There's nothing like a fair trade gift for the people who think seriously about their place in the world. Buying fair trade, you can be sure that in the process of production, neither the environment nor the producers have been exploited. And when your purchases look and taste as good as these, what's not to like about choosing responsibly?
1.Snappy fair trade button-down shirts made from organic cotton by Kavasam make it possible for boys to get dressed with a conscience ($69.99, Moments in the Sun , 279 Augusta, 416-483-2999, www.momentsinthesun.com).
2. Brown Fair Apparel T comes courtesy of a single moms cooperative in El Salvador ($22.95, Fair Trade Clothing Co-op , 509 Bloor West, 647-436-6256, www.fairtradeclothing.ca).
3. These dark-wash organic cotton jeans aren't certified fair trade, but they are sweatshop-free ($115, Grassroots , 372 Danforth, 416-466-2841, www.grassrootsstore.com).
4. Any ethical stud would love these Blundstone-style Chelsea boots by Vegetarian Shoes made in England's oldest co-op ($175, Left Feet , 88 Nassau, 416-360-5338, www.leftfeet.ca).
5. This delicious bottle of fair trade Zatoun Palestinian olive oil supports the farmers of Palestine in the struggle for their livelihood and land ($16, Fair Trade Clothing Co-op , 509 Bloor West, 647-436-6256, www.fairtradeclothing.ca).
6. Throw this Ecoist messenger bag , made from old movie posters under fair labour conditions in Mexico, over your shoulder and you're golden ($80, www.greenisblack.ca , 416-454-5650).
7. Not only is this funky decor piece made from recycled magazines, but the people who made it also earned a decent living ($26, Ten Thousand Villages , 474 Bloor West, 416-533-8476, and others, www.tenthousandvillages.ca).
8. Wouldn't want your drum banging away at your conscience now, would you? So get the fair trade kind ($40, Ten Thousand Villages , 474 Bloor West, 416-533-8476, and others, www.tenthousandvillages.ca).