Gift Guide: These Fair Trade Gifts Give Back
The best gifts are ones that tell a story. This holiday season is the perfect time to think about how you can make every gift more meaningful. How can you make every purchase matter?
When you give Fair Trade Certified gifts, you can tell the story of helping farmers improve their communities, send their kids to school, and protect delicate ecosystems. From chocolate, coffee, spices, clothing, or body scrubs, you can feel good knowing that the farmers and farm workers who produced it were paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment, and earn community development funds to empower and improve their communities—the story of Fair Trade.
So kick off your sustainable shopping with Fair Trade USA’s Holiday Gift Guide. It’s filled with festive gift ideas and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. So go ahead spread your holiday joy around the world by choosing a gift that truly keeps on giving!
These products are all available online, so shop away!
Coffee - Jingle Java
Keep your loved ones warm and energized with the gift of Fair Trade Certified coffee. There are a variety of high-quality blends and holiday collections available. And you can give knowing that your present brings hope and economic stability to coffee communities around the world. Try Green Mountain Coffee’s Gingerbread or Just Love Coffee’s Fa La La La.
Tea - Seasonal Sips
As the weather outside becomes frightful, Fair Trade Certified tea is a delightful way to warm up. Available in a variety of festive flavors and beautiful gift sets, these teas are sure to conjure visions of peppermint leaves and cinnamon sticks dancing in any tea drinker’s head. Your purchase helps children in tea-growing communities flourish with funds for local schools and scholarships. Look for festive gift sets like Numi’s Tea Portfolio or Rishi’s Cinnamon Plum Tin and Teapot.
Chocolate - Sweet Treats
Fair Trade Certified chocolate is the ultimate indulgence for the holidays. These chocolates have the added benefit of helping kids stay in school as community development premiums for the cocoa are often invested in school fees, scholarships and supplies. Please the sweet tooth with Lake Champlain Hot Chocolate or Le Marais Truffles.
Body Care - Pamper Her
Help someone on your gift list pamper herself during the cold, dry winter months. A lotion, scrub, or lip balm made from Fair Trade Certified shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, honey, sugar or even coffee extract is a great addition to anyone's daily routine. Everyone’s skin needs a little love. So why not give it with a little added fairness? Stuff stockings with Hand-in-Hand Soap or Badger Balm Creamy Cocoa Butter.
Apparel - Sustainable Threads
The only thing better than giving stylish clothing, is giving stylish clothing with a meaningful cause. From t-shirts and totes to sweaters and scarves, Fair Trade Certified apparel directly benefits the farmers who grow the cotton and the workers who sew the garments. So you can positively impact lives with every purchase. Wrap up a prAna Soul T or Good & Fair Scarf.
Baking - Holiday Recipes
Baking during the holidays is one of the tastiest traditions there is and with Fair Trade Certified ingredients it can also be one of the most fulfilling. Invite friends and family over for a baking party, or put together a gift basket that includes all the ingredients needed to whip up your favorite goodies. Read on to discover some of our favorite holiday recipes. Whip up a warm batch of Simply Organic Cranberry Bread or Cisse Milk Chocolate Brownies.
Wine & Spirits - Cheery Libations
Wines and spirits are great hostess gifts to enjoy with family and friends. Sip stylishly and sustainably by offering these Fair Trade libations that will have you and your loved ones rockin’ around the Christmas tree. Pop open a bottle of Fair. Quinoa or One World Chenin Blanc.
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