A Fair Trade Father’s Day

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we at Ten Thousand Villages are proud to offer a number of ethical (and beautiful!) solutions to your time-honored dilemma: What to get for the man who has everything? See some of our favorite picks for fair trade, ethical gift options below.

1. Zebra Stone and Shesham Wood Travel Chess Sets, $225/$27

Get him in the game, either on the large or small scale!

The Zebra Stone Chess Set is crafted by underprivileged artisans in the city of Karachi, Pakistan, and brought to you by Dominion Traders. Dominion Traders was founded by Mansoor Ali, the pioneer in introducing fair trade prices in the stone industry in Pakistan. In a notable departure from the country’s previous practices, Ali hires artisans regardless of religion or ethnicity, only focusing on their carving abilities.

The Shesham Travel Chess Set is handcrafted in India from shesham wood. Pegged pieces stay in place on the board with holes in each square and pieces are stored inside the game board, making this the perfect gift for your next family vacation or cook out in the park.


2. The Sea Captain’s Compass

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Sea Captain’s Compass: $69.99

The Sea Captain’s Compass is handcrafted in India by a compass workshop called Vertex. Vertex evolved from a group of craftsmen who originally made surveying equipment for some of the earliest canals in the region. This compass is brought to you by Noah’s Ark International Exports, a fair trade handicraft marketing organization in Moradabad, India. Founded in 1986 in one room of a family home, Noah’s Ark now markets products from nearly 40 artisan groups, representing some 300 artisans.



3. The Tula Gardener Hat

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Tula Gardener Hat: $38

Protect dad from the sun’s rays as he’s out and about with the Tula Gardener hat, meticulously handcrafted from sustainable palm fibers. Tula Hats is a Fair Trade Federation certified business based in Southwest Austin that works with hatmakers in Mexico. Palm hats have been hand woven by the Purepecha Indians of Mexico since the mid 16th century, and Tula Hats strives to maintain this indigenous tradition. The company has been working with the same artisan families since 1990, ensuring them a fair, sustainable income.


4. Mango and Math Picture Frames

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Mango and Math 9×7 Rectangle Frame: $29.99; 6×6 Square Frame: $16

Maybe all dad needs for this Father’s Day is a beautiful reminder of what he already has: you! These limited edition frames are made from mango tree wood, then decorated with yellow rulers. These frames are handcrafted, therefore each one is unique – a one-of-a-kind gift for a one-of-a-kind guy!

We look forward to seeing you in the store this week as you search for that perfect Father’s Day gift! Remember: when you shop fair trade for this Father’s Day, you’re spreading love far beyond the men in your life – all across the globe!