I love Christmas. The lights, the decorations, the kindness and joy. There is some kind of magic in our hearts that is more powerful during the holiday season.
Yes, I see the elephant in the room. Christmas can also be a time of overspending, high stress, long working hours and for many not a lot of gift receiving.
If you love getting gifts for your loved ones, there is something you can do a little better this year. Shop mind fully. Think about your purchases as opportunities to support an artisan or a good cause.
With that in mind here are a few places I have found with great gifts that are beautiful and kind.
Tribe Azure Fair Trade Beautiful fair trade Tibetan inspired jewelry, scarves and meditation supplies.
Novica Artisans all over the world bring you a little bit of everything.
Sudara This is one of my favorites, I own at least three pairs of punjamies. They are comfortable, beautiful, reasonably priced and they have them for the whole family. PUNJAMMIES are inspired by the beauty, colors and textures seen throughout the local culture and are crafted by brave women in the community who wish to remain free from the trade they escaped.
Mr. Ellie Pooh Sustainable, handmade fair trade gifts
Noonday Collection Designs and inspired collections from artisans all around the globe. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, we empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them.
Magic Cabin Whimsical toys for all ages.
Plan Toys Sustainable toys for the little ones
Capital Eyewear Handmade in California
Pact Ethical underwear, socks and accessories
The Grommet Here you can find an array of gifts for the geeky, the artsy, the kids, the fashion forward and the eco-friendly. They have a lot of items made in the USA and small businesses. There is always something interesting in here.
Equal Exchange Fair trade chocolate, tea, bananas and coffee.
Banda Bags. Ok these are pricey but they are gorgeous, hand made and cruelty free. And who knows you might be able to afford them someday so keep them in your list 🙂
Also keep in mind second hand books make great gifts and are good for the soul and environment :).
I am always looking for ethical and sustainable goods, so if i find any more I will update this post and share them with you :).
Have a great and kind holiday season!