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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

ethical christmas gift guide

ethical christmas gift guide

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I thought I’d post some ethical Christmas gift guides as while buying less stuff or making handmade Christmas presents are always a good idea, sometimes neither option is entirely suitable.  Especially when you have friends and family that live further afield or you’d rather give a gift rather than money or time (some more thoughts on that next week, which will be of interest to anyone looking to have a less commercial Christmas – keep your eyes peeled next Monday!).

With that in mind I’ve created a few ethical gift guides that I’ll post throughout this week.

For today’s ethical Christmas gift guide I’ve focused on ethical homewares that will keep your loved ones homes cosy, bright and warm over the winter months.  I’ve mostly looked to UK based independent makers via Etsy but some other favourites have crept in too!

ethical christmas gift ideas

1.  Coaster Set*  (£12.50) by Pygmy Cloud via Etsy UK – handmade in London from 100% wool felt.

2.  Floral Fairtrade Lantern (£10) from Run Native

3.  Badger Cushion* (£45) by Orwell & Goode via Etsy UK – I’m a big bit in love with this cushion, printed in the Scottish Borders.

4.  Hedgehog Cushion* (£18) by Robin and Mould via Etsy UK – hand printed in Wiltshire with love!

5.  Cable & Cotton Lights (from £29.95) – ethically made in Thailand.

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6.  House of Rym Throw (£59.99) from The Future Kept – ethically made in Turkey

7.  Whale Bowl (£20) by Julia Smith Ceramics t via Papa Stour – handmade in Scotland

8.  Hare Illustration* (£12.50) by Stephanie Cole Design via Etsy UK

9.  Fig & Vetiver Soy Candle* (£15) by Paddywax.  These are my all-time favourite candles.  I bought one in January that’s still going strong, and still smells amazing.  It even comes in a recycled jar and sustainably sourced lid.

10.  Hemp Peacock Cushion Cover (£29) from Little House in Town.  Fairtrade and sustainable.


Watch out for another ethical Christmas gift guide tomorrow!

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Eco-Friendly Father’s Day Gift Ideas

eco-friendly father's day gift ideas

eco-friendly father's day gift ideas

Father’s Day is in just a couple of weeks – it falls on Sunday 15th June this year – and I thought I’d post a little round-up of some ethical or eco-friendly Father’s Day gift ideas on a budget.  All gift ideas are under £25, and start from just £4.95. As always EF denotes eco-friendly and FT denotes fair-trade:


From top left, clockwise:

Hand Trowel & Fork set by Burgon & Ball – £14.40 (FT).   Beautiful garden tools made in the UK from FSC certified timber.

The Bluebeard’s Revenge Shaving Cream* from Ethical Superstore – £9.99 (FT).  Made in the UK, it’s vegetarian and vegan friendly, paraben free, and housed in recyclable packaging.  That’s a lot of eco-friendly father’s day boxes ticked!

Lexon Toiletry Bag from Frank & Faith – £17 (EF).  Made from recycled bottles!

Half Pint Mug from Doris & Co. – £19.95 (FT).  Hand cast in traditional methods in Stoke-On-Trent by skilled local craftsmen.


Bamboo Socks by Braintree Clothing – £4.95 a pair (EF / FT).  You can never go wrong with a good pair of socks, especially bamboo ones.

 Fairtrade Chocolate Covered Nuts* from Ethical Superstore – £5.35  (FT).  A tasty fair-trade treat.

Recycled Leather e-Reader Case from Frank & Faith – £18 (EF).  If your dad’s a gadget man, like mine!

Monty Don’s Gardening at Longmeadow* (£17.89), if your dad’s a Monty fan (aren’t we all?!).

If none of these eco-friendly father’s day gift ideas have inspired you then last year’s eco-friendly/ethical gift guide is here – some of these things might still be available if you’re lucky!

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Main image by Iain Farrell