This year we have compiled an Ethical Christmas Gift Guide, with a selection of natural and environmentally friendly gifts from our favourite independent businesses. Not only will you be sure to find something ethical and sustainable, these gifts are also unique, practical and useful.
We think that at this time of year it is more important than ever to support independent businesses who keep sustainability and ethics at the root of what they do. We also believe in buying a few meaningful gifts rather than getting a load of presents for the sake of it, that end up tossed out or hidden under the kitchen sink.
Pepper You - Jewellery
We absolutely love the collection of beautiful clay jewellery from Pepper You. Each unique and special piece is lovingly handcrafted in Brighton using natural clays. All of their jewellery is packaged in paper, which is printed with vegetable based inks. As a company they do not use any single use plastic and they create their beautiful pieces in a way that produces very little waste.
Eden Perfume - Vegan Perfume
Eden use natural, plant based ingredients and then blend them to create perfumes similar to your favourite popular fragrances - for both men and women. All of their perfumes are handmade with botanical ingredients and essential oils and are vegan friendly and certified cruelty free. They are also free from synthetic preservatives, parabens and phthalates and use glass and paper packaging.
Ecoffee Cup - Reusable Coffee Cup
The Ecoffee cup is a fantastic gift for the coffee lover in your life.
Made with natural fibre, corn starch and resin, Ecoffee's cups are BPA, BPS and phthalate free. The lid and sleeve are made with matte, food-grade silicone which is latex-free and designed especially for hot liquids. It has a re-sealable ‘no-drip’ lid, making it perfect to take with you everywhere you go. The whole product (cup, lid and sleeve) is dishwasher safe and should last for years if treated nicely. What's more, they have a range of beautiful colours and designs available, making them a great accessary for your morning coffee run!
Nikki Strange - Stationary
Christmas and new year is a time of reflection for many, reviewing our past year, making plans and setting goals for the year ahead. Gifting a beautiful notebook or diary is a wonderful present for a loved one at this time of year, and we absolutely love these by Nikki Strange. All of their stationery & accessories are made in the UK and are based around wellbeing, self care and nature.
They also have strong environmental values - using paper which is printed using FSC certified paper stock, biodegradable cellophane film which is made from vegetable starch (rather than plastic) and many of their products use recycled paper and vegetable inks. They also have a selection of beautiful eco friendly gift wrap.
Huiswerk Store - Macrame Decor
Macrame designs are an ancient art form, which are created using a knotting technique to create patterns from natural fibers like cotton, hemp, and yarn in different colours. We absolutely love these macrame plant hangers from Huiswerk Store, which will bring a natural, minimalist decor element into any home. Also, let's not forget the many health benefits of house plants. They are not just visually beautiful but can also help improve our mood, improve humidity and clean the air in our home.
Ombar - Raw Chocolate
Everyone has a chocolate lover in their life! We are obsessed with Ombar Chocolate and they make ideal stocking fillers. Ombar are created with high quality, natural ingredients including Ecuadorian Cacoa, which is high in antioxidants and boasts many health benefits. Their ingredients are minimally processed to deliver as much goodness as possible. They are free free from refined sugars, certified organic and vegan friendly. Did I mention they also taste absolutely incredible?!
Organic Zoo - Baby Clothing & accessories
Organic Zoo have a collection of beautiful newborn and children's clothing which is all made with fairtrade, organic cotton and natural inks. They also have wooden toys and winter accessories. Organic cotton is better for our planet, as organic fibers are grown without the use of nasty chemicals. This also makes clothing softer and kinder to your baby’s skin. Organic cotton farmers also get a much better price for their crop, so they can live a happier life!
Corinne Taylor - Wellbeing Products
Our lives are increasingly busier with more and more stress and pressures, especially over the holiday season. Gifting natural aromatherapy products designed with wellbeing in mind is a wonderful way to treat a loved one, and promote relaxation and self care. Our full range of products are made with 100% natural ingredients and are certified cruelty free and vegan whilst our packaging is recyclable and reusable. Our range includes luxury body oils, Himalayan bath salts & scrubs, skincare, Soy aromatherapy candles, aromatherapy room & linen mists, hair care and gift boxes.