Hello! Got any exciting parties lined up? Tis the season, and I myself have a couple of parties coming up. The first being the most important – my mum and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary! We are all getting together to celebrate 50 years of their marriage to each other, and I am looking forward to it!
With a few parties on the horizon, I’ve been looking for pretty ethical party dresses. I haven’t managed to find a great deal of ethical occasion wear that I would consider party appropriate but I did come across three pretty ethical dresses that I love, and thought you might too:
This pretty Vermeer dress from the always lovely Thought Clothing (£89.90) is just beautiful. Ok, I might not pair it with socks and brogues myself – maybe tights and boots or heels – but it’s definitely got party written all over it!
If in doubt over what to wear to that party, then I always say wear a black dress. This black Jaime dress from ethical favourites People Tree (£79) is made from 95% organic cotton and is simple yet flattering. It’s one to wear time and time again at any occasion.
This pretty Eliza wrap dress from ethical fashion boutique Nancy Dee ((£72) is made from 95% bamboo, and made in Britain for extra ethical points. It’s super pretty and another dress that can be worn time and time again.
Which dress would you pick? I can’t decide!
If these dresses are out of your budget (because, let’s face it, money is tight at this time of year), then I always heartily recommend searching eBay for something secondhand. I’ve picked up many a pretty dress on eBay over the years: pretty much all of which have been barely worn. I know some people won’t wear the same dress twice to parties/weddings, so eBay is teeming with worn once party dresses. It’s certainly the most ethical and budget friendly way of bagging a party dress!
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.
Ethical Christmas 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!
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
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.
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.
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