The Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide
A Dozen Gifts that Give Back
A great gift is fun yet mindful. A gift that tells a story. A gift that truly gives back. This year think outside the (100% post-consumer recycled) box and give a gift that will bring holiday cheer to your loved ones while empowering the people and communities behind the products. Without further ado (and in no particular order), here is Fair Trade USA’s annual Holiday Gift Guide:
Reimagine a living space with this soft and elegant Fes Wool Shag Rug inspired by traditional Moroccan Berber rugs and handcrafted by artisans in India. The makers have choosen to use the Fair Trade premium from your purchase for funding additional health care coverage.
Put your knitting needles aside, relax, and check out this lovely cable knit throw. “It’s like being hugged by an angel,” says Gina Harney, The Fitnessista, and we concur! Your family and friends will love the pops of color in this ethically made, 100% organic cotton throw. So glad it’s here to hug us all through the winter season!
Imagine indulging in the luxuries of dark chocolate over a lightly salted pretzel but with an added holiday twist! Cool and crispy peppermint pieces lend a festive hand to these delightful treats. Your purchase helps the cocoa bean farmers earn a fair wage and grow that delicious chocolate-to-be under environmentally sound agricultural practices. Mmm, welcome to the world of (Fair Trade) snacking chocolate!
Ah, tea, the perfect way to warm up on a chilly winter day. With Numi's Holiday Chai, Holiday Herbal Chai, and Winter Spice to choose from, there is a flavorful seasonal option sure to please any tea lover on your list. Enjoy the gift of giving while investing in the well-being of the tea growing communiTEAs. (See what we did there?)
If sustainable threads are on your gift-giving list, this cozy PACT zip-up hoodie is sure to make an imPACT. 100% soft organic cotton, free of pesticides, fertilizers, and bleaches, and made without sweatshop labor – it’s an everyday essential just waiting to happen.
Check out these formfitting organic cotton/spandex leggings! Great for yoga lovers, runners, and couch dwellers alike, purchasing a pair helps factory workers in India build schools and health clinics, create scholarships, and invest in other aspects of their community.
When the weather outside is frightful*, a cup of hot cocoa truly is delightful. Simple, pure, and delicious, Lake Champlain Hot Chocolate comes in a variety of gourmet flavors. Whether you are giving Holiday Peppermint, Aztec Hot Chocolate, or Mocha (among others), you can feel good knowing that a price premium is paid to the cocoa farmers and coops.
*Worry not, people living in mild climates can enjoy hot cocoa too.
Who says environmentally conscious gifts can’t be stylish too? This chic sweater by prAna is made from organic cotton and comes in 3 wintery colors. Your favorite environmentally-minded fashionista can rest assured knowing that her gift helps ensure fair wages, high working standards, and investment in community development.
Oh la la, we love this wedge heel bootie with classic wingtip details. Made of premium African leather, these shoes with a conscience are the epitome of great style. The world’s first Fair Trade certified footwear company, Oliberte supports the rights of workers in sub-Saharan Africa and runs its own footwear manufacturing factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
‘Tis the season! This festive blend of Fair Trade Certified coffees is full-bodied and complex with a delicate chocolate finish, and Weaver's donates a portion of every bag sold online to Coffee Kids to support education and nutrition for children in coffee-growing communities.
Give the gift of relaxation and help your loved ones unwind in style with this Fair Trade Certified organic kimono robe. With a patch pocket and attached belt for added convenience, this ultra soft robe makes the perfect gift.
A great product with a great business model? Yes, please. NFHS certified and hand-sewn, the Apex is ideal for headers, dribbles in tight spaces, as well as mid and long-range crosses. Your contribution goes toward making premium quality soccer products that respect the workers, the environment, and promote soccer to improve communities.
If it’s stocking stuffers you are looking for, look no further. Here are some festive ideas: