Friday, December 16, 2011

*4* Gift Ideas 2011

Today's focus will be on 'Connected Fair Trade': 
"We strive to bring innovative, well designedFair Trade products and a unique human experience. While shopping at Connected you will not only support the artisan that made the product, but will also connect into a small piece of their life story. We focus on each artisan's life experience as it relates to their creation.
While we source primarily from companies thatare members of Fair Trade Federation and World Fair Trade Organization, there are a few exceptions. For these companies we research their practices to understand how they apply Fair Trade principles, and to ensure that they are adhering to Fair Trade values. 
Connected is a different type of consumer experience. It is our goal to enhance the act of consumption by creating an interactive, meaningful experience between you and the artisan.
The people are, and always will be the inspiration throughout our endeavors."  

1 foot carved from pumice stone, 1 nail brush with foot carved on wooden handle, and 1 foot carved from Jasmine soap - All presented in a fabric box with Buddha's feet on a lotus graphics printed on the fabric and presented atop a bed of vetiver root. Dimensions (box): 5.25 x 6 x 1.75"
[Handmade by Fair Trade Artisans in Bali]

This is a finely carved wooden sculpture that neatly holds your glasses. It is the shape of a nose and a mouth that stands on its own. The glasses rest on the “nose”, with the back securing them in place. A great and practical gift for anyone! 
Dimensions: 2.5 × 2.5 × 6″ 
[Handmade by Fair Trade Artisans in India] 
This product is made by HSSS, a non-profit organization that works for the uplifting and development of underprivileged artisans. It is composed mainly of male artisans, both Hindu and Muslim, who suffer educational, training and health related issues.  

(A very smart and original gift idea for our daddies ^^)


What better way to send a message to someone special than inside the belly of these darling little ceramic birds (a little birdie told me so). Just write a few lines on the blank piece of paper that comes rolled up inside. Also adorable hanging from a string or just around your home. Great for topping off a gift, party favors, lunchbox surprises, table decoration... the options are limitless to anywhere your imagination takes you! 
- hand crafted in Cusco, Peru
- each bird individually boxed
- packaging made from recycled materials 
- dimensions: 2.5" x 1.5" x 1.5" (paper is 2" x 1.5") 
- glazed white 
These ceramic birds are made according to fair trade guidelines. This means the artisans are paid a living wage, have a safe working environment and are not subject to workplace pollutants or toxins. Most of the artisans are women in poverty stricken rural areas. They usually work at home with their children playing nearby. 

(Nice idea for those who want to send a message to a person they love)   

It's all for today!! 

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