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As the Holiday season approaches, I'm going to take a wild guess and say you've already been inundated with charity and donation requests. And that's not a bad thing. There are a lot of great organizations that need help more than ever this time of year!
But you can't do it all. No matter how badly a charity needs assistance, or how much you're willing to sacrifice—you still have to decide where your money is best spent.
That's exactly why I LOVE gifts that give back.
You have the opportunity to purchase a purpose-filled gift that creates fair-wage jobs all over the world, and in return, you receive a hand-crafted, well-made item that's appropriately priced. Honestly, I'm amazed at what you can get for less than $25!
This list includes my favorite picks so you can make double the impact, with only half the effort. Are you ready to make a difference? Let's do this.
1. Saddleback Leather Journal
Jesus Economy is a fair trade organization that provides a sustainable job economy for local artisans. Not only does this help communities fight poverty, JE also uses profits to plant churches too! This particular gift is a hand sewn journal made with goat leather, and the attention to detail will inspire you to fill up every page. [$15.00 on Jesus Economy]
2. Bombas Socks
Socks are the number one most requested clothing item in homeless shelters, and this surprising statistic was the cornerstone of Bombas' business model. For every one pair of socks bought, Bombas will donate a pair to those in need, and with so many styles and sizes to choose from, your friends and family will actually want socks for Christmas! [$12.00 on Bombas]
3. Bracelet from Haiti
Support an artisan in Haiti by wearing this beautiful bracelet! With a pendant made from recycled, hand-hammered aluminum with the words “Hope,” “Courage,” or “Loved” embossed on it, what's not to love!? [$10 on Jesus Economy]
4. Burlap Sling Bag
This toiletry bag from the Jesus Economy is made from hand woven cotten by an a co-op of women in Guatemala, and is completely hand sewn. [$42.00 on Jesus Economy]
5. Fruit Herbal Tea Blend
Trying to buy for that non-coffee drinker in the family? Unique and fragrant teas are always a good choice. Frontier Co-op is an organization that believes in quality-grown organic products. With every cup of tea you are being good to yourself and the earth. Plus, Frontier Co-op gives 4% of their annual net income to a number of charities. [$20.50 on Frontier Co-op]
6. Liquid Hand Soap
Many illnesses around the world can be prevented with a simple solution that many of us take for granted every day—hand soap. Every time you buy a Soapbox item, a bar of soap is donated to areas around the world that lack essential hygiene products. So, not only are you helping others avoid preventable illness, you are also getting a household basic in deliciously smelling scents. [$4.49 on Soapbox]
7. Hand-Dyed Scarf
Another beautiful example of Haitian artistry from Jesus Economy, are handmade scarves colored with a process called batik. Hot wax is applied to the cloth and then dyed different colors. However, these unique clothing accents are not only beautiful, they also help Haitian artisans retain their jobs and fight poverty. [$25.00 on Jesus Economy]
8. Fair Trade Coffee
Fair trade coffee is one of the easiest and most convenient ways to implement conscious spending because almost every household is buying it anyway! Equal Exchange has a particularly high standard resulting in delicious and ethically grown coffee beans that give every morning a great start. This particular bag sends $2 from every sale to the Panzi Hospital, which helps thousands of sexual violence survivors get the medical treatment they need. [$12.00 on Equal Exchange]
9. Handcrafted Necklace
Ten Thousand Villages is probably the most well established fair trade organization there is, and one of the many benefits about buying from them is their far-reaching impact on communities all over the world. Handmade in India, this Triangle Pendant features a cream enamel triangle on a gold-colored brass chain. [$12.99 on Ten Thousand Villages]
10. Peanut Butter
It might seem a little silly to give such a mundane gift like peanut butter, but this is one gift that almost everybody can use. Plus, who doesn't love peanut butter? I, for one, am a total addict! 🙂 For every jar of Good Spread peanut butter you buy, a malnourished child will get the treatment and the nutrition they so desperately need. [$7.00 on Good Spread]
11. Gourmet Dessert Gum
If you buy a pack of gourmet gum from Project 7, you'll have more than enough stocking stuffers to go around. While enjoying these deliciously unique flavors, you can envision all the good your chewing is doing. Project 7 gives back to 7 main areas of need, including education, clean water, feeding the hungry, and much more. [$19.95 for a 12-pack on Project 7]
12. Bamboo Coasters
These elegant coasters have slices of bamboo branches intricately inlaid in a natural resin and are handmade in Bali. And teal is all the rage right now! [$14.50 on Fair Trade Winds]
13. Handmade Headband
Krochet Kids works with highly vulnerable women around the world in poverty stricken regions. They empower them with jobs, education, and mentorships because they believe that empowered women are the cornerstone to positive change within communities. Each crocheted fashion piece is handmade and personally signed by the woman who made it, giving your purchase a personal touch. [$20.00 on Krochet Kids]
14. Scrappy Owl
Fair Trade Winds is a family owned company that believes no one should be exploited for the things we buy. One thing I love about Fair Trade Winds is that they believe fair trade should also be practical, and their products reflect a wide array of items from kitchen supplies to birthday cards. This adorable owl gets its name from the fact that it is made using upcycled cotton scraps and would make a great stocking stuffer. [$17.00 on Fair Trade Winds]
15. All Natural Dog Treats
Don't forget the furry member of your family when you're shopping for presents. These all-natural dog treats are healthy for your dog AND healthy for the world through Whimzee's socially responsible production process. Healthy, happy doggies guaranteed! [$21.39 on Amazon]
All these fair trade organizations offer the unique ability to gift and give at the same time, which is one of the things I absolutely love about sustainable, purposeful, shopping. As you look over your gift list this year, I encourage you to not just *think* about shopping fair trade this Holiday season, but to actually do it.
These lovely gifts will give you a great head start!
What fair trade organizations do you love to support?
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