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.
Anything from here.
Another tray for your trinkets.
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.
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.
These for all the hot drinks to come. Definitely toddy appropriate.
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.
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?
* My ethos and approach to natural living is to try your hardest to make conscious, sustainable and natural and nourishing decisions as much as possible, but in the modern world in which we live, it’s not always possible or, even, preferable. Whatever I buy new tends to be natural and / or sustainable, but there are the occasional items I am given or I choose to try which are not so pure of heart. That’s why you’ll sometimes find a combination of natural / sustainable and not-so-natural / sustainable suggestions in my posts.