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Classic Gifts III: Use Your Head

Keep their ears warm and foster worldwide community for about 30 bucks.

By Laura Cassidy December 14, 2010

Put this on someone’s head and make the world a better place.

Once upon a time, a guy named Kohl Crecelius learned to crochet. This was, you know, not totally bizarre or anything, but also not completely common. Crecelius was a UW student, and a snowboarder. Snowboarding and needlecraft are only rarely found in the same sentence. Perhaps because he was already more than halfway to being an interesting story, Crecelius actually became an interesting story by turning his hobby into a fair-trade business that helps African women help themselves. The Seattle native founded Krochet Kids and now, more than 100 women get together in Uganda every day to make their lives better through community and work. And college kids from all over the country do battle to intern and/or work for the brand.

The products of that labor make really special and exceedingly practical gifts. The models known as Betty and The Helm are fresh for the holidays — in fact, a little retailer called Nordstrom just hosted a trunk show for them. Sorry we missed it.

You know the mantra, right? Don’t overthink this. Our heads get cold around here. These hats — and the native Seattleite who dreamt them — make the world a better place.

And, you can shop for them online quite easily via the Krochet Kids site. Alternately, you may purchase them at area Nordstrom stores and at Zebra Club.

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