10 Stylish (and Ethical!) Christmas Gift ideas for everyone
Breathe! You have time (see previous post if you've run out!). Think how great it would be to get all the gifts brought and you can actually enjoy wrapping! ... rather than that desperate rush on Christmas Eve.
Here you will find the result of my quest for wonderful presents that are also better for people and the environment. I’ve spent hours researching the majority of Etsy and online ethical shopping sites so this is your best selection!
I love Christmas, but every year I shudder at the amount of stuff brought, in particular the pieces that aren’t going to be loved or the ones brought in that Christmas panic!
Slighty similar to experiences, encourage someone to relax, pause and think of live more slowly.
Tropic - They're a brand a close friend introduced me to. Great for pure indulgence, curing skin conditions, even nappy rash (proven one of the best products for babies)
These 12 days of Christmas looks a real treat. Or go for the best sellers such as the body butter, bath bubbles or hand and foot treatments.
For a great smelling man - Deluxe manmade collection - A collection of 100% naturally derived essentials packed with exotic, energising ingredients perfect for sensitive skin. £38
#2 CANDLES AND DIFFUSERS:
Karavan is a great store in East Dulwich, London, who selects and sells carefully chosen ethical products. A lot of diffusers are incredibly toxic, thats why this one is a great buy:
‘Our all natural diffusers and candles to give your home a chemical free fragrance. From personal experience we know that our range of diffusers don't just smell lovely but they last as well, providing a consistent but not overwhelming aroma which can fill any room without being too pungent. They're also vegan friendly, alcohol and glychol free.
La Galeria’s handmade fair-trade candles turn into vases, tumblers or tea light holders. Based in West London, La Galeria Design is a small family Originally from Mexico, co-founder Fabrizzio has been inspired by his colourful roots and the traditional Mexican hand-crafting techniques to create La Galeria’s unique homeware.
“We want to make every moment a celebration by bringing warmth and excitement to the living spaces”
Being committed to fair trade principles and placing an emphasis on environmental sustainability, we use recycled glass to create our unique and premium hand blown pieces. £20
‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful. – William Morris’
Gone Rural UK sells a selection of raffia placemats, vases and bowls. Great for table, floors and walls! Raspberry Stripe Classic Placemat £8.50
‘Weaving together tradition with innovation these beautiful grass placemats are hand made by rural artisans in Swaziland (Africa), providing home based employment for over 750 women.'
Fresh, clean geometric patterns are at the core of MAiK products.
‘Here at MAiK, we’re passionate about where our products come from and who made them. It all started in 2015, when Cat Thorogood decided she wanted to create great looking graphic pieces that are sustainably sourced and ethically produced…we found a selection of makers that supported their local community, looked after the planet and so we launched our first collection. Our cushions and pouches are made by unemployed Women’s social enterprise in East London. The beautiful melamine placemats are handmade in the UK from melamine and sustainably sourced eucalyptus, handmade in a family run UK factory.' £36 Placemats.
Handmade to Last by Agnes
For pattern, fabric and cushion lovers. Andinda’s pieces are inspirational. Perfect for the shop Anthropologie biggest fans.
‘Helping you to find eco-friendly gifts. Handmade, earth-friendly, sustainable bags and home decor from preloved fabrics.' Around £30+
Nkuku - Photo frame. Frame that exhibition postcard, love note or kids doodle.
Handmade, ethical and environmentally friendly, Nkuku's values create beautiful products.
They work with independent businesses, social projects and co-operatives whilst adhering to the standard globally recognised 10 Principles Of Fair Trade. Investing in the relationship between an artisan and a beautiful handmade piece to create a story, which makes each product not a mass market item, but an individually crafted piece. A lot of the products are handmade from recycled materials gather the waste leftovers from other industries including; cotton from discarded t-shirts, leather, metals and glass as well as recycled saris. £14.95+
#4 EDIBLES (AND ACCESSORIES)
You can’t go wrong if you think high quality and special treats. Quality Streets aside try these chocolates; even better keep an eye out at your local markets for handmade chocolates.
Metal Straws - 'This pack of two durable stainless steel straws is a fantastic for cool cocktails, smoothies, pop and milkshakes. £8.26