We asked women social entrepreneurs to tell us about a gift they make that supports a cause, helps save the earth or raises awareness of an important issue. See the full list in our ‘Gifts With a Mission’ Guide. Today we feature:


San Miguel Allende Mexican Comida Patchwork Apron

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Product: Handmade patchwork apron

Price: $50

Website: sanmigueldesigns.com

From the vivid colors to the chili peppers pattern, you know right away this apron hails from Mexico. This lively garment comes straight from the “Fiesta Queen” herself, Patrice Wynne, an entrepreneur who shuttered her California bookstore in 2000 to retire to the city of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. Local seamstresses cut and sew the apron from leftover fabric scraps. One purchase supports both their livelihood and the effort to reduce waste.

Editors’ Comment: We love that this cheerful apron is eco-friendly and has a water-resistant lining to protect your clothes from splashes while cooking up those delicious holiday meals. Added bonus: there’s a pocket!

Learn more about Patrice’s story here.

Find more gifts with a mission in our complete guide, 12 Holiday Gifts That Give Back.[/box_light]

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Finding One’s Calling in a Cup of Joe

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