Fair trade gifts under $25 for all the travelers on your list
Christmas is the busiest time for retailers and shopping. We get caught up in the glitz and glamour of the season and don’t always have time to think about exactly where our gifts are coming from. Oh sure you may grab that fair trade coffee and chocolate for the stockings, but did you know that you can purchase fair trade in almost every category on your wish list?
I’m not as well versed in fair trade as my friend Sonya over at Lil’Soak Designs, a site that supports the idea that products should be made in a way that empowers and gives hope to men and women with dignified work so that they could provide for their families, so I asked her to help me out this year. Sonya has gathered a list of some of her favorite items that would be perfect for every traveler on your list.
Krochet Kids hats for Men, Women and Kids
Krochet Kids has an awesome story. Started by a few friends in Spokane, Washington, they learned to crochet and made cool beanies to sell. The friends realized that there was a market to teach the underprivileged how to crochet items and sell it to provide an income. All their items are cozy and stylish. Buy it: KrochetKids.org Cost: $23.95
Using recycled leathers sprayed to have a metallic look, these handmade earrings made by women in Northern India are sure to please the eye. Your ears will be so thankful to be wearing such feather light bobbles! Buy it: LilSoak.com Cost: $17.99
These handmade upcycled journals are the perfect size for your day bag as you explore new lands, or just run to the market or local coffee shop in your hometown. Buy it: RavenandLily.com or LilSoak.com Cost: starting at $9.00
For the little girls and doll lovers on your list, grab one of these beauties handmade by women with disabilities in China. Let’s send a message that there is room for more than just Barbie under the tree this year. Buy it: LilSoak.com Cost: 22.99
Handmade wooden toys
Handmade wooden toys using sustainable practices makes this a company to rally behind. The wooden camera is my favorite; now your child can click away beside you as you capture the world with your cameras. Buy it: NorthStarToys.com Cost: $25.00
Playmobil Toy Sets
The cool thing about Playmobil is that it’s still manufactured in Germany. It has the same high quality now as it did when we were all kids. There are so many different “play worlds” to choose from which equals to hours of imaginative play for your kids. Buy it: Playmobil.us Cost: small sets start at $10
Feel good about the purchases you make this holiday season. With a little extra thought we all can make a difference in the lives of those around us, while also blessing our friends and families with gifts they will treasure for years to come.