Sunday, September 2, 2012

So, while we are talking about Christmas...

When I can, I love to get my Christmas shopping finished early. It makes the season much merrier, doesn't it? The Internet has helped with that. The Internet has also helped with our family's goal of purchasing dual purpose Christmas gifts whenever we can. The first purpose in our gift giving is to share love with the people we love, of course. The second purpose is to fight injustice against the people God loves.

I know so many of you have those same desires for your gift giving. So, whenever you decide to do your shopping, early September or late November, I hope you will keep these places that fight against trafficking, poverty, and many other injustices committed against the poor on your list of places to shop.

Does your family have a Christmas Eve PJ tradition? How about a pair of these for mom. They are beautiful and every purchase fights human trafficking. Check out their clearance page for fantastic deals!


Each week these limited edition t-shirts bring attention and a big check to organizations that fight injustice. Stock up on a few for your t-shirt wearing friends and families. They have distinct designs for men and women with unique styles like the racer back tank top and the flowy raglan shirt for women, hoodies, and tote bags.  Here are a few examples of their products, but remember the design and organization change weekly!

  Tote Bag  Mens Crew Neck         Mens HoodieWomens Flowy Raglan

Trade As One

As a child, each year my mom and dad would give my brothers and me a new Christmas ornament as a Christmas gift. We have continued that tradition with our boys. Pulling out the ornament box is one of my favorite nights of the Christmas season.  For the last two years I have purchased my ornaments for the boys and Todd through Trade As One.
Here are a few cute ones currently available:
Newspaper Hearts Bead & Wire Seahorse
Along with the ornaments, Trade As One carries a bunch of other fun gift items as well.

One World

One World, a compassionate fair trade organization, has a wide variety of perfect gift items. Watering cans, aprons, jewelry, food items, stationary, puzzles, and fabulous home decor.

The hand carved gourds, including beautiful nativity displays and ornaments,  made by merchants from Peru, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Bolivia are so beautiful and delicate.  From merchants in India, One World also features many unique metal pieces. The prices are surprisingly reasonable (handmade ornaments starting at $3.50). This would be a great site to visit to locate the perfect hostess gift for all those holiday parties.

3-Piece Gourd Nativity  Crafted by Artisans in Peru  Measures 3-1/2” highEtched & Painted Butterfly Gourd Ornaments from Peru  Measure 2-1/2” high x 2-3/4” diameter



Story Company 

Recognizing skilled artisans worldwide, empowering those artisans to succeed, bridging the gap between the artisan and the customer, and eliminating the divide between the artisan and the customer are the steps Story Company is taking to change stories around the world.

Their new fall line was just introduced and features some pretty amazing products.

Azizi Deep Tray

Timbali Hobo Bag



Mudlove now has a "make your own" option for their MudLove bands. That means you can personalize your band with any word you choose. These would be great of stocking stuffers, teacher gifts, kid gifts, or friend gifts. You can add a meaningful word, date, name, team- you name it, you can add it!

mud love bracelets

Mudlove also carries necklaces, magnets and t-shirts. Five dollars from every purchase goes to provide clean water in Africa.


Light Gives Heat 

Seeing "Africa rebuilt and renewed from the inside out to see people in the West living with Hope" is the vision of Light Gives Heat. LGH has four unique collections. My favorite item is the featured SUUBI D.I.Y Kit. The kit includes:

* SUUBI beads of your color of choice- Currently LGH has 8 color options from which to choose.
*Necklace clasp
*Approximately 52" of line
*D.I.Y instructions

These would be a fantastic gift for all the crafters in your life!


They have several unique necklaces and purses to choose from as well.
BlossomPatchwork Bag

Shona- Crafts from the Congo

One of my favorite things is when friends shoot me an email or somehow share with me about about injustice fighting organizations that might be great for this blog! It really makes me so happy to know when others share this passion. This morning my friend Julie told me about Shona. Talk about perfect timing!

Here is a little about Shona-Crafts from the Congo in their own words: 
We are disabled craftspeople in Eastern Congo. We live in one of the most difficult regions of the world. We work in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Each item we sew is our claim to a better world. A world where we are seen not only for the challenges we face but for the beauty we create."

The artisans of Shona receive 100% of the profit. Aprons, bookmarks (this would be a perfect stocking stuffer), table runners, throw pillows, purses, and more. Here are just a few examples of their beautiful work:

Change Purses: Set of 4Throw Pillow Cover: Blue Sky
Apron: Blue SkySolange mini-doll: pre-order

Feeling adventurous?  Shona has a "grab bag". For only $20 you will receive a collection of 4 unique SHONA bags and purses.  Same great SHONA quality, same artisan postcard, but the colors and styles will be a surprise. These would be fantastic gifts for teens!

Avodah Coffee

Avodah is a Hebrew word that describes action that is simultaneously work, worship and service. Jordan and Jessica started their family run company with the desire to live avodah lifestyle. Because of that desire, a percentage of the profits of each coffee purchase go to support the work of NURU, Freeset, Samaritan's Purse and Compassion International.

Avodah Coffee offers single orgin coffees and original blends with fun names like:

Meet DeadlineSTP
And for the true coffee lovers, Avodah even has a "create your own blend" option!

The Christmas season is not complete without great coffee to share with friends and family. Check them out!

Every purchase makes a difference! 
Happy shopping!


  1. This list is awesome! Can't wait to look through all of the sites and start shopping.

  2. Months ago you and others inspired me to make our purchases count by helping others in need in the process. I'm trying to be more aware of that and just love so many of the sites you listed here. Especially for those friends/family members/teachers, etc when we just don't know what to buy them. Ready to start shopping today! :) Thanks for your faithfulness in sharing great finds like these!!

  3. Thanks, Julie and Ronda! I've heard back from so many people who have either already placed orders or are making their lists for Christmas! Makes me so happy.