Our Favorite Things

Spending so much time in the store, volunteers and staff definitely have a few favorite items at the holidays and all year round. Whether it’s something we have our eyes on for ourselves or something for a friend or relative, staffers and volunteers LOVE the goods at Ten Thousand Villages! Check out our favorite things for some last minute gift inspiration – we’re open until 8pm on 12/23, and until 5pm on Christmas Eve!


Store manager Kitty is over the moon with these Color By Nature Twig Pencils handcrafted in Chile by Comparte. Do you have any young artists on your shopping lists who might enjoy some creative tools?


Anybody who’s talked to me in the last month knows I’m totally obsessed with my new puppy, so of course I fell in love with this adorable Pooch’s Paw Pet Stocking. This is a great gift for your favorite pet or pet lover!

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We caught Laura in the store shopping and got her to pose with one of her favorite things, a Sacred Sari Duvet Cover handcrafted in Bangladesh by the artisan group Prokitree. Laura loves this duvet because it is hand-stitched, reversible and one of a kind-she never has to worry about a friend having the same one!

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Volunteer, Jessica (who was a little camera shy) handpicked this Animal Design Plant Feeder by CORR-The Jute Works in Bangladesh. Perfect for the gardener in you or on your holiday shopping list.

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Murphie took a moment out of a very busy holiday shift to tell us about Phoenician Glass Goblets from Hebron Glass in Palestinian territories. Murphie loves the unique colors and patterns in each piece which are created through a traditional glass blowing technique that dates back more than 100 years.

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Don’t forget the wrapping cloth! Yes, cloth! Just about EVERY volunteer loves the Celebration Sari Gift Wrap from Prokitree artisans in Bangladesh pictured below (modeled by our staff and volunteers!), and the 35″ upcycled Sari squares from India pictured above. What a great way to conserve resources like paper and tape while providing your recipient an additional gift! These wraps can be used as hair pieces, scarves, table toppers or you can pass a few back and forth through your circle of friends for years. Ask one of our volunteers for tips on hints on how to wrap with these fabrics – very helpful if you’re en route to a holiday gathering!

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On behalf of all the staff and volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin, we wish you a safe, fair and happy holiday season!

–A collaboration between Rebecca Dull and Jessica Killeen