Wednesday, December 10
It's always special to give a handmade work of art to someone for the holidays. And contrary to popular craft-fair belief, it doesn't have to be a slick-painted Santa or a hot-glued piece of jewelry. Ten Thousand Villages, a recent addition to NorthPark Center, 8687 N. Central Expressway, offers décor, instruments, jewelry and more created by talented artisans from Africa, Asia and Latin America. As the "oldest fair trade organization in the world," Ten Thousand Villages makes it possible for said artisans to receive fair compensation for their wares and, subsequently, a better future for themselves and their families. We don't know about everyone else, but it's pretty damn rewarding to give a gift that improves the livelihood of the creator as well as the recipient. Now that's racking up holiday credit-card debt the right way. Call 214-368-8200.

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