Every year it seems to get more and more difficult to choose presents for loved ones. Particularly in the past year, there has definitely been a shift in wanting to buy things more meaningful and kinder to the environment. I’ve crafted a list of things I’ve tried or I’ve given to others for gifts.
For the tea connoisseur: Teapigs offers a subscription service; they have a wide choice of teas from english breakfast to Matcha to cold brew tea. Teapigs were the first tea company to go plastic free and the products are either biodegradable or recyclable.
For skincare: Beauty products from Tata Harper, who only use natural ingredients which are made on their farm in Vermont (each product is created, produced and packaged all on the farm). All the products smell amazing. I would recommend the smoothing body scrub. Each product comes in a glass jar that can easily be recycled.
For jewellery: Leslie Francesca has handmade pieces which are each individually and uniquely hand crafted. The jewellery is made of precious stones, 24k gold and recycled brass. Each piece of jewellery has a unique characteristic because of the individuality of the stones.
For everyday: Reusable bottles and coffee cups from Chilly are a really great and also practical gift that can be used everyday and they have a really ‘fun’ choice of colours and prints. The prices start from £20.
For the home: Candles from the Daylesford are really delightful and their scents always infuse the whole room. The candles are in glass jars which are reusable (I always use leftover jars for spices or loose tea). The bergamot candle is one of my favourites – I would highly recommend this refined scent. Daylesford also brought out a scent just for Christmas, which will make the holiday season even more festive.
For something extra special: I always find flowers are a perfect gift for someone, especially if you’re not sure about what to get, they can brighten up any room. Sending someone a flower subscription is a unique and inspired choice for a present. With Arena Flowers you can choose either weekly, fortnightly or monthly deliveries for three months. The flowers are only in-season flowers from Fair-trade growers. Arena Flowers also plant trees in countries struggling with deforestation.
For a fail safe idea: A notebook is usually a good idea to get someone a gift, as a person can never have too many notebooks. The cover of this notebook is made from recycled grey board and the paper is FSC certified (which means that it has been harvested and produced responsibly, thereby conserving and restoring ecosystems). The notebook is a part of Vent, a sustainable stationery company that helps to support children’s educational projects.
For clothing: Gifting someone a membership at the clothing rental company Cocoon, which has an extensive collection of designers such as Saint Laurent, Prada and Dior. You can choose a one month membership, three month membership or a recurring membership. This is great because they get to choose which item they want without the hassle of returning an item they don’t like.
I hope this was helpful to anyone who needed inspiration for a more conscious Christmas!
Thanks for reading!