Global Gifts Bloomington

Global Gifts Bloomington A Nonprofit, Fair Trade store committed to serving impoverished artisans and producers in the developing world. Global Gifts is committed to serving impoverished artisans and producers in the developing world by:

Providing vital fair income and employment for people of limited opportunity;
Marketing ethically produced and ethically obtained handmade products;
Educating the public about the cultures and traditions associated with items we sell; and
Helping consumers spend their shopping dollars in ways that benefit impoverished peoples around the world.

Operating as usual

We had a great time at our Staff Retreat in Cincinnati last week! We learned new things and planned continued improvemen...
07/18/2021

We had a great time at our Staff Retreat in Cincinnati last week! We learned new things and planned continued improvements to help us grow. Go Team Global Gifts! #alwayslearning #fairtrade

We had a great time at our Staff Retreat in Cincinnati last week! We learned new things and planned continued improvements to help us grow. Go Team Global Gifts! #alwayslearning #fairtrade

Our Summer Sale items are getting an even bigger discount today - 75% off! It's the lowest the prices will drop. Come vi...
07/16/2021

Our Summer Sale items are getting an even bigger discount today - 75% off! It's the lowest the prices will drop.

Come visit us in store and get yourself a treat to celebrate the weekend.

Our Summer Sale items are getting an even bigger discount today - 75% off! It's the lowest the prices will drop.

Come visit us in store and get yourself a treat to celebrate the weekend.

Plastic is in everything, everywhere. So where do you even start if you want to cut back or cut it out? We don't do it o...
07/11/2021

Plastic is in everything, everywhere. So where do you even start if you want to cut back or cut it out? We don't do it overnight, but we can make steady, meaningful changes at a personal and policy level. This guide introduces you to the prevalence of plastic, the politics and economics of why it's so hard to avoid, and answer a ton of practical questions about how to live a plastic-free life, tackling all those mundane pieces of daily life that are tied up in plastic—like shampoo, crackers, garbage bags, and so much more. "Quitting Plastic" is available in stores and online! #plasticfreejuly https://buff.ly/3qWyR38

Plastic is in everything, everywhere. So where do you even start if you want to cut back or cut it out? We don't do it overnight, but we can make steady, meaningful changes at a personal and policy level. This guide introduces you to the prevalence of plastic, the politics and economics of why it's so hard to avoid, and answer a ton of practical questions about how to live a plastic-free life, tackling all those mundane pieces of daily life that are tied up in plastic—like shampoo, crackers, garbage bags, and so much more. "Quitting Plastic" is available in stores and online! #plasticfreejuly https://buff.ly/3qWyR38

Meet Sheneve, a long-time volunteer at Global Gifts Short North and our Volunteer of the Month this July. Sheneve is a s...
07/09/2021

Meet Sheneve, a long-time volunteer at Global Gifts Short North and our Volunteer of the Month this July. Sheneve is a superstar!

https://buff.ly/3jYz2tn

Meet Sheneve, a long-time volunteer at Global Gifts Short North and our Volunteer of the Month this July. Sheneve is a superstar!

https://buff.ly/3jYz2tn

Btown family - are you taking part in the #btownchallenge? There's an entire "shopping" section with tasks like:- Purcha...
07/08/2021

Btown family - are you taking part in the #btownchallenge?

There's an entire "shopping" section with tasks like:
- Purchase a book from a local bookstore
- Buy equipment for new hobby
- Restyle your home with new decor from a local home goods shop

Our Global Gifts Bloomington shop has the goods to help you check ALL those tasks off your list! Come visit us this summer. ☀️

Complete fun activities, share your best photos, and win great prizes! 😎📸

Download your B-Town Summer Challenge checklist today: https://bit.ly/30O4alB

Go behind the scenes of Kapula Candles and Ceramics, the artisan group working with Thumbprint Artifacts that provides s...
07/07/2021
Behind the scenes at Kapula

Go behind the scenes of Kapula Candles and Ceramics, the artisan group working with Thumbprint Artifacts that provides some of our most colorful home decor items!

If you have a lot of weddings on your summer calendar, come check out all our wedding greeting cards for a beautiful way...
07/06/2021

If you have a lot of weddings on your summer calendar, come check out all our wedding greeting cards for a beautiful way to say, “Congratulations”!

Swipe to see the different card styles ➡️

Our country of the month this July is South Africa, and we've got just the book for the occasion!Grab a copy of Little G...
07/05/2021

Our country of the month this July is South Africa, and we've got just the book for the occasion!

Grab a copy of Little Guides to Great Lives: Nelson Mandela and learn about this South African activist who fought for racial equality and eventually served as President of South Africa.

This illustrated guide includes a timeline of Mandela's life, and a helpful glossary for younger readers. It is a great introduction to this important figure and his extraordinary life, for readers of all ages.

Our country of the month this July is South Africa, and we've got just the book for the occasion!

Grab a copy of Little Guides to Great Lives: Nelson Mandela and learn about this South African activist who fought for racial equality and eventually served as President of South Africa.

This illustrated guide includes a timeline of Mandela's life, and a helpful glossary for younger readers. It is a great introduction to this important figure and his extraordinary life, for readers of all ages.

We're closed today for the Fourth of July. We wish you a safe and happy holiday if you're celebrating today!
07/04/2021

We're closed today for the Fourth of July. We wish you a safe and happy holiday if you're celebrating today!

We're closed today for the Fourth of July. We wish you a safe and happy holiday if you're celebrating today!

We're closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July, but come by today for your cookout supplies. We've got a variety of spices...
07/03/2021

We're closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July, but come by today for your cookout supplies. We've got a variety of spices from Ukuva Africa that are perfect for grilling out.

Ukuva Africa spices are made in South Africa, which is our Country of the Month for July! You can shop our collection of items made from South Africa online here:

#globalgifts #fairtrade #fourthofjuly #recipes #spices #madeinsouthafrica #fairtradefood

We're closed tomorrow for the Fourth of July, but come by today for your cookout supplies. We've got a variety of spices from Ukuva Africa that are perfect for grilling out.

Ukuva Africa spices are made in South Africa, which is our Country of the Month for July! You can shop our collection of items made from South Africa online here:

#globalgifts #fairtrade #fourthofjuly #recipes #spices #madeinsouthafrica #fairtradefood

Looking for some easy recipes for your Fourth of July cookout? Try one of these three sides, featuring spice mixes from ...
07/02/2021
Super Simple Fair Trade Sides

Looking for some easy recipes for your Fourth of July cookout? Try one of these three sides, featuring spice mixes from Ukuva Africa that we carry in store.

Vegan friendly, seasonal recipes anyone can make! These three recipes feature our Ukuva Africa spice mixes and Canaan olive oils. Recipes below!Simple Salad ...

Friday facts...did you know that a 2009 study done at the Institute of Environmental Engineering concluded that liquid s...
07/02/2021

Friday facts...did you know that a 2009 study done at the Institute of Environmental Engineering concluded that liquid soaps leave a 25% larger carbon footprint than do bar soaps?

The bar soaps from Ten Thousand Villages are all handmade by Indian artisans at the Palam Rural Centre. With fresh scents like coconut or lavender, and natural & sustainably harvest ingredients, you'll never want to go back to liquid soaps again!

https://buff.ly/36bU8w2

#fairtrade #globalgifts #naturalsoaps

Friday facts...did you know that a 2009 study done at the Institute of Environmental Engineering concluded that liquid soaps leave a 25% larger carbon footprint than do bar soaps?

The bar soaps from Ten Thousand Villages are all handmade by Indian artisans at the Palam Rural Centre. With fresh scents like coconut or lavender, and natural & sustainably harvest ingredients, you'll never want to go back to liquid soaps again!

https://buff.ly/36bU8w2

#fairtrade #globalgifts #naturalsoaps

How much do you know about Global Gifts? Did you know we've been around since the 80s?Check out our latest blog post to ...
07/02/2021
The History of Global Gifts

How much do you know about Global Gifts? Did you know we've been around since the 80s?

Check out our latest blog post to learn a bit about our history.

We've been operating since August of 1988, but our history extends back to 1982 out of Indianapolis. Check out our timeline to see how we've grown since our inception.

Happy July! This summer is flying by but we're excited for a new month, in part because we're featuring South Africa as ...
07/01/2021

Happy July! This summer is flying by but we're excited for a new month, in part because we're featuring South Africa as our #countryofthemonth. The collection includes some delicious spices and sauces and some new candles that are perfect table toppers for an outdoor summer picnic, #fairtrade style.

What's on your cookout menu this July?

#fairtradefood #summercookout #pizzacutter #cyclistgifts #fairtradegifts #globalgifts #givefairly

Happy July! This summer is flying by but we're excited for a new month, in part because we're featuring South Africa as our #countryofthemonth. The collection includes some delicious spices and sauces and some new candles that are perfect table toppers for an outdoor summer picnic, #fairtrade style.

What's on your cookout menu this July?

#fairtradefood #summercookout #pizzacutter #cyclistgifts #fairtradegifts #globalgifts #givefairly

So many people have commented about framing our beautiful quilled cards from Vietnam. Finally, we now have fair trade wo...
06/30/2021

So many people have commented about framing our beautiful quilled cards from Vietnam. Finally, we now have fair trade wood frames from India, perfectly sized to display those cards. #fairtrade #wallart #homedecor

So many people have commented about framing our beautiful quilled cards from Vietnam. Finally, we now have fair trade wood frames from India, perfectly sized to display those cards. #fairtrade #wallart #homedecor

Spread your wings this summer with these adorable Blue Jay Vintage earrings from Dunitz and Co!We have a wide variety of...
06/29/2021

Spread your wings this summer with these adorable Blue Jay Vintage earrings from Dunitz and Co!

We have a wide variety of designs from this collection, all handmade by artisans in Guatemala

#fairtrade #fairtradecertified #fairtradeindiana #globalgifts #summersale #giftshop #shoplocal

https://buff.ly/3dpiKFR

Volunteer Alyssa modeling new Global Mama’s bags! They fit all your necessary items, including alpaca fur animals! #fair...
06/28/2021

Volunteer Alyssa modeling new Global Mama’s bags! They fit all your necessary items, including alpaca fur animals! #fairfashion #handmadefairtrade #volunteer

Volunteer Alyssa modeling new Global Mama’s bags! They fit all your necessary items, including alpaca fur animals! #fairfashion #handmadefairtrade #volunteer

Shop our collection of Mayan Hands baskets, made in our featured country of the month, Guatemala. We’re open till 6pm to...
06/28/2021

Shop our collection of Mayan Hands baskets, made in our featured country of the month, Guatemala. We’re open till 6pm today! 🧺

Repost from @mayanhands

Baskets - beautiful and utilitarian!#pineneedlebasketry #artisanmade #fairtrade #basketstyle #basketsofinstagram #shopforgood #bohodecor #handmade #guatemala

Shop our collection of Mayan Hands baskets, made in our featured country of the month, Guatemala. We’re open till 6pm today! 🧺

Repost from @mayanhands

Baskets - beautiful and utilitarian!#pineneedlebasketry #artisanmade #fairtrade #basketstyle #basketsofinstagram #shopforgood #bohodecor #handmade #guatemala

Learn how to make your own DIY vanilla extract with our Fair Trade vanilla kits! Our vanilla comes directly from the Ama...
06/27/2021
DIY Fair Trade Vanilla Extract

Learn how to make your own DIY vanilla extract with our Fair Trade vanilla kits! Our vanilla comes directly from the Amazon River Basin in Ecuador and is produced by farmers earning fair prices for their vanilla beans. https://buff.ly/2UGB4Uj Shop all vanilla on our website: https://buff.ly/3h5ZQol

A quick video tutorial on making your own vanilla extract with fair trade vanilla beans from Global Gifts.

Planning for a pool day? Learn how to tie your sarong in 3 ways for the perfect cover up from the sun. ☀️Shop our handpr...
06/26/2021
3 Ways to Style a Sarong

Planning for a pool day? Learn how to tie your sarong in 3 ways for the perfect cover up from the sun. ☀️

Shop our handprinted batik sarongs in store or online here, made by artisans in Indonesia: https://buff.ly/31K1ciJ

3 Ways to Style a Sarong - learn how to tie your sarong in the classic, cowl, and twist styles. The Global Gifts sarongs in our summer collection are handmad...

New Global Mamas bags and recycled glass jewelry! Each piece is made with talent and care by women in Ghana. #globalmama...
06/25/2021

New Global Mamas bags and recycled glass jewelry! Each piece is made with talent and care by women in Ghana. #globalmamas #batik #fairtradefashion #fairtradeverified

New Global Mamas bags and recycled glass jewelry! Each piece is made with talent and care by women in Ghana. #globalmamas #batik #fairtradefashion #fairtradeverified

SUMMER SALE STARTS TODAY!Come shop with us (in store only) for 25% off our sale collection. The artisans we purchase fro...
06/25/2021

SUMMER SALE STARTS TODAY!

Come shop with us (in store only) for 25% off our sale collection.

The artisans we purchase from are paid in advance for their orders, so sales do not affect their fair wages. We don't do sales often so don't miss out!

SUMMER SALE STARTS TODAY!

Come shop with us (in store only) for 25% off our sale collection.

The artisans we purchase from are paid in advance for their orders, so sales do not affect their fair wages. We don't do sales often so don't miss out!

Our summer sale starts tomorrow 6/25! Make plans to visit us early for first dibs at the sale section.
06/24/2021

Our summer sale starts tomorrow 6/25! Make plans to visit us early for first dibs at the sale section.

Our summer sale starts tomorrow 6/25! Make plans to visit us early for first dibs at the sale section.

Part of eco-friendly consuming is buying less new things, but the other part is taking care of the items we already own....
06/23/2021
How to Care For your Fair Trade Textiles

Part of eco-friendly consuming is buying less new things, but the other part is taking care of the items we already own.

Learn how to take care of your textiles - clothes, scarves, blankets - so they can last for years.

A simple guide on how to take care of your fair trade textiles.

What are you reading right now?If you need a new book, we’ve got some great titles like this one, “An Indigenous People’...
06/22/2021

What are you reading right now?

If you need a new book, we’ve got some great titles like this one, “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

We also have a book subscription service if you want to be surprised and challenged with a month book!

Tell us what you’re reading in the comments ⬇️

#bookrecommendations #bookrecs #historylovers #historybooks #indigenouslivesmatter #indigenoushistory #indigenoushistoryyoushouldknow #ushistory #fairtrade #shoplocally

What are you reading right now?

If you need a new book, we’ve got some great titles like this one, “An Indigenous People’s History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

We also have a book subscription service if you want to be surprised and challenged with a month book!

Tell us what you’re reading in the comments ⬇️

#bookrecommendations #bookrecs #historylovers #historybooks #indigenouslivesmatter #indigenoushistory #indigenoushistoryyoushouldknow #ushistory #fairtrade #shoplocally

This Monday morning this Baby Frida Kahlo embroidered bag from @luciasimports is bringing a smile to our faces! This bag...
06/21/2021

This Monday morning this Baby Frida Kahlo embroidered bag from @luciasimports is bringing a smile to our faces! This bag is handmade by extremely talented artisans in Guatemala, and their expertise is on full display in this fantastic design.

Come visit us in store to see our color options! We're open until 6PM.

#babyfridakahlo #localgiftshop #globalgifts #fairtrade

Happy Father's Day! Fathers want to make the world a safer, better place for their children. This is why Dads love Fair ...
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day! Fathers want to make the world a safer, better place for their children. This is why Dads love Fair Trade! Fair Trade ensures fair wages, safe and equitable working conditions, and environmental sustainability in production practices. We've got lots of great gifts for Dads, like coffee, chocolate, books, cards, and socks that give back to causes close to their hearts. We are open today for last minute gifts! https://buff.ly/3dOxTyy

Happy Father's Day! Fathers want to make the world a safer, better place for their children. This is why Dads love Fair Trade! Fair Trade ensures fair wages, safe and equitable working conditions, and environmental sustainability in production practices. We've got lots of great gifts for Dads, like coffee, chocolate, books, cards, and socks that give back to causes close to their hearts. We are open today for last minute gifts! https://buff.ly/3dOxTyy

Happy Juneteenth!! We hope everyone has a fun and safe time celebrating the recogniton of Juneteenth as a federal holida...
06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth!!

We hope everyone has a fun and safe time celebrating the recogniton of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

This week Juneteenth was made a federal holiday, but has been celebrated for decades!

Today is dedicated to observing the day slavery of African Americans ended in the United States (June 19, 1865).

Learn more about Juneteenth here:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/juneteenth-day-federal-holiday-2021-11624032408

Happy Juneteenth!!

We hope everyone has a fun and safe time celebrating the recogniton of Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

This week Juneteenth was made a federal holiday, but has been celebrated for decades!

Today is dedicated to observing the day slavery of African Americans ended in the United States (June 19, 1865).

Learn more about Juneteenth here:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/juneteenth-day-federal-holiday-2021-11624032408

New post on the blog! 💻How to Care For Your Fair Trade Textiles - Read it to learn how to best wash and care for all the...
06/18/2021
How to Care For your Fair Trade Textiles

New post on the blog! 💻

How to Care For Your Fair Trade Textiles - Read it to learn how to best wash and care for all the fabrics you might find in the artisan goods we sell.

*Photo of Rethread Blankets, credit to SERRV

A simple guide on how to take care of your fair trade textiles.

Address

122 N Walnut St
Bloomington, IN
47404

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30am - 6pm
Tuesday 10:30am - 6pm
Wednesday 10:30am - 6pm
Thursday 10:30am - 6pm
Saturday 10:30am - 8pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

Telephone

(812) 336-7402

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Incorporated in Indiana since 1988, Global Gifts is a nonprofit business committed to creating sustainable economic opportunities and safe and equitable working conditions for disadvantaged artisans and farmers around the world by:


  • Providing vital fair income and employment for people of limited opportunity;

  • Marketing ethically produced and ethically obtained handmade products;

  • Respecting cultural identity and educating the public about the cultures and traditions associated with items we sell; and
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    I just got my gift boxes! I don’t know how you got them here this fast and I LOOOVE THEM!! This was so fun! Thank you!!
    thank you so much. i am very grateful.
    Thank you, Global Gifts, for creating this beautiful connection among people all over the world. And thanks for supporting Indiana Solar for All with a share of your profits on November 13, from 5-8:30. We appreciate your generosity and community spirit.
    Global Gifts is a place in Bloomington I can go and touch beautiful jewelry, scarves, hats, ceramics... and feel their origins. I am so taken by the visual language of cultures that I can’t help but want to spend time with each expression. Every gift I choose becomes a portal to a life far away. That feels special to me. #uniquelygiving May 12 is #worldfairtradeday
    Visited your store a week ago. Great gifts and staff😊
    **Calling all Bloomington Families** We are seeking families interested in opening their homes to our participants visiting from Georgia & Azerbaijan. We are looking for households to take in 1-2 of these amazing young leaders for a 2-week period in September 2017. Message me directly if interested!!
    **Seeking host families for a 2-week period in August** Bloomington friends and families, we are still in search of households willing to host 1-2 Indonesian students visiting for 2 weeks in late August. Please let me know if you or someone you know might be interested!