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3 Gifts That Don’t Require Any Gift Wrapping and Give Back!

Sometimes you just have certain people (*cough, cough, my DAD, cough, cough*) on your Holiday Shopping Lists that are simply impossible to buy for. Why not go ALL IN this year and knock their socks off with a gift they weren’t expecting, but will appreciate greater than another obligatory coffee mug! Here are 3 awesome gift ideas that serve others and save you from paper cuts and gift wrap too! via GIPHY   1. Heartful.ly Holidays, $25- $100 This holiday season, give a more meaningful gift. Purchase life-changing items for people in need and dedicate them to the people you love! From blankets for Syrian refugees to vaccinations for shelter pups, give hope, health and comfort to the people who gave them to you. screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-16-56-pm     2. Tribute, $25-125 A Tribute is “ the most meaningful gift on Earth.” It is a video montage of friends and family sharing their gratitude for someone they want to celebrate. Tribute’s collaborative video technology makes it easy to invite friends, collect videos and compile the final video. To date, 80% of Tribute recipients have reported crying “Tears of Joy.” Seriously, that is an actual statistic we track! They also give back to the community with giving tributes to various non-profits throughout the year!  You can almost think of it as a “eulogy for the living.”  A much better time to receive a eulogy, amirite? screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-12-20-51-pm The packages for building your own Tribute video for your loved ones range from $25-$125. Thanks to our friends at Tribute we have an awesome 25% off code for all Tribute packages (doesn’t include add-ons)! The code is “blacksheeprocks1231” ! Make your Tribute today! Visit them HERE to get started and don’t forget to add your ‘blacksheeprocks1231′ code to receive 25% off!   3. Basket of Hope, Heifer International, $50 The Hope Basket includes a gift of rabbits and a starter flock of chickens. The Hope Basket provides eggs and protein for nourishment, boosts income through sales of extra eggs and offspring, produces fertilizer for their crops, and passes on the gift to others, since livestock can multiple quickly. 12909550_10153332980020940_2417408830746225069_o   And if you are looking for more Non-Profit Donation Suggestions, we’ve recently compiled a list with some of our favorite organizations (constantly growing), you can check it out—>>> HERE! nonprofitlist-header-long

Socially Conscious Groomsmen Gifts For Your Fav Brew Buddies

In the past 8 years of working in the wedding industry, whether it be photographing weddings or blogging about them, there is generally one consistent theme across all weddings I’ve come to accept: No matter budget, region, or culture… Where there is groomsmen, there is booze! In honor of your plastered partners in wedding day crime… We offer you some fun, socially conscious, locally sourced, and/or eco-friendly gift ideas for your favorite feisty fellas. groomsmengiftbrewhaha The Beer Cap Trap: Made in Tampa, FL, these sustainably sourced wooden maps collect all your favorite beer caps around your home state and/or the U.S.. They also give back to various non-profits in the armed forces!   Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 3.59.48 PM Veteran Beer Company : Veteran Beer Company is based in Cold Springs, Minn..  As you can assume, based on their branding, they have a passion for serving the Veteran Community, in fact they only hire vets. Check out their mission statement: “We were founded to get Vets back to work and help them start in again after leaving the military. So a big chunk of revenues go to Vets. And each area of our company and supply chain employ Veterans. Hence, our true-to-form name.” Blonde-Bomber-e1470923955162 Beer Pop Chart: Everything you need to know about beer, all on one poster. Made in Brooklyn, NY! P-BeerDeluxe_Main_500x669_C_629841c4-625a-4a1d-ad43-121d418b8a1e_1024x1024   Beer Cap Catcher :  This masculine apparatus brings ultimate manly convenience with a twist of unique personalizations that will bring a smile to any one of your groomsmen. Whether it’s mounted in a home bar, in a man cave, or even a garage, you name it, The Intercaptor will be appreciated, fawned upon and most importantly, bring an extra layer of excitement to each beer drank in it’s perimeter. This groomsmen gift can be personalized with 2 line of up to 20 characters. Capcatcher_in_action_large West Coast Style IPA Beer Brewing Kit: Show your love for the legendary, seafaring ale of the British Empire with this IPA brewing kit containing everything you’ll need to turn your kitchen into a craft brewery: 100% malt extract, specialty grains, high quality yeast, and, of course, aromatic Summit and Cascade hops sourced from Washington state’s Yakima Valley. Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 4.17.05 PM   Beeropoly, Drinking Game : Together they work in their small shop in Omaha, Nebraska with the goal of making quality handmade products (primarily from reclaimed wood) and the hope of sharing a little piece of what they value most: hard work, self-reliance, simplicity, and community. Screen Shot 2016-08-31 at 4.29.02 PM   Your groomsmen gift giving has never been more easy! You’re welcome- we know, we’re awesome!

Bridal Party Gifts that Give Back – Featured Social Enterprise: Latch Co.

Continuing with our Sustainable Summer Series, we wanted to share an awesome social enterprise company called LatchCo. They have all the goods to help make your sustainable bridal party gift giving complete! LatchCo is a one stop shop for all things socially responsible. Each item has a story and helps a specific cause. The idea for the site came when Founder, Jenny Long was traveling abroad assisting with humanitarian causes. Realizing just how many socially responsible companies and products were out there, she wanted to not only help promote these great companies that are giving back, but make it easier for the socially responsible shopper to find great products. Each product at LatchCo has a story; bags that give to education, eco-friendly eyewear that plants trees, jewelry made by women that have escaped human trafficking, coffee that funds adoption projects.. and much more. In addition to searching the site by product categories, shoppers can search by region benefiting from the purchase or initiative benefiting from the purchase. Here are a few LatchCo gift ideas for your wedding day pose: The Bridesmaid Gift: Brave Collection (multiple colors)
This delicate, handcrafted cotton and brass bracelet  says “Brave” (Klaa-han) in Khmer and was handmade in Cambodia by a local artisan to empower women across the globe. 10% of their profits are donated to fight human trafficking in Cambodia.
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The Groomsman Gift: Socks to Give Clean Water
The purchase of these unique and ethically made socks provides 18 months of clean water to someone in need through water.org.
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This elegant, white beaded drop necklace is made by women in Uganda. Giving them employment enables them to provide food and education for their children.
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Proceeds from the purchase of this handmade, cotton linen necktie go towards building water wells in Nicaragua.
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Proceeds from these handmade leather sandals support clean water efforts in Guatemala. Bonus – they come in just about any color you want. Sandals
If you would like to see more socially responsible gift and bridal products, check out LatchCo.

#Giftsthatgiveback- Flex Watches

logo-2 Flex Watches offers stylish interchangeable sports watches with a cause! Each watch sold helps feed children in need. What a perfect gift for your bridal party or just simply .. your friends and loved ones! (The following images and copy have been provided from their site) flex-watches-pattern-watches_b2aa2cd4-0138-4bf0-8cb4-67aad387fbcf Born and raised in Southern California, the Flex founders grew up around the latest trends in apparel, music, and fashion. In 2011 they created a watch to raise funds for the impoverished children of Rojo Gomez, Mexico. Following a successful fundraising campaign (providing over 15,000 meals) they decided to expand. In 2011 Flex partnered with over 20 organizations encompassing everything from fighting cancer and helping injured veterans, to providing clean water and food to children in need. feedingkids Flex was eventually integrated into MTV’s “The Real World” and worked closely with cast member Nathan in 2012. After handling the initial growth Flex moved into it’s own office in San Diego, hired employees and grew into a fulfillment center in San Francisco. icons Once the foundation of Flex was built, the staff found unique ways to create revenues and raise funds for various causes. In 2013 Flex was granted the intellectual property rights for over a dozen artists, athletes, and celebrities. After discussing a Last Kings license with with hip hop mogul Tyga, the three current owners created a partnership and took the brand to national retailers. tyga-partnership-flex-watches-last-kings Want to learn more? Shop and Find them Online,Facebook, and Instagram And don’t forget Black Sheep Bride and Flex Watches have partnered up for this week’s giveaway over on our Instagram right now!

#Giftsthatgiveback- Haute Hope

****Haute Hope/Black Sheep Bride Coupon Code listed at the bottom**** Meet Jess! Newly married, couldn’t be more stylish, owner of Haute Hope! A Gift Box service unlike any other! 5386769442847$!215x    HauteHope_Logo_Symbol_KHaute Hope came about during a discussion on what to get a friend for her birthday. I’ve always been a proponent of really thoughtful gifts and on that day my friend told me about The Giving Keys and opened my eyes to this entire world of stylish products that give back. Immediately the idea was conceived. A place where people could find carefully curated products that give back to a good cause, and/or positively impact the world. But, these products would be boxed up beautifully and ready to send – making it easy for people to give good. Then, July 2014 I left my job in marketing to pursue this dream. I’m proud to say we now offer pre-made gift boxes and custom gift boxes. The custom gift box side gives us the opportunity to work with everyone from brides to boardroom execs looking to gift their clients. It’s pretty amazing!’ The Justine Over at the Haute Hope Storefront… You can select your gift box of choice, see what goodies are included and also a list of how each boxed items gives to those in need. Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 11.46.17 AM       YOU WANT ONE NOW, DON’T YOU? Well, go on… buy one and while you are at …. Use this 10% off Coupon Code: BLACKSHEEP!   (Wedding Photo Credit: Sorella Muse)