With Christmas fast approaching I thought I would share my first gift guide for the year. It could also possibly the the ONLY gift guide this year. I’ll see how I go.
This year’s guide begins with one that features gifts which give back and/or are from ethically sourced places/brands. These range from jewellery and accessories, to bath and body and even home wares. It’s a small but lovely guide. Hope it helps you out with some ideas!
Ethical Gift Guide
Jewellery & Accessories
- This silk chiffon scarf $39.95 from Oxfam shop features lovely Spanish tiles motif in colours that would be great for spring and even summer. Pop this on during those cool balmy evenings or use it as a head scarf or even a decorative piece on your handbag.
- Fancy a lovely piece of hand made and designed origami brooch? This geometric wooden crane brooch $28.00 from Etsy is perfect for someone who loves to have something different and unique. This is part of the #makeforgood project where 20% of the sale price of this product will be donated to Plan’s Because I Am A Girl Campaign. All funds raised will go towards supporting projects that help promote the equal rights of all children, helping lift girls around the world – and their entire communities – out of poverty.
- Another one from Etsy, also for the #makeforgood project is this quirky pendulum necklace $35.09.
- This chunky macrame bracelet $25.00 from Etsy features a dip dyed natural cotton stash cord, woven to create a simple but unique design, perfect for summer. Also part of the #makeforgood project.
Bath, Body & More
Heads up with the gifts sets featured here from The Body Shop. For any pre-made gift sold, The Body Shop will contribute 4.4p which can pay for one day of safe water for a family in Ethiopia as part of their Water Aid campaign.
- The Body Shop ^Satsuma Canister Tin $29.95 is filled with the Satsuma bath and body products. The body butter, hand cream, bath gel, soap and even a shower puff! The cute canister can then be used to store other things you might like – it’s as though you’re giving more than just that one gift!
- Looking for a collection of stocking fillers? The first one is this Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub $9.95, which has a gorgeously fun taste and it’s not only ethically made but you know that no animals have been harmed when making this either.
- What’s Christmas without something that actually looks and feels Christmassy right? Like this Lush Yog Nog Soap $6.95. Inspired by the Christmas egg nog, this is made with soy yoghurt, clove bud oil, ylang ylang oil and a dusting of nutmeg and cocoa powder. Add this to your stocking filler for a deliciously Christmassy scent!
- For lovers of body butters, The Body Shop has put together three of the Christmas edition scents in mini sizes – frosted cranberry, frosted plum and my favourite, glazed apple – in this ^Festive Body Trio $23.95.
Finally with home wares, I’ve picked these items from the Oxfam Shop, all handmade with love and in simple yet gorgeously made designs.
- This lantern $29.95 is not only pretty when light up with your favourite candle but is also eco-friendly, having been made from recycled metal and glass.
- Fancy a pot of tea? This ceramic teapot is made in Vietnam and features a hand carved Magnolia tree design in a lovely dark jade glaze.
- Serve up some snacks in this contemporary designed two-toned bowl $14.95. The bowl is made in a famous pottery village of Bat Trang in Hanoi. Made out of natural porcelain clay, painted and glazed by hand to create a simple yet stylish design.
- Love an Oriental inspired design? This set of three hand painted ceramic canisters $99.00 would make the perfect gift to grace the kitchen or even bathroom.
- For cushion lovers, look no further than this hand embroidered flora cushion cover $44.95. This has been embroidered by the woman artisans of St. Marys Mahila Shikshan Kendra in Ahmedabad, India. Using the Kathiawadi embroidery technique, the design features motifs like elephants, peacocks, ferns, flowers, leaves and buds, making this a lovely design fit for summer.
That is it readers! That’s my first gift guide featuring ethically sourced gifts and/or gifts that give back to the community. Why not get someone something that actually helps?
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