Wednesday, November 18, 2009
inca kids; fair trade goodies, perfect for gifting
How's that holiday shopping coming?? it's kind of a minefield this year, we think. In the fergusandme family, we're a big bit concerned about over-consumption, buying throwaway "stuff" year after year made in who-knows-where, and in that act possibly hurting or exposing the most vulnerable people on our planet to who-knows-how horrible situations . . . (okay, we're not all completely virtuous: one or two of us still have a list for Santa chock full of toys, toys, toys . . .more on this later~)
So, what to do? We're buying vintage, or just old, and making some special things. We're trying to have every gift be considered, and meaningful, of course. And we're seeking out fair trade merchants, vendors concerned about who's making their products. So here's the first in what we hope will be a series of suggestions, vetted for cuteness and coolness by our crack team of hard-to-please kids.
IncaKids.org, a project member of the Fair Trade Federation, offers adorable and unique handmade Peruvian art, created with natural materials and traditional techniques, and even better, every purchase supports a struggling family. Now that's a gift we can live with. http://shop.incakids.org/