Easter. The holiday when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Unfortunately some of the products sold at Easter time are made by exploiting people whom Jesus died for! Much of the cocoa used to make Easter chocolates comes from West Africa, where trafficked children have been used in production. And the Easter baskets and toys that fill them are sometimes made in sweatshops. But below are ethically-made and fair trade Easter eggs, baskets, chocolate and more gifts you can buy that truly show the love of Jesus.
(NOTES: Prices and availability may change without notice. If you buy through some of these links, a small amount will come back to help support our mission.)
"A nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell lots of fair trade Easter gifts, including bunnies, baskets, eggs and Easter chocolates.
"Creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them." They sell beautifully-made fair trade Easter basket fillers.
"A global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global." They offer fair trade Easter eggs, chocolate, Easter baskets and more gifts with beautiful stories behind them.
WorldCrafts "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They sell fair trade cross jewelry.
“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They offer fair trade cross bracelets and crocheted bunnies.
"Empowering and supporting artisans and missionaries." They sell embroidered Easter hand towels, made by HIV+ moms at a sewing cooperative in Rwanda.
"Buy cool stuff, help real people." They sell fair trade Easter decor and gifts, including egg napkin rings and candles.
Eden by Elegantees is a line of clothes for girls sewn by women restored from trafficking in Nepal. They sell adorable Easter dresses for toddlers and girls. (They also have matching "Mommy & Me" outfits.)
HUGG Mission Market
Provides a "hand up" instead of a "hand out" to young men transitioning out of orphanages in Haiti. They sell handcrafted cross bracelets for Easter gifts.
"Provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA." They sell beautiful little mini totes in Spring colors, which make a perfect reusable substitute for Easter baskets.