Fabulously Fair Trade Christmas Gift Guide - Ethical Hedonist
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Fabulously Fair Trade Christmas Gift Guide
September 28, 2018 in Better Luxury Shopping
Sound the bugles; telephone the Queen, Prince Harry and Meghan too. Our stylish, covetable, Fair trade Christmas Gift Guide in association with Traidcraft is here! We invite you to vote with your wallets and support the talented artisans, producers and organic farmers who have lovingly created this magnificent, handpicked selection of twinkling, fair trade, sustainable luxury gifts from organic olive oil from Jericho to sumptuous festive dates. We want to be kids again and delight in the incredible, handcrafted toy, red London bus, destined to become a family heirloom. And what woman wouldn’t want to receive the perfect pair of pearl and tourmaline earrings, fit for a philanthropic duchess? Or an exquisitely handcrafted cushion cover? AJ, our editor describes Traidcraft as ‘one of my best-kept secret discoveries for fabulous, well-made, slow luxury gifts’. We think that should change. We want the world to know that by buying Fair trade gifts at Christmas, you are empowering the many, not the few, lifting communities out of poverty and protecting our environment – we think that is a wonderful way to celebrate the festive season.
Scientifically known as the fruit of Olea europaea, this Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from hand-picked olives – the way ancestral farmers intended! Grown organically and ethically sourced, Zaytoun’s Olive Oil was the first to be recognised as Fair trade and continued to mark the substantial contributions that olive oil has had across the globe. Giving support to farmers from Palestine, this olive oil will enrich your salads, cooking, sauces, and more. Price: £21.60.
Create a cosy, soft winter ambience with these delightful candleholders made from the all-natural and sustainably sourced Filipino capiz shell once you take flame to candle. Shaped like a lotus, which symbolises purity and beauty, and finished with gold around the edges, the votive’s pearlescent sheen will charm all who sit in its presence. Saffy Handicrafts have used the capiz shell trade as a community development opportunity for young women and artisans to create and master the traditional craft. Price: £22.00.
Give the gift of travelling the world all while still sipping a morning cup of coffee with this stunning wooden gift box filled with Eat Your Hat’s four organic ground coffees. Sourced from ethical co-operatives and farms ranging from Uganda to Sumatra to Honduras (there’s even a bag called Zesty Monkey!), these coffee ground bags are fair trade, sustainable, and organic meaning you can enjoy the zesty and rich aromas deliciously guilt-free. Price: £30.00.
The child in your life will truly feel like they can explore London on the Kingsway route all while in the comfort of your own home. Handcrafted by the skilled toy-makers at the fair trade Gospel House in Sri Lanka, this red London bus toy will becomea treasured heirloom in your family just as long as these iconic red, double-decker buses continue to travel the streets of London. The bus comes with wonderfully individualised, hand-painted passengers. We think your child will have hours of endless fun creating stories. Price: £58.00.
About 8 million tonnes of plastic rubbish ends up in our oceans every year. So, why not help put a stop to this while still looking and feeling super stylish? This eco-friendly shopper can be folded up when not in use and quickly wiped clean of any spillage with its plastic-lined insides. Its striking zigzags are screen-printed in Bangladesh in co-ordination with the charitable trust, Jute Works – empowering women with the training and skills for a steady income through weaving. Price: £12.00.
An investment piece handmade by artisans, this timeless, stylish satchel will be the most talked about gift of the holiday season. Durable material, made with 100% Eco leather and a classic design, make this a present that will be passed down generations. Perfect for the working man in your life, a student or simply someone who can’t help but carry a few too many items every time they leave the house, this satchel has got you covered. Price: £130.00.
From Jericho, in Palestine, these sweet and rich dried fruit are no stranger to this festive time of year. With high levels of potassium and fibre, dates not only provide a healthier, more succulent way of fulfilling your sweet-tooth but also a traditional celebration as well. Though of as the ‘King of Dates,’ the Medjoul dates from Zaytoun, an ethical and artisanal online community interest store, boast a caramel texture that cannot be resisted. Price: £8.30.
Polar bears love the icy chill of winter but that doesn’t mean your feet have to! Warm up your loved ones’ toes with this set of two pairs of eco-friendly socks made from sustainably grown organic cotton and bamboo from Thought. Better still, they are a naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so you’ll never have to take a step again worrying about looking after your feet. Price: £11.95.
There’s more than a dash of 007 about this cool, two-tone, fair-trade sweater with the perfect mix of mannish, monotone charisma and literary heritage. Girls! Buy it for your man and steal it as the perfect boyfriend jumper. Inspired by Duncan Grant of the Bloomsbury set (think Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, or Clive Bell), it’s made without microfibres and uses only natural materials such as hemp and ramie. Just like the Bloomsbury set, the producer, Thought, is revolutionising the fashion industry through a strong sense of style with ethics. Perfect for getting cosy as the temperature drops. Price: £79.90.
Natural pearls and gorgeous green tourmaline come together to create this timeless pair of drop earrings, handmade by artisans in India. These ethical earrings are crafted with fair trade and environmentally friendly values by Asha, an organisation that helps thousands of craftspeople in India to preserve their traditions and provides a future for their families. Price: £24.00.
Sail away from the gloom of winter with this bright and beautiful cosmetic bag from Swajan Crafts. The organisation launched to help women in rural communities in Bangladesh to take control of their abilities, express their creativity and earn a living from it, through traditional needlework. This bag is made by a master embroiderer, with adorable, intricate detailing. Price: £12.00.
Wrap yourself up in this sumptuous natural cotton dressing gown, be it straight out of a shower or just lounging around the house. The thick, cozy fabric is luxuriously organic and fair trade certified, handcrafted into a dressing gown in Portugal. Cuddle up in a cocoon of 100% unbleached organic cotton, sourced by a fair trade cotton farm in India. Price: £69.00.
Bringing together the old and the new, with a modern design approach to traditional skills in cushion making, Indian artisans hand-embroidered the pattern on this cushion using crewel work. The final product, completed with wooden buttons to ensure that all-natural material is used, is a beautiful zig-zag patterned cushion cover that will be the talking point of any room in the house. Price: £38.00.
A classic gift for the elegant gentleman, a hand-printed cotton handkerchief is also at the height of sustainable luxury. No more paper tissues, when you can have 100% cotton beautiful prints to brighten up an outfit. These Jaipur handkerchiefs are printed with three authentic Indian designs, in hypnotic shades of blue. Price: £12.00.
A fun, adorable gift, Posh Percy is ready to hold open any doors in your house. Handmade by traditional textile artists in Bangladesh, Percy is sewn from eco-friendly jute and comes with a stylish polka-dot bow tie. He’s ready for any dinner parties you decide to throw this holiday season! Price: £22.00.
For the bearded man in your life, this fun wooden beard comb comes with a hand-stitched leather cover and a fun moustache print. The vintage-inspired design makes it a gift no one will forget, combining practicality with quirkiness and wit. Handmade by artisans in Kolkata. Price: £9.00.
Colourful gems, glitter, and beads decorate this set of twelve trinket boxes, handcrafted by artisans at Noah’s Ark, a fair trade cooperative in India. They can be used to store jewellery, trinkets or as decoration for a dressing table. Gift them separately or all at once, these mini jewel boxes are sure to impress. Price: £24.00.
Our fair trade Christmas Gift Guide is sponsored by Traidcraft.
Traidcraft is the pioneering Fair trade charity, founded in 1979.Traidcraft stands for changing people’s lives through fair trade, saving vanishing traditional skills from extinction, and celebrating a world of creativity and culture through quality fair trade products. We’re the original fair trade pioneers, and advocate the importance of organic farming, sustainability, and transparency to the lives of growers and artisans around the world.