ethical christmas gift ideas

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For All!

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I was wondering if it was a bit too early to share my ethical Christmas gift ideas with you.  However, during my trip to the Cairngorms last week I hung about with some reindeer, saw snow, and even came across a pop up Christmas shop at the top of the Cairn Gorm mountain of all places.  It all left me feeling, dare I say it, a little bit festive, so I thought why not!

I’ve rounded up 37 beautiful and affordable ethical Christmas gift ideas, starting from just £3 and not exceeding £55.  I like to keep things budget friendly because it really is the thought that counts, which can easily be forgotten at this time of year.  Despite what other gift guides say I always feel that it’s ok to spend only a small amount of money on a well thought out ethical gift for your partner or your friends or family.  As such I’ve sourced a range of gifts from a range of independent shops and makers to suit a range of people within a small budget.

Enjoy!

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Her

ethical gift ideas for her

1. This incredibly cute little oak shelf from Etsy is only £10 and made from old rulers.  I’m in love.  You can also purchase the little house in the glass dome too for £16!

2.  These hidden message mittens (£35) are vegan friendly, and are sure to warm anyone’s heart on a cold day.

3. A Nasty Feminist brooch (£15) from Folksy because why not?

4.  These brass and resin panther earrings (£32) from Etsy are sure to make a statement.

5.  Beeswax Candles (£10) from The Future Kept.

6. I am a little bit obsessed with this embroidered succulent terrarium wall garden hanging (£22.99) from Ovo Bloom.  On my Christmas list for sure!

7.  A pretty handmade necklace (£15) from the talented Beth Pegler.

8.  A ‘Chia Me Up’ organic cotton jumper (£45) to bring a small to her face,

9.  The concrete planter making kit (£15) from Sandy Leaf Farm contains everything you need to make a stylish plant pot holder.

10.  A weaving kit from Wool Couture (£15) for wannabe weavers.

11.  Sea Salt Spray (£24) by Herbivore Botanicals, the cult natural beauty favourite.

12.  A pretty triangle hair clip (£10) from Etsy.

13. This Pomegranate Soy Candle (£8) from Olive Soy Candles, is handmade and comes in a sweet cotton bag, ready for gifting.

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas For Him

ethical christmas gifts for men

I’ve said for him here arbitrarily, but actually, with the exception of the shirt and t-shirt I’d be pretty pleased to receive any of these lovely ethical gifts, so do feel free to disregard these gender labels.

1. An inspiring vegetarian cookbook – Green Kitchen Stories At Home (£15.42) – to help inspire future feasts.

2. A handmade classic bicycle bell (£17.99) from Etsy to help bling his/her bike.

3.  A stylish mug (£32) from The Future Kept to hold the morning’s rocket fuel.  Get 10% off if you sign up to the Future Kept mailing list.

4.  A cycling t-shirt from Not On The High Street (£20), hand printed in Cambridge.

5.  A bee and bug boudoir (£30) for any budding entomologists.

6.  Loose leaf breakfast tea (£3) in a brown paper bag, because thoughtful gifts don’t have to be pricey.

7.  A Starling lino print (£12) from Etsy, for bird lovers.

8.  Elephant Gin (£29.25) – really tasty gin that donates proceeds from the sale of each bottle towards elephant conservation charities.

9.  A cosy hat (£30) from Finisterre.

10.  A check shirt from Thought Clothing (£49.90) because can you ever have too many check shirts?  I think not.

11.  Finally, a chicken themed enamel mug (£10) from Etsy, for gardening, allotmenteering, camping, and all round outdoor adventuring.

Ethical Gift Ideas For Kids

ethical gift ideas for kids1. Ethical and organic unisex pyjamas (£30) from The Bright Company.  Pyjamas (and books) and my number one to go gift for kids.  They rarely go wrong.

2.  A set of 3 wooden elephants (£16.50) from Sarah and Bendrix, for a kids toy that’s easy on the eyes but still lots of fun for little kids.

3. The cutest t-shirt with an important message (£19.72).  Also available in grown up sizes, if you’re as smitten as I am.  PS: this item ships from the States, so allow postage time.

4.  A sweet dolls house (£55) from Olli Ella.

5.  The sweetest animal mittens (£19.50) from Not On The High Street.

6.  An Explorers Atlas (£15.91) for inquisitive minds.

7.  Bright ethical wellies made in France (£30) for puddle jumping adventures.

8.  A book to inspire – Emmeline Pankhurst for kids (£10.42) – and there are heaps of other inspiring women in the Little People, Big Dreams series to choose from too, such as Ada Lovelace, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo, Ella Fitzgerald, and more!

9.  A cat cushion (£20) that’s purr-fect for relaxing on.

10.  A colour in cardboard igloo (£12) from Hobbycraft.  Kids can draw on it, play in it, and when they are done it can be dismantled and placed in the recycling.  I got one for my kids in the October holidays and it was an instant hit!

11.  A lovely unisex wool jumper from Tootsa (£38) available in a range of colours.  I have bought a couple of jumpers from Tootsa over the years, and they have now been handed down to my youngest.  They wash so well and are so durable.

12.  A sweet little wooden bunny necklace (£12) from Etsy.

13.  Finally, a Botanicum Activity Book (£6.92) for a fun look at plants.  The illustrations in this are something else.

ps: I’ve got some non gift Christmas ideas if gifts aren’t your things, and some homemade Christmas gift ideas if you’re after something a little less commercial.

findhorn foundation

Ten Things

findhorn foundation

Hello!  How are you on this fine Sunday?

We are just back from a week’s holiday up north, which was just the tonic I needed.  Nature walks, red squirrel spotting, tea and cake in some of my favourite cafes, fairy lochs, and trips up windswept snowy mountains.  One week of sheer bliss.

We also took a drive up to Findhorn to play on the beautiful bay there, and then to have a look at the eco houses at the Findhorn Foundation.  I have visited before, some 12 years ago as part of a field trip for uni, but it was nice to go back and have a look at our own pace.    Pictured above is the beautiful Universal Hall but I also snapped one of the amazing houses made from whisky barrels.

On to this week’s links:

1. “Almost everything we must do to solve climate change happens to solve something else” – an interesting read on why we need to replace angry climate change porn with a positive message.

2.  We might be reaching peak carbon pollution, which is good news for the environment.

3.  Nike are often lauded for their eco credentials, but they aren’t particularly ethical.  Here’s how Nike has stayed one step ahead of the taxman for the last decade.

4.  Fun, practical, eco friendly and free – how to make a liner for your compost caddy out of newspaper.

5.  A look into the UK’s first zero waste restaurant, in Brighton.

6.  Does renting clothes signal the end for our wardrobes?  Probably not, but it might encourage us to buy fewer clothes which is only a good thing!

7.  I’m showing my support for the introduction of a plastic bottle deposit return scheme across the UK.

8.  Some good news about clothes waste.

9.  Ever wondered what space sounds like?  Wonder no more, NASA has you covered (spoiler: it’s pretty spooky).

10.  It also turns out NASA are pretty good with pumpkins too.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wendy.x