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Get bridesmaids gifts that give back to a bigger cause from these 6 places.
Located right next to the last of 2 remaining Dragon Kilns in Singapore, Center Pottery is a social enterprise that not only offers clay workshops for the general public and mental health patients, they have a stunning selection of handmade ceramic wares on sale as well – all of which goes towards funding their special clay classes to help mental health and terminally ill patients and the elderly. They work with psychologists to structure the classes such that they provide mental therapy to the patients. For more info, head over to www.pottery.sg. Celebrating the special abilities of people autism, The Art Faculty by Pathlight provides a platform to showcase their diverse talents, culminating in unique artworks and products that are sold to the public. For every sale made, their differently-abled artists earn royalties, allowing them to achieve financial independence. It is also home of Pathlight School’s Artist Development Programme (ADP) – where professional artists guide and nurture the talents of students and turn their autism traits into strengths. They offer a diverse array of products; from vacuum flasks to printed tote bags, travel pouches and dessert bowl sets, all in prints too fab to resist. For more info, head over to www.theartfaculty.sg. For your animal-loving girlfriends, you’ll be sure to find something for them over at The Animal Project (TAP). Under the same umbrella as The Art Faculty, TAP curates the works of persons with special needs with the penchant for animal illustrations. 50% of profits go into the charity of TAP’s choosing and there are currently five student artists under TAP. For more info, head over to www.theartfaculty.sg/the-animal-project-sg. See also: CHARITABLE WEDDINGS: 5 WAYS TO GIVE BACK Hook your girls up with some bohe-inspired jewellery pieces from Boheme Style Nomads that will make them feel as good as they look. Each piece is handmade by stay-at-home single mothers who have no access to formal employment. They are in turn given 40% with each purchase. With a focus on timeless style with an eclectic bohe touch, their designs are made to last through the trends. For more info, head over to www.bohemestylenomads.com. A social enterprise registered with raiSE, Indie Mamashop seeks to create income opportunities for the economically-disadvantaged. Here, our Singapore heritage is proudly showcased – with prints like Peonies and batik on their products. There’s even a Good Morning towel range of items. If quirkiness is your thing, check out their T-shirt yarn necklace that comes in so many colours, your girlfriends can each sport a different one. For more info, head over to www.indiemama.com.sg. See also: 9 THOUGHTFUL BRIDESMAIDS GIFTS FOR EVERY BUDGET! Here’s the place to get gifts for your girlfriends who are bookworms and literary lovers. You’ll be spoilt for choices here and we’d be surprised if you aren’t able to find something suitable. There’s books, apparels, socks, bags, quirky decor items and the list goes on – everything literary themed and inspired of course. For every item purchased, Out Of Print will donate a book and fund literacy programs through Books For Africa to boost literacy in underserved communities. For more info, head over to www.outofprintclothing.com. See also: UNICORN CUPCAKES TO INSTAGRAM STYLING: 5 HEN'S PARTY IDEAS FOR YOUR INNER HIPSTER
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