1 December, 2017

Make Your Holidays Fairtrade

fair trade holiday 2017
by Jason Sanches, Fairtrade America

The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is on the hunt for the perfect gift. Sharing gifts gives us a sense of joy, but have you ever considered giving a gift that also impacts the lives of farmers and workers that produce them? This holiday season, extend the impact of your gift-giving by sharing Fairtrade certified products with your friends and family.

Fairtrade America Mark

By changing the way trade works, Fairtrade helps balance the terms of trade so that benefits are shared more equally from the retailer to the farmer or worker. Producers also receive an additional Fairtrade Premium, which is used to improve their businesses, their communities and the local environment.

Check out our full list of registered brands and companies to see who sells Fairtrade products across the country – always look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on products to be sure that what you are buying meets rigorous international standards. Some of the brands below have special holiday discounts - you can find even more special offers on our Holiday Campaign page here!

Fairtrade Holiday Gifts

fair trade holiday 2017Here are a few products that we love during this time of the year that we’re sure you will too!

For a delectable Christmas countdown, every window of Divine Chocolate’s colorful Advent Calendar reveals a portion of the Christmas story - and yields a scrumptious, melt-in-your-mouth milk chocolate heart. Five percent of sales from this Advent Calendar will go towards empowerment initiatives for the women cocoa farmers of Kuapa Kokoo in Ghana. Plus all chocolate is 15% off at DivineChocolate.com with the coupon code DIVINEGIFT17.

EMVI holiday chocolate 2017Our friends at EMVI Chocolate have a delightful band of Fairtrade chocolate figurines that you can buy individually or as a gift pack! We love the jaunty, little bear with his button nose! EMVI is a family-owned business in upstate New York. Get 20% off web purchases with the discount code Fair17.

Thanksgiving 20 percent coffee

Thanksgiving Coffee, the 2017 Roaster of the Year, is offering a 20% discount on all 12 ounce packages of their Fairtrade certified coffee on their website! Take advantage of this offer through December 17th using the promo code FAIRTRADE when you check out or click this link!

Also, if you have a special animal lover who also loves coffee, check out Thanksgiving’s Animal Lover Gift Bag! Three pounds of coffee and a Thanksgiving Coffee Mug. With your purchase, you not only support Fairtrade farmers, you also support conservation programs for gorillas, songbirds and wolves!

fair trade holiday 2017While we're on the subject of animal lovers and giving back, check out Endangered Species Chocolate! They've been helping fund the preservation of at-risk species while simultaneously supporting sustainable livelihoods for African cocoa farmers - boosting social, economic and environmental conditions in their communities. Their chocolate contains fully traceable Fairtrade cocoa beans out of West Africa. Indulge in a cause that uses the universal appeal of chocolate to support species, habitat and humanity.  

Share the gift of warmth and activism this winter with a pair of Conscious Step Socks. Their 168 thread count socks will warm your frosted feet and your purchase will aid in the fight against poverty. And for the holidays, you can get a free pair of Holiday Socks that Plant Trees when you spend $80 or more.

fair trade holiday 2017

US-newcomer Tony’s Chocolonely released a special edition Milk Chocolate Mulled Wine chocolate bar for the holidays. The bar also includes a handy little hole so you can hang it on your Christmas tree – or eat it right away – up to you.

fair trade holiday 2017Ethical Bean Coffee’s Classic Medium Roast is a coffee insider's favorite and the ‘little black dress’ of their lineup. It is available in whole bean, ground, or compostable Keurig pods.

fair trade holiday 2017And finally, when you’re hosting guests, consider serving delicious Ben & Jerry's non-dairy Fairtrade ice cream flavors for dessert. This new vegan, non-GMO range is made with almond milk, and is loaded with chunks & swirls.

Those are awesome, but what if I want even MORE gift ideas?

If you need more gift ideas from fair trade companies and organizations, take a look at the awesome gift guides from other fair trade organizations:

Okay cool, but what if I’m lazy AND want fair trade goodies?

And if that's not enough and you don't want to get off the couch to orde, we’ve got you covered. Check out our 2017 Fairtrade Holiday Gift List on Amazon where you can view and purchase a curated list of some of our favorite Fairtrade offerings with the click of a button.

We hope you make the decision to share the gift of meaningful impact and support millions of Fairtrade Farmers from the Global South by purchasing Fairtrade Products as gifts for your loved ones this holiday season. The purchase of these gifts will not only bring joy to your friends and family, it will ensure that the creators of your gift will have enough money to support themselves, their work and their families. 

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