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It’s Mustache Season! 50 Gifts to Celebrate Movember all Month Long

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Movember (or the month formerly known as November) is an annual moustache growing event that raises money and awareness for men’s health issues, particularly prostate and other cancers affecting men. From Russia to Dubai, Hong Kong to Antarctica, Rio de Janeiro to Mumbai, Movember has grown into an enormous global movement since its humble Australian beginnings in 2003. Over 1 million people have gotten involved, helping to raise over $175 million so far.

The rules for participating are quite simple: with a clean-shaven face, men register at Movember.com on the 1st day of November Movember. For the next 30 days, these men (known as Mo Bros) grow, groom, trim and wax their way into fine moustachery. Supported by the women in their lives (the Mo Sistas), Mo Bros effectively become walking, talking billboards for the entire month, raising funds by soliciting sponsors for their Mo-growing efforts. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate the culmination of their efforts with a Movember party.

There are plenty of events you can attend at the end of Movember, from local ones in your home (yes, YOUR home) or town, to Gala Partes all over the world. But who wants to wait until the end of the month? Certainly not me! Here are a number of ways to help you celebrate Movember all month long.

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5 Gifts that Give Back

Giving a thoughtful gift is really rewarding in itself, but exchanging gifts that make a difference in more than one person’s life totally doubles the gift-giving fun. Whether they donate a portion of the product’s proceeds to an amazing cause or improve the lives of the less fortunate, gifts that give back are full of heart. Here are 5 gifts that do good…so get giving!

Copper Whistle, Falling Whistles

Falling Whistles is a non-profit organization campaigning for peace in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. These gorgeous necklaces support rehabilitation efforts in the state and raise awareness about the young children sent into battle armed only with whistles. For as little as $34, you can help restore the lives of war-affected kids and make their weapon your voice. Giving the gift of peace and freedom? Yes please.

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Finding Balance: Lovely Gifts for Libras

Libra Print from Mursblanc

We’re in the month of the Libra, which includes those with birthdays from September 23 – October 22. The zodiac symbol for Libra is scales, representing their ideal for peace, balance and harmony. Here are some astrologically inspired gifts to celebrate the special Libra in your life.

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Gimme Some Bling, Baby

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Thin Deco Bangle from JCrew

Anything with a little sparkle is a girl’s best friend, at least in the accessory department. And with scads of holiday parties just around the corner (Can you believe it?!), now is the time to fill her jewelry box with some new bling. But not just any run of the mill piece, oh no no. These are pieces that will receive infinite compliments and have her singing your praises to the masses!

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Welcome to the Arm Party!

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DIY Wrap Bracelet from Honestly WTF

Giving friendship bracelets is a tradition as old as, well, me. I remember learning how to make the twisty spiral ones and then the wide flat version sometime around the fourth grade. Us girls would sell them to one another for fifty cents or something ridiculous like that. Friendship bracelets have come a long way since then, and there are limitless versions to make yourself or purchase if you’re not the crafty type! Here are just a few of my favorites.

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Make This Gift: Colored Pencil Jewelry

DIY Colored Pencil Jewelry / image credit: Kate Lilley

Put on your crafty hats, it’s time to get busy! Whether as a back-to-school gift for teachers, a thank you gift for artsy friends, or a birthday gift for your niece, this colorful pencil jewelry is your ticket to being the coolest gift giver in town. Not wild about super bright colors? Consider using muted tones or soft greys and whites. There’s something for everyone here, folks.

Kate from Mini Eco has kindly offered full tutorials for making your own basic pencil beads (for necklaces or bracelets), as well as pointy beads, and even brooches! Check out her guest post on Design Mom to start crafting your own colored pencil jewelry!


You are Brave, Strong, Smart and Loved

You are Braver Than You Believe Necklace by Lulu Bug

Love encourages, love inspires. Here’s a love boost they can wear everyday. (It even has a secret message just for them on the back)

We discovered this sweet necklace at our new favorite marketplace Cargoh—created by our friends (and fellow lovebirds) Cariann and Paul. More on Cargoh to come, but in the meantime have a wander through all the wonderfulness from independent makers. You’ll get hooked. You’ve been warned.

Every Valentine needs a love boost! More about this gift on Wantist