Every year again ... we are looking for gifts that not only make people happy, but also improve the living conditions of people in emerging and developing countries on their way from the idea to production. The corporAID editorial team has put together 11 Christmas gifts that are beautiful, practical and tasty, but above all one thing: fair. Have fun browsing.
1. Paint instead of painting: Coloring book with African proverbs
When small hands run over large tablets, families usually find peace and quiet. Rumor has it that it is beneficial for child development if the offspring comes into contact with real paper and pens from time to time. Our recommendation for children between the ages of 4 and 8 is therefore: Give them “African Proverbs”, a beautifully illustrated South African book with proverbs from 11 African countries. The little ones can color in pictures and letters, older children can also practice reading a little. The latter also helps with the next tablet session. African Proverbs was printed in South Africa. The cover is made from recycled paper and paper-making waste. Each proverb appears in its original language, with an English translation and a picture.
Price: € 8.90
Available from the Vienna online shop https://dubaruba.com/
2. Hipster feeling on your feet: Afrisocks
With shoe size 69, the Venezuelan Jeison Rodriguez is said to have the largest feet in the world. The impressive 40 centimeter long mountain pines earned him an entry in the Guinness World Records book. The colorful socks from the Ghanaian brand African socks are only available in sizes 35–40 and 41–46, so they are not wearable for Jeison. For many normal-footed people, however, Afrisocks are the perfect gift: The wildly patterned socks ensure joy at the base and, as our corporAID editor Katharina Kainz herself discovered in a practical test, last longer than other conspecifics in the same price class.
Price: € 10.60 per pair
Available in the online shop www.afrisocks.com. Customs fees may apply.
3. Taking responsibility - fairly manufactured handbag from the Viennese in-label Ina Kent
High quality, trendy and fairly manufactured: These are the bags by Ina Kent. Viennese autodidact Ina Kent has been creating eye-catching accessories since 2007 - including durable leather bags with a well-thought-out interior, key compartment and mobile phone niche included. Initially manufactured exclusively in Slovakia since 2013, accessories that require more complex work steps are now responsibly manufactured in the Indian partner company in Uttar Pradesh. Carabiner rings enable different carrying options with just a few simple steps. Versatile: the leather bag MOONLIT ed.1 with a lacquer look.
Price: € 165
Available online at https://inakent.com/de and in the branches Neubaugasse 34 and Siebensterngasse in 1070 Vienna.
4. Hanging out in Bali
Did you know that there is an official Hammock Day, which is celebrated on July 22nd every year? Hammocks are universally regarded as a symbol of relaxation - which in turn makes them the ideal Christmas present for those who are stressed and those who love to travel. The corporAID editorial team recommends the “Original Hammock Starter” model from the Austrian manufacturer Ticket to the Moon. These are made of skin-friendly, light and yet strong parachute silk (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100), handcrafted and come from fair, sustainable production in Bali.
Price: € 59.95
Available online at https://www.ticketothemoon.at, in the flagship store Herklotzgasse 21, 1150 Vienna, Weltladen Hafengasse 13, 1030 Vienna, in the Südwind branch Mariahilfer Straße 8, 1070 Vienna and in selected outdoor shops (Mountain fox, Trekking and Steppenwolf).
5. Beautiful, beautiful, Makaro Jewelry: Gold jewelry made in Austria with a clear conscience
The Austrian company Makaro offers timeless design and relies on suppliers who guarantee conflict-free and ethical resources for precious stones, pearls and gold. Other plus points: the chemical-free and hundredfold gold plating of the jewelry as well as the sustainable packaging materials. A modern interpreted classic: the Tiny Pearl bracelet with natural Keshi pearls, gold-plated.
Price: € 59
6. Delicious six-pack: organic Balkan in a glass
Good food brings joy, so it is never wrong, especially during long lockdown days and dark winter months. If it is also spicy, healthy and organic, you can enjoy it with a clear conscience. Our recommendation: Give culinary tips a colorful six-pack from BioBalkan, consisting of the six delicious spreads Ajvar, Pinđur, Maliđano and Mackalo. The delicacies made from sun-ripened peppers, aubergines and tomatoes are produced in Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in small factories that provide jobs for the long-term unemployed, women with disabilities and single mothers.
Price: The small Balkan six-pack - 6 glasses of 110 grams each € 19.20. Comes in a gift box
7. Chocolate Ensemble: Fair enjoyment in a tasting package
Cocoa love? In the shopping cart: the “absolutely cocoa-in love” sample package contains CauCawa chocolate bars with, among other things, white coated organic almonds or fine hazelnuts. Organic cocoa nibs and cocoa powder from South America round off the sweet starter set and look good in muesli, smoothies or raw food desserts. The chocolate delicacies support cocoa cooperatives, cocoa farmers and small family businesses on site. There is also a fabric bag made of 100% organic cotton.
8. Better beds: pillows made with fair trade organic cotton
Thanks to the soft, breathable cotton cover, the "Chipo" pillow invites you to dream and is lovingly produced in the in-house factory in Leonding / Upper Austria. It is made of supple cotton from fair trade and, thanks to the separate inner cushion, can be individually filled with fiber balls. Our tip: give away the pillow in the comfort size 40 x 80 cm. Suitable for allergy sufferers and vegan certified.
Price € 37.99
Available online at www.bettreiter.at and at Betten Reiter, 18 times in Austria.
9. Give mobility: ICEP bicycle vouchers for people in developing countries
Bicycle Day will be celebrated again next year - and comes with a serious message: In developing countries, public transport is rare and very expensive. To get from A to B, people have to spend up to 30% of their income. Shorten commutes or distances to the next doctor and give away an ICEP voucher for a bicycle.
Price € 25.00
Available online at www.icep.at
10. For our fur friends: Fairtrade ceramic bowl
Pet Hype: In months of the pandemic, the fluffy four-legged friends gave us consolation and made us happy. The hashtag #FleeceTheCurve gathers countless snapshots from isolation. Present your dog with the hand-painted ceramic food and drink bowl, fairly produced in Sang Arun, a small family business in northern Thailand. For small and medium-sized dogs. Dishwasher safe.
Size: Ø 15,5 cm, H 5 cm, 500 ml
Available online at https://www.avocadostore.at
11. Retro statement: bum bag made from car scrap
You're back: bum bags! Initially only seen on fashionable mid-twenties, the practical accessory is now conquering everyday life without age restrictions. Whether doing sports or romping with the children - your hands remain free while your cell phone, wallet, etc. are safely stowed away. The belly bag from Airpaq with a water-repellent outer material, a capacity of 1,2 liters and a length-adjustable belt is a unique upcycling item made from scrapped airbags, seat belts and seat belt buckles. Available in the colors money, red and white.
Price: € 39.90
Available online at, among others https://www.weltladen-shop.com