Fair trade gifts for the fairest of Dads

Okay, so most of our customers are women. But we happen to think many things in our store would interest the special man in your life. Together we can make this Father’s Day fair trade, which means giving two gifts: one to your Dad and one to a disadvantaged community around the world.

Panama Hat

You do not have to be the most observant person in the world to notice that hats are back! Especially in Austin. Of course, many Dads don’t care about “in”, but no matter. Panama Hats, certified fair trade, are as cool as it gets. Next he’ll be wanting a white suit.

Panama Hats are actually from Ecuador, so named after their popularity with Americans passing through Panama in the early 20th century. They are expertly hand-woven from the palm-like grass Carludovica Palmata or “paja toquilla”, a type of palm indigenous to Ecuador. These types of hats have been woven in the Andean region for over 6000 years.

Wooden Eyeglasses Rest
This one is for all the Dads who can’t survive without their glasses close at hand. And so when he’s not wearing them, perhaps he’ll enjoy entrusting them to a Shesham wood nose?

This item is made by Archana Handicrafts in India, who work with some 600 too 800 artisans. Artisan groups range from single members to families to entire villages making brass and shesham wood items. Archana is committed to the principle of fair trade, and supports small businesses as a way to help family artisans stay and thrive in their home villages.

Father’s Day Card
Most Dads will receive a lot of greeting cards in a lifetime so why not make the next one fair trade? Our cards are made by Sanctuary Spring, an organization that employs women who are escaping prostitution in the Philippines. All of them want a new beginning, and your purchase of Sanctuary Spring cards sustains programs that assist them in their restoration process while also enabling them to provide food and education for their families.

A man will wear countless shirts in a lifetime, but how many will have been handcrafted in Africa? Some men need more prodding to step away from plain styles than others, but these shirts are the right amount of festive cool to do the job for you.

Our shirts are sent to us by Global Mamas, a community comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. They achieve prosperity by creating and selling unique, handcrafted products of the highest quality.

Bottle Openers

Ah yes, a bottle opener. You can never have too many, especially when a frustrated Dad tries to open the latest exciting craft beer with his teeth.

“The only tools you’ll ever need,” this set of two stainless steel bottle openers are shaped to resemble a hammer and wrench. Metalworking is an ancient tradition and a skill that is passed down through generations in India. The artisans of Noah’s Ark work demonstrate their centuries of craftsmanship through the creation of metal pieces such as those we see here.

Note Books/Journal
These are for the Dads who still like to write things down by hand. And what better a space to use than our selection of handmade, fair trade notebook. One of the journals pictured below is made with recycled school paper from India!

All of these products are from MATR BOOMIE, a wholesale fair trade collection from India that marries modern design sensibility with inspiring traditional art forms, bringing people and cultures closer together. MATR BOOMIE has a mission of creating opportunities for women and minorities to realize their creative, economic and leadership potential.

We hope you have enjoyed this sample of the many items for Dad available at Ten Thousand Villages of Austin. We hope to see you this week, and don’t forget to pick out something for yourself while you’re in the store!