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Fair Trade Gift Options

Updated on October 12, 2015

Thinking about buying chocolate, jewelry, or flowers for a loved one as a birthday or holiday gift?

Did you know that by buying conventional chocolates and flowers, you are more likely than not supporting slave labor?

With lots of options out there to choose from, how about doing something out of the ordinary for a loved one this year? Step outside the box and speak up with you buying dollars!

This is your chance to get a great gift and support a cause at the same time. Show your loved one(s) that you truly care by choosing a gift that will help the planet and help someone halfway around the world.

Purchasing a fair trade gift can be a life-changing opportunity for someone you've never met.

What is fair trade?

Fair trade is a social movement that aims to help producers in third world developing countries (and even the U.S.) provide fair wages to employees, and fair trade promotes environmental sustainability.

Below you'll find a handful of ideas and fair trade suppliers for any other special occasion.

Fair trade chocolates

Sadly, the every day chocolate that you buy in the store, made by conventional means, involves toxic pesticides, consumption of rainforests, unfair wages (often child labor) and it has been fueling conflict and violence in Africa.

Chocolate doesn't have to be made this way, and it shouldn't be a source of violence.

Instead of conventional chocolates, consider buying chocolate made from organic cacao and labeled "fair trade" (farm and factory workers that are paid fair wages for their work).

By choosing organic and fair trade chocolates, you can say "no" to chocolate slave labor and "yes" to environmentally sound farming practices. It may be a little more expensive, but the child or adult that is working the fields halfway around the world is worth it.

No child should have to work all day and go to bed hungry just so we can enjoy chocolate!

There are many vendors and distributors to chose from - just google "fair trade chocolate" and have fun shopping! Here is a source to get you started:

Equal Exchange


Fair trade jewelry

How about heart-shaped dancing girls earrings? Or other fair trade jewelry with a more sophisticated look?

Did you know that the diamond industry also fuels wars, violence and slave labor? Do we really want to say "I Love You" by supporting war and violence? I doubt most women or men really want to be contributing to more violence, but sadly most aren't aware that the special gift they are buying may be doing just that.

Fair trade jewelry is hand-crafted, unique and those creating the pieces are paid fair wages for their hard work!

There are lots of fair trade vendors to choose from - here are some of my favorites:

Gifts with Humanity

Ten Thousand Villages


Fair trade flowers

Did you know that approximately 80% of cut flowers sold in the United States are grown in Latin America, South America, and Africa where workers are paid poor wages and exploited to keep costs low?

To support fair wages and social justice, consider ordering flowers from a licensed importer and distributor of Fair Trade Certified™ flowers.

Buy ordering flowers through such an importer, you will not be supporting slave labor. In addition, you'll be buying flowers that are grown under environmentally sustainable conditions. This, in turn, helps promote economic development in the farming communities in these third world countries.

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There are lots of other options...

There are many gift ideas to choose from that will support a cause and promote social justice.

Need more ideas? Just google any of the ideas listed below and you will find many options to choose from:

  • Fair trade coffee
  • Fair trade clothing
  • Fair trade purses and bags
  • Fair trade candles
  • Fair trade wine

You can also check out the Organic Consumers Association for links out to various vendors.


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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      @kittyjj - thanks for stopping by. I'll email you some information on how to add pictures into a new text section.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Very informative hub! And I love the layout of your hub. Could you teach me how to create an additional section that can have "text with pictures"?

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      BellaHeartDesigns 5 years ago from California

      This is a great idea, thanks for bringing this issue to my attention, I will definitely be supporting this cause. Bless you and those who are fighting for those who are looking for the hope to change their situation.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Interesting article, really makes you think when you pop that chocolate into your mouth. Unfortunately, many western products promote these tragic ways for cheaper prices, from designer trainers to handbags :-s.

      Thanks for SHARING ... a good cause.

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      bruzzbuzz 5 years ago from Texas , USA

      I had never thought of combining buying for my sweetheart with fair trade. Thanks so much for making me aware of this. What a great idea.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub, Kris. I knew about fair trade chocolate and coffee, and there are several different brands for sale where I live, but I didn't know that the other products that you mention are available in a fair trade version. Thanks for the important information.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      @alocsin - glad you enjoyed the virtual chocolate! :)

      @Alecia - fair trade is really gaining speed. I've noticed more and more items becoming available. Our town just opened a non-profit Global Gifts fair trade store which is really cool!

      @sunshine625, @picklesandfufas, @ instantlyfamily, and @ Capedium - thanks for your wonderful comments and feedback!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Any hub with a picture of chocolate at the top attracts me immediately. Good tips. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I didn't know that there were so many fair trade items. Even though I don't have gifts to buy, this is still very useful. Thanks for the information.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm all for fair trade! This hub is awesome! Filled with many great ideas:)

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      love fair trade anything! Just got some fair trade coffee and always get fair trade chocolate. great info!! vote up

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      Capedium 5 years ago

      Lovely and fantastic Hub

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      instantlyfamily 5 years ago

      This is a fantastic hub. It's very timely, also. Lots of people will be looking for just the right Valentines gift. These are some terrific ideas.