Countdown to Christmas: Let There Be Light

Countdown to Christmas: Let There Be Light

Thumbprint Artifacts

Every year people panic to find the perfect gift. We at T2C have been collecting idea’s all year long to bring you the perfect gift guide at all price levels. When you’re at the end of your rope trying to find the perfect Christmas present this year, come to this guide for some great suggestions.

Thumbprint Artifacts offers distinctive handcrafted items from South Africa while helping to empower the artisans to care for themselves, their families, and build self-respect. It was conceived in 2012 by life-long friends Becky Riess and Kris Engle, when they decided it was time for a new chapter. Becky was a successful corporate America, while Kris moved overseas following an entrepreneurial lifestyle that took her to the UK, India, and South Africa. They combined our joint experiences to support fair trade artisans in areas most effected by unemployment. This support translates into empowerment that helps the artisans care for themselves, their families, and their communities.

“People here, they don’t want to beg. They don’t want something for nothing. They want to be able to provide for themselves,” Kris says. Each handcrafted item is its own piece of art!

Kris lives in South Africa, a country suffering from etremely  high unemployment and therefore the best place to start.

Here are our picks for days 3, 4, and 5.

Safari Gold

For Thanksgiving Safari Gold tapers (2 for $14) using the majestic colors of Africa in candles by Kapula.  These hand poured and hand painted candles are available in 7 sizes and are dripless and unscented.  As the candles burn, they have a beautiful glow from inside that shows off the colors and designs. Tasteful touch for any home decor! Kapula candles are individually hand crafted and painted — each candle is unique and is what makes these candles so special. Please be aware that your delivered candle will likely appear different from website photos, but will be consistent with the theme of the design.

All Kapula candles are made with the highest quality natural paraffin wax with cotton wicks.  They are non-scented, free of added toxins, smokeless and drip-free.

Berry Blaze

For Christmas put a splash of dark reds on your dining table with these Berry Blaze candles by Kapula! Also hand poured and hand painted and available in 7 sizes. They have a beautiful glow from inside when burning that shows of the detail of the design. We love the the pillars done in 3 sizes for $22,$26 and $30. Together with some Christmas Tree branches this makes the perfect table setting.

African Ladies

For Kwanzaa or in celebrating women try the whimsical African Ladies proudly standing tall on these hand poured and hand painted candles by Kapula. Also available in 7 sizes all having a beautiful glow from inside when burning that display the artistry of the product!  We love the cubs at $12 and $21 as well as the votives at $3.75. What a perfect way to tell a girlfriend you love and admire  her.

The tagline for Thumbprint Artifacts… making a difference though handcrafted gifts… and now you can do the same while creating the perfect gifts for your loved ones.



Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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