Trades of Hope Christmas 2021 Collection | Fair Trade & Ethical
Christmas 2021 is coming! Can you believe it? I feel like this year especially, we are ready for the holidays to come early. I even saw someone on social media who put her entire Christmas Tree up at the end of August! We will definitely be posting some photos on Instagram and maybe even filming a Youtube Video of our brand new house once we've got it all decorated, so stay tuned for that!
If you'd like to add some Ethical, Fair Trade, and Sustainable goodies to your Christmas decor this year, I've got you! I'm going to share some adorable Christmas decor items that you're going to love!
Share the thrill of HOPE this season and let the weary world rejoice with adorable new fair trade, handmade holiday decor to get your heart and home ready for the season!
This holiday season, we are spreading joy and empowering Artisans with holiday designs to be shared with those you love — whether given as gifts or when gathered around your tree, admiring the love and human value behind each piece.
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Take a look at the digital version of the Holiday Collection Style Board here(click HERE to shop):
My Fair Trade Christmas Favs for 2021
How cute are these Alpacas?! Ever since my sister went on a missions trip to Peru when we were young & brought back a felted Alpaca for me, I've always thought of them so fondly. This set is actually handcrafted by Artisans in Mexico, each pair of ornaments includes one white and one tan alpaca. Each smiling alpaca is made of 100% wool and is wearing a colorful hand-stitched blanket on its back. Each one is made by artisans like Abigail.
Abigail's Story of Hope:
Preserving the ancient culture and traditions of her Mayan ancestors, Abigail handcrafts traditional stuffed animals like these adorable alpacas! Each festive and colorful creature she creates is totally unique! Every purchase supports her business that supports other local families in her local village.
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 dove-inspired ornaments. Handcrafted by women in the Philippines, like Emelyn.
Emelyn’s Story of Hope:
After financial struggles forced Emelyn and her siblings to drop out of school during her first year of college, Emelyn went to work at a fast-food restaurant. At the restaurant, she met the granddaughter of a local businesswoman who taught women how to make jewelry and art from capiz shells. Amazed by the Artisans’ creativity, Emelyn eagerly learned each step of the production process. Now, this twenty-five-year-old is able to support her parents, send her younger brother back to school, and buy land to build her family a home. She even co-manages the workshop’s entire capiz production process, along with the owner’s granddaughter!
Every purchase of our Capiz Dove Ornament Set helps empower Emelyn to lead and inspire her Artisan community in the Philippines.
These are so nostalgic! Who else had Christmas mice ornaments and decor growing up in the 90s? Our tree was full of them! This set brings back so many memories! We also used to have pet mice as kids, so it just makes this set even sweeter.
Each adorable wool felt mouse is handcrafted by a woman in an area of extreme poverty in Nepal. Handcrafted in Nepal by women like Jina.
Jina's Story of Hope:
Jina was expelled from her government job as a water pump operator when all temporary staff were let go. As the eldest sibling and a single woman in India, Jina had a big responsibility for her sibling’s education and parents’ needs.
Now through her work as an Artisan, she’s paid enough to help run her family and provide for her siblings’ education and needs. Her brother is studying law and youngest sister is earning her master’s degree. Jina’s very happy being a producer with skills! She no longer fears being expelled by anyone, because now she can earn on her own with her skills and talents. Jina believes in freedom and an independent life which she’s able to fulfill through her work. She believes, “Hope of learning and rising comes with every new order!”
Add some traditional farmhouse style to your holiday décor with these eco-friendly vintage-inspired ornaments from India. Made from fast-growing mango wood, a sustainable byproduct of India’s mango fruit industry, each ornament features unique natural wood grains and coloration with a sheer whitewashed finish and carved accents. . Handcrafted in India by men like Bholo.
Bholo's Story of Hope
When Bholo was twenty years old, he began working to provide for his family’s needs. As the only son of a traditional family in India, it was Bholo’s responsibility to manage his family’s finances. Over the past twenty years, Bholo has become an expert in carving wooden bowls, dishes, and ornaments by hand. His woodworking skills have helped him provide for his wife’s and daughter’s needs and support his daughter’s dream of attending college to become a doctor.
Bholo has proven himself to be a talented, responsible, and dedicated worker. But he also recently shared a fun fact about himself with Trades of Hope! He enjoys playing ludo with his wife during his leisure hours!
This tiny nativity is SO ADORABLE! We usually get a Nativity set from Peru... I was not expecting this adorableness! Did you ever have one of these as a child? Carry the Christmas spirit everywhere you go with this traditional match box nativity from Peru! Share the nativity story on-the-go with your pocket-size match box filled with five handcrafted ceramic figurines, including a tiny baby Jesus in a manger, Mary, Joseph, a lamb, and a donkey. Each match box is filled with natural rice fibers to keep your figurines travel ready.. Handcrafted in Peru by women like Ana.
This Artisan community is committed to their mission of keeping the techniques and art of their Peruvian ancestors alive by supporting an Artisan training center where they pass down their skills and traditions to vulnerable young people who live in areas of extreme poverty.
Ana's Story of Hope:
“Before I became an Artisan, I worked in many different jobs. Last year was a critical year, because my family’s situation was really bad. I lost my job before the pandemic, and I had to work with my brother in his small restaurant. Unfortunately, his restaurant had to close too. I was offered the opportunity to work with this Artisan community and I accepted.
Without my work, my life would be a mess for sure. All of the people who buy our products, even if they buy a small piece, are a huge help to us! I dream of giving my daughters the education I wasn’t given. My work is definitely helping me achieve my dream. I can save money to achieve it in the future.”
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 ornament is the perfect gift of hope for everyone on your gift list! Handcrafted in Haiti by men like Claude.
Claude’s Story of Hope:
In the midst of extreme poverty, political unrest, and constant trials, our Artisan partners in Haiti are creating beauty from discarded materials like upcycled steel oil drums. 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.
Add some fair-trade fun to your holiday décor! Handcrafted by Artisans in Mexico, this whimsical elephant ornament is bringing hope to families in areas of extreme poverty this holiday season. Minnie the Elephant is the perfect blend of eco-friendly design and Artisan tradition with upcycled wool and multi-color hand embroidery. Handcrafted in Mexico by women like Abigail.
Abigail's Story of Hope:
Preserving the ancient culture and traditions of her Mayan ancestors, Abigail collects wool from local sheep and then washes and detangles it, using special brushes and a process called “carding”. Once she cards the wool, she spins her wool into thread and then dyes it various colors.
Using a traditional backstrap loom, she weaves the thread into cloth to make clothing for her family and then uses the scraps to sew festive traditional stuffed animals like Minnie the Elephant! Each festive and colorful creature she creates is totally unique! Every purchase supports her business that supports other local families in her local village.
Yay for reusable gift totes to up the sustainability factor! These 100% cotton totes are perfect for your fair trade gift-giving this year! Both handcrafted in India by women like Vijaymala.
Vijaymala's Story of Hope:
As a strong and healthy 18-year-old athlete and newlywed, Vijaymala was happily married and living with her husband and in-laws. One day while washing clothes, she stopped to help her bedridden mother-in-law adjust her TV antenna. When the antenna struck a power line, the electricity surged through her wet hands and stopped her heart.
Although Vijaymala’s heart began beating again, her fingers had to be amputated. Determined to not become a burden on her family, Vijaymala learned stitching in this workshop and is now financially independent.
“The accident changed the person I am. It made me a stronger person mentally and physically. I have enormous physical limitations. The damage is done, and there’s no coming back from that. But I consider myself really lucky to be alive. I don’t think I would have had the will and determination to make it to this level, as I have my own house today.” – Vijaymala