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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

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Love it or loathe it, it’s that time of year again, when we start thinking about Christmas gifts.  I’ve got some ethical gift ideas for (hopefully) every type of person over the next few days, but as always, if you’re looking for something a bit different try my homemade Christmas gift ideas post or my non Christmas gift ideas post.

Here are some ethical gift ideas for the ladies in your life.  I’ve stuck to budget friendly ideas – all under £50 – and ideas mostly from small UK based independent makers and shops:

Ethical Gift Guide For Her

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Ceramic Teaspoon (£4.50) via Etsy, for brightening up morning coffee.

Terrarium (£26) via Etsy.  How pretty are these?

Bird Spotting Print (£19) via Etsy.  Something to smile at all year round.

Personalised Embroidered Hoop (£20) via Etsy.  As the hoop is made to order do order early!

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Salt & Honey Hand Scrub (£13.50) via The Future Kept.  A special treat for hardworking hands.

The Modern Preserver (£13.99) via Wordery.  On my list!

Bullfinch Brooch (£15) via Etsy.  Cute is not the word!

Isle of Harris Gin (£35), direct from the distiller.  Delicious gin in an extra special bottle.

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Tolcarne Snood (£40) from Finisterre, to keep warm and toasty on cold days.

Lambswool Birds Hat (£30) from Etsy, also for keeping warm and toasty.

Personalised Mittens Decoration (£12) from Etsy (there’s a smaller one also available for £6).

Weleda Skinfood (£9.95) from Naturally Beautiful You.  I use this super moisturising cream everywhere – from wind burnt cheeks, to soothing dry hands, knees, and elbows, as a night cream, or for smearing over my kids cheeks on cold days.  It’s in constant use.  This one from Naturally Better You comes in a special keepsake tin.

Also coming up – men and kids!  Stay tuned!

ps: here’s last year’s gift guide if you’re looking for more ethical gift ideas.

Fashion, Life & Style

How To Build An Ethical Wardrobe From Scratch #4

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As promised in my last installment of my how to build an ethical wardrobe from scratch, let’s talk about all things sales shopping.  Specifically on how to stick to your ethical guns when prices of things are dropping like mad.

Black Friday, which was only introduced to the UK a few years ago, but has caused chaos, is right around the corner, as are a whole host of other crazy sales that often pop up around this time of year.  Sales of up to 70% off aren’t that uncommon any more, even from ethical retailers.

It has to be said, I do like a good sale.  Being mindful of my budget, it’s a good way to buy the ethical things I need at a more affordable price.  I keep a mental list of things I need so that when the sales roll round I can fill the gaps in my wardrobe.

Sometimes whilst perusing the sales I will spot something not on my list that will make me go ooh.  If I can work out that I will wear it enough times to justify the cost per wear then I might consider it.  But before clicking the add to cart button, I ask myself one question: “would I pay full price for this?“.

For the list of things I need I know I would definitely pay full price for them.  It just so happens that I know I could get them cheaper if I just waited.

For those impromptu items that catch my eye, asking myself if I would pay full price for it keeps me in check.  If I’m only interested in the item because it is reduced, and I know I wouldn’t pay full price, then I know that I’m only tempted by the ticket price and don’t actually need the item.

I know only full well from my own previous experience that poorly thought out sales purchases just end up languishing at the back of the wardrobe, either worn once or twice, before being deemed not suitable.  Or worse, never worn at all.

A bargain isn’t a bargain when you don’t end up wearing it.  And a poorly thought out ethical purchase that sits unworn is almost as bad, nay, as bad, as a poorly thought out fast fashion purchase.  According to a recent survey the average wardrobe in the UK contains 11 items still with the tags on, which is pretty wasteful, and not just that but awful for our bank balances too.

Let’s be savvy together this coming sales season!

How do you keep your cool in the sales?  Do share your tips!