Winter 2020 – The True Gift is Through Giving

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Winter 2020 Collection

This collection of fair trade holiday gifts brings a whole new meaning to the act of giving. These thoughtful gifts for your loved ones give back to women overcoming poverty and trafficking around the world.

Warm & Cozy Festivity – Fun Vibrant Pops of Color

We’ve provided easy giftable options including our Rosemary Fir Gift Set, made by women in Baltimore, which comes with its own gift bag, made by women in India.

This season’s concept that is meant to be full of warmth and cozy festivity with fun vibrant pops of color.

We took this opportunity to provide not only decor to celebrate the season, but also holiday gifts for everyone on your list from warm colorful mittens to a cozy throw blanket.

Hand-carved rohida wood nativity from India.

Artisanal Ornaments

Ornaments will focus on the handmade skills of our artisans through whimsical felt ornaments to intricately detailed stars and snowflakes. The hope is that the joy of this season can not only be celebrated within our families and friends but shared with the world.

Upcycled & Natural Eco-Friendly Materials

This collection features our artisan’s skilled craftmanship through upcycling materials – like our Mini Stars of Haiti Ornaments, made from upcycled cereal box beads, our Steel Nativity Ornament made from upcycled steel oil drums, and our Capiz Starlight Ornaments featuring locally-sourced capiz shell.

Discover Our Fair Trade Winter Decor & Gifts

Snowflake Coaster Set

Hand-carved mango wood with whitewash finished edges make this set of four Snowflake Coaster Set from India perfect for holiday entertaining! These coasters are designed for you to enjoy your hot coffee and hot cocoa without worrying about heat damaging your furniture.

Snowflake Trivet

Designed to coordinate with our Snowflake Coaster  Set, hand-carved mango wood with whitewash finished edges make this Snowflake Trivet from India the perfect accent piece for your winter holiday table!

The Impact of Your Purchase

Made by women in India who do so much more than just create beautiful products, every purchase of our Snowflake Coaster Set and Snowflake Trivet helps empower women out of poverty in India. These Artisans are offered opportunities to earn an income, attend financial management classes, and receive other benefits like education and healthcare.

Rosemary Fir Gift Set

Every product in this gift set inspires healing and hope by providing dignified jobs for women overcoming poverty, abuse, and human trafficking in India and the U.S.A.

Everyone on your gift list will enjoy the gift of self-care with our rosemary fir scented “Warsh” Bar and exfoliating sugar scrub – made with natural ingredients like honey, sugar, and essential oils.

The “Dem” Lips Moisturizer features a minty botanical scent and is made with essential oils to help prevent chapped lips this winter!

Each Rosemary Fir Gift Set comes with an adorable gnome gift tote made by Artisans with disabilities and women overcoming abuse in India.

Anu Throw Blanket

Bundle up this winter in our comfy Anu Throw Blanket from India. This blanket is the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list with neutral colors, a unique mix of geometric patterns, and hand-tied fringe. Woven with warm and cozy blended cotton, this throw blanket gets softer with each wash, so it’s also the gift that gets better with time!

Giving Hope in India

Soon after Neelam and her husband were married, they moved to the city in search of a better life. When her husband was paralyzed in an accident, Neelam did her best to care for him, but he did not survive. Neelam wants to provide her sons with a good education. Her Artisan benefits empower her to own her own home and continue to send her sons to school.

Blue Himalayan Beanie

Women in Nepal are overcoming discrimination and poverty with every purchase of this 100% wool beanie with polar fleece lining.

Blue Himalayan Mittens

Keep cozy all winter and help women overcome discrimination in Nepal with these 100% wool mittens with polar fleece lining.

Creating Social Change for Women in Nepal

In many areas of Nepal, women are not considered equal to men and are vulnerable to forced labor and sex trafficking. But these women are earning an income and learning entrepreneurship, giving them the confidence to break social norms and become financially independent.

Home Décor That Does Good

Block Print Nativity Set

Give the gift of hope this holiday with this decorative set of hand-carved block-print nativity stamps from India.

Helping Families Rise Out of Slums in India

The poverty cycle in India continues primarily because of the lack of education and resources. Many essential resources are not free or affordable for children in India’s slums. These children never learn to read or write and grow up with limited opportunities. Many families in India’s slums have limited or no access to healthcare or clean water.

Your purchase helps provide Artisans in areas of extreme poverty and their children with access to education, healthcare, and clean water programs.

Capiz Starlight Ornaments

This elegant set of three handcrafted capiz shell ornaments begins at the bottom of the sea surrounding the Philippine Islands. Divers collect basketfuls of beautiful “windowpane” shells for Artisans like Emelyn, who cut each custom shape and bind them by into delicate gold-plated frames to create these star-inspired ornaments.

Creating Jobs in Areas of Extreme Poverty in The Philippines

In the Philippines, finding employment as a woman in poverty can be extremely difficult. Poor working conditions, lack of job security, and unfair pay are often the realities. Through your purchase, these women are receiving income, health care, and social development programs. This allows these women to realize their potential and pursue their dreams in a safe environment. You have the opportunity to change lives!

Mama & Baby Penguin Pair Ornaments

Add a touch of fair-trade fun to your holiday décor with this adorable set of Mama & Baby Penguin Pair Ornaments.

Each penguin is handcrafted in Nepal with a festive knit scarf to keep it warm and cozy.

Every ornament has variations as a part of the Artisan-made charm!

Empowering the Next Generation of Women in Nepal

“As an Artisan, I’m able to devote time toward both my studies and work. I’m earning my bachelor’s degree in social work. I dream of opening an orphanage to serve orphans and provide them with an education. I’ve been able to pay my own tuition fees. So, this work is very important to me.” – Amrita, Artisan in Nepal

Mini Stars of Haiti Ornaments

This set of four upcycled cereal box ornaments will be the shining mini stars of your holiday décor! Each ornament is hand-rolled by mothers in Haiti, where our mission to help mamas keep their babies began.

Helping Mamas Keep Their Babies

Haiti is home to almost 500,000 orphans. The majority of the orphans have not been orphaned by parental deaths or natural disasters, but by parents who gave them up because they could not feed them. This Artisan community is an “un-orphanage” that’s helping with the orphan crisis by providing parents with sustainable business by creating designs that do good.

Nordic Gnome Ornament Trio

This set of three whimsical Nordic gnomes will add some playful charm to your holiday décor with their fluffy beards and bellies!

Each handcrafted wool felt gnome features his own unique and festive holiday hat.

Supporting Women Working to Provide for Their Families

These ornaments help provide peace and comfort to socially marginalized women in Nepal like Kamala. In a culture that discriminates against women, Kamala and her Artisan community depend on earning income from purchases beyond their local markets. Every purchase helps Kamala provide food, clothing, education, and a safe home for her family.

Steel Nativity Ornament

Handcrafted from upcycled steel oil drums, this nativity inspired ornament is meticulously hand-cut, hammered, and embellished by Artisans in Haiti. Finished with natural string and a hand-rolled cereal box bead, this Steel Nativity Ornament is the perfect gift of hope for everyone on your gift list!

In the midst of Haiti’s poverty and orphan crisis, this Artisan community is empowering women and men to become financially independent by providing opportunities for sustainable jobs as Artisans. Empowering women and families out of poverty includes empowering men who help support their families in areas of extreme poverty. Many of these Artisans were once orphans themselves, but are rising up to overcome the challenges they have faced and pursue their dreams.

Hope in Haiti

Abandoned by his mother as a young boy, Claude became orphaned and alone when his father passed away. As a child, Claude worked alongside the Artisans in his village to provide for himself. As a teen, he sold handcrafted Noah’s Arks at local fairs. Now in his late 20’s, he is highly respected by the dozens of Artisans he oversees in his workshop. Together this community of Artisans transforms upcycled steel oil drums into beautiful art and home décor.

Trades of Hope designed our Winter 2020 Collection to celebrate the true gift of hope we inspire and experience when we give to bring others joy & hope.

Give gifts this holiday season that empower women & families out of poverty, trafficking, addiction, & abuse.

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Elisabeth Huijskens

Elisabeth Huijskens

Elisabeth is a founder of Trades of Hope and is passionate about empowering women to boldly reach their dreams, here at home and around the world. She loves meeting our artisan partners, traveling to new cultures, and binging Downton Abbey episodes with her matching redhead puppy.

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