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Ethical Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner – it’s 6th March this year (next Sunday!).  If you’re looking to treat your mum to something lovely and ethical then look no further than this little ethical gift guide!

Ethical Mother’s Day Gift Guide

mothers day gift guide

From clockwise:

Aphrodite Facial Oil (£20) from Magic Organic Apothecary – I bought this oil for my winter ravaged postpartum skin and I have to say it’s doing a stellar job of adding moisture to my face without making it oily.  I know it sounds a bit counter-intuitive adding oil to your skin – especially because my skin can be prone to oiliness – but there you go!

Organic Cotton Top* (£34.90) from Braintree Clothing – A pretty top for a pretty lady ;)

Bead Branch Earrings (£8.50) from People Tree – a lovely budget friendly gift.

Lip Collection* (£25 – reduced from £55) from Green People – a bargain for this ethical organic make-up set.

British grown flowers (£25) – delivered to her door from the Great British Florist – because who doesn’t love a pretty bunch of blooms, especially when they’ve been grown on our fair isles?

mothers day gift ideas

Brass Picture Frame (£12.95) from Decorator’s Notebook – for housing a special memory.

Jewellery Dish* (£10) from Jessica Ceramics – for keeping precious jewels safe

Mustard Cushion* (£15) from Allen and Bear – because of it’s beautiful colour.

Tea Cosy* (£22) from Tafferty Designs – what a way to make afternoon tea special every day.

Mini Jug* (£16) from Julia Smith Ceramics – because it’s too pretty to resist.

Enjoy your day with your mum, or if you’re a mum then make sure you put your feet up and enjoy your special day!  My oldest says she wants to make me breakfast in bed, so we’ll see how that goes!

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Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #4

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For my last installment of my ethical Christmas gift guides, I’ve put together some ethical gift ideas for kids.  Now, the thing that I’m realising as a parent is that from a very young age kids have very firm ideas of what they would like for Christmas.  Last year my then two year old really really wanted a red scooter (specifically red) and a purple doctors kit (specifically purple), and this year she really really wants a pink bike with a bike seat on the back from her doll, and a basket on the front.

So, rather than suggest those kind of big gifts (because I’m sure you’ve got that covered) I’m here to suggest little gift ideas, costing no more than £26.  Whether you’re a parent looking for a little stocking filler, or a grandparent, relative or friend looking to buy a small ethical gift for a child, this guide should help you out!  As always I’ve tried to source items straight from the maker, or from independent shops:

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

ethical kids gift ideas

From clockwise:

1)  Wooden Rabbit Stacking Toy (£10) – I came across the Sarah & Bendrix online shop quite recently and was immediately struck by the fantastic selection of beautiful toys.  I will definitely be back for a visit next Christmas, when our second little pudding will be celebrating his/her first Christmas, making a mental note to purchase this stunning stacking toy.  It looks like a real hand-me-down piece, yet only £10.

2)  Sequin Crown (£15) – perfect for little boys and girls to play King and Queen dress up.

3)  Puppy Egg Cup (£4) – Again, the Little Maldod online shop was a recent Instagram find for me, and I have a feeling my bank balance is going to suffer when the new little one comes along (in five weeks, eek!) as I stock up on incredibly gorgeous kids gear.  This egg cup is such a cute way to encourage kids to eat their breakfast!

4)  Bunny Rattle (£5.99) – again from Little Maldod – see what I mean – all so beautiful and so reasonably priced!

5)  Monty The Fox (£26) – Sara Carr’s knitted soft toys are just stunning.  My daughter has a Sara Carr animal that I bought her when she was born, and it’s been a favourite of hers ever since!

ethical kids christmas gift guide

6)  Unicorn T-Shirt (£12) – For older kids this unicorn t-shirt from Lost Shapes is sure to be a firm favourite!

7)  Bird Bingo (£14.17) – what a fun way to learn about different species of birds!

8)  Lego Figure Crayons (£3.50 for 6) – for any Lego fanatics out there this would make a great stocking filler!

9)  Maps (£14.54) – We have this book, it’s beautiful to look at and fun to read.

10)  Animalium (£13.21) and Animalium Activity Book (£6.04) – a fun and stimulating way to find out more about the natural world around us.  I secretly want this for me!!

That’s the last of my ethical Christmas gift ideas posts – I hope you’ve found them useful and perhaps discovered some new makers or new independent shops.  I always enjoy putting these guides together for you – I do love a bit of window shopping!!