Angela Watson is a mother, wife, service-disabled Navy veteran, and the founder of Parting Gifts.
When a medical condition caused her early retirement from the Navy, Angela came home to Kansas City. Prior to founding Parting Gifts she worked in the medical research field at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
The idea for Parting Gifts came after the loss of my beloved sister Melissa. At her funeral, a friend gave me a beautifully embroidered handkerchief and simply said, “Some tears are meant to keep.”
I was deeply touched by her gesture. I’ve carried her handkerchief with me since that day. Its presence in my pocket brings me comfort and reminds me in some way, my sister is always near. Founded in her memory, our company is her parting gift to me and mine to her, bringing her joy of life and love to everything we do.
Parting Gifts is on a mission to dispel the stigma surrounding grief by providing a meaningful way to process and heal, without compromising our commitment to do good at every step.
Our gifts bring comfort and peace to those who grieve by celebrating life while moving through loss. Crafted with care and given with love, our sustainable and ethically sourced gifts provide a way to process grief and put positivity into the world in the memory of a loved one.
Doing good at every step means from the conception of the product to the profit, Parting gifts company participates in ethical, sustainable, and philanthropic practices.
Parting gifts handkerchiefs are embroidered by a village of Vietnamese women who earn a living wage to support their families. The wood for our Memory Boxes is reclaimed walnut saved from the landfill. Each Dandelion Memory Box set is assembled by Vocational Services, inc., employing Kansas Citians with disabilities. Finally, a portion of each purchase is donated to a local charity.