One of the things we set out to do when building Meridian was to offer the highest quality home decor handmade by our artisan partners from around the world, at a price point that is based on Fair Trade values and equitable practice. Around the holidays, these values at the core of our brand are more important than ever.
For these reasons, we’re presenting you with our $75 and Under Gift Guide. More than half on the list are under $50 and some are even under $20! You don’t have to sacrifice style – or values – with gift giving. We know they’ll love what you choose!
Ultimate Host Set | $45
First up on our list is the Ultimate Host Gift Set. It contains a curated set of chic entertaining essentials from Mexico and Uganda. The Black and White Heathered Coasters are handmade by a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Uganda using locally sourced raffia, sweetgrass, and organic dyes. The coasters are paired with a neutral Hand Towel woven on pedal looms in Oaxaca, Mexico. Weaving is a traditional art form in this region, and artisans have been passing down techniques and designs from generation to generation. We’ll be giving a few Ultimate Host Gift Sets this year. They are elegant, bespoke, and fairly priced.
Entertaining Gift Set | $40
Our Entertaining Gift Set is another easy gift that’s ready to slip in a stocking or put under the tree. Perfect for the entertainer, this set contains a curated assortment of chic essentials for any celebration, including a bottle coaster from Uganda, a bottle opener from Kenya, and a bottle stopper from South Africa. Each item is handmade by our Fair Trade partners who are working in traditional crafts around the African continent.
Block Print Napkins | $32
Everyone’s favorite gift to receive and give is back this year with more colors and patterns! Our tastemaker favorite Block Print Napkins – as seen in Elle Decor, Martha Stewart Living, Pure Wow, Good Housekeeping and others – are available in sets of 4, and easily mixed and matched for an elegant table setting.
Hand Towels | $18
These Hand Towels may be the lowest priced item on our list, but they are not short on style or quality. Each towel is handwoven on a pedal loom by a master weaver in Istanbul, Turkey. Made in the great tradition of Turkish towels, they are world famous for their durable and soft texture that is lightweight and super absorbent. These are perfect for a sweet hostess or housewarming gift, and look pretty in every environment thanks to their fresh color and elegant texture.
Libby & Logan, the Llamas | $40
The newest friends to join our Baby & Child collection, Libby and Logan are sweet and special stuffed animals handmade by our Fair Trade partners in the Andes mountains of Peru. Using the highest quality natural cotton yarns, our artisan team knits and embroiders these adorable animals with heirloom gifting in mind. These safe and soft lovies will last a lifetime.
Oaxacan Palm Basket | $18
This Oaxacan Palm Basket is poised to be your gifting companion throughout the holiday season. Handmade by a family of artisan basket weavers in the Mixtec region of Southern Mexico, these sturdy yet lightweight baskets are perfect for bringing extra foodie gifts or hand towels to any holiday celebration.
Raffia Tray | $75
There is something so graceful about containing items on a tray. It’s lady-like, poised and elegant, turning any tabletop into a chic and stylish vignette. Our Raffia Tray is handwoven by a Fair Trade organization in Rwanda that provides training and fair wage jobs for female weavers in rural villages. As gifting goes, it’s a fresh way to elevate a space for a newlywed or recent graduate, or to deliver a well-deserved breakfast in bed.
Recycled Glass Beads – Watermelon | $60
Glass beads are the most versatile decorative accessory for good reason. They are easy to style, difficult to mess up, and create a moment of texture and conversation in almost any setting. Simply throw them on a table, sprinkle them on a tray, or wind them up to stand on their own. (We even have more ideas!) Each strand is made using recycled glass by a Fair Trade women’s cooperative in Ghana.
Ugandan Kitchen Basket | $68
This striking and functional basket works as an organizer or vase for precious tools you want within hands’ reach. For any recipient in the mode of nesting or redecorating, they’ll appreciate its multi-use cases and chic style. Each basket is handmade by our Fair Trade partners in Uganda using locally sourced sisal fibers, sweetgrass, raffia, and organic dyes.
Gift Card | $50
Why not just give them what they want? If they’re looking for a stylish, high quality item in the home space, or have shared standards in ethical sourcing and fair trade values, they’ll love Meridian. And as a small business, we’ll be forever thankful for the intro. Gift Cards are available in various increments, and start at $50.
For more gift ideas, don’t miss our 2018 Gift Guide.