Once upon-a-time if you mentioned ethical gifts you’d be accused of spoiling Christmas and told to cheer up!
These days’ people are putting a lot more thought into what presents they buy for Christmas. We are shying away from mass-produced products and leaning towards gifts that are much more ethical and meaningful.
If you have a friend that loves sustainable products, or buys goods from brands that are committed to ethical practices you might be interested in our 10 best ethical gifts:
2 Pack Heart Socks In A Bag – £12.00
We Are Thought are one of the founding partners of the Ethical Fashion Forum and all their products are made using natural fibres like bamboo and organic cotton. These socks are a perfect gift for Christmas all presented in a cute little sock bag. Will fit sizes 4-7.
Minimal Drop Earrings in Brass – £12.00
Founded over 26 years ago, People Tree have has been the frontrunners when it comes to working with Fair Trade organisations and the local people that make the goods. These earrings for example are handmade in Kenya by craftspeople that are supported by Fair Trade.
Handmade Chocolate Gift Set – £12.00
These are handmade bars in chocolate wrapped in packaging that has been designed by a collection of artists that all have some sort of learning disability. Each gift set has its own design and all the profits are channelled back into the company.
Mayamiko Baroque Rust Ipad Sleeve – £21.00
Mayamiko is an ethical brand established in 2008 who specialise in African prints and products made by craftsmen and women in Malawi. This is a great way to support local market sellers and even better, for every product sold, Mayamiko will donate £1 to their charity.
Bavarian Winter Candle – £35
Hand-poured and using recycled glass and ethical packaging, this scented candle is available in two sizes: large – £35 and small – £23 and smells like a brisk walk in a winter wonderland. With every purchase MJ London make a donation to a domestic violence charity.
Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette – £39
Created by Rihanna earlier this year, Fenty is a beauty collection that embraces diversity and is 100% cruelty-free. There are lots of products in the collection but this palette stood out for us as it features some gorgeous iridescent shades that are perfect for Christmas.
Geranium & Rhubarb Body Gift Trio – £39.00
Based in East London, The Soap Co. produces high-quality goods that are made in the UK by disadvantaged workers using no nasty chemicals or parabens. They stick to a few scents and hand press their soaps using ingredients that are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
Eternal Sunset throw – £69.95
Made by artisans in Tunisia, this is a hand-woven throw made from jacquard cotton in a contemporary geometric pattern. Designed by House of Rym and woven to a traditional method. Measurements are 100cm size and you can use it to throw on the bed or sofa or even around yourself on a chilly night. There’s also matching cushion cover available.
Christopher Raeburn Map Print Rucksack – £199.00
This company re-purposes military fabrics and upcycles material wherever it can. This rucksack has been produced using repurposed material and has a main zipper for the body and comes with adjustable shoulder straps.
AYA Kafue Bangle – Tanzanite – £1,495.00
AYA is a company dealing in ethically sourced gemstones and founded by Chelsy Davy, ex-girlfriend of Prince Harry. Chelsy studied Gemology and as a native of Zimbabwe has grown up with an inside knowledge of the African countryside. This is a fabulous example of the jewellery available, really contemporary and with all stones sourced using ethical methods.