5 Reasons to Give Fair Trade Gifts

file5211241836615Majani Teas are fair trade because we know it’s the right thing to do. Of course the son of a tea farmer is going to make sure that his suppliers get a living wage. To do otherwise would make for some very awkward visits home.

You’re unlikely to meet the people who grow or make your presents, but you still care about buying fair trade products. But it’s all too easy to forget about fair trade when shopping for a gift. We’re so focused on finding something they’ll like within our budget that nothing else seems to matter. Even so, there are still plenty of reasons to make sure the gifts you give are fair trade.

1. It takes the edge off the consumerism.

Holidays can be downright ruined by the hunt for the perfect gift. Even people who observe Buy Nothing Day can get caught up in obsessively searching for just the right Valentine’s Day present for their new sweetie. When the big day rolls around, you can feel exhausted by the entire process and hate yourself for participating in a consumerist shopping frenzy. Buying something that protects the rights of workers in developing nations can make you feel better about the whole thing.

2. It makes the gift that much nicer.

Just imagine if we discussed the origins of our gifts as we hand them over. “Here are some chocolates. I’m not sure, but there’s a chance the cacao was picked by child slaves. The box is pretty, though.” Better to give a plain bar of fair trade chocolate and know that no human beings were harmed in its making. A fair trade gift says, “I care about you and the rest of the world.”

3. It limits your options in a good way.

Let’s say you want to give someone a selection of teas. There are so many options, how can you start to narrow down your choices? When you decide to give a fair trade gift, that rules out quite a few brands. You’ll still have plenty of choices, but now it’s a more manageable amount. Now you can get down to considering quality, varieties, packaging and everything else that makes for a good gift.

4. It’s better for the environment.

Most of us are at least a little worried about global climate change and how it will affect our standard of living in the coming years. Fair trade products are sustainably grown, protecting the environment. For example, Fair trade coffee is grown in the shade of other plants, protecting the biodiversity of the rain forests which is good for everyone. It sounds cheesy, but when you give someone a fair trade gift, you’re also giving them hope for the future.

5. Your money goes to the right people.

When you buy a gift, your money can go to the factory owners and the bigwigs at a large corporation. Or your money can go to the artisan who made that wallet, or the farmer who grew that organic tea. Given a choice, we’d all rather support the little guy instead of making a rich guy even richer. Buying fair trade gifts do that.