Inspired Buying

These cute picks from local boutiques serve a greater good, too: supporting local and international nonprofits

Clockwise from top left

(Top left grouping) Tin star, $20 (Chiripa works directly with small artisans in Mexico to bring their craft to the U.S.); cat and owl banks, $19 & $7.50 (both support SERRV’s fair trade misson).

(Top right grouping) Tintsaba sisal woven baskets, $130 (support women in rural Swaziland); nesting baskets, $38 and wooden cutting boards, $32 (both support SERRV’s fair trade mission); Porchlight Products’s jarred food, $5, Daisy Café and Cupcakery (Porchlight’s food items benefit Porchlight, Inc.).

(Bottom right grouping) ZephyrWood pendants, $12 & $16, Absolutely Art (supports Kiva, a group that provides loans to small businesswomen); beaded necklaces $60 & $100, Calabash Gifts (benefits artisans in Johannesburg); handbag, $120, SERRV (made fairly in India); alpaca hand-knit cardigans, $169.90 (supports Fair Indigo).

(Bottom left grouping) Knit tiger, $15, Chiripa (made by a Peruvian group that’s part of Partners for Just Trade, a nonprofit fair trade organization); Joobles squeaky pig cardigan and stuffed animal, $59.90 & $29.90 (five percent of Fair Indigo’s profits go directly to the Fair Indigo Foundation, which helps build and fund schools in Peru); Shoo B Doo baby shoes, $20 (benefits a South African job-training group), Calabash Gifts.

(Top left grouping) Hand-woven wool bag, $75, Chiripa (supports small artisans in Mexico); jewelry, both $18, scarf, $22, silver vase, $65, cloth clutch, $26 (all support SERRV; scarf helps small artisans in Nepal).

(Top right grouping) Sarah’s Hope cufflinks, $200, bracelets, $315 & $295, and necklace, $289, all from Goodman’s Jewelers (proceeds
go to small business micro-lending).

(Bottom right grouping) Ceramic bowl and salad serveware, $65 & $56, Calabash Gifts (benefits artisans in South Africa); Basic Spirit wine stoppers and cheese markers, $10-$25, Absolutely Art (ten percent of profits go to charitable organizations); T-shirt, $33.90 and alpaca hat and mittens, $24.90 $ $29.90, both from Fair Indigo (supports the Fair Indigo Foundation).

(Bottom left grouping) Kaross Embroidery Cooperative weaving,
$120, Calabash Gifts (supports a Zimbabwe artist collective); postage stamp pins, $19–$21, (supports various charities) and Artterro art kit, $25, (benefits Goodwill Industries) both from Absolutely Art.

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