With the pressure on to buy the perfect gifts for your friends and family, shopping ethically can become trickier than ever in the run up to Christmas. But it doesn’t have to. The brilliant socially motivated brands on Social Supermarket make picking memorable presents with a purpose easy.
Turn this festive season greener, fairer and more mindful by shopping from our ethical Christmas gift guide. See our individual guides to gifts for her, gifts for him, food and drink, and stocking fillers or keep reading our round-up of 15 of the best.
Swap the bog-standard chocolate selection boxes and bottles of bubbly for one of our hampers. New for 2019, these are stacked with delicious food and drink from social enterprises. Relish made from excess produce, tea produced by an employer of refugees, and craft beer that’s tackling bread waste are a taster of what’s included.
One Gin’s premium sage recipe will keep the gin connoisseurs in your life happy. They’ve bottled up a cracking aromatic blend of fresh English sage, juniper and citrus. Better still, money from every purchase is helping resolve the world water crisis, as 10% of profits fund life-changing projects in the world’s poorest communities.
Who doesn’t love a box of melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles? The award-winning flavours by Harry Specters taste all the better when you know a worthy cause is behind each box. They create employment for people with autism, helping increase their confidence, hope and aspirations.
Two top quality coffees go into this rich, sweet espresso – one Honduran, one Guatemalan. Made by the first UK hot drinks company to become Fairtrade certified, there’s a lot of goodness in every cup – and we don’t just mean the taste. Cafédirect invest 50% of their profits into charity Producers Direct, whose work improves sustainability and enhances the livelihoods of farmers.
If you know a coffee addict who’s yet to make the switch to a reusable cup, treat them to this one from carbon neutral company Turtle Cup. The brand’s love for coffee is matched by a drive to clean up our oceans, and 50p from every sale goes to charities who are doing just that.
The Wild Wash Bag is a unique handmade gift that’s perfect for avid travellers. Old rice bags are upcycled into these wash bags by villagers in Cambodia, who are given a competitive wage and an effective way out of poverty.
When you buy from this collection, Elephant Branded also deliver stationery to children in Africa and Asia, who need the equipment to get the most out of school.
Pala Eyewear is committed to doing good right from sustainable product designs to restoring vision and empowering communities in places that need help. Their Zola sunglasses are a favourite design, with a stylish angled shape and tortoiseshell print.
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Whether for school or college, commuting or travelling, Madlug’s Mustard Yellow Backpack makes a handy companion in a stand-out colour.
Madlug operate on a ‘buy one, give one’ model: every time a sale is made, a bag is given to a child in care who otherwise might carry their belongings in a bin bag. That means not only will you be buying a gift for your loved one this Christmas, but a child in need too.
Socks: a classic Christmas gift. They’re done a little differently by Stand4 though, another brand who work on a ‘buy one, give one’ model. Each pair of their super soft bamboo socks in this three pack gift box supports a different cause, including specially designed Stand4 socks going to homeless people.
A beautiful watch with a wool strap backed by leather, designed and created by social enterprise James Lucy. Half of the brand’s profits are given to international charities, which are voted for by customers. So, you could have a say in where the money from your purchase ends up.
Elvis & Kresse have breathed new life into a life-saving material – London’s decommissioned fire hoses. That’s what this lightweight card holder with three compartments is crafted from. As well as using a sustainably sourced material, 50% of the profits from these luxury accessories go to The Fire Fighters Charity.
Another product that’s empowering children in some of the world’s poorest countries to achieve at school is this portable charger from Power A Life. Funds from sales go towards solar lights that help them in ways such as being able to do homework in the evenings.
Small but powerful, the chargers come in three colours and work on all the latest smartphones. Anyone who’s ever been struck by low battery panic (and who hasn’t?) will appreciate unwrapping one.
An ideal stocking filler, You’re So Kind’s hand wash is a sweet-scented treat for the skin, made from organic ingredients. 100% of profits go to a handful of the UK’s most recognisable and effective charities, including Mind, the British Red Cross and The World Wildlife Fund.
UpCircle Beauty turn would-be waste ingredients into skin care products, like this body scrub made from repurposed coffee grounds. The result is a nourishing exfoliator that leaves skin refreshed and silky smooth. Completely vegan and cruelty-free, it’s a winning product for your eco-conscious friends and family.
Give a handmade, plastic-free alternative to a traditional bauble this Christmas. Page & Bloom handcraft these roses using pre-loved paper and encase them in terrarium-style glass bauble. The makers behind the flowers are women who have experienced domestic abuse – the company provide fair employment to survivors in partnership with domestic abuse charities.
Head to our ethical Christmas gift guide next for even more gifting inspiration.
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