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16 Global Influence Free Trade Gifts For the Holidays: Gifts That Give Back

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the official shopping season, 2020 version! What’s better than giving everyone on your shopping list beautiful and thoughtful gifts? How about gifts that give back by helping individuals around the world earn a living producing products such as jewelry, housewares, accessories, and even toys? Your shopping budget can be a reason for someone else to give thanks!

Unbeknowst to most shoppers, many of the products we buy every day support forced labor. In contrast, products labeled “fair trade” support an honest wage for honest work. As I was researching including fair trade items on my shopping list this year, I realized there is an amazing variety of affordable products available now as consumers become more in tune with this issue. Some companies enable women to do skilled labor such as handcrafting to support their families. Others use funding to help support impoverished communities. Take a look at these amazing and unique gift ideas from around the world!

NOVICA Black Onyx .925 Sterling Silver Floral Dangle Earrings ‘Dreamy Forest’

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Rupadana to craft this item
  • $47.99

Ten Thousand Villages Phoenician Glass Candle Holder ‘Desert Sands Candleholder’

  • Phoenecian Glass, Sand
  • tealight candle included
  • 3Dx4H inches
  • Made in West Bank

$38.14

Large Yikene Ghanaian Wing U-Shopper – Ghana Bolga Basket Fair Trade – 16″-19″ Across (Orange/Earth Tone) 

HANDMADE: We keep alive a beautiful tradition of handwoven belly baskets, passed down from generations of Artisans in Ghana. Made of 100% sustainable natural organic elephant grass with goat leather handle. Supports impoverished farmers in the Bogatanga region of Ghana, West Africa

$55.00

NOVICA White Cultured Mabe Pearl .925 Silver Cuff Bracelet, Moonlight Vines

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Komang Suastra to craft this item.

$114.99

Ten Thousand Villages Hand-Carved Wooden Nativity

  • Albesia wood handcrafted in Indonesia

$108.99

Fair Seas Supply Co. Turkish Towel, Peshtemal Towel – 100% Organic Turkish Cotton 

  • ABSORBENT, QUICK DRY, LIGHTWEIGHT – Large 39 inch x 71 inch throw is perfect to dry off with after a shower or a swim. All of our premium towels are made from the finest eco-friendly organic turkish cotton, grown near the Aegean Sea in Turkey.

$44.00

Ten Thousand Villages Paisley Cotton Robe

  • Authentic Fair Trade Product. Ethically sourced and 100% handmade.
  • Block-printed cotton

$65.39

Bridge for Africa Fair Trade Zulu Telephone Wire 8-inch Round Pedestal Bowl, African Rainbow

  • Handmade in South Africa, providing work for more than 500 Zulu families

$58.95

Tibetan Socks Hand Knit Wool Fleece Lined Long Slipper Socks

COZY & COMPASSIONATE: Made in Himalayan villages by local housewives, this generations-old handicraft allows mothers to stay home with their children and earn supplemental income.  

$39.95

NOVICA Lapis Lazuli .925 Sterling Silver Oval Cocktail Ring ‘Pool of Memories’

  • Authentic: an original NOVICA artisan handcrafted fair trade product.
  • Includes an official NOVICA Story Card certifying quality & authenticity.
  • NOVICA works with Alok Jain to craft this item

$59.99

Ten Thousand Villages Coffee Scented Exfoliating Soap ‘Coffee Ground Exfoliating Soap’

  • Authentic Fair Trade Product. Ethically sourced and 100% handmade.
  • Hand-screen-printed card with detachable gamhar wood ornament
  • Coffee-scented vegetable oil soap with coffee grounds in paper box
  • 3.2 ounce bar, measuring 3Lx2Wx1H inches
  • Handmade in India

$6.53

Prices are current as of writing. Descriptions of products are from Amazon. Contains affiliate links.

Have a beautiful day, and do something to help someone else! 🙂

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Fabulous Gifts for the All the Guys In Your Life and All Available on Amazon

Hi there! I hope you’re hanging in there as 2020 inches closer and closer to an end. One thing I can truly, honestly look forward to no matter what the circumstances are the year-end holiday celebrations. We have tons of traditions that go along with the Christmas season, and cooking and decorating also add to the joy of the season.

We don’t go overboard in our family with enormous gifts, but I do love finding something really unique and special for everyone on my list. I have come to rely more and more on Amazon for my shopping because we have a high risk family member so we avoid covid exposure if at all possible. Home shopping has really been a great service for our family.

I recently also became an Amazon affiliate and this post contains affiliate links, but I am absolutely a real customer too. I very much appreciate you supporting me and my blog. Thank you! 🙂

Now, on to the gift guide for guys. Guys can be really tricky to buy for, but I think I have found some really great items for you today. I like finding the more original items and also putting in a few established brands and old favorites. I hope these ideas help and inspire you as you start shopping for this year’s celebrations!

ENO Eagle’s Nest Outfitters Portable Hammock

This lightweight hammock is portable for all his great adventures! Accomodates 1-2 people. I love this bright tie dye, but the hammock is available in a multitude of color choices.

. Dan the Sausageman’s Sounder Gourmet Gift Box Featuring Smoked Summer Sausage and Wisconsin Cheeses

If you have someone on your list who appreciates food gifts, consider this great gift box. The company was selected as the 2018 U.S. Small Business of the Year for Washington State, this box is rated as “perfect” and “awesome” by Amazon reviewers.

. Personalized Super Mario Brothers leather handmade mens wallet

This wallet combines classy with fun nostalgia. It’s handmade and can also be personalized with a name or initials. What a cool gift!

. Humboldt Hands Original Woodsman Handmade Soap

Humboldt Hands is a luxury goat milk soap for working hands. The soap is made on the farm with fresh goats milk. It is tough on grease, grime, tree sap, barn muck and plant resins.

Tommy Bahama St. Kitts Eau De Cologne for Men

This breezy, classic scent features citrus, cedarwood, musk, and sea salt.

. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch

Gorgeous stainless water resistant watch from Citizen. Round watch with blue sunray dial featuring three subdials, placed indices, baton hands, and date window at four o’clock.

. Happy Socks Classics Gift Box

These bright, beautiful socks are just so…well, happy! A great gift to put a smile on someone’s face.

. Woodstock Candy ~ 80s Retro Candy Gift Box 

Woodstock Candy has retro candy from any decade. Nostalgic and fun, these assortments make a great gift!

. Tommy HilfigerLightweight Puffer Vest

Classic but trendy, Tommy Hilfiger is the perfect choice for any guy on your list. This puffer vest is available is a multitude of colors.

. Complete Wet Shave Set from Mike the Mason

Mike the Mason Gift Set Includes: Hawk Safety Razor, Pure 100% Badger Hair Brush, Organic Honey Oatmeal Shave Bar, 5 Premium Mens Blades, and a Razor Stand

. Nineties Nostalgia Old School Gadgets T Shirt

This fun t shirt is available in several colors and is perfect for any nineties kid.

Oakley Holbrook Polarized Square Sunglasses

Quality sunglasses like a pair of sylish Oakleys make a great gift. Who wouldn’t love these classic shades?

Beard Comb

This engraved wooden beard comb is individually handmade in the Ukraine. The Comb also folds for storage and portability.

. Irish Patchwork Wool Cap

This Irish flat cap is made by one of Ireland’s oldest weavers in Co. Tipperary, using time-honored methods, passed down through generations at John Hanly & Co. The younger generation is making the newsboy cap trendy again, but a man of any age would love this classic.

. Sterling Silver Puzzle Ring

This striking silver ring is also an intricate puzzle, and the mystery of how to take it apart and put it back together has to be solved. How cool is that?

. Callahan’s Gourmet Hot Sauce Gift Set

Poblano, Habanero, & Black Pepper Chipotle. Great gift for the hot sauce lover in your life. Made weekly in small batches by Callahan himself in Seattle, WA.

. Personalized Docking Station, Charging Station, Phone Dock, Cell Phone Stand

This wood docking station can be personalized and is available in 8 wood finishes. The docking station is compatible with all cell phones including iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 plus, all kind of iPhones and all Android phones, and all kinds of tablets as well.

. SwissGear USB ScanSmart Laptop Backpack

A part of the iconic SWISSGEAR ScanSmart series, this pack entails a TSA-friendly, lay-flat tech compartment equipped with a padded 15” laptop sleeve and tablet pocket to scan your devices without taking them out of the pack. Durable zipper closure adds an extra barrier of security for devices and essentials throughout your trip.

An integrated USB port allows you to charge your smartphone, tablet, and laptop wherever you are. Perfect travel backpack for a guy on the go.

. Marmot Retro Snap Back Hat

This cool nostalgic hat is a great gift for the guy who appreciates staying on top of trends while still remaining understated.

. Custom Personalized Art Made From Real License Plates

All custom signs are made from real license plates and can be personalized with a name, team, birthday, anniversary, etc.

. Skullcandy Bluetooth Noise Isolation Wireless In-Ear Headphones With Mic and Volume Control

Most guys need a good set of headphones. These feature Bluetooth wireless technology, Rapid Charge: 10 Minutes = 3 Hours; 40 Hours of Total Battery Life, Adjustable Sensory Bass, and Noise Isolating Fit.

I hope this Amazon gift guide gives you a little inspiration to get started on your holiday gift shopping list!

Have a beautiful day, and happy shopping! 🙂

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Searching for the Perfect Gift for Your Besties? Here’s Your Best of Amazon Shopping Guide!

Great Gift Ideas Delivered Straight To You

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I’ll Be There For You Hoodie

Everyone’s favorite friends lend inspiration to this fun hoodie for your own favorite friend.

Sister I Chose Tumbler

This bright tumbler feautures a great sentiment for your friend who’s just like your sister.

Giraffe Nerd Print

Everyone loves a nerd right? Especially a nerdy giraffe on an artistic print.

Pura Vida Ring Stack

Any bff would appreciate this stunning ring stack.

Bath Bombs Set

Bath sets are nice, but this colorful one is definitely the bomb.

Michael Kors Cross Body Bag

Looking for a top quality gift for a top quality friend? Check out this Michael Kors cross body bag in blossom.

Best Friends Necklace

Check out the sweet sentiment attached to the card on this pretty necklace.

Coconut Spa Gift Set

Treat your bestie to some pampering with this coconut spa gift set.

Canon IVY Outdoor Waterproof Camera With Wifi, Bluetooth

This amazing and beautiful Canon camera is a terrific gift for anyone on your shopping list.

Pura Vida Seed Bead Bracelet

Pretty and delicate bracelet from Pura Vida is sure to be appreciated

Weirdo 1 and 2 Necklace Set

You know you two are weirdos, but you definitely belong together.

I’ll Be There For You Friends Pillow Covers Set

Perfect pillows for getting comfy and watching your favorite show.

Handcrafted Custom Cuff Bracelets

These gorgeous sterling bracelets can be customized just for you. Check it out!

Typewriter Print

Pretty and brainy, just like your bff.

Diary

Locking leather diary for everything you have sworn her to secrecy about.

Artisan Freshwater Pearl Ring- Fair Trade

How gorgeous is this sterling silver freshwater pearl ring? And it’s artisan crafted and fair trade!

Belle Art Print

Arty Belle print perfect for your princess-y friend!

Acorn Portable Bluetooth

This portable bluetooth is just too cute.

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Have a beautiful day, and happy shopping! 🙂 I hope you find the perfect gift!

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Shopping for Millennials? Here’s A Little On-Trend Gift Guide of 16 Great Ideas

Are you a Millennial? Do you know a Millennial? Millennials are that much-maligned generation of people who are approximately in their twenties and thirties now. While I myself am not in that age range, I have worked with a ton of people who fit this description, and some of my adult kids could be described as Millennials.

From my experience, Millennials actually get a really bad rap. In fact, there are many things to love about this generation. They tend to be very idealistic and care a lot about their chosen causes. They are often resourceful and creative, and they are responsible for a resurgence of handcrafting among younger people. They are often diligent workers, doing difficult work and juggling family responsibilities. They often love the outdoors and are environmentally-conscious. I also find this generation to be very straightforward and authentic.

So, show the Millennials in your life a little love over the holidays or other gift-giving occasions with something special! I’m sharing some on-trend gifts here that are all available on Amazon.

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Caboodles Caddy in Millenial Pink

Caboodles was the must-have item for tween girls of the 90s. This nostalgic brand has small organizer cases, such as this one, and larger train cases as well. A caboodle case would make a great presentation for other small gift items and is cute, nostalgic, and useful on its own.

Nostalgic Nick Hoodie

Nineties kids grew up with a loveable and sometimes bizarre cast of characters on Nickelodeon. This nostalgic hoodie is sure to bring a smile to the face of any twenty-something.

Highly-rated Turntable for Vinyl

Many Millennials are vinyl record enthusiasts, which is great that those old records are still getting some use. Find some old records that are still in good enough shape to be played, and give your Millennial the gift of a high quality turntable.

The Oregon Trail Game Pack

If you’re not a Millennial, you may not be aware that most of them spent many happy hours in public schools playing a low-tech educational video game entitled The Oregon Trail which had the kids doing things like dying of dysentery. This nostalgic game set includes three separate games and is sure to be a hit.

Cold Brew Coffee Maker

A cold brew coffee maker is the new must-have for the coffee aficionado. This one is simple and elegant.

Nature Travel Journal

This great little journal would be perfect for writing travel notes or making a sketch of the surroundings. The leafy details on the journal add to its appeal.

Folding Portable Craft Caddy

For the artist or crafter on your list, this portable craft caddy is a great gift. It’s understated design doesn’t scream “great-grandma’s knitting basket” so it’s perfect for a younger generation of artisans.

Artisan Valhalla Java for Pod Coffee Maker

If there’s one thing Millennials love, it’s their specialty coffees. They may be the generation responsible for the ubiquitous coffee shop. It’s great having a really special coffee brew at home, and this definitely fits the bill! These are coffee pods designed to work with that type of machine.

Hydroponic Home Garden

Millennials are known for their love of houseplants. Many are also cooking at home and increasing their repertoire of at-home gourmet options. That’s why this hydroponic indoor heirloom herb garden is the perfect gift, especially for a small space or urban gardener.

Cooking With Trader Joe’s Cookbook

Let’s face it, TJ’s does have some of the best food and grocery items out there. Millennials in search of tasty and healthy dinner options are sure to appreciate this cookbook.

Complete Picnic Set in a Backpack

Millenials seem to love hiking around in the great outdoors and spending their weekends finding a new adventure. A picnic set in a backpack is a clever and unique gift. I have given a couple of these myself at bridal showers. to rave reviews.

Galilia Knit Kit

Everything you need to create a beautiful knitted shawl, including high-quality yarn and instructions. This is for an experienced knitter. Knitters love top-quality yarn. Check out the other amazing items from their store while you’re looking!

50 States 5000 Ideas Travel Book

Millenials love to travel, and given the pandemic, many are doing short, responsible car trips rather than jet-setting it around the country. This guide is sure to have some great, do-able ideas for anywhere in the US.

Apple Airpods

For your apple fan, airpods with a charger are the perfect gift. It’s probably wise to try to figure out whether they already have a pair, but otherwise anyone with an iphone will love these!

The Art of Shaving Sandlewood Gift Set

Millennial guys seem to like the old school shaving sets. This is an awesome full-size gift set in a clean fresh scent.

French Roast Coffee Artisan Whole Bean

Another great coffee option is this artisan French Roast whole bean from Fresh Roasted Coffee. Delicious!

Have a beautiful day, and happy shopping! 🙂

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The Best Stocking Stuffers On Amazon: Get A Head Start On Your Holiday Shopping With 16 Small Gifts She’s Sure To Love

Today is Prime Day on Amazon! YAY! Prime Day offers amazing deals for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not already a Prime member, I highly highly recommend the service. I have been a member for years now, and it’s one of the best purchases we made. The best benefit is the fast free shipping on a multitude of items. I rely on that more and more during the pandemic. Amazon lets me check a box to display only Prime items, and I get a huge selection of merchandise that will be at my home in two days with no shipping fees. If it’s important to you to support small business, Amazon also has a handcrafted category and a small business category which they will often give you a bonus for supporting. A prime membership is something that has been valuable to me and my family, and we will continue to be loyal customers. I have recently become an Amazon affiliate, meaning I receive a small compensation if you purchase from them as a result of my recommendations. I do very much appreciate your support of my blog!

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Now on to the gift guide! It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about the perfect gift for everyone on our shopping lists. Today I’m recommending some items that I personally love. Again, I’m a big Amazon customer, and I have either given or received these gifts and others from the same companies.

Finding gifts for all the women or your list can be a daunting task. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers, a gift exchange, or a meaningful gift for someone special in your life, I’ve got some good ideas for you today.

First, the Luca and Dani bracelet stack is just so pretty. The cardinal, red stone, and pearl bracelet set makes a terrific gift!

Everyone I know loves a journal, especially a gorgeous leather one like this. A beautiful journal is always appreciated.

You’re going to see quite a bit of Kendra Scott in this gift guide. That’s because I LOVE Kendra Scott jewelry. I had never heard of the brand until I bought the abalone cuff bracelet at a small store on the beach (after much internal debate about whether I should buy something for myself, which I don’t usually do) and I just wore the thing constantly because I loved it so much! Since then, I have received a number of jewelry gifts from my family from Kendra Scott for my birthday and Christmas, and it just makes me happy. These are updated classics you can wear with anything. The brand is not so pricey that you don’t want to ever purchase, but it’s not a cheap costume either. It’s quality that has held up for me. These cobalt drop earrings are just gorgeous for someone on your list who likes statement earrings.

I also very much enjoy the C O Bigelow brand. They have a very consistent quality with all of their products, and there’s just something about that classic vintage-y packaging. This amber scented candle is a great gift.

For the beauty buff in your life, consider this limited edition eye shadow set from Cargo Cosmetics. It actually comes with four palettes in super cute packaging.

Alex and Ani is another brand I have found is always appreciated for a gift. They have a ton of stylish options like this silver statement ring.

Anyone on your gift list would appreciate a classic coach item like this khaki wallet.

This Kendra Scott fringe necklace is another striking piece that makes a great gift.

Pearls are always so pretty, and this ombre pearl bracelet from Luca and Danni adds a modern twist.

The cashmere scarf in ombre blue is just gorgeous and sure to be appreciated.

Here’s another fun item from Alex and Ani. This wrap ring has a Wizard of Oz theme, with the emerald colored stone and yellow brick road motif.

Know someone who likes candy? Try some delicious candy from Mrs. Cavanaugh’s! Pecan and chocolate is my personal favorite, but the company has many other delicious choices.

A great hand lotion is always a good gift idea. This white tea hand cream is a fabulous option.

These days, we all could use a mindset of gratitude. This bestselling gratitude journal is a reminder to be thankful.

This bracelet by Kendra Scott is the original one I bought for myself that started my enthusiasm for the brand. I love this bracelet and think it makes an awesome gift. 🙂

Finally, this waterman pen in a gift box is an excellent choice for anyone on your shopping list.

I hope you will hop over to Amazon to check out all the excitement over the next couple of days! That’s where I’ll be doing my holiday shopping! 🙂

Have a beautiful day, and happy Christmas shopping! 🙂