You may not be a guest at the royal wedding this weekend (in spite of the fascinator you have all ready to go!)... But, we all have those friends.
You know, those friends who are getting married and what on EARTH could they possibly need or want as a wedding gift? The registry (if there is one) is dull, or they've asked for cash (a move that seems to get less tacky in the age of dead etiquette and sky-high housing prices). Officially, Harry and Meghan asked for charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts, so yes, if that is the case with your own newlyweds, then by all means, donate to the charity of their choice (or Friends of Basha)!
However, I, for one, often still feel compelled to give something tangible as a present to a new couple. For me, it's a way to share the wealth, to be generous, to give as we have been given to. Also, a way to express my care for them in a way that is memorable and appreciated.
A one-of-a-kind, hand-stitched kantha quilt from dignify is THE BEST WEDDING GIFT. We've sold hundreds and hundreds of them as wedding gifts, so at this point, I will just shout it boldly from the rooftop (or, rather, out into the internet abyss) with no shame , because it is true. A kantha throw is a gift that is unique, beautiful, long-lasting, useful, and meaningful.
For a couple who are interested in social concerns, it means so much more that the blanket wasn't mass manufactured in a factory and has an amazing story behind it. But for a couple who are not particularly intentional about those things, a kantha throw is nonetheless a fabulous gift, just on the merit of the kantha itself! (What is kantha, anyway?)
"My friend LOVED - I'm using the word "love" to describe her reaction - the blanket I gave her for her wedding shower. It filled me with immense amounts of joy to see her delight and the delight of the other women there from this blanket.
She loved the softness of it, and the softness/texture it would bring to their home, and the story behind it. She loved the artisan's name on it, and she loved that it meant something. And I loved being able to give something of quality that had meaning. It honestly felt like such a privilege."
"I have purchased 2 Kantha Throws as wedding gifts and they have been incredible. The recipients are thrilled with the quality and beauty of the throws, and also touched that their wedding gift represents a miracle in the lives of many women."
"My friend said it was their favorite gift they received, hands down!"
Join hundreds of others who have given the "Best. Gift. Ever." as a wedding present (though, if you're thinking of sending one to Windsor Castle, maybe just hang on to that one for yourself 😉):
We've listened to the soundtrack to The Greatest Showman countless times in my house (or, as my music app tells me: around 30), and the chorus of this song — "Never Enough" — keeps ringing through my head.
The song itself is about love (ie. without you, all the amazing things in the world will never be enough), but as we head into the busiest shopping season of the year, I feel like "Never Enough" is the battle cry of retail marketing.
“We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.”
I have often written about my love & admiration for Father Greg Boyle (Father G) and the work he has done with the gang population in Los Angeles with Homeboy Industries. It is not an easy thing to promote the dignity of people who have been involved in violent criminality, finding kinship in mutual love and respect.
This line — “We don’t hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies.” — is a perfect description of the complex dynamic of running a business that is, at its core, motivated to employ a marginalized population.
For many of us — perhaps especially if you have kids in school, or an affinity for fall —, September is the perfect time for a fresh start. I wrote last week about my fresh exercise start after a summer of indulgence!
Whether it is the new calendar year, or a new school year, milestones offer a great chance for fresh starts. I think it is a fantastic time to dream about what will be different, what systems can change & improve, and how to begin well.
But here we are, mid-way through September, and I want to offer another thought:
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