It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, even though for bloggers, Christmas started with the press shows in July.
Last year I wrote several gift list posts, including a specific list for beauty fans and another full of bizarre, unusual and downright crazy gifts – some of which are still available if you’re buying for a loved one who really does have everything.
This year I wanted to bring you ethical gifts from smaller brands and artisans. My definition of ethical is quite broad: I mean companies which are supporting charities or communities; are working with materials from sustainable sources; are using ethical, cruelty-free ingredients; or through their products are promoting a more sustainable or positive way to live.
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I’ve written about So Just Shop before and they inspired me to write this post. I love their philosophy and the work they do with artisan groups from around the world. This Mulberry Silk scarf, for example, is hand spun by WomenWeave, which is a group helping women in rural areas of India to create a profitable, fulfilling and sustainable income. The products are very high quality; this scarf is made with the premium silk, combined with the warmth or merino wool and organic cotton.
Traidcraft’s mission is to fight poverty by practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. The Fair Trade Festive Hamper comes in a hand-woven kaisa grass basket from Bangladesh and contains panettone, snacks, lollies, coffee, biscuits, tea, coffee and dates. For the foodie in your life.
The Pommier features fashionable accessories from up and coming, independent designers from around the world. All the pieces, from jewellery to handbags, are handmade. One of their designers – Bug Jewellery caught my eye with their collection called Summer Farm, which was designed to raise money to protect farm animals around the world, with 10% of all purchases going direct to Animal Aid.
How cute is this necklace? Called 22 Beak Street, this is a humble abode to a pampered chicken, a penthouse pad complete with TV aerial and satellite dish. It’s made from solid silver and is also available with a white enamel exterior.
Pomora Olive Oil, with a twist – from £29 per quarter
Pomora an olive oil subscription service that makes an original Christmas gift for food lovers. Adopt an olive tree with Pomora and receive quarterly deliveries of some of the finest Italian olive oil you’ll ever taste, while supporting hard-working olive growers. Pomora sends subscribers regular updates on their tree throughout the year and can even help arrange a trip to visit the producer. Each delivery includes a different selection of oils – from extra virgin, to flavoured. Adopt a tree for £29 per quarter and receive quarterly deliveries ongoing, or foster a tree from £39 per quarter for a fixed term.
A fashion brand with a responsible ethos, paving a way for fashion to have a more sustainable future. Beaumont uses organic materials, uses off cuts where possible and is conscious of its carbon footprint. Here you can find everything from stocking fillers to luxury gifts and festive fashion: cushions, cozy clothing, mittens, slippers and handbags all made from organic materials.
Every Day Matters Diary – £8.84 on Amazon
The Every Day Matters desk diary contains uplifting artwork, thought-provoking monthly themes and insightful weekly quotes, helping you feel organised and inspired every day of the year. I love the positive reminders to help you stick to your resolutions.
Themes include happiness, creativity, mindfulness, gratitude and courage and each week includes helpful tips such as: “align your actions with positive thoughts. Choose one task you don’t love doing… and think of something positive about it. Channel your positive thought into positive action to make a potentially onerous task a happier one.”
There is plenty of space for daily planning and a notes section on each page.
Osprey London Hand Painted Baubles – £9.95 for 4
Osprey London makes high quality home wares and leather goods using traditional techniques, natural materials and strong, functional design. These beautiful, delicate, papier mâché Christmas tree decorations are produced by a group of Kashmiri craftsmen. Each one is painted by hand in a design which is unique to the painter and varnished to create a hard, high-shine finish.
Arbonne – prices vary
Arbonne’s premium skincare and makeup products are vegan and botanical, contain no gluten, no mineral oil, no artificial colours, fragrances or preservatives. The best selling RE9 anti-ageing range improves skin’s firmness and reduces fine lines – but giving an anti-ageing product as a present might be taken the wrong way. So I recommend one of the Arbonne bath/shower sets or the Seasource Detox Spa range, which contains sea salt, algae and seaweed packed with nurturing minerals. These links will take you to my Arbonne website.
A great gift for travellers, Mother Brown’s Remedy Kit was created to be the ultimate companion, when coping with the daily routine is a little more challenging than usual. The remedies will help you pick yourself up after a dodgy meal, a hangover, travel sickness, a sleepness night or a cold. The supplements are all made from botanical, unprocessed ingredients, blended according to recipes passed down through generations. Ingredients come from sustainable farming co-operatives and are packed into a discreet FSC approved cardboard box.
Mother Brown’s Remedy donates a portion of profits to the charity www.antislavery.org which helps to fight human trafficking, forced child labour and human rights violations.
Vyvebox – £19.99
Vyvebox is a new wellbeing subscription box, promoting health, happiness and prosperity. Each product helps you to be healthy, feel good or improves you in some way. Every month, products are hand-selected according to a theme, such as balance, detox or new beginnings. Vyvebox is offering Lifestyle Maven readers 25% off your first box. Just go to the Vyvebox website and sign up using discount code FIRSTBOX.
What do you want for Christmas? Let me know below.