Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas #1

LED house

LED house

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With four weeks to go until Christmas I thought I’d share a few little ethical Christmas gift ideas.  I’m all about supporting independent shops and makers so everything I’ve featured is direct from a UK independent shop or maker.  As always, I’m mindful of budgets so everything is £45 or under, with items starting from just £6.75.

In this first post I thought I’d put together some a selection of ethical homeware gift ideas.  I had a lot of fun putting this together (I love homewares!) so I hope you enjoy or find it useful!

Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

ethical christmas gift ideas

Clockwise from top left:

1)  I have a Bygone Press Print in my living room, but I’m very taken with their fern print (£15.99) – I like its old school charms!

2)   This LED battery powered lighted house (£25) from Southampton based Etsy seller Erinnies, would look beautiful on a shelf or mantlepiece.

3)  This British made 100% recycled wool throw is just £16 from The Future Kept.  I’ve got one on my list for sure!

4)  I’m completely in love with this house plant pot (£16.50), again from Etsy seller Erinnies.

5)  This Let It Snow embroidered hoop (£12) would make such a cute gift!
christmas gift guide

1) I’ve had one of these Custard Cream Cushion (£32) by Nicki McWilliams on my wishlist for years!  One day!

2)  This Coffee and Tea Calendar (£16.50) from Willow & Stone would be perfect for any tea or coffee connoisseurs.

3)  A Bee Hotel (£19.95) is always a great idea for anyone who’s a lover of our little fuzzy friends.

4)  Some stork scissors (£6.75), which are pretty and practical for any keen sewers!

 5)  And finally, this beautiful yellow enamel Mini Moderns Kettle (£45).  All I can say is a big YES PLEASE!!

I’ll be posting a couple of ethical gift guides in the coming week, but you can find more ethical Christmas gift ideas in previous years posts, where items may still be available.

I’ve also got some Christmas non-gift ideas in my archives, as well as 10 homemade Christmas gift ideas that might come in useful!  Other things that might be great to make (even if you’re not DIY inclined!) are these easy beeswax candles (I promise anyone could make them) and this homemade reed diffuser DIY (again, I promise, anyone could make these!).

Day Trips, Travel

Edinburgh Christmas Market (And Other Fun Things To Do)

Christmas market edinburgh

Heading to the Edinburgh Christmas Market?  Check out my fun things to do and top tips.

The Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of my all-time favourite places to visit in Edinburgh at Christmas. Actually, it’s one of my top things to do at Christmas just in general.

My uncle used to run a coach tour company, and each year he’d run multiple tours to the Christmas markets of Germany.  Now Christmas markets in the UK are so good that you don’t have to travel to the continent to have a great time and make long-lasting cherished memories.  I’ve been to the Edinburgh Christmas Marjet every year I’ve lived in/around Edinburgh. Now nothing says Christmas to me more than spending the day there with my family, a glass of mulled wine in hand!

My Favourite Things to Do in Edinburgh

Of course, apart from the Edinburgh Christmas Market, the city is full of other great things to do at Christmas.  Edinburgh is such a great place to visit, whether you’re local or have travelled a bit further afield.  So when Premier Inn invited me to spend the day in Edinburgh, to share with you my favourite things to do in the city at Christmas, I jumped at the chance.

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