It’s just over a month until Christmas and the usual gift searching craziness is beginning to take over people’s lives, especially this week ahead of Black Friday. But instead of scouring conventional big brands in high street shops, why not do something a bit different this year and purchase your gifts from ethical brands instead?
If you’ve been feeling more conscious about the origins of everyday products and want to buy your loved ones gifts that were made with as little harm to the environment as possible and no worker exploitation along the production process, then ethical shopping is definitely the answer. The online marketplace is so huge though so finding the right place to shop ethical can sometimes feel like such a challenge. But fear not, my dear friends!
This week, I’ll be posting a blog post every day with different gift guide themes, so hopefully that’ll give you lots of ideas to surprise your loved ones with more ethical gifts this Christmas. I’ve reached out to my fellow green lifestyle and beauty bloggers for some advice on ethical Christmas gift ideas so you can guarantee there’ll be something up your street.
Make sure you check back every day this week for more gift inspiration:
- Monday – today’s post is all about lifestyle gifts from my fellow ethical bloggers
- Tuesday – the post will feature green beauty bloggers’ skincare choices from the online shop, LoveLula
- Wednesday – the post will feature ethical gifts for children as chosen by ethical blogger Mamas
- Thursday – check back for my choices of Secret Santa gifts under £5 and under £10
- Friday – my choices for natural skincare gifts for Mamas-to-be and new Mamas
- Saturday – ethical skincare gifts for the special man in your life
- Sunday – alternative gifts that make a difference.
So here are the gifts that my ethical blogger friends wish for this Christmas:
Ethical blogger Rae from Rae Ritchie told me: “As a style writer, it sometimes feels like my whole life is spent mentally compiling my Christmas wishlist!” Her top three choices this year are these beautiful items and I’m definitely coveting those gorgeous pyjamas!
Women’s Navy with Ivory Piping Long Set – Tales of Thread (£115.00)
“Pyjamas are a classic Christmas gift but that doesn’t mean they are boring, as shown by these gorgeous organic cotton and silk pyjamas made by Ghanian artisans especially for Tales of Thread. They’re made for lying round in on Boxing Day!” BUY NOW >>>
Glass Votive – The Recycled Candle Company (£9.50)
“An ideal small gift for giving or receiving, these votives are all handmade with 100 percent recycled wax. I can’t decide between Winter Spice and Bitter Orange & Ylang for this time of year, but at such reasonable prices maybe I don’t have to choose!” BUY NOW >>>
Turquoise Dream Oval Clutch – Larone Artisans ($199)
“I’ve been lusting after this handwoven clutch since Larone Artisans launched their range earlier in the year. While I can use it all year round, it’s perfect for Christmas parties – I wonder if Santa could make an early delivery?” BUY NOW >>>
London-based artist and ethical blogger Francesca from Ethical Unicorn has selected these three items. I love it that she wants such a simple thing as a tomato plant – Christmas gifts can also be practical, right?
A tomato plant
“I recently moved into a house with a garden, so a big sustainable goal for me next year is to grow more of my own food – zero waste, organic AND cheap! I feel like tomatoes are a great place to start; they’re a base for so many recipes and I must go through tons of them. I just need my own starter plant, and some guidance from my expert growing Grandad, and I’m good to go.”
“Probably one of my favourite new businesses this year – Lara Intimates produce sustainably made underwear right on my doorstep in London. Their pieces are super comfy, unique and ethical, plus they refuse to photoshop their models! Nothing better than Christmas undies, am I right?” BUY NOW >>>
“Ok, I’m not expecting a whole phone for Christmas, but hopefully some funds I can combine with my savings towards one. After many years with my old phone, I’m hoping to move to this more ethical, durable and sustainable option as soon as it becomes available to order again!” BUY NOW >>>
Here are three gifts that Alabama-based Savannah from Earth and Water would be happy to receive. I’ve heard the same thing about silk pillows so I think I may need to get one for myself too – my hair and I have had such a turbulent relationship!
Safety razor/ wood stand (£22.69)
“I’ve been slowly shifting my and my family’s lifestyle to zero waste and this is another step for me in my self care routine. I already make most of my own self care products and recently discovered the safety razor option.” BUY NOW >>>
Onyx pendant – Wicked and Lovely Store (£21.91)
“I love crystals. Onyx is great for protecting against negative energies. It’s a stone of protection. With my anxiety, it’ll be a great addition to my calming toolbox and my wardrobe.” BUY NOW >>>
The Ethical Silk Company Pillowcase ($55)
“Silk pillowcases have benefits to your hair, preventing split ends and keeping moisture in tact. When you toss and turn like I do, your hair suffers. Plus it’s a luxurious feel that adds to positive vibes and self care on many levels.” BUY NOW >>
On the other hand, Lithuania-based Mona from La.Mo Style has chosen gorgeous ethical fashion items. I’m especially loving that summery dress – give me flowery prints anytime!
Breezy knee-length dress with bell sleeves and drawstring waist – Amour Vert ($118)
“This breezy knee-length dress with bell sleeves and drawstring waist is made from luxuriously soft Mulberry silk; a combination of my favourite colours. White printed with a flowery touch. I chose it because it’s the perfect style for me. It’s comfy and chic. I would pair it with a pair of shoes and a black coat if I want to go out, invited to a dinner or with friends in the occasion.” BUY NOW >>>
Dark Green Foldover Cross Body bag – Everlane ($150)
“This item goes with everything. I would love this foldover with a white Jean or with the Flavie Dress. In addition, the combination of these two colours will create a beautiful outfit for this occasion.” BUY NOW >>>
Charlotte Stone Luna heeled mule – Amour Vert ($285)
“This is my favourite colour so far. I could pair it with anything I have and with the outfit chosen the Flavie Dress and the dark green Foldover Cross Body. I love these classic shoes. This is a must have colour in your wardrobe.” BUY NOW >>>
Lynsey from Monsoon of Random has chosen three gifts that are totally up my street: chocolates, skincare and a classic black dress. What more does a girl need, right?
The Ultimate Organic Chocolate Chaos Gift Hamper (Vegan) – The Goddness Project, £48.95
“I would absolutely love to wake up on Christmas morning to find this hamper of delicious organic, vegan chocolates under the tree. The Goodness Project specialise in gifts and subscription boxes of vegan, organic, gluten free foods, and they also use completely sustainable packaging made from 100% recycled materials. They supply products from ethical and independent brands, and this is one of my favourite things about them.” BUY NOW >>>
Black BodyCon Side Split Dress – Know The Origin (£40)
“I absolutely love Know The Origin. This gorgeous dress made of organic, fairtrade cotton is a bargain at £40, considering that it is fair trade from seed to garment, as with all KTO products. 100% transparent, with wonderful style. What’s not to love?” BUY NOW >>>
Women’s Skincare Gift Box – Living Naturally (£25)
“A gorgeous gift set containing all natural, all vegan, cruelty free beauty balm moisturiser, lip balm and deodorant cream. I absolutely adore the range of soap-nut made products from Living Naturally. Natural soap-nuts, with amazing cleaning power, sourced only from ethical suppliers whose business practices do not harm people, animals or the planet. A lovely, friendly independent company.” BUY NOW >>>
You may be wondering what I’m wishing for? Well, I’ve saved my choices for last so here they are:
Baxter (Carbon) Tote Handbag OR Kishu (Jam) Hobo Handbag- Matt and Nat, £110/ £105
I have to be honest – I’ve always liked owning a real leather handbag as they’re simply more premium quality compared to synthetic leathers. However, I’m beginning to be concerned about how materials are sourced and their environmental impact, which is why I’d love to see how ethically-made handbags stand the test of time. Matt and Nat handbags are made using ethically-made vegan leather and the inside lining is made from recycled bottles, and their designs are classically simple and beautiful. So that’s why it’s so hard for me to decide which of these two gorgeous bags to choose, even though I know it’s just a wish list! Both are the perfect size for me as I love having lots of space carrying all the essentials for work as well as when out and about with the kiddies. Decisions, decisions – which one would you choose?
Nalu Original 100% Bamboo Wood Watch – BAM-BOO, £79.99
I’ve been coveting a bamboo watch for a couple of years now so here’s a big nudge-nudge to my Hubby 🙂 This gorgeous watch from UK-based company BAM-BOO is extra-lightweight and durable, and made from the premium moso bamboo which is sustainably-harvested only from authorised plantations in the Far East. The watch also comes with a one-year guarantee and lifetime replacement battery. BUY NOW >>>
Vektra Vacuum Eco Kettle 1.7l, £79.99
I just love a practical gift! Our current kettle is already energy efficient but I’m loving this electric kettle that’s also a vacuum flask with double insulated walls. This means it keeps your water piping hot for up to four hours so you can enjoy a couple of cups of tea or coffee without the need to heat up more water. It’s also made from stainless steel inside and out, with only the trim and handle made from plastic. BUY NOW >>>
A big thanks to all of my contributors in today’s post – I hope one of the gorgeous pressies ends up under your Christmas tree 🙂
And which of these gifts would YOU like to see under the Christmas tree?