10 Favourite Stocking Fillers
Fill the stockings of friends and family with Fair Trade and sustainable holiday presents! Order online via the links for each product, or go to your local Fair Trade shop to find these and other delightful gifts.
Local shops: Fair Trade at St Michael’s (FTSM) and Headington Fair Trade (HFT) in Oxford, Cornerstone (CO) in Grove, Just Trading of Wallingford (JTW), Mustard Seed (MS) in Faringdon, RISC World Shop in Reading (RISC)
Chocolate Tasting Set
The popular Divine Chocolate Tasting Set includes 12 miniature bars of Fairtrade chocolate in 6 flavours – three different dark chocolates; two different milk chocolates; and a creamy white chocolate with strawberries. Scrumptious! The cocoa comes from the Ghanaian Fairtrade cooperative Kuapa Kokoo – who own 40% of the company and benefit from a share in its profits.
Tweed Emily Purse
Earth Squared’s tweed Emily purse is a beautifully crafted, elegant way to carry cards and coins. Lightweight but capacious, it’s lined and trimmed with satin piping and a velvet button. Earth Squared is BAFTS-accredited, and its partners in Vietnam provide women with employment that involves fair wages, good working conditions, and health insurance.
Pencils for the Planet VENT for Change works to combine good design, care for the planet, and support for children’s education. These pencils are elegantly embossed with a gold logo, made from recycled CD cases – and 10% from their sales value goes towards providing free pencils for schools and communities around the world. £3.98. Available from VENT, Traidcraft, JTW, MS & RISC. Pens available from VENT, Traidcraft, FTSM & RISC.
On ‘yer bike
One for your favourite cyclist! This key chain, made by Malawian artisans at Cycle of Good, is formed of steel wire, wrapped with copper wire recycled from old electrical cables. Great for cycle lock or shed keys, or any that you want to keep stylishly safe.
£6. Available from Cycle of Good, Traidcraft
A chunky four-piece jigsaw perfect for learning through play. Little ones can slot puzzle pieces together to create an elephant and baby. BAFTS member Lanka Kade works with partners in Sri Lanka who adhere to Fair Trade principles, including good rates of pay and safe working conditions
A Host of Angels
The Meaningful Chocolate Company brings together the Christmas story and delicious Fairtrade chocolate – a winning combination! These angels are edible Christmas ornaments, and they come with a colour-in poster of the Christmas story. A donation to charity for each item purchased is an added bonus.
£4.50 Available from Meaningful Chocolate Company and MS.
Bamboo has a much lighter environmental impact than cotton – and feels super soft. These socks are made of sustainable bamboo, which is processed into yarn in Rajasthan, India, and made into socks at a factory in a rural district of Tamil Nadu. The supplier, a member of the WFTO, includes staff in decision making, as well as giving both men & women management opportunities.
Jelly Bean Delight
Yes, there is such a thing as a Fairtrade jelly bean! And assortment packs from the Jelly Bean Factory offers a sample of 36 gourmet flavours – everything from Caribbean coconut, cola and candy floss to tangerine, Hawaiian pineapple, pomegranate, and many more. Which will be the favourite ….
O Little Town …
For centuries, artisans in the Holy Land have fashioned beautiful olive wood carvings. This ornament from WFTO member Holy Land Handicrafts depicts the Nativity and comes, appropriately, from Bethlehem. A lovely way to celebrate Christmas and to support craftspeople in maintaining livelihoods and traditions.
£4. 95 Available from Traidcraft Olive wood ornaments are also available from FTSM, MS and RISC