gift ideas for the co-workers

I am lucky enough to work with a bunch of great people, but our gift-exchanging is contained to my small team of tech writers {thankfully for my wallet}. Previous years I’ve given books tailored to each teammate’s taste, and organic local honey. This year I ordered my three teammates small gifts from Ten Thousand Villages.

From their website:

Ten Thousand Villages provides vital, fair income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. Ten Thousand Villages works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. This income helps pay for food, education, health care and housing. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee.

I received my order a week later, and everything looks just as great in person. Check out the goods:

My boss is a true girly-girl, so she will love this pretty Handmade Glass Bead Spiral Bracelet made in India.

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A fellow tree-hugger gal on my team will dig this Handmade Square Recycled Paper Hot Mat made in the Philippines. {How awesome is this? I need to try my hand at making my own recycled paper goods again.}

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Guys are sometimes tricky to find gifts for, but the lone dude on our team will find this Handmade Bike Chain Bottle Opener pretty kick-ass and useful.

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Each gift only ran me $8 each and they are definitely more fun than the usual coffee mugs or tins of cookies for my cubicle-mates. Plus, gotta love gifts that give twice.

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