Ethical and Economic Gifts

Being on a tight budget doesn’t have to stop anyone from buying fair trade gifts this holiday season. Here at Ten Thousand Villages, we have hundreds of gift ideas at affordable prices. Sifting through all the options can be overwhelming, so I’m here to help! To inspire you, I’ve compiled a few of our great gifts at great prices.

$10 And Under

Jewelry can delight many people on your list, and we have quite a variety of styles. These bangles from India are made from mother of pearl (left) and bone (right), for unique textures and shine. The hand painted  leather rings from Indonesia are a fun option as well, and each is a true original.

Brass Bangles

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Let kids be the star of their own show! If you have some children on your list, these finger puppets are great. We have a ton of fun characters and animals, like the wizard and the armadillo, so you can craft your own story.

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If you’re in the market for home gifts, we have these twisted metal napkin rings from India, which add some shine and elegance to any dining table. Another great gift is our exclusive soap. Sandalwood, one of our most popular scents, is definitely a winning choice.

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Oh, the weather outside may be frightful, but you can make your time inside so delightful. Our beautiful crackle mugs from Vietnam can hold all your fair trade beverages in style. We have tea, hot cocoa, and coffee available to add some warmth to the season.

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We all know that men can be especially hard to buy for, but, as with most conundrums, Ten Thousand Villages has a solution! Made in India from recycled bike chains, this snake bottle opener is sure to be a crowd pleaser among the men on your list.

Snake Bottle Opener

$20 And Under

Add an artistic touch to any room with this modern glass llama sculpture from Bolivia. These statuettes do a great job of portraying the sassy-ness of llamas, along with their graceful nature. Such a beautiful work of art is unbeatable for the price. Hurry in and adopt one before they’re all gone!

Glass Llamas

If you love rings as much as I do, then you’ll be like a kid in a candy store with our stone rings from Peru. They come in various shapes and stones, and each one has an adjustable band, so size will never be a worry.


Whether they’re to shield us from the sun or boost our eyesight, we all have glasses of some sort. The question is, where do you put them when you’re not using them? Ten Thousand Villages has just the solution: a glasses holder! This clever stand gives your glasses a second face to rest on when you’re not using them.

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Do you have a musician on your list? If so, then you have come to the right place. We have a multitude of instruments in all price ranges. Here are a few fun ones that won’t bust your budget, all between $11 and $20. Jessica and I had fun testing all of them out, from the thumb piano crafted in Burkina Faso to the bamboo flute made in Peru.

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Give some cheer to your wine bottles with these stoppers. If you have any wine enthusiasts or entertainers on your list, then these would be perfect. Divide them up into separate gifts, or spoil a lucky someone with all three!

Wine Stoppers

If you still aren’t quite sure how to check off the people on your list, a volunteer will surely help you put together some wonderful gifts. You can also check out our Guide for Fair Trade Gifting for more inspiration. To wrap the gifts in an eco-friendly way, check out our Sari Gift Wrap blog post, too. I hope these ideas are helpful, and I wish you all a happy holiday season!