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1000 Gives!

It our 4th Year Anniversary of Giving Gifts & Company! So for the entire month of May we're encouraging Vancouver to give! We've made it really easy for you too! We've come up with a list of 1000 ways to give for $4 and under. There are even special gives for children to do. Each one is printed on a card designed by the extremely talented, Laura from Art + Soul Creative Co. Just stop by the store during the month of May to get your Giving Card. And then go out and do your give! It's that simple. Well, you'll get bonus points from us if you hashtag it along the way. Use: #1000gives We'd love to hear your stories and see the impact we are creating.

So Vancouver let's make May a month of kindness as we challenge you to complete 1000 Gives! 

Here it is in 5 easy steps: 

1. Stop by Giving Gifts & Company - 4570 Main Street, Vancouver

2. Pick your card. You'll need to pull it from an envelope on the wall, so whichever one you pick is the card for you. 

3. Do the act of kindness written on the card. All of them are gives that are $4 and under. Some are lovely things to do for yourself and some are things that give to others. 

4. Use the hashtag #1000gives and let us know what you did. This part is important! 

5. Tell your friends and family to pick their Giving Cards too! Vancouver, let's spread the love! 




1. Are all the cards different? YES - all 1000 cards are different ways to give. 

2. How did you come up with so many? Well at first I Googled 1000 ways to give, wondering if someone had put together a list and I was surprised to find that my top page of search results came up with all different ways to make $1000. The first one even offered 1000 different ways to make $1000! As exciting as an extra $1000 sounds right now, I am way more interested in the giving and am surprised that Google itself interpreted my 1000 to mean that I wanted to make that much money. The reason I was looking up 1000 ways to give, was to save myself the time of brainstorming the list myself, but no such luck... I was forced to come up with a list of 1000 ways to give all on my own. 

3. What are some examples? Well you'll need to follow along on social media, ideally on Instagram or Facebook to see which gives people get. Follow the hashtag #1000gives What we can tell you is that there are all different types of acts of kindness and they are all easy to do and they all cost $4 or less. There are some cards that have something nice you can do for yourself and others are nice things you can do to make someone else's day brighter. 

4. What are the kids cards like and what age group are they for? The kids Giving Cards are on the bottom row and they are all gives that kids can easily do that don't cost any money. They are recommended for kids ages 5 and up. 

5. How can I get involved if I don't live in the Lower Mainland? Spread the word to friends and family. We'd love to get all 1000 acts of giving completed during the month of May! And/or place an online order at and we'll send you a card we pick for you along with a 10% discount on a future order as our give to you for being so great! 

Leave us comments, we'd love to hear what you think! Will you be taking part in #1000gives? 

Artist Profile - Bayoush Mengesha of Devi Arts Collective

Who are you and what do you do?

Hello! I am Bayoush Mengesha and I am the owner and operator of Devi Arts Collective. Devi Arts Collective is an ethical lifestyle brand that collaborates with artisans around the world. 

Why do you do what you do?
I do what I do because I love art, connecting and empowering women. I love to travel and have met some amazing artisan's along the way. Devi Arts Collective allows me to be a creative artisan myself, while collaborating with the talented artisans I work with that cut the gemstones for the jewellery I make and weave the fabric I use in my designs. 

When did you start and how has your business changed over time? 
Devi Arts Collective started in 2014. Over the past two years, we have expaned our offerings to include jewellery, home decor and fashion forward accessories that feature ethical handmade raw materials. Keep checking back. We have some lovely things instore for you. 

How do you like to work and what does your workspace look like? 
I love my studio space. I have been fortunate enough to have a space I work in that is my own. I have personalized with my favorite things. 
What inspires you in your art? 
Nature, my travels and my loved ones are what inspires me. 

What is one thing you love?
My passion in life is travelling and connecting with people around the world. I belive in the human spirit and connection. It's the most inspiring thing to me. 
What is your favourite piece you create and why? 
Right now I am very much into the orbit ring's I am making. I love the design and the  versatility of the pieces. 
What is one thing you need in order to be successful at what you do? 
What has helped me is being organized and writing everything down in my planner/notebook. The more organized I am the more productive I can be.

What do you like being part of Giving Gifts & Company? 
I love being part of meticioulsy currated collection of artisans. I met Lisa when I first was first starting out. She has been a great supporter of Devi Arts Collective.  
Words of advice to other artists entrepreneurs? 
Keep an open mind and follow your own voice. Don't be afraid to be unique.  
I love Bayoush's entire line! From her jewelry to her clutches and bags, there is really something for everyone. My absolute favourite pair of earrings (the ones I am wearing while I write this) are gold and clear beads made by Bayoush. I saw them the day she first brought them into the store and left wearing them that same day. The Devi Arts Collective Line is a bit boho and a bit ethnic and all around awesome! Stop by the store to see each piece in person, or shop some of her collection online here. 

A Few Things I Believe...

Inspired by Danielle's Laports's Post: I think we're obsessed with protein, and sunscreen and sameness. A few things I believe...

Danielle ends her list saying that "every time we ask, What do you believe? we begin a freedom song." 

Here is my freedom song. A list of what I believe:  

I believe that we often create our own pain and our own joy and that it is very hard in the moment of hurt to turn from pain to joy, but it is possible. 

I believe that everyone deserves to be spoiled.

I believe that everyone deserves to be happy. That feeling of pure joy and happiness that comes from feeling free.

I believe that my partner has been part of me forever and that the universe is smiling at us when we are our best selves together. 

I believe in the beauty of dreams. 

I believe in beautiful gifts. I believe in LOVE. That beautifully pure love what happens when you completely open your heart to someone.  

I believe that each of us is a special spark/soul/spirit/nashama (choose your word).   

I believe that creativity takes courage and that we stop ourselves short of what we can accomplish when we give up too easily or convince ourselves otherwise.

I believe that we are worth it! I believe that self-care, self-love, self-compassion are the most important things our world needs right now. 

I believe in the power of words and empowering thinking and that we create our own possibilities. 

I believe in reiki and yoga and healing energy. 

I believe that the universe is conspiring with us. 

I believe that we are our happiest best selves when we give - when we give to others and give to ourselves. 

I believe in the power of genuine gratitude.

I believe in the power of generosity.  

I believe in taking care of what we love - those around us and the world that supports us. 

I believe in miracles. 

I believe in living with our eyes wide open and being socially and environmentally conscious. 

I believe that we are all powerful - each and every one of us is a powerful force capable of affecting the universe and changing the world.   

I believe that we're obsessed with protein, but we are harming our world when we rename meat protein. Meat is meat.    

I believe it takes strength to feel deeply. 

I believe that nature heals. 

I believe that fear is the root of most problems in the world. 

I believe in magic. 

I believe that things work out the way they are meant to and that there is a reason for it all. 

I believe in shopping local, fair trade and handmade. 

I believe that children have beautiful energies that heal.

I believe in community. 

I believe in Giving Gifts

What do you believe?