Inspired by his South American guinea pig chum, Mr Gnome is trying hard to give a fair-trade focus to some of his Christmas shopping.
Fortunately for him, that's not too difficult. He has made several festive forays into Birmigham's splendid Shared Earth shop on New Street.
It's a glittering Aladdin's cave of splendid items, decorative and useful.
Mr G was particularly taken with some small-scale (there's a surprise) nativity sets from Peru. He bought two.
So much for altruism. Tsk!