Fabulous Gifts for under £10
Looking for a lovely Fair Trade present that won’t leave your wallet too light? We’ve searched out some fantastic options for you! Order online via the links provided, or head into your local Fair Trade shop.
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)
Wake up and smell the coffee!
Not only will you be helping the recipient wake up in the morning, but for every bag of coffee sold, you will be supporting the RSPB and the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre – and ensuring that the coffee growers get a Fairtrade price and premium. Bird & Wild only roasts seasonal coffee certified as Bird Friendly & Shade-Grown by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre and contributes to support the Smithsonian’s research and conservation programs.
£6 – Available to buy from Bird and Wild
Dress up your table
Aura Que works with women in Nepal to create these stunning and effective coasters. Hand made and dried in the sunshine, they are then hand stitched in a variety of colours and sizes.
From £5 – available to purchase from Aura Que.
To your good health … and taste!
Zaytoun’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil is rich, peppery, cold pressed Palestinian oil, organically grown and fairly traded. Delicious for dressings and all kinds of cooking, the oil is made from hand-picked olives and prepared with care.
Starry, starry night
Just Trade has become synonymous with fairly traded jewellery and this range of hammered brass gives you lots of options in design such as stars, hearts, clouds and more. They’re handmade by the Flowering Desert Project, and by purchasing them, you will be supporting women from rural communities in Tamil Nadu, India. What’s more, the jewellery comes in a gift bag which is also handmade by artisans in Vietnam.
Ethics come before profits at Friendly Soap: their ranges contain no animal products, have never been tested on animals, and they even use an ancient cold-process method. Friendly Soap is totally biodegradable and free from by-products which means there is no waste. As they pour, cut, stamp and pack in the UK, their carbon footprint is small too (and the packaging is 100% recyclable).
Warm for the winter
This recycled rag rug has been woven by skilled artisans using leftover fabrics from the garment industry which would have ended up in landfill. The best part is that no two rugs are the same! So either pop into a local shop to choose your colour, or let Shared Earth pick for you.
Available from Shared Earth (£9.95) or from Fair Trade at St Michael’s.
Over the rainbow …
This sweet little Fair Trade rainbow has a hidden surprise – it’s a baby rattle! Bring joy to a little one this Christmas while supporting women and their families in rural Bangladesh.
£7.99. Available for Purchase from Natural Collection
Penny for your thoughts…
Adding a much-needed splash of colour and unique style to your daily thoughts, these beautiful Sari notebooks come in a variety of colours. Each one is handmade and contains 30 unlined pages of khadda paper. They are made by a small family business in Rajasthan, India who promote women’s education and social standing in rural villages