Sunday, November 26, 2006

just giving

I enjoy giving people gifts. I think that is a good thing. My husband quotes something like, the worst evil is a perverted good. The next month of shopping frenzy has become that in my mind. It is so sad to me because it uglies something so beautiful as giving gifts to the people we love. I don't want to participate in the holiday materialism. I also don't want to not give my family and friends gifts. My mother-in-law would not understand if I chose not to buy her anything out of principle this year. I have to buy her something. Plus, I love looking through toy catalogs for presents to send my nephews. In my efforts to make my gifts special, I have accumulated a compilation of retailers and information that may help others stuck in a similar quandary. This is a collection of fair trade and otherwise worthwhile shops from my favorites list. I thought I'd share it with you in order to: 1. maybe save you some time in mall traffic 2. support good retailers 3. show you some neat stuff and 4. help you spread the practice of fair trade buying to whomever you give gifts. I know there are many more and other local shops that are good to support. This is just a start.

(click 'full post' to read the rest...)
fair trade stuff


gifts for others

for more info and links


other stuff (organic, recycled, or just nifty)


geoff said...

thanks laura....and i just got this in an email - a fair trade shop is opening today for the christmas shopping season. it is in victoria square downtown (details below)

11/27 - 12/30 Fair Works Open
Shop. Volunteer at Lexington's new fair trade shop.
Fair Works is a nonprofit project of the CKCPJ.
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Friday; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Saturday
Through 12/30Victorian Square.
Victorian Square; 401 W Main St.; Lexington

Marie Eldridge said...

Cool! I will be checking this event and sites out! Thanks Laura and Geoff

billy said...


Thanks for putting together this incredible list-truly a gift to all of the rest of us...a sterling example of how you're helping to transform a "perverted" good and restore it to it's rightful place as something that gives life and hope.

Anonymous said...

Just give books.

Justyn said...

Go Natural Baby has a certified organic cotton children's wear line and it is certified fair trade by SA8000.