By Charlotte Hope-Shannon
Shopping for gifts is never easy. Add Christmas into the mix and we’re often thrown into a frenzy of shopping confusion. The overzealous marketing of retail can cause a huge sense of apprehension for buyers, especially during the festive period. More specifically so, for those whose gifting focus is ethically and sustainably inclined.
This year, more than ever, there has been a rise in environmental focus. We are not only buying with our respective other halves, family or friends in mind, we are also buying in consideration of our planet.
The key to an ethical Christmas is to purchase with mindful and empowered intent. Therefore, not only do these gifts have a lasting impact on the recipient, you also know that they are chosen with the environment in mind and therefore, have a lasting impact on the planet.
So, whether you’re on the lookout for a festive Christmas candle, a cosy knitted hat or some classic jewellery pieces, we have selected some of the best gifts to help make your ethical Christmas shopping as easy as possible!
From a statement hoop to a sterling silver bracelet, there’s a vast array of ethical and sustainable jewellery brands out there that are perfect for Christmas gifting. Whether it be a simple signet ring for him, or a classic gold earring for her, jewellery is sentimental in nature and can last a lifetime. The perfect gift with a personal, sustainable touch!
For interior obsessives there’s nothing better than a festive ornate candle to brighten up your living room or bedside table. Plus, candle holders are reusable, and make for perfect ornaments or makeup brush/ stationary holders once finished. So, whether it be a personalised wall hanging or a crafty activity, it’s the smaller touches that make interior Christmas gifting all the more special for him and for her.
For your green fingered friends & family, this is the perfect occasion to introduce some sustainable gardening gifts! And, what makes these gifts most unique, is that they are continually rewarding for both the planet and the recipient! From indoor smart garden planting kits, to reusable water bottles, there’s plenty of thoughtful and rewarding gifts for all budding nature lovers!
Nothing says Christmas gifting like a festive accessory! And nothing is more fail proof than a woolly, cosy bundle under the tree! These are the items we so often forget to buy for ourselves and so, they are always guaranteed to be met with a happy response!
From knitted scarves and socks through to silky pyjamas and leather handbags, nothing epitomises Christmas more than practical present.
5. Books & Stationary
From the avid reader to the organisational lover, you don’t have to go for the obvious when it comes to Christmas gifting! Step away from the pre-determined book list and get creative! From a clothbound bookmark to personalised new year diary, there’s an array of sustainable options for our library-led bookworms!
6. Food & Drink
You don’t need to be a fine dining restaurant critic to appreciate a good food gift! For those just starting out on their culinary journey, to those with their own at-home bar, Christmas is the perfect time to really personalise your gifting experience.
From festive hampers to sustainable gin, nothing says ‘Merry Christmas’ more than a luxury food inspired parcel!
For that special ‘for life’ gift, a timepiece is the perfect, luxury investment. Nordgreen are a sustainable, luxury timepiece brand, rich in environmental and philanthropic efforts. With a focus on connecting traditional Nordic character, with enduring environmental goals, Nordgreen are working towards offsetting their carbon emissions.
Nordgreen’s watches are made from responsibly sourced materials, with customer experience and a commitment to the planet at the centre of their story. And, with every purchase made you can support one of their three social and environmental causes!
Most importantly, this not only makes your purchase worthwhile environmentally but adds that extra special meaning to your gifting experience!
An Ethical Christmas Is A Worthwhile Christmas
Sustainability is about working hand in hand with the environment and its resources to create a better-informed future for generations to come. And with Christmas gifting, comes an additional sentiment.
It’s so important that when leading with a sustainable eye this festive season, you make conscious and thoughtful purchases that purposefully benefit our present without compromising our future.
What gifts will you be purchasing this Christmas? Which brands are your favourite for sustainable and Ethical gifting?
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