This is the second of two posts filled with various ideas for “gifts that give back” to some really awesome organizations or simply just ideas for sustainable or fair trade gifts. Feel free to post additional ideas in the comments. Thank you to all those who have contributed!
**When you order online from Dean’s Beans or Equal Exchange by linking from the Labor-Religion Coalition website (http://www.labor-religion.org), 10% of your purchase (at no additional cost to you) will be donated to the Fair Trade work of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State.
Alyson Kelly, FCRH ’08, works in Fair Trade education and outreach for the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, a non-profit organization that supports various campaigns for economic justice. Go to http://www.labor-religion.org, click on the Fair Trade icon, and then click the Dean’s Beans or Equal Exchange icons to bring you to their websites, and start shopping! The Labor-Religion Coalition will automatically be credited with the donation from Dean’s or Equal Exchange for your purchase when you start from Labor-Religion’s website.
Mayan Hands is a Fair Trade Federation organization that partners with over 200 Mayan women in rural communities in the highlands of Guatemala. They weave incredibly vibrant and beautifully patterned scarves, bags and purses, bookmarks, baskets, tablecloths, bracelets, and more. Please support these women in their quest to maintain their cultural heritage and raise themselves and their families out of poverty.
~ Submitted by Alyson Kelly, FCRH 2008
What about gifts for the friends or family members who have everything?
- Donate a book for the Brooklyn Public Library in someone’s name! Check out the Brooklyn Public Library Adopt-A-Book Program.
- Are you or someone you know passionate about education? DonorsChoose.org allows you to donate specific items to classrooms in need across the country. There are tons of projects to choose from!
- Stuck on what organization to choose? Give a Good Card! It’s like a gift card, but redeemable at the charity of the receiver’s choice.
Markets Featuring Local, Handmade, and Fair Trade Products (thanks to the Idealist.org Blog)
- The Degenerate Craft Fair (Various locations; weekends in December)
- Winter Blast Holiday Handmade Market (32-33 31st street, Astoria; Sunday, December 13)
- The Brooklyn Flea Presents: Gifted (20 E. 4th St, NYC; Ongoing)
- The (Makers) Market at the (OA) Can Factory (232 3rd St, Brooklyn; Sundays)
- Bushwick Farmers’ Market Holiday Bazaar (Linden St. and Broadway, Brookyn; Wednesdays)
- SHOP FOR CHANGE: A Fair Trade Marketplace by Global Goods Partners (711 Greenwich St, NYC; Thursday, December 17)
- GreenFinds Eco Holiday Market Place (2 Great Jones St, NYC; Thursdays – Sundays)
And that’s not all…
Here are links to two other blog posts that list even more options and ideas for gift-giving!
>> Great ideas for “gifts that create change”, places to shop ethically and sustainably, organizations to volunteer with this season (sometimes, time is the greatest donation one can give to an organization!), cause-specific guides, and more!
>> A ton of great lists from various sources on gifts that give back.
As finals are getting underway, I hope you’re all able to find moments to relax, breathe, and spend quality time with friends and roommates. Isn’t that what the season is really all about?
~ Liz Donohue, CBA 2010