Shop Sweet 4

The last three years I have posted great ways that you could spend your Christmas money in wonderfully sweet ways, supporting vulnerable communities near and far.  I've got a new list for Christmas 2016 that includes ideas from fair trade companies, give-back companies, and supporting missions.  

Your dollar can be powerful.  The average household spent $830 on Christmas gifts last year.  If we all took a  percentage of that chunk of money and purchased from places that make a difference in our world, imagine the good that could be done.

I am continuing my conviction to make my dollars count in a more meaningful way.  I'm going to buy many of my Christmas gifts from companies who employ under-resourced workers, companies who cycle profits into vulnerable communities, retailers making a difference, local small businesses, and from families raising money for international adoptions.

Before you head off to the mall this Christmas, consider purchasing some of these gifts that will give back to communities that need our support.

Bonus sweetness:  When you buy a present from Amazon (most of us will), use AmazonSmile.  All you have to do is click a link to AmazonSmile before you shop, and a percentage of your purchase is donated to the charity you choose to support.  Personally, I have been supporting our adoption agency AWAA who needs funds to continue caring for orphans in their transition home in Ethiopia.  This is link to support AWAA through AmazonSmile.  Use the link every time you shop at Amazon this holiday season.

You can find adoption fundraisers to support this Christmas by searching "adoption fundraiser" on Etsy or you can join the FaceBook group "Gifts for Adoption."

2016 gift ideas:

1.  Horn Vessel - Dark Horn Vase, $68,, empowering women in Kenya.

2.  Vintage Gold Leather Bucket Bag, $159,, empowering women in Ethiopia.

2.  Phrase Necklace, $48,, personalize it - which is so in right nowcreates sustainable business opportunities for women locally and globally.

4.  Colornation Gloria Tote, $145,, handwoven, fair trade, handmade according to time-honored traditions by Zapotec weavers in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. 

1.  Great Expectations Necklace, $58,, empower women in Uganda, photo from @msrachelhollis's instagram, contact Nikki Pool.

2.  Trade T-shirt, $15,, support the women Mercy House supports around the globe.

3.  Nautical Fringe Hook, $25, part necklace/part scarf/all cute,, provides 3 meals in Uganda.

4.  Love God & Serve Others Raglan, $42,, small business, gives a percentage back to the good shepherd agricultural mission.

1.  Bethlehem Nativity, $35,, handmade in Kenya.

2.  Slate Stone Serving Board, $28,, Authentic Fair Trade Product. Ethically sourced. Handcrafted in India.

3.  Hope Bowl, $26, Trades of Hope, contact Rachel Clark, women who make these beautiful bowls are able to earn an income to feed their families and send their children to school.

4.  Charcoal Soap, $20, Buy a charcoal soap for your loved one, and one woman in Kenya will receive a new charcoal-efficient stove.


1.  PowerLight Bundle, $79,, reinvests funds to bring clean energy to the world.

2.  Wooden Earphones, $15,, percentage given to feed hungry, free slaves, and care for the orphan.

3.  Toiletry Bag, $15,, empower women in Ethiopia.

4.  Waxed Canvas Tool Bag, $180,, local, small business.


1.  Rainbow Fish Zooties, $25, empower communities in Kyrgyzstan.

2.  Be a Nice Human Kids Tee, $17,, supports Think Humanity, an organization that runs a hostel in Hoima, Uganda for young refugee girls from all across Africa, many of whom are orphaned.

3.  3-Car Garage, $30,, funds 50 cups of food.

4.  The Hoot, $28,,  supports sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment in Uganda.

1.  Take a Walk in My New Shoes children's book, $10,, supporting hope, healthier lives, and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs, and medical relief in Uganda.

2.  Bear Felt Rug, $76,, made by formerly trafficked women artisans in Nepal.

3.  Reading is My Favorite Youth T-Shirt, $20,, portion of profits go to eradicate human suffering caused by illiteracy.

4.  Stuffed Alpaca Hammerhead Shark, $32,, empower women in Peru.



Don't forget about AmazonSmile!  Use it every time you shop at Amazon.

This is the link to support America World Adoption Agency.  


Other places on my blog to find gift ideas:

2015 Shop Sweet list

2014 Shop Sweet list

2013 Shop Sweet list

I like to include music with my blog posts.  This week we lost Sharon Jones.  She had an amazing voice.  I had a chance to see her sing once, and it is a beautiful memory.  You will be missed, Sharon.