Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I started searching for Fair Trade Gifts for Kids. I think part of me expected to see odd looking wooden toys and photos of sad children. I have no idea where this idea came from. I was so pleasantly surprised with what I found!
I first found this adorable company out of Nepal called Node that makes this bear and owl rug. According to their website, their rug makers are founding members of Fair Trade Nepal and their "employees are taught literacy and skills. In addition to fair wages their work supports a school of 260 children and an orphanage of nineteen." These are on the pricey side at 525 Pounds and 320 Pounds (which, thankfully, includes shipping).
All of the stamps come from a company called Connected Goods who "source from companies in developing parts of the globe that are members of Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, adhering to strict Fair Trade standards including fair wages, community development, and environmental sustainability, as well as local, emerging independent artists right here at home that are ahering to the same Fair Trade values and using their talents to develop local American economies."
What small child, if he could talk, wouldn't ask for these Handmade Donut Rattles from Bangladesh? Also from Connected Goods, a set of three retails for $26.00.
I think I would have loved playing this World Snap Game with my brother growing up (yeah, I was one of those kids). From the New Internationalist Shop, for $15.00 your children can learn to match the names of countries with their shapes, capitals, and flags. Made by Green Board Games, who produces educational games in an environmentally conscious way.
At the Melange Collection, the income generated through this work allows the women to feed and clothe themselves and their children. By purchasing Fair Trade products you are helping the talented artisans who make them create sustainable income for themselves and their families.
We'd love to hear from you! What Fair Trade Gift ideas have you discovered?