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10 Gifts You’ll Feel Good About Giving This Year

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Little known fact: Philly became the first city to call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.”  It’s only fitting that a new alternative will begin here as well. On November 29, Ten Thousand Villages will celebrate its annual “Fair Friday” — a nod to its long-standing fair trade mission — at all area stores.

The new maker-to-market spaces in Center City, Bryn Mawr and now Glen Mills not only partner with craftspeople in developing countries, but they also further incorporate eco-friendly initiatives. Artisan goods hang from repurposed store displays. New gift-wrapping stations feature sustainably sourced materials. Recycled or reusable bags populate each register. They’re the first spaces of their kind to open in the Philadelphia area — right down to the video and art installations showcasing the partners’ artistic processes.

This year spend the time after Thanksgiving finding thoughtful gifts and investing in makers in marginalized communities. Find deals on jewelry and ornaments at the store closest to you or shop the curated picks below for meaningful presents that put people and the planet first.


Shop with intention at Ten Thousand Villages during their Fair Friday event. Jewelry and ornaments are Buy One Get One 50% off at all area stores and online.