When looking for gifts, I try to focus on items that are in line with my values, and Fair Trade is high on the list of desirable qualities for me. The folks over at Equal Exchange have graciously allowed me to give away a basket of mixed Fair Trade items, just in time for the holidays.
If you’re not familiar with Equal Exchange, they are “supporting a more equitable world through Fair Trade, small-farmer co-operatives, and great tasting products.” They have excellent coffee and chocolate, plus tea, cocoa, and some Fair Trade nuts and berries, plus some other fun gifts as well.
The Fair Trade Mixer Gift Basket includes a variety of Equal Exchange products in a fairly traded kaisa grass basket from Dhaka Handicrafts, a non-profit that works to improve the lives of children and rural families in Bangladesh. In the basket is: 10oz Organic French Roast Coffee, 12oz Organic Hot Cocoa Mix, an Organic Very Dark Chocolate bar, an Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds bar, an Organic Milk Chocolate with a Hint of Hazelnut bar, 5oz of Organic Tamari Roasted Almonds, and 5oz of Roasted Salted Pecans. Yum!
Until December 15, the Gift Basket is on sale for $47 (regularly $55) – this would make a great gift for the holidays, and maybe introduce your loved ones to the concept of Fair Trade at the same time! If that isn’t the thing for you, you can find other fair trade gifts that support small-scale farmers, ranging from $27-$75. If you order online from Equal Exchange, you’ll get 10% off your order and free shipping on orders over $75. Use the coupon code “giftme10” during checkout to take advantage of these savings (coupon expires 12/31/09).
And now the part you’re really waiting for: the giveaway!
In order to enter to win, you need to leave a comment on this post telling me if you regularly purchase Fair Trade products, and if so, where you purchase them, and why you choose to do so. If you don’t, that’s o.k., just leave a comment telling me why you don’t, and what would convince you to do so in the future. The last chance to enter to win is Monday, Dec. 7th, at midnight. I will be picking a commenter at random on Tuesday morning, and the winner should have the basket in time for the holidays.
[Update – I picked a random comment with http://www.random.org/ and Shanyne is the winner of the basket! Thank you all for commenting and for reading Natural Papa!]
[Disclaimer from Equal Exchange: All shipments are sent via United Parcel Service (UPS). Orders will be shipped within the contingent United States only. We do not ship to PO/APO/FPO’s, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands.]