The shops are stocked and it's time to plan your household decorations.
There are lots of places where you can look to find interesting and unusual Christmas decorations and gifts. The best gifts are those that help the maker and the giver, as well as the receiver.
Fair trade crafts from Africa will fit the bill nicely!
What about these cheerful Santas? They are nicely surreal. Check them out at One World Projects.
These Santas (8-9 inches tall) are made in Mali from soft drink cans. They are made by a project that supports anti-malarial initiatives.
I think I will share more of the curiosities I have come across in the next few weeks. You may see something that takes your fancy.
If you'd like to see some Fair Trade crafts, check out your nearest Oxfam shop, locations can be found here. I was pleased to find a new one open up nearby. Now I've got a local source of Fair Trade coffee. It tastes pretty good too.