I’ve always said that one of my favorite categories in our Holiday Gift Guide are gifts that give back. We managed to pare it down to 14 this year, but honestly we could have gone on forever. And while you have probably heard of some of our favorite resources–organizations like PROJECT (RED) and TOMS marketplace–there’s one that’s new to us that I wanted to call out specifically: Kwagala Project, whose pink coil bracelet is featured in our guide this year.

Especially since they have an amazing holiday deal right now.

Kwagala Project coiled beaded bracelet | Cool Mom Picks

I met the founder, Kristen Hendricks, this year and was instantly taken with her story and commitment. She’s put together a remarkable not-for-profit that provides rescue and aftercare for vulnerable girls and human trafficking survivors, and one of their educational projects includes training in fashion and jewelry making to make a living wage and create a path to a promising future. Thus, the Kwagala shop was born, which offers lovely handmade jewelry and funky hair accessories for adults and kids.

Kwagala Project beaded necklace | Cool Mom Picks



The necklaces are great and beautifully made in person. But with the multi-layered bangle look so popular now, I especially think the beaded bracelets make amazing gifts that do more than just make your wrists look pretty. In fact, they’ve got a wonderful holiday special going: 7 single-strand beaded bracelets for just $22.95. The Love Collection comes in darker, more traditionally holiday-ish tones, while the Peace Collection (at top) is brighter and more colorful. They make me happy just looking at it.

It’s a great way to knock off a ton of gifts at once (don’t forget all those cousins, co-workers, and teachers) or just stuff stockings with something more meaningful than candy canes. 100% goes directly to the artists in need who made them. And that’s something you won’t forget every time you slide one on your wrist.

Visit Kwagala Project for beautiful beaded jewelry that helps an amazing cause and be sure to check out the limited time holiday bracelet special for gifting. You can also buy packs of fundraising bracelets to raise money for your school or organization. Beats wrapping paper.