Brass Serving Spoon Set
Every year around this time, I get choked up flipping through the catalog that lets you buy a goat, a llama, or a flock of geese as a thoughtful and world-changing holiday gift. I vow to get everyone I know an adorable baby chick, only to reluctantly conclude a few weeks later that no one really wants a hypothetical farm animal as a present.
If this sounds all too familiar, not to worry. The power of the internet means that we can support individual artisans, many of them women providing for their families, while still securing amazing gifts for our loved ones. The days when the words "fair trade" automatically meant "no thanks" are long gone. Shops with a noble purpose abound (many are even nonprofits), and their wares are as drool-worthy as the items at your local chic boutique.
Flip through the slideshow for some of our favorite feel-good offerings this holiday season. Be sure to include a note with any gifts you give so your friends and family can read about all the good things made possible by their gift!