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December 16, 2013

Holiday Gifting: We’re Making it Easy for You!

Posted 5 years 66 days ago by Alison Harrison

Options abound! Take a look ...

Crown Nine

Crown Nine is the brainchild of Oakland jewelry designer, Kate Ellen. Alongside her own beautiful jewelry, Kate stocks work by 20 talented independent jewelry designers, plus finely curated art pieces, fragrances and accessories. You’re sure to find something beautiful for everyone on your list. As a special treat for our friends, mention Ashton212 at the time of purchase and save 10%. 

But if you’re super organized and already done with your holiday shopping, take a look at Kate’s custom jewelry options. It’s not too late to commission something special for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day…


Marion & Rose’s Workshop

Marion & Rose’s Workshop is a great source for high quality gifts and goods for the whole family – including pets. If you’re looking for Secret Santa gifts or stocking stuffers that are beautifully made, from materials sourced and ethically manufactured in the US, this little store is a treat.


One of the best sellers at the moment is the Cuppow – a nifty lid that transforms a mason jar into a cool cup. Another favorite is the cute cashmere elephants made from upcycled cashmere rescued from sweater manufacturers in LA.


Finding items that are made in the US, let alone in a sustainable and thoughtful manner, isn’t always easy. So Kerri Lee Johnson, artist, art consultant, and owner of the store has curated a lovely collection that’s sure to provide you with gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. Be sure to mention Ashton212 at the time of purchase and save 20%.

First Place for Youth

First Place for Youth does great work, helping foster youth transition to healthy and successful adulthood by providing opportunities for housing, education and training. Making a donation in the name of your gift recipient is a great way to share the holiday spirit and provide real help to vulnerable youth: 

  • $125 can pay for professional attire for a foster youth’s first job
  • $500 can provide 25 hours of Education and Employment support services to First Place youth 
  • $5,000 can cover one month of food expenses for 50 First Place youth 
  • $10,000 can pay for one year of rent for a young person who might otherwise be homeless

If you’d like to donate or find out more, check out First Place For Youth’s website.

Blue Planet Network

Gaining access to a convenient supply of clean water is one of the simplest ways to raise a community out of desperate poverty. Yet we still have a billion people trapped in agonizing circumstances.


Blue Planet Network, a division of East Meets West, connects funders, NGOs, the public and communities in need to improve the planning, selection, management and monitoring of water and sanitation programs. Ashton212 supports the work of Blue Planet Network, and you can too with a gift donation to help improve access to clean water in communities around the world.

  • $30 provides one person with lifetime access to safe drinking water 
  • $400 can create a shallow hand dug well to serve 20 families 
  • $3,000 can fund a rooftop water collection system serving an entire school 
  • $10,000 buys a village of 110 families a complete water system

To find out more or to make a gift donation, check out Blue Planet Network’s site.

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