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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #2

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I’m continuing on from Monday’s ethical Christmas gift ideas post, with another ethical Christmas gift guide.  Monday’s post was home wares orientated, this post has quite a feminine focus, with ethical gift ideas for her from UK independent shops and makers.  Again, I’m keeping things budget friendly – everything in this guide is no more than £45, with ideas starting from just £7.50.

An Ethical Christmas Gift Guide for Her

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Clockwise from top left:

1)  Organic Prosecco (£11.50) from Planet Organic because who doesn’t love Prosecco, especially on Christmas Day!  And I’m hoping organic means less of a headache the next day?!  I sadly won’t be able to indulge in any over the festive period but I’ll be saving a bottle for the New Year for sure!

2)  I love this cheery Amarillo wash bag (£20.93) from Nancy Straughan.

3)  This recycled sari make up bag (£18) from People Tree (take 10% off with code MF10) is made with leftover fabric and yarn, and ethically made in Bangladesh.

4)  This Bee Canvas Shopper (£7.99) from Oakroom Shop would be super handy to keep in your bag, and looks lovely too.

5)  This iPad case (£20) (also available for the Kindle), from Truro based Etsy seller Cherry Plum Tree, is great for tech lovers.

ethical christmas gift guide for her1)  This sycamore seed necklace (£20.92) from Victoria’s Aviary would make a gorgeous touch to any wardrobe.

2)  How cosy do these handknitted fox mittens (£32.39), made from 100% British lambswool, look?

3)  These fairtrade star earrings (£9.95) from Decorator’s Notebook are beautiful.  It would go perfectly with this necklace that’s on my wishlist too!

4)  This feather bookmark (£7.50) is a great gift for book lovers and can be personalised on the back for that extra special touch.

5)  And finally, I’m a little bit in love with the handmade bags from The Linen Garden.  This blue one (£42) is a favourite.  Be warned though that the bags are made in small runs and sell out quick!

There will another two ethical Christmas gift guides to follow next week – do look out for them!

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    Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #1

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    With four weeks to go until Christmas I thought I’d share a few little ethical Christmas gift ideas.  I’m all about supporting independent shops and makers so everything I’ve featured is direct from a UK independent shop or maker.  As always, I’m mindful of budgets so everything is £45 or under, with items starting from just £6.75.

    In this first post I thought I’d put together some a selection of ethical homeware gift ideas.  I had a lot of fun putting this together (I love homewares!) so I hope you enjoy or find it useful!

    Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

    ethical christmas gift ideas

    Clockwise from top left:

    1)  I have a Bygone Press Print in my living room, but I’m very taken with their fern print (£15.99) – I like its old school charms!

    2)   This LED battery powered lighted house (£25) from Southampton based Etsy seller Erinnies, would look beautiful on a shelf or mantlepiece.

    3)  This British made 100% recycled wool throw is just £16 from The Future Kept.  I’ve got one on my list for sure!

    4)  I’m completely in love with this house plant pot (£16.50), again from Etsy seller Erinnies.

    5)  This Let It Snow embroidered hoop (£12) would make such a cute gift!
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    1) I’ve had one of these Custard Cream Cushion (£32) by Nicki McWilliams on my wishlist for years!  One day!

    2)  This Coffee and Tea Calendar (£16.50) from Willow & Stone would be perfect for any tea or coffee connoisseurs.

    3)  A Bee Hotel (£19.95) is always a great idea for anyone who’s a lover of our little fuzzy friends.

    4)  Some stork scissors (£6.75), which are pretty and practical for any keen sewers!

     5)  And finally, this beautiful yellow enamel Mini Moderns Kettle (£45).  All I can say is a big YES PLEASE!!

    I’ll be posting a couple of ethical gift guides in the coming week, but you can find more ethical Christmas gift ideas in previous years posts, where items may still be available.

    I’ve also got some Christmas non-gift ideas in my archives, as well as 10 homemade Christmas gift ideas that might come in useful!  Other things that might be great to make (even if you’re not DIY inclined!) are these easy beeswax candles (I promise anyone could make them) and this homemade reed diffuser DIY (again, I promise, anyone could make these!).

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      Compact Gardening Guide

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      With urban spaces on the rise there is less room for people who’d like to get into garden.  Thankfully, there are many ways to grow crops in small spaces – from potted plants indoors to veg patches and grow bags.  Did you know that you can grow potatoes in compost bags and bin liners?!

      Following a simple growing process you can enjoy some pristine spuds without needing a full size garden.

      How about growing crops in specialist grow bags? With just a small amount of space, you can grow fruit and veg to feed your whole household – from tomatoes and carrots to herbs and courgettes.

      The full compact gardening infographic from Compost Direct shows you how to grow potatoes, tomatoes, veg patches and more. You can also find out how to maximise your growing area by building window boxes and vertical gardens, meaning that no matter what kind of outdoor space you have – there is no excuse not to garden!

      Compact Gardening Infographic

      compact gardening infographic

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