Find the best selection of fair trade gifts including unique home décor, handmade jewelry, and fun accessories. These fair trade gifts are perfect for all occasions including special birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries.




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New Fair Trade African Jewelry

February 26, 2015

For centuries, beads and jewelry have been a symbol of status and wealth for women in Africa. Today, talented artisans use both traditional and innovative methods to create these unique jewelry pieces with true African flare.  See our collection of fair trade and handmade African Jewelry.  African Trade Bead JewelryThese African trade beads are made from recycled glass. The glass beads are made by crushing recycled glass such as bottles and old window panes.  The crushed glass is poured into handmade clay molds and fired in clay kilns.  Trade beads have been used as a form of currency in Africa largely due to the culturally high intrinsic value of beads where often wealth storage and social status are worn. Watch... Continue Reading →

Unique Gifts for Valentine's Day!

January 19, 2015

This Valentine's Day, give a gift that gives twice!  Here is a selection of handmade items from around the world available at Alternatives Global Marketplace.  With the purchase of these fair trade items, you are supporting a process that brings dignity to a people's struggle for economic independence.    Kisii Stone Carvings This fair trade blue heart dish is hand carved from kisii stone and inscribed with the phrase "Be the Change". A great place to store keys, change, or jewelry. These hearts are hand made by members of the Kisii tribe in Kenya from stone found in western Kenya where they live. The men have become excellent craftsmen and income from the sale of these items provide relief from the... Continue Reading →

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Our global marketplace offers ethically sourced handmade gifts that are perfect for any occasion. Your purchase of each of these fair trade gifts provides opportunities to the artisans and supports a process that provides dignity to a people's struggle for economic independence. These items are all handmade which adds a special meaning to each gift that you give. Most of these fair trade products are made by artisans who still use traditional techniques like block printing, ikat weaving, hand carving, batik dying and others when creating these quality handmade gifts. Each piece will come to you with a story card or information that explains this craft, thus sharing and spreading cultural knowledge and interest in many different areas throughout the world. The goal of our marketplace is to add social responsibility and cultural awareness to each of these gifts.