces are made with love and intention and are a gorgeous gift to yourself and others.
If you are interested in learning more about the box, or to make a purchase, visit AnchorofHopeBox.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found on the bottom of the brand’s website.
*I received a free sample box to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.