by Anna Galandzij for the Fairtrade Foundation
The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of giving. With just one month to go, we round up a selection of Fairtrade gifts that are not only ideal for Christmas but are a real force for good in the world.
Fairtrade makes a tangible difference to the lives of more than 1.6 million farmers and their families in the poorest parts of the world. So whether you are sharing a box of chocolate on a winter’s evening or buying a gift of jewellery for a loved one, choose Fairtrade – and know the producers are getting a fair deal.
Fairtrade Poinsettias, Interflora
Add a touch of glamour to your home with these FIRST (oh, yes, yes) Fairtrade Poinsettias. One of the most popular Christmas decorations, Poinsettias are said to symbolise the Star of Bethlehem that led the three magi, or wise men, to the place where Christ was born. The flowers are grown by a Fairtrade-certified cooperative in Ethiopia, which is hoping to invest the Fairtrade Premium generated from sales to build a hospital and an educational centre for the community.
Available from Interflora at £25.
Divine Milk & Dark Chocolate Belgian Selection
The perfect treat for everyone this Christmas. It boasts 16 soft centred chocolates: raspberry caramel, toffee and sea salt swirl, praline crisp and dark or milk chocolate caramel hearts. All Divine Chocolate is made from the best Ghanaian cocoa, grown by farmers at the pioneering Kuapa Kokoo co-operative, who own 44% of the Divine Company.
Available from Waitrose, Ocado and independent stores. RRP £10
Organic and Fairtrade Mulled Wine Sachets, Steenbergs
For the festive necessity that is mulled wine, simply add a bottle of red wine and sugar to the Fairtrade Mulled Wine Spice Sachets. A teaser for a brand new range of Christmas foodie gifts, these vibrant boxes work perfectly as stocking fillers and every cook’s essentials. However you choose to spice up your Christmas, do season it well and savour every moment!
Available from Steenbergs; £1.85.
Traidcraft Fairtrade Top Iced Christmas Cake in Tin (750g)
This traditional Christmas cake is packed with Fairtrade juicy raisins and spices, and a dash of sherry, and features a toasted marzipan star to create a truly festive look. It is baked by hand in the UK with the highest quality ingredients (including Fairtrade brown sugar), and comes in a reusable tin. What not to like?
Available from Traidcraft; £12.95.
Fairtrade tea and coffee, M&S
For this festive season, M&S has released 13 different Fairtrade teas and coffees across its gift collection. Highlights include Spiced Tea – a delicately spiced black tea from Southern India with flavours of nutmeg, clove and ginger. The selection also includes ground coffee, and coffee beans offering a variety of flavour notes, such as chocolate, caramel and citrus fruits, making them the perfect gift for any coffee lover.
Louise Dress in Navy, People Tree
Treat yourself or your loved one to this fashionably cosy dress from People Tree’s latest collection. Inspired by the romanticism of the British Arts and Crafts movement at the turn of the 20th century, the feminine collection combines contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship. The dress is made by Assisi Garments, a social enterprise of artisans in India who work with Fairtrade and organic cotton.
Available in sizes 8 – 16 from People Tree
Fairtrade jewellery, Cred Jewellery
Treat a lady in your life to a bracelet or a pendant from the brand new Origins Collection by the Fairtrade pioneer Cred Jewellery. Each piece has been carefully crafted in Fairtrade silver with rose gold plating, and features vibrant yellow and teal enamel that beautiful highlights the unique three-dimensional designs. For more inspiration, see the whole collection.
Prices start from £59; Available from Cred Jewellery.
Children’s pyjamas, noctu
A gorgeous soft 2 piece pyjama set, perfect for your child's sensitive skin from ethical brand noctu. Available in two different colours, Grey Stripe and Juniper Blue, the pieces are made with 100% organic Fairtrade cotton. Total goodness for your little one!
Plamil Chocolate Selection Box
The Box is a real (and healthy) treat which makes a perfect stocking filler for children of all ages. It boasts a rice milk chocolate Santa bar, three rice milk orange chocolate snowmen, three white mint chocolate snowmen and two single serving size bars of dark chocolate with unrefined coconut blossom sugar. All treats are Fairtrade, organic and vegan. Anymore for anymore?
Buy at Holland&Barrett for £3.99.
Fairtrade wine, Arniston Bay
Last but not least, a selection of South African wine from Aniston Bay. The Colombard Chenin Blanc offers a crisp, uncomplicated blend of tropical fruit flavours, while lovers of rosé will enjoy lively strawberry flavours of the Shriaz Rose. Red wine devotees will savour the complex, yet mellow red that bursts with ripe berry fruit. With an option for every preference, these are sure to please all during the festive season. Enjoy your glass (or two!) knowing that your purchase is aiding the lives of 122 workers and their families.
Available at Co-op for £7.99/750ml.