Our Giving Tree

Giving life to missions.

Our Giving Tree Bookstore & Gift Shop

Stop in and shop unique and handcrafted fair-trade items from the USA and around the world.

Christian books for all ages, greeting cards, home and kitchen decor, jewelry, scarves, handbags, premium vinegar & olive oil, and gourmet coffees are just a few of the items you will find at Our Giving Tree. Proceeds of purchases improve the lives of artisans and farmers worldwide, as all proceeds go to missions. Since the store’s opening in 2009, over $30,000 has been given to missions.

With an all-volunteer staff, Our Giving Tree is a great place to find that special gift, remembrance, book or card.

Location & Hours

“Our Giving Tree” is located at First United Methodist Church.The store is in the Welcome Center on the first floor of the C Building. For easiest access, turn onto Vistabula Street and park in the lot across from the Sorosis Building. Parking is convenient and free.

Store Hours:
Monday through Friday (10am-1pm)
Wednesday Nights (4pm-6:30pm when there is Summer Supper)
Sunday (9am-12:30pm)
Saturday (closed)

Featured Vendors

Costello International

Products: Jewelry from Mexico and folk art.

Every piece is a one-of-a-kind collectible made in an artisan’s home and is certified Fair Trade merchandise. The world’s premier distributor of these traditional crafts from Mexico.

dZi Handmade

Products: Felt birds and jewelry

For over 25 years, dZi has worked directly with over 1,000 Tibetan, Indian and Nepalese artisans to create, import, and market designs that celebrate the beauty of the natural world and the amazing culture of Tibet. dZi is the Tibetan word for the famous Tibetan dZi or ‘eye beads’ which are considered a powerful charm and vessel of great secrets to be revealed in the future.

Equal Exchange Fair Trade Coffees & Chocolates

Products: Coffee and chocolates

Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers, and to demonstrate the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world.

Minga Imports

Products: Jewelry, crocheted animals, and leather goods from Bangladesh, Ecuador, Columbia, Peru, and the USA.

Minga is a Quichua word that represents the idea of a collective work effort and expresses the indigenous society’s value of reciprocity. Minga means to work together. Minga Fair Trade Imports seeks to improve the economic lives and relationships between small producers in South America and their retail counterparts throughout the world by promoting fair trade commerce and intercultural education. They are a small business helping small businesses.

Mr. Ellie Pooh®

Since 1950, over 4,000 wild elephants have been killed in Sri Lanka not by poachers searching for ivory or meat, but by farmers, because of the damage elephants caused to crops as they searched for food. Dr. Karl Wald founded Mr. Ellie Pooh, a line of 100% recycled paper products sustainably made from 50% post-consumer fiber and 50% elephant dung, to bridge the gap between the elephants and local farmers. Thoroughly cleaned and processed, the result is a uniquely beautiful linen-like paper. In our bookstore, you can find notepaper, memo pads, stationery, bookmarks, and notebooks. For more information about Mr. Ellie Pooh, click here.

Matr Boomie

Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection that blends the traditional art forms of India with timeless and modern design aesthetics, bringing people and cultures closer together. Their collection of jewelry, home decor, and unique gifts are made from natural and upcycled materials that are sourced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. They partner with over 1,500 artisans in marginalized communities throughout India to create economic and sustainable living opportunities. They aim to break the gender and inequality gap by paving a path to create confidence for women artisans. This is done by investing in vocational training, literacy programs and providing fair wage opportunities to women artisans to feel empowered to reach their full potential and become entrepreneurs.

Pilgrim Imports

Products: Metalwork items and ornaments

Three decades ago, a village outside Chiang Mai, Thailand was chronically poor, in survival mode. Now, over 400 neighbors in this rural land work together to produce art pieces, transforming into a thriving village of artisans supporting their crafts.

Rahab's Rope

Products: Jewelry, textiles.

Serving women from India who have been rescued from the sex trade. Since 2004, Rahab’s Rope has existed to spread awareness and help eradicate sex trafficking, giving hope and opportunity to those who are at risk or have been forced into the sex trade. They work in the area of prevention, direct intervention, and aftercare.

Serrv

Serrv believes artisans and farmers worldwide should have the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and support their families through fair payments and respectful relationships. As a result, every product they offer has a story behind it of an empowered artisan or farmer who works in a safe environment, can send their children to school, and can save for the future with a reliable income. You can find Serrv jewelry, linens, serving dishes, garden decor, home decor, scarves, and accessories in our bookstore. For more information about Serrv, click here.

Ten Thousand Villages

Products: Large variety.

Creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to market through long-term, fair trade relationships. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income. Goes back to Mennonite roots.

Tree of Life Imports

Products: Guatemalan stoles, colorful crosses, and nativities.

Tree of Life Imports (from Latin America) was founded in 1989 during El Salvador’s civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market. Since then, they have focused on several Latin American communities to help provide equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. All products are handmade by artisans in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico. Tree of Life Imports is committed to fair trade and economic justice. They pay a fair price that has allowed producers to greatly increase their standard of living.

Unique Batik

Products: Bags, accessories, jewelry and decor.

In business since 1991, partnering with artisans in Guatemala, Ghana, Thailand, and Chile. A proud member of the Fair Trade Federation, Unique Batik guarantees its artisans fair wages, long-term relationships, and safe working conditions that are free from discrimination and forced child labor. This allows the artists to make a living, stay in their home communities and carry on cultural traditions.

Women of the Cloud Forest

Products: Pottery, wooden ornaments & metal crosses from recycled car engine parts through direct, long-term relationships with small family workshops and cooperatives in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

In addition to placing consistent orders with artisan partners, they provide business training and product development and design and offer no-interest micro-loans and direct grants for workshop capacity building. This holistic approach to business enables artisan partners to grow their businesses and access new markets without creating cycles of dependency.