When you choose to buy fair trade gifts, you receive a chance to not only delight your loved ones, family members or friends, but also help conserve the environment, support communities and make a difference in the lives of other people.
Magazine MN compiled a list of fair trade gift ideas you may borrow when doing holiday shopping online.
Maha Bodhi All Natural Handmade Large Multi Pocket Hemp Backpack
This handpack is crafted in Nepal with Pure Himalayan Hemp and Heavy Duty Cotton. It suits both women and men and has enough space to carry all your belongings, including laptop.
Pilgrim Imports Noah's Ark Fair Trade Ornament
This ornament is crafted fairly by workers earning a living wage in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Fair Trade Coffee Bean Earrings for Women
These beautiful and unique earrings are handmade using artful wire-wrapping techniques and Dominican coffee beans.
Eternal Tree of Life - Green Quartz Branch Brass Dangle Earrings
Produced by artisans from a small town in the north of Thailand using brass wire-works and green quartz to represent the branches, these earrings are a perfect gift for those who love nature-inspired designs.
Divine Chocolate Bars
Owned by cocoa farmers, made for chocolate lovers. Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.
Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls
These wool dryer balls are individually hand made for fair wages in Nepal from 100% premium organic New Zealand wool. They are reusable for 1000+ times, completely biodegradable, chemical free, scent free, hypoallergenic, and baby safe. The set of wool balls comes in a beautiful and handy BONUS organic cotton gift bag, with an instruction manual full of eco-friendly tips. It’s perfect for a unique and fun laundry, baby showers, bridal showers, housewarming, mother’s day, for your best friends, or a college kid about to start his own laundry.
Handpainted Ceramic Spice Jar Lime Fair Trade
The supplier of these hand painted ceramics is a family run business in India which has good fair trade working conditions and benefits for its employees, including pensions and health care provision.
Decorative Frame Collection
This handcrafted turquoise collection was created in partnership with Global Goods Partners. Artisans that made this decorative frame set receive half the wholesale price of each item sold.
Where to buy: Macy’s (Macy’s ships to over 100 countries worldwide)
Happy Coffee offers fair trade Arabica coffee from Mexico. Happy Coffee is bio-certified.
Fair Trade Uganda African Bukedo & Raffia Bowl
This basket is made of Bukedo and Raffia. Bukedo is the local term in Uganda for banana leaf stalks. Along with raffia that comes from palm trees, these materials are renewable, plentiful resources. The mission of this weaving group is to support as many other women as possible through the promotion of their handcrafts.
Fair Trade and EcoFriendly Alpaca Herringbone Scarf
This scarf is handwoven from 100% eco-friendly alpaca. Each scarf is designed by the family in partnership with a World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) certified supplier in La Paz, Bolivia and provides an income to both the artisans and the family who created them.
Organic Unrefined Shea Butter
This Shea Butter is 100% pure, organic, natural and Fair Trade Certified with supplier, ensuring a high level of quality is delivered and sustainable practices are in place.
by Natalie Myhalnytska