Start a new tradition this year by filling your Easter baskets with fair trade products that positively impact lives around the world!
This gift guide lists five Easter inspired products from fairly-paid artisan groups that create beautiful handmade products while improving their communities and the lives of local people.
All of the items listed are handcrafted, fairly traded, and available at select Global Gifts stores - while supplies last! Click here to call or find a Global Gifts store.
1. Chocolate Truffles - $1 each or $9 box
Filling Easter baskets with natural and delicious chocolate lets someone know they’re truly special! Alter Eco truffles are crafted with the pure, good fat-rich-superfood, coconut oil and with no preservatives, no soy lecithin and no palm kernel oil. These little bundles of decadent joy have everything that’s good for you and the planet! Even the wrapper is compostable!
By Alter Eco
Alter Eco is based on the premise that food is fundamental to life – and whole, healthy, delicious food can make life better for people all over the world. By working directly with the small-scale farmers, helping them institute Fair Trade and Organic practices, they’re creating a system that benefits everyone involved. Alter Eco works with co-op partners to preserve heirloom grains, replenish and reforest the land. And as a GHG Protocol 3 Carbon Zero business, they offset more carbon than they emit.
2. Wood Egg Shakers (set of 2) - $10
These egg shakers make a unique Easter gift for any music lover. Handmade by artisans in Bali, this set of wooden eggs are filled with beads that make music in the palms of your hands. 3”x 2”
By Jamtown World Instruments in Bali
Jamtown works directly with artisans, cooperatives and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in six countries on three continents. Jamtown works with small producer groups from developing countries and provides vital support to low-income families through fair wages and other valuable assistance.
Each instrument is authentic and beautifully handcrafted by artisans that utilize ancient knowledge and natural, sustainable materials like bamboo, gourds, and seeds.
3. Quilled Bunny Greeting Card - $9
This adorable quilled greeting card is perfect for any “bunny” in your life. The 6"x6" card shown above features a technique known as quilling. The quilling process dates back centuries and requires much patience. The shape on a card begins as a tight coil. From there the coil is relaxed and molded with tweezers until the desired shape is attained. It is then glued onto the card. This process is repeated again and again, until the quiller has layered on the entirety of the design.
All cards come with coordinating envelope and a short history of quilling on the back of the card.
By Quilling Card in Vietnam
Quilling Card is located in the city of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The company employs approximately 200 artisans, providing a stable, safe work environment with housing, healthcare, and food benefits. They strive to create a community of women that love the craft and genuinely enjoy the creative outlet that quilling provides, while simultaneously providing a living for themselves.
In addition, Quilling Card has also been able to establish a Cottage Industry in Vietnam. Societal aid for those with disabilities is different from the US, and often leaves people out of work and help. Quilling Card began a program where disabled members of the community can produce cards while working in their home, on their own time.
Scalloped Basket - $19
Fill this unique basket with Easter goodies and create a beautiful presentation for special someone. Kaisa grass is wrapped with jute thread to create the delicate floral shape of this basket. 4 1/2"h x 12" (assorted colors)
By Dhaka Handicrafts in Bangladesh
Dhaka Handicrafts is a non-profit organization which assists artisans in Bangladesh to attain self-sufficiency, and at the same time to encourage and market traditional craftsmanship. Dhaka works with 42 groups in different parts of Bangladesh and has created employment for 1,800 families, with over 10,800 beneficiaries.
With a motto of 'producers first,' Dhaka offers benefits to artisans including interest-free advances on orders for the purchase of raw materials, continuous skill development training, a retirement savings plan, health care facilities, training, and equal pay and benefits for women. Started as a project of Enfants du Monde, a Swiss development organization, Dhaka is now an artisan-owned organization, and the artisans participate in the decision making of the organization.
Vine Wrapped Cross - $20
Decorate a wall in any room with this wood cross wrapped in galtang, a climbing plant grown in the Philippines. The vine is soaked to make it malleable, then twisted around the cross for natural texture. Includes a hanging loop on back. 18" x 12"
By Community Crafts Association of the Philippines
The Community Crafts Association of the Philippines (CCAP) is one of the oldest fair-trade organizations in the Philippines. Since 1973, CCAP has been marketing handcrafts for marginalized Filipino artisans through trading relationships built on partnership.
CCAP uses a strategy which promotes community development by creating employment and livelihood opportunities for craftspeople by marketing their work. The organization assists community-based enterprises to become effectively organized and self-reliant by providing them with training programs, organizational development, and markets for their products.