Holiday GIfts That Give Back -2010

San Diego, CA - October 14, 2010 - This holiday, you can shop for change and help enrich lives around the world. Give a gift that gives back and help empower communities by spreading the word about fair trade; fair trade gifts give twice -- with proceeds going to a worthy cause. Fair Trade helps support artisans in disadvantaged communities around the world by providing them with fair wages and investing in community development initiatives.

You can find hundreds of gifts for your family and friends -- and help support the global community. These ethical gifts support Seven Hopes United and their work to transform the lives of fair trade artisans and their families around the world - transforming how you and your loved ones experience the holidays.

"When you share a gift from Seven Hopes United, you share the joy of doing something positive and meaningful for others," said Ashley Shilts, President and Founder of Seven Hopes United. "Our gifts that give back allow you to connect with family and friends, give hope to the world's children and recapture the true spirit of giving."

The principle behind Seven Hopes United’s Fair Trade Gifts is that your gift works in two ways:
1. You are giving the gift of hope and a future to people who need it most, in honor of someone you love.
2. By making gift giving fun and meaningful, your friend will feel good about the help their gift is providing.

Your little ones will love the fun organic fruit tote, that helps provide vocational training, health care, and sustainable income to artisans in rural Egypt. Mom will love the beautiful yellow rose silk batik scarf not only for its unique design, but because her gift helped support Seven Hopes United’s work to empower women, and support small businesses in rural communities around the world. Fair Trade organic soaps and oven mitts handmade in Bali, and brazil nut candes from the Amazon Rain Forest in Peru are all under $15 and make excellent stocking stuffers. Each gift is handmade and as unique as the person who receives it.

You can also show your friends and family how much they mean to you with personal gifts that reflect their values and personality. Give the baker in your life a beautiful apron that helps empower rural women in Asia through employment, and provides an opportunity to earn a steady source of income for their families. Or give your eco chic loved one a recycled fair trade bag or tote handmade in South Africa; which turn discarded jute coffee sacks into adorable handbags that help support schools being built in conflict-ridden areas of the world.

Ten percent of the profits from gifts purchased from Seven Hopes United are invested into producer communities in a variety of ways, including training producers in organic and sustainable farming techniques (which helps offset worldly carbon emissions), building houses, schools and clinics that are able to provide health care for entire communities. With a mix of unique fair trade crafts and eco friendly gifts, Seven Hopes United has the kind of gifts that are not only intended to suit the giver, but their recipients and the planet as well.

As a leading retailer of fair trade gifts, jewelry and housewares from around the globe, Seven Hopes United is working to ensure that, without exception, marginalized producers and workers around the world are given the opportunity to earn living wages. By purchasing a meaningful, fair trade gift from Seven Hopes United, you too can help secure the rights of fair trade artisans, and their families around the world.

This holiday season, give gifts that give back. You can purchase gifts Online at

About Seven Hopes United

Based in San Diego, California, Seven Hopes United specializes in marketing fairly-traded handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and personal accessories from producers around the globe. Seven Hopes United supports a trading partnership aimed at obtaining sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers by operating according to Fair Trade criteria, and investing a portion of their proceeds back into artisan communities. Founded in 2009, the company's mission is to enrich lives through providing a globally conscious alternative. The Seven Hopes United store features products that have garnered attention amongst the editors of such publications as The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Ok! Magazine, Us Weekly and The Washington Post.

To learn more about Seven Hopes United and to support Fair Trade, visit

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