Sara Laughed

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It's the holiday season, which means that millions of people are scouring the mall and the internet in search of the “perfect gift.” Often, though, a gift that seems perfect for someone else can be less-than-perfect for the planet, or for the people who made it. I do my best to shop ethically more often than not (you can read about why I do that here), and I'm focusing on making sustainable and conscious choices even more now that I will be moving into my own home this January. With the holiday season in full-swing, I want to make sure that my gift guides include ethical gift guides, for those of you who want to make similar choices. Today, I'll be featuring some eco-friendly and fair trade gifts for the “hers” in your life (girlfriend, best friend, roommate, mom) in this ethical gift guide.


Pajamas by Sudara

Ethical Gift Guide: For Her

 Sara Full // Dhana Robe // Leela Full

Clothing is always tricky to give as a gift, but I know that many people give pajamas to their family members for Christmas Eve. I love Sudara, and have written about them several times before (find our why they're so awesome in this post). Sudara is a wonderful company that employs women in India who are rising out of sexual slavery and also provides education and healthcare for them and their children. Your purchase supports the work they do. Also, the pants are so soft and comfortable. I have three pairs and two robes; I can highly recommend them!


Beaded Jewelry by Amazima

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Original Necklace // Agnes Necklace // Jacqueline Necklace

I became familiar with Amazima when I read the book by their author, Kisses from KatieAmazima employs Ugandan women to hand-make these beads for their necklaces, and pays them a fair wage. The necklaces are colorful and beautiful, and can also come as bracelets.

Jewelry by Ten Thousand Villages

Ethical Gift Guide: For Her

Poet's Gold Necklace // Tagua Meadow Necklace // Satin and Plum Tagua Necklace

I've shopped at Ten Thousand Villages since I was nine years old and a store moved to my hometown. Ten Thousand Villages is the place where I first became interested in ethical fashion; I even volunteered at one of their stores when I was in middle school! Ten Thousand Villages is fair-trade, but also have have an eco-conscious commitment. I love the tagua necklaces featured above, and am hoping to get one for Christmas this year!

Gem Jewelry from the Shine Project

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Prism Stone Necklace

The Shine Project is a really great organization that is part company and part scholarship organization. Working with at-risk teens in Phoenix, the company sells the teens' creations online and uses the funds to send teens to college and to employ students so they can afford school. You can learn more about their story here. In their own words,

“[The Shine Project headquarters is] a place where students come after school to hand make your jewelry. They are involved in running everything from customer service, shipping, jewelry design, t shirt design, new product design, sales, and events. The students who are given scholarships through the non profit are then given jobs through Threads, so they can be mentored and guided every step of the way.

Over 40 scholarships have been given since 2011, and 100% of donations given to the non profit go directly to the students.

Threads by The Shine Project currently employees 11 inner city students.”

I love their gemstone and beaded jewelry. You can see the whole collection here.



Life With Purpose Mug

Purpose Jewelry provides employment opportunities and fair pay for women who have escaped from sex trafficking. You can read their core beliefs here or see their gift offerings here. I love this mug because it features a cute design that is also meaningful and gives back!

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Ceramic Canisters

Serrv is a wonderful nonprofit fair trade company providing resources, support, education, and employment to marginalized women. I've written about one of their sister organizations, Marketplace: Handwork of India before in a post on ethical fashion. These canisters would be beautiful and useful in any kitchen and are truly a work of art!

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Ornaments // Nativity Set // Wreath

I also just adore these wonderful Christmas offerings over at Serrv. The wooden nativity set is my favorite, but the ornaments and wreath also add so much color an fun to a Christmas display! You can check out more of Serrv's offerings here.

What I love about these items is that they aren't just a gift to the person you're shopping for, but also a gift to the person who made the item. Gifts that give back are a vote for the kind of world you want: one in which everyone is treated with fairness and dignity.

Which of these gifts is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!


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    Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    November 30, 2016

    Amazing gift guide, Sara! I LOVE, love Sudara! I’m actually wearing a pair of their pajama pants right now!

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    November 30, 2016

    So many cute gifts here!

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    Melinda House

    November 30, 2016

    wow I hadn’t heard about many of these companies, but the products look so cool!

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    November 30, 2016

    Such a unique gift guide! I’ll definitely be looking into some of these products!
    -Anna |

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    Elly Leavitt

    November 30, 2016

    ooooh I am so into those ceramic canisters. Which is a phrase I never thought I’d say before age 70, but idgaf they’re so prettyyyy xx

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    Mckenna Bleu

    November 30, 2016

    What a neat gift guide! These are great!

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    November 30, 2016

    I like the jeweled necklaces from Amazine, especially the first one with all the color. I also like the mug. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of helping others this season. Love what you do.

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    Alix Maza

    November 30, 2016

    Ohh I like the Shine Project necklace! I got a FEED bag one year for my birthday and I felt so cool lol.

    Alix |

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    Mae-Mae Han

    November 30, 2016

    Such an amazing gift guide! Fair trade companies are seriously a blessing to this world.

    (Also BTW: I think you meant “Live With Purpose Mug,” not “Life With Purpose.”)

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    November 30, 2016

    Ahhh I adore this guide! Beautiful! Um and so is your site! So colorful!

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    Maegan Clark

    November 30, 2016

    Great roundup!

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    December 2, 2016

    This is so lovely, I just adore the mugs!

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    December 2, 2016

    What an amazing gift guide! I love the jewellery pieces you showed, and I know the perfect person to give it to!

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    Rachel Timmerman

    December 2, 2016

    These are some amazing gifts!! I love that they are all ethical.

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    LeeAnne McCoy

    December 4, 2016

    I love your blog! This is such a cool guide to same amazing gifts from some awesome organizations. I posted the link on Pinterest and on my website so more people can find it 🙂 My website (which is I do as a ministry) is an ethical shopping guide to lots of products like this. Check it out at for some more ethical shopping ideas 🙂

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      Sara Laughed

      December 5, 2016

      Thanks so much for sharing, LeeAnne! I’ll be sure to check out your site!