This time of year has many of us feeling like we’re just traipsing around shopping centres buying empty and meaningless gifts that are probably made in horrible sweatshops. So we want to support you to purchase fair-trade, ethical gifts whose profits go towards women and girl’s empowerment programs.
We love gifts that are by women and for women, so whether you are gifting them to the important people in your life or just planning to grab some for yourself, all these gifts are made by women or the product’s profits benefit disadvantaged women by equipping them with the skills, education and income they need to live a life of dignity.
So here’s a FEW ideas to fit every budget this Christmas!
Seven Women – Christmas Wreath & Christmas tree
Here are a FEW (fair-trade, ethical and for/by women) festive gifts from the social enterprise Seven Women. Their handmade products are sold in Australia with profits providing skills and literacy training to marginalised Nepalese women, which enables them to earn their own income and independence.
Each felt ball on these gorgeous items are hand rolled so you can imagine how long they take these women to make! What a perfect way to brighten up your home with a Christmas Wreath ($69) or Christmas tree decoration ($75) from Seven Women.
Words With Heart – Girl Power Pack & I Heart It Notebooks
Words With Heart is an eco-friendly stationery brand that donates 50% of profits to projects supporting women’s and girls’ education. We’ve chosen these FEW gorgeous gift packs to feature in our guide because, like us, Words With Heart believes that everyone has the right to a quality education, and an educated girl can transform her future.
The Girl Power journal is made from 100% recycled paper and the pens are made with 100% recycled paper and fittings made from biodegradable cornstarch. This gift is just $25 including postage. The I Heart It Notebook pack includes 3 A5 Notebooks for $30 made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. We absolutely love their titles: ‘Girls just wanna have fun-damental human rights’, ‘Small acts can change the world’, and ‘I stand for equality, respect, freedom.’ Don’t wait another minute if you want to get these FEW before Christmas!
Peppermint Magazine Subscription
At GWP, we absolutely LOVE this magazine. It is the sustainable fashion and lifestyle magazine, celebrating eco and ethical style with a fun, fresh, intelligent and positive spin. It was created for the rapidly-growing number of consumers who appreciate good design, fashion and creativity, but also care about social and environmental issues and where their clothing and consumer goods come from. Peppermint is green to the core, printed on an FSC-certified printing press and 100% carbon neutral. Definitely an ethical gift for women by women.
You can get a yearly subscription for just $44 here.
Women for Women International – Share Cookbook
For all of those talented cooks out there, we have the perfect gift this Christmas! The recipes in this incredible book come from women living in war-torn countries where Women for Women International operate and also from renowned international chefs such as Maggie Beer and humanitarians such as Aung San Suu Kyi, Christiane Amanpour and Desmond Tutu with a foreword by Meryl Streep.
Illustrated with stunning photography of the countries as well as the food, they cover everyday dishes, family meals, and recipes perfect for sharing and celebrating. Interspersed throughout are inspiring stories from the women whose lives have been changed through Women for Women International. This gorgeous book is the perfect way to share Christmas with the ones you love and for under $35 is a perfect way to support the world’s women and feel connected to them as you try out a few recipes over the holiday season.
Get it here.
Tjanpi Desert Weavers – Bright Baskets
Tjanpi Desert Weavers is a dynamic social enterprise established to enable women living in remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts to earn their own income from fibre art. These brightly coloured baskets ($66) are hand crafted by Aboriginal women artists from 28 remote communities and each basket is one of a kind; no two pieces are the same. Tjanpi provides these women artists with opportunities to come together and share their unique gifts, perspectives and identity with the world. Get a FEW for the special friends and family in your life!
Jewelry for a Cause – In Gratitude Necklace
Give your loved ones meaningful holiday gifts that help women survivors of war rebuild their lives like these beautiful In Gratitude necklaces from Jewelry For a Cause ($60). Coming in a variety of different colours, each In Gratitude necklace has 108 beads and is made from recycled newspaper and barkcloth. Each are hand wrapped and strung and the colours come from natural plant dye. No two are the same. Profits from the purchase of these necklaces goes towards helping women in Uganda create a sustainable and dignified source of income for their families and communities.
The Catrinka Project – Handbags
The Catrinka Project is an ethical fashion accessory brand dedicated to investing in women and girls. Their products are woman-made, and the sale of each one provides education and life skills mentoring for adolescent girls in the places where they work. Their philosophy is simple: ‘Buy a bag. Employ a woman. Educate a girl.’ In 2013 they provided 1,500 days of fair employment to women in 11 countries, and supported 129 secondary school girls for a year.
The clutch bag pictured here was made by the artisans of Near Far, an ethical fashion label that works with local tailors in Sierra Leone to bring bold African prints to stylish and socially conscious consumers worldwide. It’s only $35 (not inc. postage) and there are many other beautiful bags for sale on their website too. At those prices you may as well grab a FEW!
We might be biased but we’ve saved the best until last….
We have put together a FEW GWP gift packs for Christmas! These discounted offers end on Saturday December 20th so get your orders in before then if you’d like to have them sitting under your tree or that of a lucky loved one this Christmas!
Our merchandise is sweat-shop free and ethically certified and all profits will go towards our international programs with disadvantaged women in Nepal and Cambodia.
Grab two GWP T-Shirts in blue and grey, plus a GWP tote for $50, save $20!
We hope this collection will guide you to choose both a few and a FEW (fair-trade, ethical and for/by women) gifts this Christmas to ensure your hard-earned dollars are making the world a more safe and equitable place for women and girls around the world.
From all of the GWP team we wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and may 2015 bring greater equality for the world’s women and girls.