Christmas is coming around the corner, and now more than ever it’s important to get those gifts early! I usually find most of my presents at charity shops, since you can repurpose unique & affordable goodies with the money going to a good cause — however this year since a lot of us are in lockdown we can’t shop quite like usual. When shopping online, it’s important to support small-businesses who do a little happy dance when you buy from them.
With that in mind, I’ve come up with a list of beautifully ethical, eco-friendly and hand-made gifts that will be extra special for your loved ones this Christmas:
The New Haven Project are a family-run business who sit close to my heart. Tracey sold her house and bought land to rescue abused and ex-slaughterhouse animals so as to give them a home. All profits from her eco-friendly products go towards looking after the animals and expanding her work so she can welcome more furry friends. If you want to read more about their story you can read my article on them for Pebble Magazine. I have personally purchased multiple soy candles and shampoo bars from The New Haven Project and can guarantee that they are lovely.
Do you remember Tori Tsui from the inspiring activist interview I did with her? Well you might not have known that she also makes earrings! If you want to support a fellow climate activist then why not check out her Etsy shop. (Fun fact: something I love about Etsy is that they carbon offset their deliveries). Also, if you buy the earrings today then all the proceeds go to Tori’s Typhoon Ulysses and Hurricane Eta fundraiser.
Chrissy Hazel Holmes is another fellow Climate Activist who I found out about through her Instagram. She sells beautiful home-made prints and jewellery on her Etsy shop, plus some of the money goes towards the Avon Needs Trees Charity! How cool is that! Go check her out and give her some eco-friendly love.
Jules Perspective make ‘Sustainable and unique products with the environment in mind’. I love this shop and the cute Scandinavian inspired Christmas elves. This is definitely a gift to get the Christmas-loving activist in your life. Plus, the shop is ran by my friend’s mum! Shout out to Ellie’s mum for making such awesome eco things!
This one’s a bit different as it’s not a small business selling hand-made items. Instead, Choose Love are an amazing charity that support refugees. The items you buy directly go to the refugees to help make their lives a little better. You can even choose to get a Christmas e-card with your purchase so you can buy a gift in someone’s name and share the love. Of course they also have a line of T-Shirts too for something you can physically have that still supports an amazing cause.
Those are my top choices of ethical online gifts this Christmas! I absolutely love each of them and I hope you do too. But if you haven’t found quite the right things for you, then I’m also going to list a few more suggestions of online shops I love down below so you can find even more ethical/ eco-friendly/ small business things. Happy Holidays!
https://www.earthfriendlyrocker.co.uk/ – Eco Friendly Rock Gifts
https://www.thefrugalfamily.co.uk/shop/ – Sustainable Living
https://www.instagram.com/punkrock_health/ – Eco Friendly Punk Rock Gifts
https://www.etsy.com/shop/charisrainestudio/ – Beautiful mountain-cabin kind of gifts
https://www.instagram.com/peachyv.shop/ – Vegan Lingerie
https://savanaliving.co.uk/ – Eco Friendly Gifts
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BookishlyDivine – Gifts for book-lovers
https://www.shelbyxstudios.com/shop – Gifts for the activist in your life
https://www.etsy.com/shop/Crefftautwt/ – Welsh gifts and cards
https://ochvegan.co.uk/ – gorgeous Scottish vegan soaps and cosmetics
I’ll keep adding to this list as the season goes on so make sure to keep an eye on the blog!
Love how I wrapped the presents in the header image? If you want to know more about my eco-friendly Christmas habits then comment down below.