5 Colorful Fair Trade Holiday Gifts to Score on Fair Tuesday

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It's easy for Fair Tuesday to get lost among its more publicized siblings, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Rather than shout deals, steals, and--ahem--overconsumption, the initiative founded by Global Goods aims to raise awareness about how everyday purchases can benefit communities.

To take part, you don't even have to spend a cent. Just share social media love by tweeting the #FairTuesday hashtag come November 27th. Should twove turn to purchase, I've curated the most colorful and fashionable fair trade accessories and home goods from Indego Africa, which are all under $50 and oh-so-suitable for holiday gifts. (Plus, you don't even have to wait for Tuesday to buy 'em.)

Indego Africa is a one-stop-shop to find a wide range of fair trade accessories, from headbands and bracelets to baskets and tote bags, made by female artisans in Rwanda. The nonprofit social enterprise gives 100% proceeds to fund training programs for these women. Their products are conveniently sold via an online web store and in more than 80 retail stores across the U.S. and Europe. Plus, they have notable design collaborations with J.Crew and Nicole Miller under their belt--more on that, below.

Without further adieu, read on for my favorite Indego Africa fair trade goods, all of which are handmade by artisans and come with a hang-tag personally signed by the artisan who created them.

1. Nicole Miller Pink Batik Turban

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This haute topper--as I like to refer to chic accessories that adorn the crown--is one bright way to add personality to any outfit. Co-designed with Nicole Miller, these turbans boast function and trendy appeal. (Indego Africa, $25)

2. J.Crew Green Cloth Wrap Bracelet

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J.Crew gives the ol' friendship bracelet a fair trade spin with handcrafted adornments made with locally-sourced Dutch wax cloth. Indego Africa suggests "[piling] 'em on by the dozen!" and I couldn't agree more: the brighter, the bolder, the better. Indego Africa, $22.50)

3. Mixed Patchwork Weekender

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Indego Africa breaths colorful life into the boring commute and travel accessories. Made with vibrant Dutch wax cloth, the spacious bag is functional and, thanks to its timeless aesthetic, it can be worn any season. (Indego Africa, $40)

4. Bluma Cosmetic Case

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A bright cosmetic purse is a sure fine way to add style to your handbag. Stash it with everyday essentials and you can carry a piece of artisan-made crafstmanship with you wherever you go. (Indego Africa, $20)

5. Elephant Pillow Ornament

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If I say "adorbs" it might date me so me, so I'll stick to the more formal "adorable" to describe this colorful elephant pillow ornaments made with Dutch wax cloth. (Indego Africa, $12)

Want more gifts? Check out more of my curated picks in the Green Gift Guide: The Fashion Buff -- and don't miss the other nine categories in our Green Gift Guide 2012!

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