Amnesty International 2009 catalogue: Gifts for greens, gardeners, kids, bookworms, foodies, homelovers-everyone!

Amnesty International has launched its new 2009 catalogue containing hundreds of gift ideas for Christmas and beyond. The illustrated catalogue contains a wide range of high-quality, ethically-sourced products. Featured items include:

Gifts for the home
Bamboo noodle bowl – traditionally made by rural villages in Vietnam (£11.99);
Bike chain photo frame – a must for any keen cyclist, made in India from recycled bike chains (£7.50);
Handmade recycled wool throw (£47.50).

Gifts for foodies
Pure Leaf Nilgiri tea from the ‘Just Change’ cooperative in India, sealed in foil packs and wrapped in local Indian newspaper (£6.50 for 240 bags);
Fair trade chocolates - made in Belgium from ingredients sourced in West Africa, South America and the Dominican Republic (£12.50 for 200g);
‘Retro’ jars of Pear drops, Mint humbugs and Sherbert lemons, made with fair trade sugar (£11.95 for three).

Gifts for kids
Fair trade fairies - including dream catcher, door curtain and mobile, all made in India and beautifully packaged (£39.50);
Pirate skittles set, handpainted and made in Sri Lanka (£19.40);
Solar and wind up reading light – generates 4 hours’ shine time from 10 hours in the sun, or can be wound up before bedtime (£14.95).

Green gifts
‘Nina’ handbag, handmade in Cambodia from recycled mosquito nets (£19.50);
Disposable leaf plates – fair trade, compostable party plates made from sal and siali leaves in Orissa, India (£5.50 for 20 plates);
Eco key ring – made in Ecuador from an etched Tagua nut, also known as “vegetable ivory” (£6.50).

Gifts for gardeners
Bumble Bee nester – bumble bees are reportedly in decline and this nester provides an ideal environment for them. With full instructions and viewing window. (£21.50);
Solar frog fountain – a solar-powered fountain with no plumbing or mains electricity needed (£49.95);
Garden growers kit – seeds, pots, compost and other essentials, all in a biodegradable tray (£18.50).

Stocking fillers
Elephant dung note box – box and notelets made from elephant dung in Sri Lanka (£9.50);
Amnesty pants – fair-trade, organic black cotton pants in men’s and Women's rights's rightss rights's rights's rights's rights’s styles (£13.95-£14.95 for three);
Chocolate coins – made in Ghana, the only fair trade chocolate coins you can buy (£4.50 for two bags).

Books
Freedom – 30 new short stories from the world’s top writers, including Paulo Coelho, Kate Atkinson and Marina Lewycka, based on articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (£7.99);
Nine Lives – remarkable stories of people trying to change the world (£9.99);
Fire In The Soul – a rousing collection of poems by an international array of poets, mixing well known names with relative newcomers (£9.99);
People First Economics- Renowned writers discuss how we can re-shape the global economy for the benefit of all (£9.99).

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said:

“The Amnesty catalogue is packed with great gifts ideas and the proceeds help support our vital human rights work.

“Buying a gift this Christmas from the Amnesty catalogue means you’re helping to protect the human rights of people all over the world.”

All goods in the catalogue are available to purchase online 24 hours a day at www.amnestyshop.org.uk , as well as from a dedicated telephone order line 01709 888333 (9.00am-8.00pm: Monday-Friday; 9.00am-4.00pm Saturday-Sunday). Some of the goods are also available from Amnesty International’s network of book shops.

In December Amnesty International also launches its 2009-10 Greetings Card Campaign, asking people to send messages of goodwill and solidarity to those around the world who have suffered detention, intimidation, torture and other human rights abuses. See www.amnesty.org.uk/gcc for more information.

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