This year, a lot of my family are planning to buy gifts for others from charity or second hand shops, or from charity websites where you can buy presents to be sent to people in need, sort of on behalf of your own friends or family (like this website here). Our thinking is that none of us actually really need anything new, and instead of accumulating more stuff and potentially creating more waste, we thought that buying from charity shops was a more sustainable way to do things this year. Don’t get me wrong, we will be buying some things from new, but the focus this year is on what we can find that someone might not especially need but might just like. It feels more creative and somehow more thoughtful.
Granted, you can’t find something for everyone in a charity or second-hand shop, and some people might even be offended to receive someone’s hand-me-down’s, so for other ideas (most of which are ethical / sustainable / organic / eco-friendly / natural), read on.
Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial Mask; the perfect addition to winter skin routines, made with natural ingredients, of which 86% are organic.
Aquis Quick Dry Hair Towel. Such a staple in my daily routine and an ideal gift for anyone into the latest (and healthiest) beauty hacks.
Totally obsessed with this. Apparently, they’re believed to improve energy levels, clear the air of a space, aid sleep, reduce static and electromagnetic energy and reduce stress. It also looks nice and makes my space look more warm and welcoming, so I’m sold.
A gift that’s not just for Christmas. I’ve recently been enjoying the Barbican membership in a quest to get out more and do and see new things, and with all the perks, i’m hooked.
This exfoliating coconut shell face mask.
Anything from here.
This, these, this, this, this, this, this, these and this. Oh, Missoma just has an answer to everything. And even, now, a tray for your trinkets.
Another tray for your trinkets.
For the ‘him’s out there: essential oil shaving cream and soothing essential oil post-shave balm.
Stocking fillers in the form of functional natural nourishment.
Spread sustainability this Christmas, with a Keep Cup for everyone you know. Makes a lovely gift for anyone trying to make more environmentally conscious choices.
These Himalayan pink salt tea light holders.
Cos no one can ever have too many crystals.
Rituals' Ayurveda Candle for inner calm and aligned doshas.
Someone you know has got to love these.
Give beauty lovers something new and natural (and aesthetically pleasing) to try.
Had to drop it in somewhere, didn’t I?
Always love discovering new sustainable clothing brands, and have been living in this, made from recycled materials, all Autumn.
Incredible skincare alert.
One of my favourite recently-discovered activewear brands (especially their collections made from Econyl (ocean plastics up-cycled into a unique eco-friendly thread technology)).
This Goop travel wrap (100% cashmere) is coming everywhere with me. I wear it as a scarf or use it as a wrap to keep warm around the house and on long-haul journeys. Perfect for pretty much anyone.
Palo santo and / or sage, for end-of-year cleansing and new year intention setting.
Anything for anyone from here. I’ve especially been loving this.
These for all the hot drinks to come. Definitely toddy appropriate.
This, this or this for new home owners.
Explore Catch Rhys for eco jewellery. I’m obsessed with their simple, minimal chains.
Can’t recommend Angelica Retreat’s Zone Face Lift Facial enough.
A biodegradable phone case. Clever right?
This frame was a hit with my mum as part of her birthday gift last month.
These or these would make wonderful stocking fillers for spiritually curious, and / or those looking for a little grounding, guidance and clarity as they leave behind 2018 and enter the new year.
For candle lovers who just can’t get enough.
Frederic De Malle for a unique selection of perfume, and such a variety to cater for each and every recipient on your gift list this year. The Dries Van Noten is my current fave.
Rose quartz coasters, anyone?
Some old and new book recommendations: this one, this one, this one, this one and this one. And most importantly, this one.