2012 Pig Lovers Gift Guide

December 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Posted in Pig Gift Ideas, Pig Rescue Organizations | 1 Comment
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It’s that time of year. Time to shop for your favorite pig lovers. Here to help is your 2012 Pig Lovers Gift Guide!

This year the guide is divided into categories;

FAIR TRADE: There are quite a few socially responsible Fair Trade pig gifts out there, available from businesses who belong to the Fair Trade Federation (FTF). All members undergo a rigorous screening process that evaluates their practice of all nine Fair Trade Principles. So you can feel good buying products from FTF businesses.

Mass-produced made in China pig gifts are easy to find and usually cheap (and cheaply made), but are they worth it?

HANDMADE: Thanks to websites like Etsy, finding one-of-a-kind handmade pig gifts is becoming easier and easier. Supporting artists feels good. You should try it! (Gift Guide products link to Etsy artist’s main store page, not direct to product since product page urls change often.)

DIY: Attention do-it-yourselfers, if you like to make your own pig gifts, this is the section for you!

PIG CHARITIES: This section lists some of the terrific Pig Rescue Organizations who rely on donations to keep up their great work. Donating in your favorite pig lover’s name makes a great gift.

2012 PIG LOVERS GIFT GUIDE

FAIR TRADE

Be a Pig Cookie Jar. Bake something homemade and hide inside for a double gift! www.tenthousandvillages.com $38 Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Be a Pig Cookie Jar. Bake something homemade and hide inside for a double gift! http://www.tenthousandvillages.com $38 Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

Salt n Pepper Pig Shakers. Seasoning, pig style. www.serrv.org $22 Photo Credit: Serrv

Salt n Pepper Pig Shakers. Seasoning, pig style. http://www.serrv.org $22 Photo Credit: Serrv

Piggy Bank

Terra Cotta Piggy Bank. Add a few coins to make this gift jingle. http://www.Serrv.org $14 Photo Credit: Serrv

Felt Pig Puppet. Play pig with your favorite munchkins. www.globalgoodspartners.org. $8 Photo Credit: Global Goods Partners

Felt Pig Puppet. Play pig with your favorite munchkins. http://www.globalgoodspartners.org. $8 Photo Credit: Global Goods Partners

Pigs Can Fly Candleholder

Pigs Can Fly Candle. Include extra candles to really light up this gift! http://www.tenthousandvillages.com $16 Photo Credit: Ten Thousand Villages

HANDMADE

Vinyl Record Pendant

Vinyl Record Pig Pendant. The artist makes pigs and a whole lot more! http://www.etsy.com/shop/RandomPrefect $15 Photo Credit: RandomPerfect

Pig & Love Rubber Stamp. Give as a gift OR use to decorate your gift cards. $1.50 www.etsy.com/shop/ppappappiyo Photo Credit: Ppappappiyo

Pig & Love Rubber Stamp. Give as a gift OR use to decorate your gift cards. $1.50 http://www.etsy.com/shop/ppappappiyo Photo Credit: Ppappappiyo

Pig Cutting Board

Bamboo Pig Cutting Board. Practical gift, sustainable wood. http://www.etsy.com/shop/BotanicalBoards $39 Photo Credit: Botanical Boards

DIY

Crochet pig hat

Pig Hat Crochet Pattern: http://www.etsy.com/shop/KraftyShack $4.99 Photo Credit: KraftyShack

Paper-Mache-piggy-bank

Make your own piggy bank! Paper mache is cool again, haven’t you heard? This blog post has easy-to-understand instructions on how to make your very own paper mache piggy bank. http://www.darkbluedragon.com Free plus supplies

Candy Box Pig Family

Candy Box Pig Family. You order the digital prints, then it’s very easy to put together — print, cut, fold, glue. http://www.etsy.com/shop/KarKarStyle $3.00 Photo Credit: KarKarStyle

PIG CHARITIES

Well, that’s a wrap on this years Pig Lovers Gift Guide. If you sell pig gifts and you didn’t make the list, by all means share it in the Comments section. The more the merrier.

Happy Holidays to all!

2010 Pig Lovers Gift Guide

December 16, 2010 at 4:10 am | Posted in Pig Gift Ideas | 3 Comments
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Do YOU know someone (besides me) who loves pigs? There are more of us than you might think. If you do and you haven’t gotten them a holiday gift yet, then terrific, you’ve come to the right place.

I guess since I created the first Pig Gift Guide last year, I can call this the 2nd Annual Pig Lovers Gift Guide. (Sounds so official, right?!)

Like last year, this guide focuses on presents with purpose…green gifts, handmade treasures, fair trade piggies. That sort of thing. No mass-produced pig gifts made in China here. Finding those is like finding….hay in a hay stack. You don’t need a gift guide for that.

Instead of wasting your money on cheapo products made in China of unsustainable materials, here are 3 Shopping Tips to pig shop with heart:

  • Grab an antique pig treasure from your local vintage shop.
  • Search the Fair Trade Federation’s list of business members who sell all sorts of socially responsible crafts
  • Visit Etsy and type in pig and pages upon pages of handmade, unique products pop up.

The bottom line: it’s not hard to shop with your conscience.

Oh, one more thing before we get to the Gift Guide. Bernie Sanders makes the point that buying mass produced products made in China is harmful to our economy, and thus American families. The Independent from Vermont grabbed people’s attention with his comment about China being our 51st state, a revelation he came to while holiday shopping with his wife.

I wonder what Bernie would say about uncommongoods.com, the Online Store whose tagline boasts “find anything but ordinary.” I visited their site while researching for this gift guide. When I entered “pig” a bunch of items that turned up were made, you guessed it, IN CHINA! Uncommon? I don’t think so. And a bit ironic given their tagline.

But I don’t mean to single them out. They do offer many responsibly-made products as well, including the pig weather vane below created by Pennsylvania artists Ben and Kate Gatski. And I’ll credit them this: at least they have the decency to list where most of their products are made. Now that IS uncommon.

So without further adieu….

Your 2010 Pig Lovers Gift Guide!

(Click on product picture to get to Where to Buy. If you get an error message, it is probably SOLD OUT. Or it just changed links.)

 

Piggy Potholders. Fair Trade + Practical = Perfect! http://www.globalexchangestore.org $9.95

Pig Weather Vane. Give someone more direction in their life. http://www.uncommongoods.com $160

Donate to Pigs Peace Sanctuary. In your pig lover's name. http://www.pigspeace.org Price: You choose

Terra Cotta Pig Dish. Fair Trade and made to serve. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com $16

3 Little Pigs Finger Puppet Set. Act the story out with kids. Or without kids. Whatever. http://www.lucuma.com $19.50

Piggy Bank. Saving can be fun. I swear! http://www.worldofgood.ebay.com $18.75

Pig Paper Clips. Keep it together folks. http://www.goodgiftsnaturally.com $17

 

Three Pigs Recycled Record Comb. It used to rock. Now it accessorizes. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Tresijas $20

Humane Farming Association Greeting Cards. HFA rulz and so do their cards. http://www.hfa.org $10

Flying Pig Art Piece. I guess you could call it an extremely large paper weight. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Middleburg $58

 

Global Exchange Potholders

http://www.globalexchangestore.org/Pig-Potholders-p/thgp751p.htm

$9.95 Fair Trade + Practical = Perfect!

Donation to Pigs Peace Sanctuary

http://pigspeace.org/main/donate.html

Price: Your choice. Donate in someone’s name.

Ten Thousand Villages Pig Terra Cotta Dish

http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/terra-cotta-pig-dish

$16 Fair Trade and there to serve

Lucuma 3 Little Pigs Finger Puppet Set

http://www.lucuma.com/craft_gallery/p_USP303R.asp

$19.50 Act the story out with kids. Or without kids. Whatever.

Crossroads Trade Piggy Bank:

http://worldofgood.ebay.com/Fair-Trade-India-Piggy-Bank-Leather-Pig-Crossroads/230394685786/item

$18.75 Saving can be fun.

Three Pigs Recycled Record Comb

http://www.etsy.com/listing/24365051/three-pigs-recycled-record-comb?ref=sr_gallery_16&ga_search_query=pig+green&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title&filter%5B0%5D=handmade

$20 It used to rock. Now it accessorizes.

Pig Weather Vane

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/weather-vanes

$160 Give someone more direction in their life.

Humane Farming Association Greeting Cards

http://www.hfa.org/marketplace.html

$10 This organization rocks and so do their cards.

Pig Paper Clips

https://www.goodgiftsnaturally.com/index.php/default/pig-twirl-office-organizers.html

$17 Keep it together folks.

Farm Country Patchwork Pillow

http://www.etsy.com/listing/51597364/farm-country-patchwork-pillow?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=pig+quilt&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

$39

Pig Art

http://www.etsy.com/listing/58819026/flying-piggy-fabric-when-pigs-fly?ref=sr_gallery_35&ga_search_query=flying+pig&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=2&order=&includes[0]=tags&includes[1]=title&filter[0]=handmade

$58 It’s art. And it’s sooo cute. So there!

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