Have yourself a Merry Fair Trade Christmas!
Struggling to come up with unique and special Christmas presents? Wondering where you can buy Fair Trade food and drink this festive season?
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite gift ideas from our retail members below to help you shop Fair Trade this Christmas!
If you’re looking for…
Food and Drink
Westray Chutney sell a range of Fairtrade artisan chutneys which would be perfect for putting in Christmas hampers - you can purchase a selection of four jars for £18 from their website. For other hamper items take a look at what Oxfam has to offer, Oxfam sell a range of different Fair Trade foods which are available online and from your local Oxfam shop.
JTS have taken the stress out of Christmas by putting together a selection of ethical gift sets that make the perfect present. You can choose from Spicy, Sweet and Christmas themed Eswatini Jute Bag sets as well as their fantastic Great Taste Award winning hamper. To purchase the gift sets, head over to their website.
If you are looking for somewhere to buy your Fair Trade food and drink this festive season then the Co-op and Scotmid sell a wide range of Fairtrade food and drinks which can be bought in store. Equal Exchange also sell a range of Fair Trade foods which can be purchased online or in store from various retailers which are listed on their website here. If you’re based in the Highlands then check out Highland Wholefoods, an inverness-based workers cooperative supplying the Highlands, Islands and North East Scotland with Fair Trade products.
One World Shop sells a range of Fair Trade food and drink as well as gifts, homeware, children's gifts and jewellery - you can shop their selection online here or why not visit them at their new shop at St. John's Church in Edinburgh.
This Christmas, Hadeel are promoting their ‘Christmas Crafty Box’, for £100 including postage you will get a selection of Hadeel’s food and crafts up to at least that value. The items in the box would make great stocking fillers, products for a Fair Trade stall or just to share with friends and family! For more information and to purchase the boxes visit the Hadeel website or order by phone on 0131 225 1922. The photograph below is illustrative of what might be in your box but is subject to change due to product availability.
Bala sport make great, high quality long-lasting sports balls, many of which are hand-stitched by highly skilled workers. Giving a gift of Fairtrade sports balls is a win-win situation, you get a great quality product and the workers who make them in India and Pakistan get a fair deal and benefit from the extra 10% Fairtrade Premium Bala Sport pays. You can buy online from their website here.
Yho!Yho! sells gorgeous fairly traded elephant backpacks for children. Thabo, Temba, Sipo, Ayande, Lebo and Thandi are made in South Africa from locally sourced fabrics. Each is unique and makes a loyal friend for all life's adventures. But an amazing Christmas gift too. Packaged in a sturdy gift box. The November price is £34.95 (Usual price £39.95). The backpacks can be sent UK wide, to Europe and beyond.
Gavin’s Mill stocks a wide range of Fair Trade products all year round, but in the spirit of Christmas they now have even more giftware than usual. There is something for everyone including children’s toys, beautiful textiles, amazing jewellery and a fantastic range of charity Christmas cards. They also have an unrivalled selection of calendars and diaries to take you right through 2018. And to top it all there are Gavin’s Mill Gifts, requested by projects they know and trust and with whom they have a direct link. Gavin’s Mill guarantee that 100% of your gift goes straight to your chosen recipient, You can purchase them at Gavin’s Mill shop or online.
Fair Trade Scotland will be at the Dundee Ethical Christmas Fair from Monday 4th December – Saturday 9th December where they will be selling the full range of WFTO Fair Trade Tartan products as well as a range of silk and cotton scarves and jewellery from Villageworks, Cambodia.
Dos Mundos sell ethically sourced clothing such as this Ladies Angel Hat (pictured below) and this Mens Byron Bay Half Zip (pictured below) from their Pachamama knitwear range. Both are fleece lined and 100% wool and are available to buy at Dos Mundos in Anstruther or you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or via their website www.dosmundos.co.uk
Just be Fair Scotland, based in Fairlie sells jewellery and accessories sourced from suppliers who operate a Fair Trade policy and who pay a fair price to the talented artisans who make the products. You can browse their range of jewellery and accessories on their online ebay store here.
Carishea, part of Trade Right International, sell a range of fairly traded beauty and cosmetic products such as soaps, body wash, hair care and gift sets. You can shop their range of products online here.