December 6, 2010

The gift that keeps on giving

It's that time of year ago; Christmas. I love Christmas, but I don't love shopping for presents. Besides the whole actually shopping thing (which I have never really enjoyed), trying to find the perfect gift for people I care deeply about is stressful.

This year I have the added worry of working and trying to find a time I can actually get to the shops. So I decided to try online. Once I started looking around I decided that I wanted all my gifts to be either handmade or fair trade. So far all but one of my gifts are unique fair trade/handmade.

I can't show what I have bought because that would spoil the surprise for some people :). But I wanted to share some of the places I have been looking for gifts.

Tribe and Nation; I found out about this store from Pulse, the NSW Presbyterian magazine. They have a small range of products - but it's different things from alot of the other fair trade online stores I was looking at. I especially liked that they have a little blurb about the organisations that are supported when you buy specific items.

This shirt sums up my feelings about shopping centres exactly.

New Internationalist; this is a store linked to a magazine I heard about from TEAR, which has the really useful gift shop that I've written about before. It's great if the people you buy for are into an actual present - rather than a card signifying a donation. They have a great range and also a whole heap of books and clothing which is about raising awareness of fair trade/ethical consumerism.

Oxfam; I love the actual store - great fun to walk through. Most of their stuff is also online.

This is one of my favourites at the moment.
 Etsy; While not exactly fair trade, most things on Etsy are handmade and totally unique. I especially love browsing their silver jewellery.   Because it's a range of smaller stores it can be a little confusing if you're not internet savvy and it can take a bit of searching to find exactly what you're after, but there are some really gorgeous stuff in there. (And it has changed a bit since I last was on there - finally Etsy shows the price in currencies other than USD!)


Jackie said...

Awesome post, Ez! I'm going to be checking out some of those online stores. Thx.

Katie said...

You might also be interested in the Little Tree Shop ( The website's only new, but a friend of Mum's has recently started it as a party plan business that only sells fair trade/ethical products ranging from coffee to clothes.

Erin said...

Thanks Jac :)

Katie; that looks really cool, will definatly be keeping an eye on that as it grows. Thanks!