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Ethical Gift Guide 2020

Find fair trade gifts for everyone on your list in this gift guide!

Best Fair Trade Gifts 2020

Finding Christmas presents that are ethical and fair trade can be challenging.

It’s definitely getting easier with the demand for fairly made products going up.

But you still have to weed through all of the stuff that’s made questionably to get to the good stuff.

I’ve done that work for you in this guide to Fair Trade Gifts for 2020.

I chose products that were either Fair Trade, Ethical, Made in USA, Japan, Europe, etc., and I included a couple of used options as well.

Here’s everything I’ll cover so you can jump right to where you need:


For Her:

Ethical Gifts for Her

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1 ) Matako Earrings – These are unique, but still sophisticated. | Fair Trade

2 ) Fortune Cookie Bracelet – they also have a necklace in a similar style. | Made in USA

3 ) Tourmaline Flat Iron – If she’s in need of a new flat iron, why not get her this one made in Italy?

4 ) Wall Hanging Jewelry Organizer – Organized jewelry makes everyone happy! | Fair Trade

5 ) Handmade Journal – I love the styling on the cover – so pretty! | Handmade in Italy

6 ) Leather Chelsea Boot – This style of low boot has been popular the past few years. | Fair Trade

7 ) Leather Backpack – Backpacks have also been popular lately. | Made in Italy

8 ) Alpaca Sweater Tee – I think this looks so comfy yet sophisticated. You can read about the factory that produces this shirt on Everlane’s website.

9 ) Vanilla Woods Perfume – 

For Him

Ethical and fair trade gift guide For Him


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1 ) Leather Pot Holder – 

2 ) Mixed Wood Knife Set and Magnetic Block – I think this is such a cool way to display your knives. | Made in France

They also have a half circle magnetic knife block that looks nice (made in Italy).

3 ) Black Ceramic Men’s Bracelet – Made from leather and Greek ceramic beads. | Made in USA – crafted in Texas

This survival axe that’s made in the USA looks pretty cool as well.

4 ) P.F. Candle Co. Car Frangrance – Aren’t these more chic than your run-of-the-mill car fresheners? | Made in USA

5 ) White Birch Scented Candle – Comes in several different scents as well. | Made in USA

6 ) Leather and Aluminum Wallet – Holds up to 12 cards, RFID blocking, and is made from aerospace grade aluminum. | Made in USA

7 ) Steele Canvas Storage Bin – Durable storage container propped up on sturdy wooden planks. | Made in USA

8 ) Nubuck Leather Belt – | Fair Trade: Ethically made in Peru 

9 ) Patagonia Organic Quilted Pullover Fleece – 

Here’s another sweater options from Fair Indigo that comes in white, orange, and navy.

Gifts for the Woman Who Wants Nothing:

Fair trade and ethically made gifts for the woman who doesn't want anything.

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I’m betting we all have someone (male or female) like this in our lives. You ask them what they want, and they say they don’t want anything.

Here are some ideas for gifts to give the woman in your life who (says) she wants nothing.

First, some general rules:

For difficult to buy for people, it’s a wonderful idea to buy things that get used up or need to be replaced.

For example, they’ll need a new calendar each year, socks get worn out, and dish towels get dingy. 

You can also go for upgrading something they already have. For example, you can buy them luxury clothes hangers to upgrade from their cheap plastic ones.

1 ) New Socks – no matter who you are, you have to replace your socks because they wear out. These ones from Target are certified fair trade. This brand comes in several other styles as well – just check to make sure they’re fair trade!

2 ) Rifle Paper Co. List Pad – List pads get used up as well. It’s fun to have a pretty one! | Made in USA

3 ) Wool Slippers – These would make a nice luxury upgrade from any cheaply made slippers she might have. | Made in Spain.

4 ) Handcrafted Beechwood Hangers – Another option for upgrading what they might already have. | Made in Germany

5 ) French Linen Tea Towels – it’s so nice to brighten up your kitchen with fresh tea towels! | Made in France

6 ) Bath Salt Gift Set – If she owns a bathtub, this would be wonderful because it’s easy to use (just dump in a warm bath!) and gets used up so it won’t sit around forever. | Made in USA

7 ) Divine Pink Himalayan Salt Dark Chocolate Bar – Snacks and treats are another great things to buy for picky people. Everyone has their favorite snack, and some people are thrilled to get to try out a new treat!

8 ) Rifle Paper Co. 2021 Calendar – another thing that needs to be replaced each year!

Gifts for Health Nuts:

Ethical and Fair Trade gifts for health nuts.

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1 ) Herbivore Emerald CBD Soap – CBD has been quite popular among the health crowd in recent years! | Made in USA

2 ) Rituals and Wellness Journal – This journal helps to keep track of wellness and mindfulness intentions. | Made in USA

3 ) Bee’s Wrap Sandwich Wrap – Instead of wrapping your sandwich in plastic, wrap it in reusable bee’s wrap! | Made in Vermont, USA

4 ) Kiss the Sky Yoga Mat – Made from 100% recycled tree rubber. | Made in the USA

5 ) Beeswax Lip Balm – Made with beeswax, coconut oil, and argan oil, packaged in a bamboo tube. | Made in the USA and handcrafted with Fair Trade ingredients Made in USA

6 ) Essential Oil Diffuser – It’s difficult to find an essential oil diffuser that’s not imported, but this one is made in the USA!

7 ) Sea Wool Sponge – Harvested in the Gulf of Mexico | Made in USA

8 ) Stoneware Hanging Planer – Plants can clean you indoor air, which definitely has health benefits. | Made in USA

Gifts that prioritize sleep, CBD products, Low sugar snacks, organic skincare, air purifier, dry skin brush, essential oils, adaptogens, collagen,

Gifts for Outdoorsy Women:

A collage of fair trade and ethical gifts for outdoorsy women.

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1 ) Three Finger Wetsuit Mitts – More warmth than gloves, more dexterity than mittens. | Fair Trade sown

2 ) Grand Canyon National Park Wool Blanket – For the national park lover. | Made in USA

3 ) Compass Necklace – 14K gold filled. | Made in USA

4) Axe, Hammer, and Pry Bar Multitool – Perfect if she owns a truck or likes to do some off-roading. Made from carbon steel and a fiberglass handle. | Made in USA

5 ) Camco Cooler – Perfect for camping or traveling across the country. | Made in USA

6 ) USA National Parks Poster – Another great gift for a national park junkie. | Made in USA

7 ) Alpaca Wool Blend Socks – These would be great for the woman that enjoys getting outside in cold weather. | Made in USA

8 ) Patagonia Radalie Quilted Jacket – Keep warm is style! Shell is made from 100% recycled nylon. | Fair Trade sown

Ethical Kids Presents

Ethical Kids Presents gift guide.

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1 ) Custom Name Puzzle – Kids love things that are customized to their name. It makes them feel special! | Made in USA

2 ) Pottery Barn Play Kitchen – I think this one is cuter than those garish plastic ones. | Fair trade

3 ) 100% Recycled Farm Playset – Made in USA from recycled milk jugs!

4 ) Slinky Toy – Classic toys are so much fun. I loved slinkys as a kid. | Made in USA

5) Wooden Building Blocks – I like the muted colors. | Made in Germany

6 ) Market Bag Play Set – Made in Germany

7 ) Elephant Hand Knit Doll – So cute. This is by the brand Cuddle and Kind, and they have other adorable dolls as well. This polar bear one is 😍 | Fair Trade

8 ) Lincoln Logs – Another classic toy! | Made in USA

9 ) Berlin Flyer Wagon – I love the old fashioned feel of this wagon. | Made in USA

This wagon by Green Toys is more affordable, and it’s recycled.

Gifts for Kids That Aren’t Toys

Ethical and Fair Trade Gifts for Kids that Aren't Toys

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1 ) Cookie Cutter Set – Made in the USA – Manufactured in America with certified food safe American steel. These come in many different shapes!

2 ) Wind Spinner – Made in Middlebury, Vermont, USA. No assembly necessary.

3 ) Shark Shaped Stapler – Practical and fun! | Made in Japan

4 ) Wooden Hair Brush – Made in Germany from pear wood. This one doesn’t have a butterfly on the back.

5 ) Three Tier Bento Box – Comes with chopsticks! | Made in Japan

6 ) Illuminated World Globe – I think it’s so good that this globe lights up! | Made in USA

7 ) Brush Tip Pens – Made in Japan

8 ) Rice Paper – Made in Japan

9 ) Nautical Stripe Robe – 100% Turkish cotton. Handloomed and dyed by artisans in Turkey. | Fair Trade

Non Toy Gifts for Toddler

A collage photo of non toy gifts for toddler.

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1 ) 3/4 Sleeve Skater Dress – This looks fun for twirling! | Fair Trade

You can find more fair trade toddler clothes on the Mightily Amazon Store, and the Lamaze Amazon Store.

2 ) Bake a Rainbow Cake – What a fun looking interactive book! | As far as I can tell, it’s made in the USA, but you could buy it used to make sure.

3 ) Tough to Tip Cup – A new cup all their own that’s wider at the base to make it difficult to *accidentally* spill it. | Made in USA

4 ) Press Here Board Book – This book is made in China, but you can buy it used on Amazon or Thrift Books.

5 ) Baby Animal Pillow – I think they would love a new pillow to cuddle! | Fair Trade

6 ) Play in the Park Rug – Instead of buying them new toy cars, you could give them this rug so they have a fun way to play with the ones they already have! | Fair Trade

7 ) Night Sky T-Shirt Set – Fair Trade

8 ) Mila Toddler Quilt – It’s exciting to get a brand new, fun quilt! | Fair Trade

Pottery Barn has other styles of Fair trade toddler quilts, such as this lion themed one, and this elephant themed one.

They also have fair trade sheet sets. I think this Disney princess sheet set and this Toy Story one are so cute.

Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess

Fair trade and ethically made Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess.

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I think hostesses are so fun to buy for! You can get them fancy upgrades for entertaining. 

Here are a few ideas I had for fair trade gifts for the hostess in your life:

1 ) Architectural Vases – Such a pretty, unique shape! | Fair trade

2 ) Belgian Flax Linen Napkin Set – These come in a variety of colors! | Fair trade

3 ) Handwoven Seagrass Baskets – | Fair trade. For a splurge you could go for these lovely Palm Leaf Baskets from The Citizenry

4 ) Copper Flatware Set – Wouldn’t it be fun to eat with this copper silverware? | Made in Italy

This more affordable flatware set is made in the USA.

5 ) Leather Coaster Set – Wouldn’t these look pretty on a coffee table? | Fair trade

6 ) Combed Cotton Terry Bath Towels – Love the muted colors that these come in! | Made in Portugal

7 ) Wool Chunky Knit Blanket – This would look lovely on her bed or couch! | Fair trade: handcrafted in Peru

Here’s a more affordable knit blanket from West Elm | Made in USA

8 ) Mango Wood Lanterns – Love the shape of these! | Fair trade

9 ) Old Havana Mug Set – These would be perfect for serving lattes, cocoa, or tea to guests! | Made in Portugal

Practical Gifts for Busy Moms

Practical Gifts for Busy Moms

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1 ) Organic Button Sleeve Top – 

2 ) Organic Joggers – 

3 ) Leather Tote Bag

4 ) Belgian Flax Linen Boppy Cover – 

5 ) Five Two Wool Dryer Balls – Fair trade

6 ) Jeremia Brent Changing Pad Cover – Fair trade

7 ) Recycled Milk Jug Divided Plates – 

8 ) Recycled Sippy Cups


Gifts for Homeschool Moms

Gifts for Homeschool Moms

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1 ) Air Weight Organic Robe – To be honest, sometimes we homeschool moms don’t get dressed until after lunch (if at all). A nice robe can be SO handy. | Fair Trade

2 ) Iron Office Utility Caddy – Keeping papers and random things can be difficult. This caddy can help! | Fair Trade

3 ) Lavender Eye Pillow – Every homeschool mom could use an excuse to relax. | Made in USA

4 ) Meal Planner – When you’re having to teach school PLUS get meals on the table, things can get hectic. A meal planner is really handy for that. | Made in USA

5 ) Low Back Wool Slippers – To go with her beautiful new robe! | Fair Trade

6 ) Pivoting Tablet Stand – If she uses her tablet to teach the kids, this stand would be wonderful! | Made in USA

7 ) Rolling Side Table Desk – Often times as a homeschooling mom, your work station needs to be portable. | Made in USA

8 ) Whiteboard Calendar – Keep all those dates organized! | Fair Trade

9 ) Book Rack – An organized book shelf makes a teacher happy. | Fair Trade

Gifts for Tea and Book Lovers:

Gifts for Tea and Book Lovers

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1 ) Book Darts – Hold that thought! Keep you spot on the page with these metal book darts. | Made in USA

2 ) Raaka Green Tea Crunch Chocolate Bar – Raaka actually isn’t fair trade: they practice transparent trade and pay above fair trade prices. | Cacao from Peru: transparent trade

3 ) Louisa May Alcott Scented Candle – Hand poured in USA

Forage Candle Co is made in USA with US grown soy and has some literary themed candles as well, such as this Old Book scent.

4 ) Tea Pot Infuser – Made in Japan

5 ) Alpaca Throw Blanket – Doesn’t that sound cozy? | Made in Germany

This 50% alpaca/50% acrylic blanket on Amazon is more affordable.

6 ) JusTea Trio – I think this stack is lovely. It includes chamomile, hibiscus, and peppermint. You can visit the JusTea Store on Amazon to see their other flavors. | Fair Trade

7 ) Sense and Sensibility Book Tote – Made in USA

8 ) Wooden Bookmark – Made in USA

9 ) Thrive Market Organic Chai Tea – Isn’t the packaging cute? | Fair Trade


I hope you were able to find lots of things for the people on your Christmas list on my gift guide!

Here are my gift guides from previous years: