This month, I had the spontaneous idea to do a Secret Valentine at my office. I think it is important to find ways to serve your colleagues, and this seemed like a fun activity to build morale and have a little fun at the same time.
Tomorrow will be the big reveal, and I am so excited to surprise and delight my Valentine with something I think she will really enjoy.
I’ll also be bringing cupcakes to leave in the kitchen for anyone to enjoy and a little gift for my office bestie and roommate, Courtney.
Courtney’s gift is thanks to Fair Trade Friday, a monthly subscription service which empowers women in 25 countries with jobs and support Mercy House maternity homes in Kenya. Literally, 100% of the proceeds support thousands of women and their children around the world. It’s such a cool subscription club.
Fair Trade Friday has three options:
Earring of the Month, which is $12.99 a month
Bracelet of the Month, which is $13.99 a month
Fair Trade Friday box, which includes 3-4 surprise items (think stylish accessories, organic soap, coffee, etc) for $32.99 a month.
Shipping is included and you can cancel anytime.
The founder of Fair Trade Friday, Kristen Welch sent me the February box to sample and I was so delighted by the contents. It included Fair Trade chocolate, a sweet brass bowl with “love” stamped in it, a set of three bracelets to give away for Valentine’s Day (or anytime), and a leather “taco” to keep your earbuds organized.
I especially loved the Valentine set. I am giving one to Courtney and then Adeline addressed the other two cards for her teachers. SO sweet!
I have sampled A LOT of subscription boxes over the years and I found Fair Trade Friday’s box to be on point for the price and the products. The fact that you purchase is literally changing lives for others around the world is pretty amazing too.
Fair Trade products are often more expensive because they pay their workers FAIR wages. Fair Trade Friday was established by the founders to help people — and not to get rich. Here’s an example from their site:
Let’s use one of our bags for example. They come from India. The company is Fair Trade certified, which guarantees the artisans were treated and paid fairly. By purchasing the bag (which will be an item in a club box with your Fair Trade Friday membership), you are supporting the oppressed people of India, including widows, disabled, anyone seen as unemployable or invaluable. The price of the product boils down to the wage earned by the artisan, the necessary materials, and shipping. That’s it. No one in the middle is taking a cut.
It’s really amazing and beautiful. I encourage you to check out this service. Maybe you are looking for a thoughtful gift to send to a friend out of state or simply want to use your money in a way that will make a difference. I just signed up for the Earring of the Month option and can’t wait to get my first order in March.