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When it comes to shopping for gifts, we all too often go out and buy the easiest and most convenient things we can find. From DVDs and perfume through to jewellery and chocolate; most of the time, very little thought goes into buying gifts for friends and family and, as far as we’re concerned, that’s not right! Whether as a birthday present, an anniversary gift or just something to say ‘thank you,’ thought and effort should always go into gifts, even if it’s only something little.

One such way you can go that extra mile and give a gift which showcases thought and effort but also ensures you ‘do your bit for others,’ is to buy fair trade gifts and, to look at Fair Trade in a little more depth, we’ve teamed up with leading fair trade gifts retailer, AngelShare.

Why Buy Fair Trade?

First things first, it’s important to understand exactly what Fair Trade means. In short, fair trade gifts or purchases are ethical goods, sourced in a way that the original producer is paid a fair price. This could be consumables such as jewellery and homeware or it could be the likes of food and drink. Regardless of what the end product is, suppliers are paid a fair price for the goods they’re offering which, as far as we are concerned, is only right. Why should manufacturers, producers and farmers across the world (often in third world countries) be forced to reduce their prices just so middlemen can increase their profits? It’s simple…they shouldn’t!

By buying Fair Trade, you’re helping to ensure that those across the world who produce a fantastic range of often entirely unique products are paid a fair price and that they can continue to do so. As such, when it comes to buying gifts for friends and family, we encourage you to stop for a moment and take a look at alternatives to the usual presents you’d buy. Buy buying Fair Trade, we can guarantee you that you’ll find something you wouldn’t find in a high street chain and that, at the end of the day, the recipient will notice the effort you’ve gone to to find and give something with a little meaning. By buying Fair Trade, you can not only give a great gift but also help others and, in our opinion, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!