After a very strange year, December has crept up on us and blasted us with Christmas – ready or not! This year, I’m feeling the need to be more festive at home, just to mix it up a bit and get some lights and brightness, and a change of indoor scenery. I’ve therefore decided to run my Ethical Advent Calendar again this year, and I’m kicking it off with a minimal-zero waste gift guide. I’ve picked some of my favourite ethical products and brands, which I think would make the perfect gits for a Conscious Christmas.
Zero Waste Giftware
It’s lovely to buy a special mug, bottle or every day item for someone at Christmas. Something you know they’ll use a on a regular basis and won’t sit gathering dust, or get shoved in the back of a cupboard. Global WAKEcup is a zero waste reusables brand with a mission to end single use plastic pollution for good. Based in the UK, Global WAKEcup was born in 2018 after old friends Buffie and Nick got chatting about David Attenborough’s iconic Blue Planet series and realised they needed to get involved in the fight against single-use plastics. They’ve produced a wonderful range of products from copper bottles, to bamboo cutlery sets, and everything in between. Their latest addition is this absolutely stunning wooden mug, which is actually on my wish list, and I’m hoping someone will take the hint and buy me one. You’ll even get a free wallet with every order at the moment.
The Gift of Tea
If you buy me tea for Christmas you’re onto a winner, and it’s even more exciting when it comes in a range of new and interesting flavours, especially with a festive theme. Pictured above is the gorgeous range of teas from ethical, vegan brand Leaves of the World. All of their teas are organic, vegan and packed in home compostable packaging. My favourite of their Christmas teas is Rudolph’s Magic Flying Potion – not least for it’s name – it’s super creamy, deliciously moreish, and has a chocolatey vanilla and cherry undertone. I just can’t get enough of it – and there’s a tasty recipe to follow later in my advent posts, so keep your eyes out.
You can get 20% off your first order with my special code – TEANOMADLYNSEY20 – and there’s also a fantastic stocking filler sale on at the moment, with teas from just £2.
Toiletries and beauty gifts are very popular for Christmas. Why not go a step further, and choose an organic brand, with conscious packing. Organii’s cream bar soaps are plant based and packaged only in cardboard. You can read more about them in my previous article.
Clothes & Underwear
Gifts of clothes, and especially underwear, at Christmas can often be frilly, lacy and filled with fancy designs. Quite often, however, many of us would just like some practical basics. And that’s where Boody come in. They produce thoughtful clothing that meets all your needs whilst being high quality, durable and sustainable. All Boody garments are made from organically grown bamboo and produced adhering to the highest standards for both the planet and workers. Having tried the pictured Shaper Bra and Bikini Brief myself, I can confirm that they are indeed of the highest quality, as well as being super soft and comfortable. I’d much rather receive these in my Christmas stocking than fancy lace, any day.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a good read at Christmas. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the gift of tea, in my opinion. You’ll be giving a real “me time” gift. My book of the year and recommendation is Caitlin Moran’s – More Than A Woman. A natural lead on from “How To Be A Woman”, it follows the average day of a middle aged woman, and it’s spot on and hilarious, with some real moving moments – as can only be expected from Caitlin Moran – a really funny woman and true feminist icon. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and then you’ll need a cup of tea and a biscuit. Which brings me nicely back to the gift of tea. You can’t go wrong really.
Make sure to support independent book stores. They need us more than ever this year. This has been made really easy online, with the launch of Bookshop.Org – an online bookshop with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops. You can either choose a specific bookshop to support, or your order will contribute to an earnings pool that will be evenly distributed among independent bookshops. It’s a fantastic way to do your book shopping, and avoid Amazon. Click through and take a look at my personal recommendations.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration on conscious, zero-waste gifting and I’d love to hear about what you’ve been buying this year, so please reach out on social media, or send me a message in the comments.
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Thanks for reading!