Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #3

norwegian wood lars mytting

norwegian wood lars mytting

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I’m back with the third in my series of four ethical Christmas gift guides, this time with one with a more manly focus (although there are a few things on this list that I’d actually quite like myself – hello ghillie kettle and nice whisky, but I might pass on the beard oil, thank you!).  Where possible I’ve tried to sought ethical Christmas items out from independent stores rather than big chains, and as always I’ve kept things purse friendly – there’s nothing on here over £45, with items starting from just £8.

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Men

ethical gifts for men

From clockwise:

1)   Mighty Wallet (£14.99) – made of recyclable material and rather stylish to boot.  They come in heaps of different designs/patterns but I’m really quite taken with the map design.

2)  Ghillie Kettle from Nordic Outdoor (£45.95) – spend a lot of time at the allotment, or camping?  This Ghille Kettle would be the dream then!  It’s certainly a dream of mine!

3)  Klean Kanteen Water Bottle (£22) – I’ve tried a lot of water bottles out and this is my favourite.  BPA free, plastic free, paint free, it’s just made from stainless steel, food grade silicone and bamboo and is incredibly durable.

4)  Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting (£13.58) – so, I must be on to something with this as I made a note to feature this book in this guide as it sounded pretty interesting, then the other night my partner mentioned that he’d been reading about this book and it sounded good!  So if you buy this international bestseller and get brownie points then you can thank me later!

5)  Sore Muscle Salve (£14) – this warming muscle rub for runners, walkers, riders and more, sounds pretty divine.  It’s made with tobacco infused oil for relieving muscle cramps and spasms and cayenne which brings the heat, making muscles more pliable and easing aches.

ethical christmas gifts for men

8)  Leather iPad Cover (£38.54) – I love the old school style of this iPad case.

9)  Benromach Organic Whisky (£44) – Benromach is pretty good whisky and I believe this is the first Soil Association certified organic whisky.

10)  DIY Ukelele Kit (£37.50) – is he musical?  Likes building things?  Then this would be the perfect gift!

11)  Beard Oil (£9.95) – for any bearded chaps out there!

12)  Booze For Free by Andy Hamilton (£8.08) – my partner has this book and it’s a definitely a firm favourite.  Andy really knows his stuff and his recipes (over 100 of them!) are easy to follow.

One last guide to follow very shortly for kids, then I’m done!

Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #2

lambswool mittens

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I’m continuing on from Monday’s ethical Christmas gift ideas post, with another ethical Christmas gift guide.  Monday’s post was home wares orientated, this post has quite a feminine focus, with ethical gift ideas for her from UK independent shops and makers.  Again, I’m keeping things budget friendly – everything in this guide is no more than £45, with ideas starting from just £7.50.

An Ethical Christmas Gift Guide for Her

ethical xmas gift ideas

Clockwise from top left:

1)  Organic Prosecco (£11.50) from Planet Organic because who doesn’t love Prosecco, especially on Christmas Day!  And I’m hoping organic means less of a headache the next day?!  I sadly won’t be able to indulge in any over the festive period but I’ll be saving a bottle for the New Year for sure!

2)  I love this cheery Amarillo wash bag (£20.93) from Nancy Straughan.

3)  This recycled sari make up bag (£18) from People Tree is made with leftover fabric and yarn, and ethically made in Bangladesh.

4)  This Bee Canvas Shopper (£7.99) from Oakroom Shop would be super handy to keep in your bag, and looks lovely too.

5)  This iPad case (£20) (also available for the Kindle), from Truro based Etsy seller Cherry Plum Tree, is great for tech lovers.

ethical christmas gift guide for her1)  This sycamore seed necklace (£20.92) from Victoria’s Aviary would make a gorgeous touch to any wardrobe.

2)  How cosy do these handknitted fox mittens (£32.39), made from 100% British lambswool, look?

3)  These fairtrade star earrings (£9.95) from Decorator’s Notebook are beautiful.  It would go perfectly with this necklace that’s on my wishlist too!

4)  This feather bookmark (£7.50) is a great gift for book lovers and can be personalised on the back for that extra special touch.

5)  And finally, I’m a little bit in love with the handmade bags from The Linen Garden.  This blue one (£42) is a favourite.  Be warned though that the bags are made in small runs and sell out quick!

There will another two ethical Christmas gift guides to follow next week – do look out for them!