For whatever reason anyone gets any catalog, I seem to get one from UNICEF every so often. I can never remember from catalog to catalog exactly what UNICEF does, so in case you’re unsure too, here’s a snippet from Wikipedia:

“The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a United Nations Programme headquartered in New York City, that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.”

I tend to try and support local organizations, so while UNICEF definitely does important work, it’s not a place I would normally consider for sending my charitable dollars. HOWEVER, I’m a sucker for a catalog, and they feature a lot of lovely fair trade items that would make great gifts (you know, for yourself…or for other people….maybe…). So even though I rarely buy anything from my beloved catalogs, the combination of good causes in this case sure have me tempted. The prices are reasonable too! So let’s do a little window shopping, shall we?

Here are some of my favorite items from the 2013 Fall Collection: (all images courtesy of; pictures are linked to product detail page)

Pearl Wraparound Bracelet

Pearl Wraparound Bracelet, $45.00

Gemstone Jewelry Bracelets

Gemstone Bracelets, $35.00

Tree of Life Bookends

Tree of Life Bookends, $55.00

Home Decor- Guatemalan Star Ornaments

Guatemalan Star Ornaments, $24.00

Around the World Mug

Around the World Mug, $12.00

Set of Four Beaded Ornaments

Set of Four Beaded Ornaments, $24.00

Painted Flowers

Painted Flowers Notecards, $10.00

I’m thinking I might take the plunge on either the pearl bracelet or the bangles and on one set of the ornaments! I also think any of their beautiful notecard sets would make a great gift.

Do you read catalogs when they come in the mail? Which one is your favorite?

Laura Lindeman

Laura Lindeman