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Christmas Gift Ideas for Every Lady in Your Life

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The quest for the perfect holiday present starts with inspiration, from the personality of the recipient. We’ve collected a list of Christmas gift ideas for every lady in your life that you can shop at Spearman Artisanry, online or in store. Each of these gifts is handmade either by Jannett Spearman or Fair Trade artisans in South America.

For the Maker

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If you are shopping for a woman who likes to work with her hands, consider a soft, slouchy headband. When she gets pulled into a project, she’ll use it to keep her hair out of her face. This Peruvian orange stripe headband is both practical and stylish, complementing all hair colors and styles.

*This is a Fair Trade Gift.

For the Traveler

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Whether your lady prefers to travel by train, plane or running sneakers, she’ll appreciate a new warm winter hat. An essential wardrobe basic, this unisex beanie was handcrafted by artisans in Peru. The band stretches to 24”, so that she can either pull it over her hair or tuck a bun inside.

*This is a Fair Trade Gift.

For the Fashionista

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Encourage your gal’s fashion addiction with trendy ear gear. She’ll love this take on the Southwestern trend with hand crocheted cactus earrings. Made from enameled copper wire, these baubles will inspire her next outfit.

*This is handmade by Jannett Spearman.

For the Foodie

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If you know a woman who can’t eat without taking a photo of her dish, delight her this holiday with a pleasant pineapple earring. Celebrate the most friendly fruit by gifting these hand crocheted pineapple earrings. Made from enameled copper wire, these dangling drops will make her smile.

*This is handmade by Jannett Spearman.

For the Hostess

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After the meal is made and the appetizers are served, the “hostess with the mostess” slips off her apron into something pretty. This year, give her a rabbit blend ruana to wrap those hard-working shoulders. This ruana adds a pop of color to her outfit after she finishes party prep.

*This is a Fair Trade Gift.

For the Homebody

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How about some Hygge for your homebody? Add some global style to her sofa with this red, heart-shaped pillow. The hand-embroidered design is crafted by artisans in Ayacucho, Peru and will pop in any living space.

*This is a Fair Trade Gift.

For the Nature Lover

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Join with your lady as she celebrates the beauty of nature with this handmade “Tree of Life” keychain. The “Tree of Life” has a variety of meanings which includes knowledge, wisdom, and an insight within one’s self. If she are on a quest to find awareness and knowledge, this keychain will refocus her at a glance.

*This is a Fair Trade Gift.

Christmas Gift Ideas

Great Christmas gift ideas start by considering the personality of the recipient. Each of these gifts are ethically sourced, thoughtful and personal. If you don’t see an item to match a special lady in your life, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to help you select or design the perfect piece.

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Everything You Need to Know About Fair Trade

Fair Trade Children's Shoes

At Spearman Artisanry, we primarily offer Fair Trade products both in our store and online. Most of these are from countries in South America and created by artisans that the owner, Jannett Spearman knows personally. So, we describe our shop as “A Fair Trade Boutique.” This means that we purposefully select clothing, jewelry, accessories and homegoods that follow Fair Trade principles.

This matters to us because we have a personal connection with makers and care about the economies of developing nations. If you feel similarly, you might be interested in learning more about Fair Trade. Below is everything you need to know about Fair Trade.

What is “Fair Trade”?

A relatively new social movement, Fair Trade aims to help producers in developing countries through better trading terms, better working conditions, and sustainable production methods. Often, this means that the prices of items are higher than other imported goods because the workers make fair wages and work in safer conditions. In an age where unethical labor practices dominate the international marketplace, Fair Trade companies offer an alternative for thoughtful consumers.

Fair Trade promotes greater equity in international trading partnerships through dialogue, transparency and respect. They want to secure the rights of marginalized producers and workers in developing countries. Fair Trade focuses on “Three Core Beliefs” to help producers in developing countries:

  • Producers have the power to express unity with consumers
  • Current world trade practices promote unequal distribution of wealth between nations
  • Buying products from producers in developing countries at a fair price is a more efficient way of promoting sustainable development than charity or aid.

Which Goods Need Fair Trade?

The U.S. Department of Labor lists some of the worst offenders of forced and child labor by product and country. There are many common items that are typically made with child labor or forced labor. Worse yet, many of these goods are created in unsafe working conditions. If bought from overseas, the following items are often made using unethical labor:

  • Accessories, especially handbags
  • Carpets
  • Chocolate
  • Clothing
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Coal
  • Cotton
  • Diamonds
  • Gold
  • Electronic Devices
  • Leather
  • Rice
  • Rubber
  • Tobacco
  • Sugarcane

Recently, stories of clothing and accessory factories have made the news with many popular brands accused of operating sweatshops.

How do you shop “Fair Trade”?

While there are certifiers, the movement is somewhat new and still defining its practices. So, the best way to shop “Fair Trade” is to do your own research. Get to know the people behind the companies and the workers that they employ. Instead of falling for slick marketing, you will likely need to communicate with a store owner or importer to understand how they source their goods. Then, you will get a better picture of how those items are produced and imported to America.

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What make Spearman Artisanry “A Fair Trade Boutique”?

Spearman Artisanry brings you handcrafted gifts from artisans both in the US and around the globe. Our goods are primarily fair trade or made locally to ensure that each piece matches our ethical and quality standards. In fact, the owner, Jannett Spearman sources all of the items in our shop directly from the artists.

Jannett started her career in Peru which included learning how to make jewelry by hand. Additionally, she worked alongside her husband and family as a part of various international ministries and nonprofits. Now, her jewelry business has expanded into a fair trade boutique.

Part of the mission of Spearman Artisanry is to support our artists, especially those in South America. By purchasing directly from artisans, and visiting them in person, Jannett can ensure the process by which the goods were produced. Mostly, these are family businesses where relatives work together to handmake homegoods, accessories and clothing.

Everything in Spearman Artisanry is…

  • Ethically Sourced: Jannett knows each of the artisans personally, allowing her to ensure they are treated fairly.
  • Fairly Priced: We want to share our artist’s work with as many people as possible and keeping fair prices allows us to reach more shoppers.
  • High Quality: We only sell items of the highest quality handmade by artists and artisans around the world.
  • Unique to You: All of our gifts bear a bespoke quality and many are one-of-a-kind.

If you want to know more about Fair Trade or how Spearman Artisanry sources our products, feel free to contact us. We’d love to talk to you more about how to be a thoughtful consumer. Stay in touch with us by following our Facebook page.

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Five Ways to Save on Christmas Gifts

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“Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.” – Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

 

When it comes to shopping for Christmas gifts, you can quickly get overwhelmed with the cost of giving. Even if you plan and save for the season, saving a little on gifts is always welcome. At Spearman Artisanry, we love helping our customers find great, valuable gifts. So, we’ve put together a list to help you save on Christmas gifts this year.

Ask the Recipient

Nothing is more disappointing than spending big bucks on a surprise gift that the recipient doesn’t want. Instead of splurging on something unexpected, ask the recipient what they would like for Christmas. Often their choice is more cost-effective than your guess.

Make a List and Compare Prices

The Balance recommends starting with a good list so that you have time to compare prices. They explain, “A List helps you watch for the best price on an item.” Rather than buying on impulse as you browse pricey displays and end caps,  you can thoughtfully choose each item.

Work the Gift Cards and Rewards

Although it takes time and research, you can get rewards and deals by working with your credit card, bank or loyalty programs. Do your research before you shop so that you can plan around these kickbacks. Since you’ve already make a list, per the tip above, you’ll be prepared with a list of gifts and the best places to get them.

Don’t Add Extras for Yourself

According to the National Retail Federation, 59% of your fellow Americans reported buying gifts for themselves during their holiday shopping last year. These little add-ons can blow your budget. Make sure you stick to your list and don’t buy gifts for yourself while you shop. Instead, add them to your own wishlist.

Calculate Shipping for Long Distance Recipients

Although it’s not as exciting, cards and gift cards are less expensive to ship than wrapped presents. Consider the weight and fees before you ship your gifts to avoid unexpected expenses at the post office.

Save on Christmas Gifts

Now, you can enjoy shopping this season knowing you got the most value out of your Christmas Gifts. One final tip: Ask a shopkeeper to help you save on Christmas Gifts. They’d rather help you find something to match your budget than let you leave disappointed. Do you have any tips for Christmas shopping? Let us know on our Facebook page.