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Fair trade holiday shopping guide

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally, if incorrectly, thought of as the busiest shopping day of the year in the US. For those of us still in a food coma, it's nice to do the shopping from the couch. Thanks to my fabulous intern Kristina, who took a break from infrastructure regulation to find the excellent sites below, we present ten ways to buy fair trade and/or support artists worldwide:

  • Novica - an online arts agent for more than 1,700 artists around the world. Check out the impressive collection of chess sets.
  • World of Good - affordably priced bags, house wares, jewelry, more.
  • Ganesha - home furnishings and accessories from India. Don't blame me if you spend an hour wandering around this fantastically diverse marketplace. Make sure to visit the Bollywood section.


Submitted by Ksenija on
Just to add two more sites for those who would like to feel good about their holiday shopping: 1. Aid to Artisans, 2. Women for Women international,

Submitted by Carmen on
You can find lists of fair trade retailers, wholesalers, and producers at they are a DC-based international association of fair trade businesses.

Do not forget to include Tibet Collection's Fair Trade Holiday line! Right now we offer handmade ornaments, stockings, hats, and more for the Holiday shopping season. All of our products are Fairly-Traded and made by Artisans in Nepal. We are a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation. We are also members of Coop America (Green America) and Aid to Artisans.

Greetings! Look to Village Markets of Africa for meaningful gifts! VMA gives conscientious shoppers access to over 200 fair trade products (jewelry, clothing/accessories, home decor) handcrafted by fair trade artisan cooperatives across Africa. Visit us on the web: or call us TOLL FREE: (888)4-VMA-STORE Jacob Schmalzle US Coordinator Village Markets of Africa (937)831-1574

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