With mere weeks to go before Christmas – just seven shopping weeks y’all – the time has come to start committing time and effort to selecting carefully thought out gifts for our nearest and dearest.
When you flick through catalogues and browse the web do you every stop to find out who made the glittering and enchanting array of mass produced goods? No? Those pesky High Street retailers don’t say – bless ‘em – sometimes simply they don’t even know to tell you! So how can you make your festive purchases fair?
Well here is a good start: I’ve begun collecting the best in ethical Christmas presents to give you the first in a series of stuffed stockings full of unusual gifts that you might not expect from charity and ethical suppliers – suitable for all pockets.
This cute Oxfam coin purse is a snip at £5.99. Make a statement when you pay for something with this bright, eye-catching coin purse. It’s doubly secure with a magnetic clasp and zip fastening to keep coins safe, and it’s hand-embroidered following a traditional pattern by Aspiration, a family-run organisation that supports craftspeople in poor communities in India.
Made by a family run business, which was established in Jaipur over 20 years ago. They create beautiful traditional embroidery, patchwork and other Indian textiles. The business aims to work as a platform for Indian artists and uneducated craftspeople who are in the need of work.
This amazing t-shirt from Every Ella, featuring the fabulous words “She is a girl of wonder, dancing with endless possibility. She may not change the world; but damn it, she will try.” is a considered but considerate gift at US$32 (approx £26) plus postage and packing from the US. Every Ella offers positive lifestyle goods for women with the aim that their business will have a social conscience and actively empower charities dedicated to girls and women. For every item sold they donate $3 to such charities – with a different charity supported every few months.
This stunning oak leaf ring £68, is created by The Hairy Growler, a Cambridgeshire based jeweller who produces a wide range of stunning, 100 per cent recycled, jewellery from coins and cutlery. This piece has been produced from 110 year old coins. These ‘coin’ rings are available in a limited quantity and limited sizes. Inspired by Trench Art, silversmith Les Martinez-McCune works the heart of green ethics to create original and unusual wearable pieces of art.
These Divine Chocolate lollies are a tasty and ethical festive treat available via Traidcraft. At £2.60 for the two lollies (or £36 for a crate of 30!) your little ones can be left with smiles on their faces knowing that the UK produced goodies are made with finest quality Fairtrade cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of smallholder farmers in Ghana.
So, I’ve opened my Christmas selection box! Look out for more in future #Ethical366 gift guides in the run up to Christmas! Recommendations? Contact me below