I first discovered ABLE on a trip to Ethiopia 11 years ago and was so taken with their mission to help lift women out of poverty with dignity by teaching them a trade crafting beautiful items for fair wages, health care, and educational opportunities. Fun fact: Since I first shared ABLE’s original leather accessory, the classic Mamuye leather tote it has become one of our reader’s most-loved, most-shopped, most-gifted items ever. (I get it, I still wear mine all the time!)
So this holiday, I curated a mini Cool Mom Picks shop at ABLE so you can find lots of my favorite items, including the Mamye tote, all in one place. What’s more — they’ve given us the code COOLMOMGIFT30 so you can save 30% off nearly everything on the entire site this holiday until end of 2023. (updated from previous offer)
Take a peek at some of my favorite gifts that give back in meaningful ways; I hope from among them you’ll find your own favorites too for lots of special people on your list.
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All items have been independently selected by me.
Where it all began: the classic Mamuye leather tote in black, cognac, or this gorgeous chocolate brown. Mine is still going strong after 9 years! It really is the kind of bag that grows more beautiful with age. You can even ask our other writers, because we bought them all their own Mamuye totes for holiday gifts a few years back.
If you like a sleeker, more urban handbag, I have my eye on the leather Martha Crossbody Bag in black. Loooove having so many compartments to stash my stuff, but with a slim profile that keeps it sleek and manageable. It’s thoughtfully made in Ethiopia just like my Mamuye tote.
Got jewelry in mind for the holidays? There are so many beautiful rings and necklaces and earrings. I am and of obsessed with these handcrafted gold pear hoops which freshen up the classic round hoop shape. Pair it with a mini hinge hoop for the second hole, or check out the super funky Caesar stud earrings that are delicate but still eye-catching.
This Selena Wool Beanie in 3 colors is the perfect unisex beanie to keep you toasty this winter. Great price for gifting too — just $23/ea with our discount code. And I can never have enough beanies because my kids tend to steal them. (They have good taste.)
Personalized jewelry makes such great gifts and this 18k gold-fill chain can be customized with up to 6 letters. Maybe an initial to represent each child or grandchild? With 40% off it starts at just $39 for one initial making it an affordable gift when you have a lot of teens, sisters, or girlfriends to shop for.
Use code COOLMOMGIFT30 for 30% off nearly everything in the ABLE store through 12/31/2023
Slouchy knit sweaters are so hot right now, so wearable with nearly everything, and no need to worry about it fitting after that third slice of pie. (Talking to myself here.) This one is made to feel like cashmere, but using a recycled poly blend, and it’s under $100 with the discount.
I am so taken with this leather travel jewelry case, which is so thoughtfully designed by ABLE. There are even slots for earring studs or small hoops like these, and having had a few earring posts bent into oblivion in transit (grrr) I really appreciate that touch.
Another wonderful handbag option if you need something a little more work-friendly: The Rachel Leather Crossbody in cognac or whiskey, with that cool knotted detail. It’s so versatile– pop the shoulder strap inside and carry it if going from work to dinner.They’re normally $188, but with the discount, just $113.
Able has recently updated their perfect denim jacket that is so classic, it will never go out of style. While there are four washes to choose from, I loooove this deeper black wash with a hint of indigo poking through.
Hope you enjoy shopping our curated Cool Mom Picks shop at ABLE. Code COOLMOMGIFT30 gets you 30% off through 12/31/23 nearly site wide, with just a few restrictions (can’t use it with other promos, or a few collaborations items). You’ll be doing something really good with your purchases. Thank you.