Looking for Unique Gifts: Follow My Yellow Brick Road– Lots of Fun & Interesting Ideas!

This holiday season, the Renal Support Network (RSN) shines with the debut of its EmbraceHOPE Jewelry Collection. Featuring 12 beautifully designed bracelets, this collection is handcrafted by people who have been affected by chronic kidney disease (CKD), including those on dialysis or awaiting a kidney transplant. The actual process of making the jewerlry is intended to instill hope in those coping with a serious illness. Each elegant bracelet reflects a distinctive identity based on a personal back-story.

The EmbraceHOPE Collection is designed by CKD survivor Lori Hartwell, the founder of RSN and the author of Chronically Happy: Joyful Living in Spite of Chronic Illness.

“All of the bracelets in the Collection are dedicated to incredible women who helped me prepare for my fourth kidney transplant,” she said. “Making jewelry has always been a way to help me cope with kidney disease, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to honor these women who are as unique as the bracelets themselves.
When people are ill, creative activity is essential to healing. The EmbraceHOPE Collection provides an opportunity to share experiences, strength and hope with one another through these beautiful pieces,” added Hartwell.

The EmbraceHOPE Collection features

“Beading Buddy,” honoring Marissa Carr
“Tender Loving Care,” honoring Lesley Holden
“The Advocate,” honoring Karol Franks
“The Artist,” honoring Rebecca Rees
“The Best Friend,” honoring Catherine Glover
“The Creative Cook,” honoring Susie Gonzalez
“The Entertainer,” honoring Malia Langen

“The Expert,” honoring Susan Vogel
“The Fighter,” honoring Cathy Bridges

“The Giver,” honoring Cyndi Jones
“The Supporter,” honoring Maria Hsieh
“You Can Do It!,” honoring Linda Oakford

The complete backstory for each bracelet can be found on the RSN website.

Select bracelets are available for a tax-deductible donation to RSN, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization (EIN #95-4672679):
Choose 1 gift/bracelet for a $25 donation
Choose 3 gifts/bracelets for a $60 donation
Choose 6 gifts/bracelets for a $100 donation
Receive the entire collection of 12 and be listed as a “Champion of Hope” on the RSN website for a $250 donation. The EmbraceHOPE Jewelry Collection is available online at www.rsnhope.org.

Looking for something a bit different in the fashion arena? Here are some very interesting accessories that you need to check out:

EnChroma’s new Cx.UV450, advanced protection sunglasses that boost color vision for those with sensitive eyes, low vision caused by serious eye conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma and those exposed to extreme sunlight.

EnChroma Explorer

The UV450 are the first sunglasses that provide extreme protection without blocking colors. EnChroma’s revolutionary sunglasses feature an advanced optical coating that increases the variety and vividness of colors, brining everything to life while providing the highest form of UV protection possible.

EnChroma Cx.UV450 features include:
A color-enhancing lens with comprehensive protection from solar ultra-violet (UV) and short wavelength blue light
Blocks 100% of solar radiation with wavelengths shorter than 450 nanometers
Scratch resistant
Available in two fashionable frame styles – Explorer and Gamma

EnChroma Gamma

Eye Health Statistics (Compiled by American Academy of Ophthalmology):
Cataract affects nearly 22 million Americans age 40 and older; by age 80, more than half of all Americans have cataract, Glaucoma affects almost 2.3 million Americans age 40 and older
More than 2 million Americans age 50 and older have advanced age-related macular degeneration, the stage that can lead to severe vision impairment
Diabetic retinopathy affects more than 4.4 million Americans age 40 and older
Nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes

The EnChroma Cx.UV450 is available for $449.95 MSRP at EnChroma.com and at select optical retailers. This is a gift that keeps on giving!

Anne Sylvain collection has a few pieces that you might want to gift or buy for yourself. SERIOUSLY great handbags with a subtle yet luxurious elegance.

“GTS” debuted in the “Le Mans Collection,” inspired by the sleek silhouettes of premier sports cars, features matte and glazed genuine exotics combined with sumptuous deer or lamb on each bag. Each features a uniquely luxurious juxtaposition of textures, colors and tones. Refined luxury continues into bag interiors, which feature brightly colored, supple suede lining and genuine ostrich trim.

Other smaller bags are available too like this Barchetta:

Yummy is what I would say to anything from this line!

Bags may be personalized with a client’s initials, stamped in gold or silver. Custom color and leather choice also available upon request. From $50 to $2350. Available for purchase at specialty retailers including David Lawrence in Bellevue, WA along with www.annesylvain.com.

For those who want to get a great nights sleep — and wonder why their skin feels like “ick” the next day despite all the skincare you applied the night before, I might have the answer — and the perfect gift — for you. AboutFaceProducts.com‘s Wrinkle Prevention Pillow is a uniquely designed pillow with a silk case that will prevent your pillow case from soaking up your skincare products, will also keep your hair from tangling or breaking and also give you a great night’s sleep!

The pillow is memory foam with a silk cover that is washable and it’s very comfy. Worth the time and the $ to get a great night’s sleep. Anyone can use it- and it also helps if you have a stuffy nose due to colds or allergies too. Buy this here.

Not everything is just for women– and I have the PERFECT affordable gift that works for guys or girls that also gives back! Justice55.org has a line of tees for him, her & kids along with baseball caps and an embossed leather cuff.

Ispired by a desire to create a quality clothing line– along with a passion to give back– Justice 55 aligned themselves with highly skilled, California-based manufacturer. The quality, expert craftsmanship and attention to detail are essential to Justice 55’s core philosophy. With a downtown/urban edge and design integrity, each piece is crafted from high-quality materials and created with an eye towards the form and function aesthete.

Men’s Humanity Tee

Justice 55 strives for perfection in products and customer service. What makes this brand special is that a portion of the proceeds goes towards several initiatives that give back to the local community. The brand has focused on child abuse, hunger and autism in their intitiatives– and will expand as the brand expands.

Be the Change Woman’s Tee.

So buy a shirt to give someone as a gift and give BACK at the same time. The fashion options are made of organic cotton locally in California. 20% of your purchase will go the the initiative you select simply by choosing that tee. As Gandhi stated, “BE THE CHANGE!”

OK.. trying to keep these posts from running on for EONs — meaning pages and pages. Here’s the fast and easy way to find a unique gift that you can get on Amazon or at least give you the 411 that you need to hit a brick and mortar store. www.giftideator.com is now also an APP for your smartphone. by taking that with you on the fly, at work or in the store, you can find the most POPULAR gifts for someone in various categories. That said, some of them will be unique and different based on what you are looking for, but what you are truly looking at is what are the most popular items in those categories.

That said, I found LOTS of great things to give a variety of people from gadgets for guys to women who cook — -or don’t cook- and it’s easy to use. Smart, fast, easy and also works with AMAZON.com!!
So use this and you can move on FAST with the rest of your shopping. Pay for express shipping and you are done!

Stevie Wilson,

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