Bangladesh Artisans

Not sure what to get him for Christmas? This holiday season, give meaning. Every handcrafted gift from Ten Thousand Villages feeds families, provides healthcare, sends children to school, helps to build safe homes and empowers women. With every purchase, we fight poverty and improve the lives of makers and their families around the world. Whether he’s your husband, brother or dad, he’ll love unwrapping these unique gifts that give back on Christmas morning.

Plaid Scarf

plaid scarf

If he’s a skier or snowboarder, he’ll love getting cozy knitwear for Christmas. This plaid chenille scarf was handwoven in Ecuador by the makers of Maquita. Maquita works with more than one hundred craft workshops in Ecuador providing marketing, production and design assistance to over 600 makers.

Cozy Socks

cozy socks

Skip ordinary socks this Christmas. These fair trade, organic cotton blend socks help change lives. Our friends at Conscious Step partner with non-profit organizations to fight poverty and support humanitarian causes around the world. This year, we’ve partnered with Conscious Step and The Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS) in Nepal to make our own socks that give back. Every pair purchased feeds 10 children nutritious snacks through KTS’ daycare and school programs.

Delicious Coffee

coffee

If he’s a coffee connoisseur, gift him with his favourite coffee or try something new this holiday season! When you buy our coffee, you help:

  • Children in Colombia get uniforms so they can attend school
  • Farmers in Peru receive education so they can cultivate healthy, organic food
  • Communities in the D.R. Congo access vaccinations to stop the spread of disease

Divine Chocolate

Divine chocolate

If he has a sweet tooth, gift him with his favourite chocolate bar or try something new this holiday season! When you buy our chocolate, you improve the lives and opportunities of small-scale farmers.

What are you getting him for Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

kids toys

Now that the snow is here (at least in Ontario!) and the holiday season has arrived, it’s time to start shopping for Christmas gifts. Are you struggling with what and how much to get your kids for Christmas? Then we suggest the five gift rule:

  • Something they want
  • Something they need
  • Something to wear
  • Something to read
  • Something to do

Something they want

doll

This is probably the toy that’s at the top of their Christmas wish list or maybe it’s a fun and new toy to surprise them with! Whether it’s a toy they want or a toy they didn’t even know they wanted, it’s sure to make them smile. This adorable Kenyan school girl was hand sewn in Kenya by the makers of OTICART.

Something they need

journals

This could be an item they need for their room like a lamp or a desk, supplies they need for school like a new pencil case or set of markers, or equipment they need for a music or sports activity they participate in. These three colourful journals were handmade in the Philippines by the makers of Salay Handmade Paper.

Something to wear

scarf

This could be clothing for the upcoming winter season like sweaters, knitwear or boots, or maybe it’s attire for a different season or a winter getaway trip you’re taking. This cozy scarf was handstitched in Nepal by the makers of The Kumbeshwar Technical School (KTS). KTS operates an orphanage, a nursery, a primary school for children of impoverished families and a workplace daycare.

Something to read

books

This is the perfect chance to get them a brand new book they’ve never heard of that you think they’ll like. If your child is an avid reader, you can get them the next book in the series they’ve been reading and waiting for!

Something to do

game

This gift idea is the perfect chance to spend time together as a family. Whether its tickets to see a movie or tickets for an amusement park, it gives you the opportunity to bond and make memories. This solitaire game was handcrafted in Pakistan by makers working with Dominion Traders.

Do you know what you’re getting your kids for Christmas? Do you have a set of guidelines that you follow? Let us know in the comments below!

The holiday season is finally here and we are so excited for Christmas! Here are some tips for giving your home a holiday makeover.

Ornaments

flying pig ornament

Before you start decorating your Christmas tree, decide whether you’re going to decorate with modern, playful or a mix of ornaments. If you’re going a more contemporary route, Elle Décor suggests “giving your tree a minimalist twist with geometric gold ornaments.” If you’re going for something more fun, House and Home says that “incorporating playful pieces are a sweet addition that’s sure to appeal to the kid in us all.”

Stockings

stockings

Stockings aren’t just for hanging on fireplaces! They look great just about anywhere you can think of. Country Living suggests making “dressers, armoires, and other storage pieces fit for a visit from Santa by hanging stockings from their pulls and drawers.”

Pillows

snowflake pillow

Make your living room warm and cozy for the holiday season with decorative throw pillows. The more pillows, the better! As Country Living puts it, “is there any such thing as too many Christmas pillows?”

Garlands

garlands

Deck the halls with garland! House and Home suggests creating “a merry atmosphere with garland draped over ordinary items.” Add garland any place you can to make every inch of your home merry and bright.

Presents

presents under Christmas tree

Use beautifully wrapped presents as holiday décor! Elle Décor says “why spend all that time on wrapping gifts to perfection if you aren’t going to show them off?” Line a set of stairs with gifts or place them under your Christmas tree.

Do you have any holiday decorating tips? Let us know how you decorate your home for Christmas in the comments below!

Web ImagesI’ll just come out and admit it: I’m seriously coveting this year’s Reindeer Cushion. (It seems a lot of you are too – the online stock is almost gone.)

The cushion is a perfect example of what fair trade looks like today: Contemporary. Beautiful. Handmade. And, yes, a little trendy.

As a customer, it’s also a product that I can feel good about buying or giving this season (although, sorry, I’m keeping mine!). Not only do I love the way it looks, but because it comes from Ten Thousand Villages, I’ll never have that niggling worry that I’m improving my own life at the expense of someone else’s.

festive1Decorating my home in holiday style is one of my favourite things to do this time of year! I love adding lights, sparkle and fun festive accessories to change up the look of my home.

I thought it would be fun to try two completely different styles on my mantel this year, to see which one best suits my style. I like both of these options quite a lot, so I’d love to hear from you which one is your favourite!

cheeky-monkeyWeekday mornings at my house can be quite crazy! One of the most common discussions (and, might I say, whining?) surrounds the topic of what my children will eat for breakfast.

The dilemma isn’t what we have in the house to eat. Quite the contrary! The problem is deciding what they would like to select from the multiple options available to them.

Tis_the_reasonNovember is here! And as anyone who has ever worked in retail knows, this is the week that kick-starts the holiday season into high gear. Exciting? Absolutely! Our stores and warehouse are brimming with unique gifts we can’t wait to share with you.

But here’s something else new we’re excited to reveal: Our ’Tis the Reason campaign.

All year, we’ve worked hard to understand what current and new customers truly want from Ten Thousand Villages. You spoke, we listened – and we have created a campaign that not only excites and motivates, but also incorporates our longstanding values that remain strong and true.