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Buy Good: Create an equitable world

In our quest to build a better world our small choices can make a big impact. Buying good products and making thoughtful purchases can help to create an equitable world. For many of us, Christmas time can bring on feelings of anxiety with the pressure to do much more than what we would usually do.  It’s easy to spend hours searching for the perfect gift, it’s easy to spend too much money, allowing the hype of consumerism to dictate our purchasing decisions.

At Trade Aid there are plenty of ways to change buying habits, while still participating in the joys of the festive season.  All our products are fair trade which means every artisan, producer and farmer receives a fair price for their work. We’ve built personal, long-term trading partnerships with these people and we’ve seen how fair trade improves livelihoods, businesses and communities.

Here are a few simple tips for Buying Good this Christmas with Trade Aid.


Buying Good this Christmas with Trade Aid

The gift of choice

If in wanting to give a tangible gift to a loved one, you do not know what they might like, don’t be afraid to ask, or find out their favourite shop and give a gift voucher, so that they can choose their gift. This might seem all too easy, but the gift of choice can be a very thoughtful option, especially for those who enjoy a minimal lifestyle.

Trade Aid has a selection of gift vouchers with values ranging from $10 to $50. Made to feel good, Trade Aid gift vouchers are redeemable nationwide in our Trade Aid stores.

Trade Aid gift vouchers really are a gift that keeps giving. It’s not every day that the simple act of purchasing something makes the world a better place. The great thing is that when you, or the recipient of your voucher, buy products from Trade Aid you are doing just that. Every product bought makes a difference for its talented maker.

Keep in mind the following conditions when purchasing  a Trade Aid gift voucher:

  • Gift vouchers can only be redeemed at Trade Aid Stores
  • Gift vouchers cannot be redeemed on our online store or from our stockists
  • Gift vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash

The keepsake

Give a gift that will stand the test of time, something that will be cherished and will endure for its sentimental value. A beautiful Christmas ornament makes a lovely gift that will provide delight every year.  A thing of beauty is a joy for ever.

Trade Aid has an extensive range of Christmas decorations that sell out every year. They’re all fair trade (of course!) and they’re all handmade by skilled artisans from around the world. Some of our favourites include:

  • The embroidered range from St Mary’s Mahila Shikshan Kendra, one of our fair trade partners in India
  • The crocheted tree hangings handcrafted by skilled artisans working with Godavari Delta Women’s Lace Artisans’ Co-operative Ltd, one of our fair trade partners in India
  • The natural jute collection handcrafted by skilled artisans working with CORR- The Jute Works, one of our fair trade partners in Bangladesh
  • And of course the exquisite little nativity scenes handmade and hand painted by artisans working with Manos Amigas, our fair trade partner in Peru

Wrapped with love

How a gift is presented can be just as exciting as the gift itself.  Get creative and add a personal touch to your gifts by making your own wrapping paper, using newsprint or butchers’ paper and personalising it with your own designs and messages. Or use our handmade colourful wrapping paper, and craft items like our traditional Indian printing block stamps, and recycled sari twine or natural twine in various colours to add a finishing touch.

Furoshiki is also a great option. Furoshiki  is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth traditionally used to transport clothes, gifts, or other goods. Trade Aid has a wide range of scarves and shawls that can be used for this increasingly popular gift wrap method. The recipient also gets a beautiful scarf or shawl that can be reused for furoshiki wrap or worn as the recipient likes.

How to create furoshiki gift wrap:

  1. Place the gift in the centre of the fabric.
  2. Fold one side corner over the gift, and tuck the end under the gift.
  3. Fold over the opposite corner and tuck the end in.
  4. Pick up the two remaining corners and tie in a half hitch.

For the Sake of Goodness!

A well thought-out gift basket is a simple but popular gift option. Usually, even if the recipient doesn’t like everything in the basket, they will like some things and can always re-gift unwanted items to someone else! Put together a customised gift basket filled with as few or as many treats as you like or choose a pre-made gift basket.

Trade Aid’s basket range makes a beautiful and practical carry-all for a DIY gift hamper. Make it extra special by including:

  • Your favourite recipes and home baking
  • Prepared cookie dough in a jar for them to bake fresh
  • Organic, fair trade foods and ingredients, and waste-free treats like our organic chocolate, which comes wrapped in home compostable packaging, or our palm oil free soap
  • Handmade baking, children’s drawings, painted rocks, fruit and preserves.

Trade Aid has a range of boxes and baskets in a range of styles and sizes to perfectly match as few or as many treats as you like.

Or keep it simple and choose a pre-made gift hamper. Our Chocolate Lovers gift hamper is a dream come true for the chocolate lover in your life and this delightful treat is sure to impress. Also available is our basket of goodness gift hamper, which is positively brimming with delicious treats and artisan goods.


Make a Christmas connection

Spark a connection with your neighbour this Christmas with some delicious home baking.

There’s something very personal and meaningful about a gift that you took the time to make yourself. Delight your neighbours with homemade treats that are fair trade and festive.

Make a few muffins, a chocolate slice, or chocolate-dipped fruit – yum! Our recipe for tropical chocolate bark uses the finest fair trade ingredients and is the perfect edible gift idea with many possible variations. Or try our recipe for super-cute Christmas tree brownies, which are super easy to make and are also super delicious. Made with our fair trade chocolate drops, cocoa and chocolate, this is a triple chocolate treat!

We have plenty of other downloadable recipes to try, including some vegan and gluten free recipes to cater to everyone.

A watchful eye and a little love this Christmas can really brighten someone’s day, and help alleviate the effects of loneliness at this critical time.


Precious time

Do not waste your precious time.

Make the best of it in gifts of love, treating your loved ones to a walk along the beach, a visit to the botanic gardens, the art gallery, a road trip and picnic in the hills. Invest in a ticket for a shared experience that will create a memory that lasts forever.

You can also gift your time to organisations in the way of volunteering. Over the years, tens of thousands of volunteers have generously contributed their time to Trade Aid.

This contribution helps to support Trade Aid’s work with our talented producers around the world.

Our network of shops throughout the country all run with the help of volunteers. Not every shop, committee or trust has vacancies, but many do.

Check out the list of current volunteer positions at our website, or alternatively if you are interested in learning more about volunteer positions in your community you can phone or email your local shop.