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Gifts for Kids

Foster global awareness for the children in your life with special, fair trade gifts from Africa.


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$24.00

Adopt this happy soft stuffed monkey handmade from natural, organic cotton. Safe for children of any age, the animals are knit in Kenya by a women's cooperative called Kenana Knitters and feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf.

Small: 11" T x 4" L x 2.5" W; Large: 15" T x 5" L x 2.75" W. Some variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch," Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the womens' income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$24.00

Hand carved from soapstone by artisans in Kenya, this set of beautifully dyed aqua sea inhabitants brighten a shelf or table with its vividly dyed coloration.

Includes four whales each measuring 2"L x 1.75"W x 2"T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur.

About the Artisans:

Soapstone is mined in Kisii county in southwestern Kenya. We work with three different artisan groups in and around Nairobi who carve, polish and paint the stone to create beautiful pieces.

$50.00

This handpainted height chart by Tribal Textiles features a friendly giraffe design in cheerful red and other bright colors, with a moveable wooden animal on measuring string to record growth! Perfect for a child's room to measure your growing child. Each height chart features a top channel for hanging and is made from 100% cotton. Measurements in inches.

Height chart overall measurement at 53" T x 17.5" W. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

Machine or hand washable with cool water. Hang dry.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$24.00

These bright yellow and green elephant grass percussion instruments are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these colorful African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$18.00

A favorite instrument of both children and adults, these handmade grass shakers are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these colorful African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass, dyed in bright purple and pink. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

[Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$24.00

These handmade elephant grass shakers, woven in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. A favorite instrument of both children and adults, they are dyed in bright purple, pink, and orange. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Color patterns and sizing may vary slightly since these are handcrafted items.

$24.00

These natural undyed elephant grass percussion instruments are filled with beans and produce a unique, earthy rattle. Artisans in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana handcraft these African percussion instruments from stiff elephant grass. A calabash gourd base keeps the rattling beans intact.

Size: [Med] 3.5"D x 7.5"T; [Large] 5"D x 9.5"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

$18.00

Nurture a love of music with these fair trade, handcrafted percussion instruments from Kenya. Shaking adds the crisp sound of beads against Nile grass stalks or when tilted gently, the rain maker shakers create the sound of falling rain. Each shaker is crafted with a wooden frame and handle dressed up with simple burned geometric designs.

Small Rain Maker Shaker [Size: 9"L x 0.75"W x 6.5"T]; Large Rain Maker Shaker [ Size: 14"L x 1"W x 7"T]. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

We work with Kenyan artisans who have life-long training in the making of traditional African instruments such as hand drums and spin drums. The artisans craft each instrument from sustainably sourced wood and scraps of goat skin. After each instrument is constructed, Nairobi artists hand-paint the instruments, making each one-of-a-kind.

$16.00

These fun spin drums are handcrafted from goatskin, plastic and wood. Each drum is characterized by a vibrant hand painted rainbow and musical note design. A cool gift for world music enthusiasts!

Small Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 3.25"L x 1"W x 10.5"T]; Large Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 4.25"L x 0.75"W x 11"T]; Double Rainbow Hand Drums [Size: 4.5"L x 0.75"W x 14"T]. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

We work with Kenyan artisans who have life-long training in the making of traditional African instruments such as hand drums and spin drums. The artisans craft each instrument from sustainably sourced wood and scraps of goat skin. After each instrument is constructed, Nairobi artists hand-paint the instruments, making each one-of-a-kind.

$22.00

This fun pair of spin drums are handcrafted from goatskin, plastic and wood. Each drum is characterized by a friendly, hand-painted giraffe. A fun gift for music-loving kids!

Approximate size: 4.25"L x 0.75"W x 12"T. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

We work with Kenyan artisans who have life-long training in the making of traditional African instruments such as hand drums and spin drums. The artisans craft each instrument from sustainably sourced wood and scraps of goat skin. After each instrument is constructed, Nairobi artists hand-paint the instruments, making each one-of-a-kind.

$28.00

This sweet and cuddly ornament set with a lion, an elephant, and a monkey is sure to be any child's favorite on the Christmas tree! Each ornament is full of personality and so soft, thanks to 100% organic cotton yarn. The ornaments are handknit in Kenya by a women's cooperative and feature hanging strings, ribbon detail, and sewn facial features.

Each ornament measures approximately 5.5" tall, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item. Sold in a set of 3. Made from 100% organic cotton yarn with new acrylic stuffing.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch,"Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the womens' income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$20.00

Santa Claus is coming to town! These Santa ornaments are cuddly and soft, thanks to 100% organic cotton yarn. The ornaments are handknit in Kenya by a women's cooperative and feature hanging strings, a pom pom on Santa's hat, and sewn facial features.

Sold in a set of 2. (One to keep and one to give!)

Each ornament measures approximately 4" tall, but variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item. Made from 100% organic cotton yarn with new acrylic stuffing.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch," Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the women's income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$24.00

Add a touch of Africa to your holiday season with these fun holiday ornaments! Donning a bright little Santa hat, these safari animals are hand carved from jacaranda wood and make adorable additions to the holiday tree. Each ornament set is handmade to be beautifully one-of-a-kind.

Handmade in Kenya.

Sold in sets of 2. Choose from Elephant & Giraffe, Lion & Cheetah, Hippo & Rhino or Giraffe & Zebra.

Size: Around 2.5"L. Because this is a handcrafted item, each will vary.

About the Artisans:

We work with an amazing co-op in Kenya, the Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative, a group of woodcarvers of all ages who work in an open-air workshop in Nairobi. This environmentally-responsible group takes care to legally procure all types of African wood used in their products, and they are skilled at using all parts of the tree in their artwork.

Gikomba Wood Carving Cooperative
$18.00

Created using beads and wire, this fun duck ornament comes to us from South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province. Each ornament includes details such as coils, swirls, and facial features.

These ornaments are manufactured to the highest quality standards, are eco-friendly and fairly traded, ensuring sustainable incomes for more than 350 home-based craft producers in South Africa.

Ornaments measure between 3"-5" H. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.

About the Artisans:

ZenZulu is a South African craft business organized by designer Marisa Fick-Jordaan. Once consisting of only two master weavers, the business taught unemployed women how to bead and weave, with an emphasis on telephone wire. Today, this highly regarded organization ensures sustainable incomes for more than 350 home based craft producers in four different communities.

$38.00

This handpainted pillow cover by Tribal Textiles features a friendly crocodile design in a cheerful and bright colorway. Perfect for a child's bedroom or any room that needs a spot of fun! Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover features a back vent closure. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

Pillow cover and included pillow insert measure 18x18. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$38.00

Perfect for a child's room or any room that needs a spot of fun, this handpainted pillow cover by Tribal Textiles features a brightly colored giraffe design. Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover features a back vent closure. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

Pillow cover and included pillow insert measure 18x18. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$38.00

This handpainted pillow cover by Tribal Textiles features a brightly colored elephant design, perfect for a child's bedroom or any room that needs a spot of fun! Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover features a back vent closure. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

Pillow cover and included pillow insert measure 18x18. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$38.00

Perfect for a child's room or any room that needs a spot of fun, this handpainted pillow cover by Tribal Textiles features a brightly colored hippo. Each 100% African-sourced cotton pillow cover features a back vent closure. Wash by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent, and hang to dry.

Pillow cover and included pillow insert measure 18x18. Design and colors may vary very slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$22.00

This cute colorful apron is handmade in Malawi using pre-washed, 100% cotton. Each apron features a front pocket and extra long belt straps, and is washer/dryer friendly. Makes the perfect gift for little ones who are curious about cooking!

Measures 14.25" wide x 17" long. Size 2T-5T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Makes a great gift!

About the Artisans:

Vipambi Women's Group is a workshop that trains women in business and sewing skills. The sale of their clothing through the Dsenyo brand generates essential income and even helps to send their children to university. All of their clothing is beautifully tailored, as well as quality checked by senior members of the group.

African imports
$22.00

This cute colorful apron is handmade in Malawi using pre-washed, 100% cotton. Each apron features a front pocket and extra long belt straps, and is washer/dryer friendly. Makes the perfect gift for little ones who are curious about cooking!

Measures 14.25" wide x 17" long. Size 2T-5T. Due to the handcrafted nature of this item, slight variation may occur. Makes a great gift!

About the Artisans:

Vipambi Women's Group is a workshop in Malawi that trains women in business and sewing skills. The sale of their clothing generates essential income and even helps to send their children to university. All of their clothing is beautifully tailored, as well as quality checked by senior members of the group.

African imports
$28.00

Handcrafted by Tribal Textiles of 100% African-sourced cotton, this fun child's apron features a friendly zebra design on a red background. It comes with neck strap and ties that have double thickness for durability. It can be washed by hand or machine in warm water with mild detergent.

Measures approx 18" wide x 21" tall. Each strap is 15" long. Neck ties for adjustable sizing as child grows. Design and colors may vary slightly from image shown due to the handpainted nature of the product.

About the Artisans:

Tribal Textiles provides sustainable employment, fair pay, training, and a pleasant working environment for more than 100 Zambian men and women.

All the work is done by hand on 100% African-sourced cottonâ including the time-intensive drawing, sewing and painting with natural pigment colorsâ yielding exquisite, high quality textiles. Individual designs are hand-painted, drawing inspiration from the stunning wildlife and surroundings at the edge of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. After baking in an industrial oven, the stunning textiles are color-fast and fully washable. The fabric is washed and dried in the Zambian sunshine, ready to be sewn into stunning pillow covers, table runners, bags, and more.

$24.00

These cute handcrafted African toys are knit from natural, organic cotton and are safe for children of any age. The animals feature easy-to-grab limbs, sewn facial features, and a scarf. Made by Kenana Knitters, who are known for their high quality crafts.

Size: [Small] 11"T x 4"L x 2"W [Large] 15"T x 5"L x 3.5"W. Some variation may occur due to the handmade nature of this item.

About the Artisans:

"Changing Lives Stitch by Stitch," Kenana Knitters is a knitting cooperative in Njoro, Kenya that employs a community of women in a rural farming area. In addition to supplementing the womens' income, sales also fund community action for education and health services. All products are local and crafted from natural, organic materials.

$14.00

Utilizing remnants of Zulugrass, Maasai artisans are designing one-of-a-kind strands to symbolize the bright futures of educated children. Buy Zulugrass=Educate Kids. The Leakey Collection will donate 100% of their profits from the sales of these bracelets to pay for teachers' salaries in rural Kenya. Each 26" strand is packaged on a special tag explaining how the proceeds will be allocated. Wear it wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle, or long as a necklace. 

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$14.00

The Leakey Collection dedicates proceeds from these specially designed 26" Zulugrass strands to their Girls Graduation program to counsel young rural girls and their families on the importance of staying in school. Each strand is packaged on a special tag--explaining how the proceeds will be allocated--and can be worn wrapped 3-4 times around your wrist or ankle or even long as a necklace.

Zulugrass 26" single strands are made from sustainable, natural grass beads. The richly hued grass is dyed with colorfast, low-impact dyes and interspersed with hand-blown Czech glass. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected. Zulugrass is as creative as the individual who wears it!

$38.00

This cute little "weiner dog" is handcrafted by artisans in Kenya using discarded flip flops that have been washed, sanitized, glued, and carved.

Size: 10"L x 2.5"W x 6"T. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind and designs will vary.

These friendly pup sculptures are a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

$72.00

This fun dinosaur is a colorful and eco-friendly way to recycle flip flops that would otherwise litter urban Nairobi or sit in landfills. We work directly with a small co-op of Kenyan artisans who collect, clean and transform foam footwear into bold modern safari art sculptures.

Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind.Measures 17"L x 4.5"W x 9"T.

About the Artisans:

In Kenya, artisans convert discarded flip flops into one-of-a-kind art. Operating from a small Nairobi workshop, the dedicated group offers employment and creative opportunities while also keeping flip flop foam out of the landfills.

Flip flop artisans in Nairobi workshop

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