Whether you’re trying to shop more responsibly or are buying for a partner, friend or relative who’s big on sustainable, socially motivated consumerism, we’ve got you covered this Christmas. Choose presents that are thoughtful, beautifully made and support superstar social enterprises that are changing the world, one sale at a time.
Get to know our top Christmas gift ideas for her and the inspiring brands that create them.
Goodwash source fine ingredients from the land and sea in Wales and turn them into luxury, cruelty-free wash products. Their commitment to doing good goes far beyond what’s inside their bottles though. 100% of the company’s profits go to groups and projects dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals – from a rescue centre for dogs to a fellow social enterprise using the business of sport to educate young people.
Essential oils are used in their Hand Lotion to make a floral scented stocking filler for any lady who’d love Goodwash’s ‘good for you and your soul’ philosophy.
Driven by the belief that fashion shouldn’t equal waste, ethical manufacturing and timeless designs are at the heart of Been London’s range of accessories. Landfill-bound materials are turned into high quality, stylish items like the Broadway Market Tote. These are beautiful leather bags that come in jewel tone colours and are spacious enough to fit a laptop.
Double up on Been London gifts by buying her a coin purse in matching colour too. When you see these products, it’s hard to believe the materials could have ever been discarded as waste.
It’s always been the mission of the One Foundation to change lives one bottle at a time and in 2017 they added spirits to their repertoire, launching One Gin on World Water Day. At least 10% of profits are funnelled into water projects in some of the world’s poorest countries and communities, helping everyone get the clean water they deserve.
A gold medal winner at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, the Sage Gin is a copper distilled, smooth and aromatic recipe of sage, juniper and citrus. It’s sure to please even the most discerning gin drinker. Look out for the butterfly on the label – a nod to the butterfly effect theory of how small acts can lead to great change.
Disco Dust is here to add some sparkle to your partner or friend’s stocking, completely free from the harmful micro plastics that regular glitter is formed of. Their bio glitter is based on a biodegradable film and is made from renewable sourced raw materials. Plus, their pots are recyclable, refillable and reusable.
A great gift for festival goers, it’s also been the choice of make-up artists working on campaigns for the likes of Nike, Bacardi and London Fashion Week.
These oh-so glamorous sunglasses are by a brand that’s innovating eyewear and giving back through vision-focused projects in developing countries. So, every pair of glasses you buy from Pala Eyewear helps enhance the vision of sight-impaired people, empowering them to lead better lives. What’s more, they work alongside a Ghanaian-based NGO to make protective cases for their products.
THABO is a bold vintage-style design, with oversized frames in tortoise shell colouring. Just like all Pala Eyewear glasses, they’re made using sustainable practices.
UpCircle Beauty take the idea of natural beauty one step further. Not only are their products created out of all-natural ingredients that are good for the skin, but ingredients that are often thrown out as waste – like coffee grounds.
Renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, Arabica coffee grounds are saved from London cafés and repurposed into this nourishing scrub. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, handmade in the UK and comes in 100% recycled packaging – what’s not to love?
From coffee grounds to decommissioned fire hoses, here’s another example of repurposing in action, this time to create unique, super high quality accessories. Elvis & Kresse has made luxury sustainable and the Travel Case is one of many items in the fire hose collection. They’ve been working with the London Fire Brigade for more than a decade, saving 170 tonnes of what was once thought of as waste fire hose material from a life in landfill.
Lined with reclaimed parachute silk, this is a long lasting, beautifully crafted case that even the most frequent traveller would struggle to wear out. 50% of profits from the collection are also donated to The Firefighters Charity.
James Lucy has a vision that all companies should one day have to give back to good causes and they’re leading by example. At least 50% of the brand’s profits are donated to charities, which are chosen by the customers who shop their stunning range of watches.
A bronze mesh strap joins the Tokyo Bronze watch and this can be interchanged with any of the watches they make. It’s a gorgeous classic piece that would make a welcome addition to her pile of presents under the tree.
We have compiled even more Christmas gift ideas for her in our dedicated guide, so keep browsing here. And we’ve got plenty more presents with purpose for everyone on your Christmas list – read our rundown of 15 ethical Christmas gift ideas for 2019 for another helping of festive gifting inspiration.
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