Everybody knows that Christmas is the season of goodwill and charity, but unfortunately it doesn’t always extend to the way we shop for our Christmas presents. And who can blame us? I mean, “ethical Christmas gifts” – they don’t sound very glamorous do they?
Luckily, the last minute buys included in this list will not only give you a case of the warm and fuzzies, they’ll delight the recipient too. This year, ditch the stressful schlep around the shops, and check out this ethical gift guide – I’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to!
The HungryCityHippy Ethical Gift Guide 2017
1. The posh tipple: Snow Leopard Vodka, £28
This premium vodka brand was created by Stephen Sparrow, an drinks industry expert and passionate conservationist who had heard about the snow leopard’s plight during a trip to the Himalayas. Shocked at learning there were less than 5,000 left in the wild, he came back and founded the Snow Leopard Trust UK – and then created this premium vodka to help fund its projects, with 15% off all profits going directly to the charity. Stephen has set a global goal to raise a million dollars annually for snow leopard conservation by 2025. The vodka has a earthy, nutty taste thanks to being made with spelt grain, and is available to order online, and from Waitrose. Oh, and Vivienne Westwood uses it at all of her parties, darling.
2. The Christmas day shirt: Brothers We Stand, £75
Brothers We Stand believe in celebrating the positive aspects of their production without green-washing, and so each item on the website has a footprint tab detailing its social and environmental impact. Refreshingly, they list the use of pioneering ethical practices – as well as the aspects of manufacture that could be further improved. In doing so, they aim to provide customers with a transparent window onto the supply chain of the products they buy.This organic cotton shirt features a button down collar, chest pocket and logo embroidery on bottom of button, and would layer up nicely for a crisp, Christmas day walk.
3. The rainforest-saving chocolate: Cool Earth, 5 bars for £20
Cool Earth are a charity who protect vast swathes of rainforest by working with the indigenous communities who live on the land. Their incredible vegan chocolate is made using cacao that is grown, harvested and fermented by Cool Earth’s Asháninka partners in Peru. The organic, single origin, handmade bars are traceable right back to the rainforest, where cacao production is providing a vital income, keeping the Asháninka forest safe from loggers.
4. The cosy hat: Maykher: £22
MAYKHER is a ‘profit with purpose’ company that was founded right here in Cardiff. They vow to work with makers, not machines and are proud to champion beautifully authentic craft techniques that are rich in history and culture. Their bobble hats are super warm and cosy (I have one) and they’re made by women in Haiti, giving them an ethical, sustainable source of income and helping them to overcome poverty.
5. The enamel mug: WWF: £6.99
Everyone loves an enamel mug, FACT. Give yours an ethical upgrade and a cute tiger print – this one is super lightweight (which is why so many people take these mugs camping) and designed exclusively for the charity by Matt Wood. All of the profits from the sale of the mug will go towards tiger conservation projects around the world.
6. The new tote bag: Rubber Killer UK: £31.95
Rubber is an amazing material, but it’s also one of the biggest, and most problematic sources of waste worldwide, because it is incredibly long lasting. Great news for us when we’re driving around in our cars, but bad news for the earth when we’re done with it and ends up in landfill for thousands of years. Enter, Rubber Killer UK; a company who specialise in making gorgeous hard-wearing bags and accessories from reclaimed and recycled rubber tyres and bicycle inner tubes – how cool is that!?
7. The winter-skin soother: NYR Bee Lovely Body Butter, £23
It’s no secret that I love Neals Yard. Their deliciously softening and bee-utifully scented body butter is one of my faves. The moisturising organic honey and orange essential oil leaves my skin super soft soft, silky and fragranced – and through sales of the ‘Bee Lovely’ range, Neals Yard donate £10,000 a year to projects that Help Save the Bees.
8. The scented candle: Miss Patisserie, £12
All of Miss Patisserie’s candles are made with 100% natural soy wax, a sustainable and renewable resource that provides a clean burning flame – making them suitable for vegans. Plus, each one is hand poured right here in Wales! The lime and spearmint is made with a stimulating, uplifting and restorative blend of essential oils, making it a great candle to burn to uplift the mind or relieve fatigue and stress.
9. The new piece of art: Jenny Evans Designs, £95
I was lucky enough to meet Jenny Evans in real life, when as part of my day job, I recruited her to write for a Cardiff Met Bloggers project I was managing at the time. Fast forward 18 months and Jenny has just won £25,000 of seed funding for her business ‘Jenny Evans Designs’, as well as an extensive package of mentoring and support. How impressive is that!? Jenny’s beautiful artworks come mounted, wrapped and are only ever produced in limited editions of 100 – meaning you’ll be buying something really special for your home, and helping a local, young business owner in the process.
Happy shopping! 🙂