10 Unique Handmade Gift Ideas for Christmas

November 06, 2015

Christmas is the time of year when you can show just how deeply you care about your nearest and dearest loved ones, but thanks to Traidcraft, you can also Show You Care about those who are not so close to home too.

Our unique collection of handmade gifts includes dozens of fair trade and ethically sourced products that are just perfect for Christmas presents, and not only will they bring a smile to the faces of those that receive them, but they also directly work to improve the lives of those who spent their time creating them.

Just in time for Christmas, we’re celebrating our Show You Care campaign to share just why Traidcraft’s commitment to fair trade is so important. We sell ‘the best of fair trade’ products to directly benefit some of the world’s poorest people and support development projects that are changing their lives for the better – and by buying even just one gift from us this Christmas, you can help us to continue our work.

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From our fantastic range of fair trade products, we’ve chosen just ten of our favourite Christmas handmade gift ideas that you’ll love to wrap up and give to someone special this festive season – or perhaps even give to yourself – whilst also giving back to the people who need it.


Tree of Life Recycled Tyre Planter (Large) £25.00

recycled tyre planter

 Treat a green-fingered person in your life to this delightful planter with a difference. It has been created by hand from recycled car tyres that are cut and sewn to create the planter; even the handles themselves are made from the tyre off-cuts! Finished in a beautiful red hue with a hand-painted Tree of Life design, it’s a thoughtful gift that is made to last by the skilled craftspeople at Noah’s Ark, a fair trade handicraft marketing organization in Moradabad, India. At Noah’s Ark most of the artisans are women, who are now able to work

 from home whilst still taking good care of their families and households.


Black Mamba Chilli Sauces

Black Mamba Chilli Sauces, £2.25

Who do you know that has a taste for adventure? Excite their tastebuds this Christmas with one – or all three! – of the Black Mamba Fair Trade Chilli Sauces. These fusions of fresh herbs and organic jalapeno, habanero or cayenne chillies can be used to add a delicious punch to meat or vegetable dishes, or as a spicy dip by themselves or blended with yogurt. We love the Black Mamba sauces because not only are they packed with flavour, but every purchase of a bottle helps to directly benefit 3000 people in the Kingdom of Swaziland – watch our video below to discover more.


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Zaytoun Fair Trade Festive Hamper, £50.00

Fair Trade Hamper

Talk about being spoiled for choice! You’ll delight a foodie friend when they find our Zaytoun Fair Trade Festive Hamper underneath their Christmas tree, as it’s packed with delectable fair trade and ethically sourced goodies from around the world. Packaged in an elegant hand-woven kaisa grass basket from Prokritee, Bangladesh, the irresistible treats in this Christmas hamper include Plush Fudge, Rwandan Red Bourbon Ground Coffee, Shortbread Festive Biscuits, Traditional Italian Panettone and Mulled Wine Spice Sachets.



Holy Family Nativity Set

Holy Family Nativity Set, £55.00

The understated exquisiteness of our Holy Family Nativity Set by Pekerti in Indonesia will make it the most majestic centrepiece to every Christmas celebration, and is a gift that a very special family member or friend can treasure forever. Each figure in the set is hand chiselled by traditional crafts makers in Indonesia which gives it an authentically rustic look, yet the bright white finish will complement all colours of Christmas decorations. A fabulous Christmas gift that’s rich in meaning, and will be just as enjoyable to give as to receive.



Swazi Mini Christmas Candles, £14.00Mini Christmas Candles

Candles are the most wonderful way to bring a touch of warmth into the home, especially at Christmas time, so give someone who’s the light of your life these colourful mini candles with six different festive designs that will each burn for up to six hours. Created by Swazi Candles, a fair trade organisation in Swaziland that employs over 200 local people, these candles will bring joy not only to your special someone, but also to those who carefully craft them. To find out more about the story of Swazi Candles and our Show You Care campaign, watch our video below.

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Little town of Bethlehem

Little Town of Bethlehem Nativity Scene, £5.00

Whether as a stocking filler, or a little treat for yourself, the Little Town of Bethlehem Nativity Scene is a simple yet captivating way to tell the Christmas story. Each one of these colourful boxes is hand made in the Philippines by SHAPII, a family-owned business that was established in 1987 with the mission of providing a sustainable livelihood for local people, and whose employees share profits and many other benefits. Just open up the box to display the Nativity on a fireplace, table or shelf, and once Christmas has passed the box closes to store the contents safely for another year.



Giraffe silhouette wall hanging

Giraffe Silhouette Wall Hanging, £58.00

Wow your favourite animal lover this Christmas with the stunning Giraffe Silhouette Wall Hanging, hand crafted using the ancient and deeply honoured technique of batik by the highly skilled artisans at Baobab Batik in Swaziland, who help to build sustainable economic and social solutions for the women of the nation. The rich, fiery shades of this wall hanging are contrasted with the majestic silhouettes of giraffes and trees at sunset on the savannah – there’s no better way to bring a ray of sunshine into the home when the nights are dark and cold.

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Wooden Spectacles Holder

Wooden Spectacles Holder, £12.00

We all know someone who is always misplacing their glasses, and with this Wooden Spectacles Holder, they’ll always ‘nose’ where they are! This stylish spectacles stand is full of character, and carved from sustainable mango wood by Asha Handicrafts in India. ‘Asha’ means ‘hope’ in Sanskrit, and thousands of artisans and producers throughout India depend upon Asha Handicrafts for assistance.



Alpaca Snood

Martina Alpaca Snood, £48.00

Give a loved one the gift of cosiness! Our delightful Martina Alpaca Snood, hand spun and hand knit from 100% natural Alpaca fibre by talented artisans in Peru, is the ideal finishing touch to every winter outfit. Once you touch this wonderfully soft and textured snood, you’ll want to own one yourself too.



Stone Heart BookendsStone Heart Bookends, £18.00

Delight the book lover in your life this Christmas with these beautiful Stone Heart Bookends, crafted from polished Indian Gorara stone by the artisans at Tara Projects in North India. The deep purple hue and bold shapes will look fabulous on any well-curated bookshelf, plus as Tara Projects supports 25 community-based groups across all North Indian regions, these bookends are a gift worth reading about.



To find all of these Christmas gifts and see our full range of fair trade present ideas, visit the Traidcraft gift shop here.