The season for holiday gift shopping is upon us, and while 2020 has been a year none of us wanted or expected, it has caused us to pause, hold our loved ones close and given clarity to the things we hold most dear. This season, fellow change-makers, is an opportunity for us to highlight what matters and direct our collective spending choices toward making the world a better place.
Here are 5 tips for you to consider as you shop this season:
#1 SHOP YOUR VALUES
We say this again and again, but spend aligned with your values, whatever they may be. We can all make small choices that add up to massive good, and if we can make better choices this holiday season, the world will be better for it.
#2 FIND A GIFT WITH A STORY
It is always fun to share a story about where your thoughtfully chosen gift came from. At Mercantile for Good, we love looking for items that have a story to tell. Oftentimes, you’ll find the name of the individual who created your product and you might even learn a little about their story or their past. Either way, your purchase helps write a new, hope-filled story.
#3 PASSION OVER EVERYTHING
At the end of the day, passion wins. You likely know what causes your loved ones are passionate about. A meaningful gift that shows you took the time to give to a cause they care about will mean the world, to them and to the cause you’re giving to.
#4 GET COZY
This season we realize most of us are home and nesting instead of out and about. We recommend thinking about a special cozy something for a friend, like a blanket to cuddle up in, mugs for warm beverages, and items that can create beauty within the home. Mercantile for Good carries Fair Trade throws, candles made by refugees, and mugs for that special cup of coffee or tea that you’ll love so much, you’ll secretly end up buying two!
#5. CHOOSE QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
When you buy a fair trade item, odds are that it was made by a human, not a machine, resulting in higher quality, longer lasting items for your loved ones to enjoy. Fair trade items are often created by artisans in developing countries where receiving a fair wage and the opportunity to work with dignity lifts families from poverty and creates hope for the future. Look for fair trade items as you shop this season.