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Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Christmas Gift Guide #1

ethical christmas gift guide

ethical christmas gift guide

This post contains affiliate links, denoted by a *. 

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.

christmas gift guide 2014

 

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!

Arts & Crafts, Life & Style

10 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

homemade christmas gift ideas

Looking to make some gifts this year? Be inspired by my home made Christmas gift ideas.

I know it’s really early (in my book anyway!) to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but if you can forgive me then I wanted to share some homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Homemade Christmas gifts tend to require a bit more planning and a longer lead time so I thought it was best to get them out there nice and early for you!

I’ve put together some of my favourite (and easy!) homemade Christmas gift ideas that are environmentally friendly.  Just click on the links to be taken to the full DIYs.  Hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones!

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts to Make This Year

1.  Rose Bath Salts

DIY bath salt recipe - homemade christmas gift idea

Cat from Take Courage has put together a very nice DIY on how to make some prettily packaged rose bath salts that would make a really nice homemade gift.  The link is no longer available, but do try this similar DIY instead.

2.  DIY Cotton Wool Pads

cotton wool pad DIY

If you can crochet then these DIY cotton wool pads would make a really thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea.  Package them in a hand-sewn pouch or a glass jar for a pretty and practical Christmas gift.

 3.  DIY Beeswax Candles

DIY beeswax candles - homemade christmas gift ideas

Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has a great beeswax candle tutorial that would make perfect gifts with a light environmental footprint.

4.  Button Necklace

DIY button necklace

This DIY statement necklace tutorial uses up old buttons and felt scraps for a gorgeous and unique gift full of thought.  It only takes about 15 minutes to make too, so ideal if you’re short on time!

5. DIY Gingerbread Body Scrub

gingerbread body scrub

This Gingerbread Body Scrub by Wallflower Girl sounds utterly divine.  I think I’m going to be making this for Christmas (though it may end up as a gift from me to me!),

6.  Recycled Snow Globe

snowglobe DIY

This recycled snow globe DIY takes all of one minute to make but is such a simple and striking gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.

7.  Candied Chocolate Orange Slices

candied orange

These candied chocolate orange slices, again by Cat of Take Courage, look and sound delicious!  Presented in a little box they’d make a tasty homemade Christmas gift.  Again, this link isn’t available anymore – but this recipe is very similar.

8.  Salted Caramels

salted caramel recipe

This salted caramel recipe from Inspired Taste looks perfect.  We can’t get enough of salted caramels in our house so this would be our ideal gift!

9.  Stylish Wall Hanging

tea towel craft

This stylish wall hanging DIY can be made using a tea towel or fabric scrap.  Minimal sewing skills are required so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread then I’m sure you could put this together and amaze your friends with your skills!

10.  DIY iPad Case

diy ipad case

And for the last of my homemade Christmas gift ideas, this felt DIY iPad case would make such a thoughtful gift.  It does require knowing your way around a sewing machine a tiny bit – if you can use a sewing machine to sew in a straight line then you should be ok!

Any homemade Christmas gift ideas you want to share?  Do add in the comments below so we can all check them out! And if you are looking for other gift ideas, then do check out my ethical Christmas gift guide, my secondhand Christmas gift ideas, and my non-gift ideas for a less consumerist Christmas.

Environmentally Friendly handmade christmas gift ideas