It can be difficult finding the perfect gift, especially one that’s both thoughtfully produced and aesthetically pleasing. And while the last 12 months have presented many challenges, the importance of shopping small this year has really been highlighted too.
Trying to tick all the boxes might seem like just another reason to give up on 2020, but we’ve put together a few of our favourite sustainable pieces from independent shops across the UK to give you some inspiration for Christmas and beyond - not forgetting a handful of our very own of course! From homeware to self-care, jewellery and baby blankets, there’s something for everyone.
So here they are. To make things as simple as possible I've broken it down into four categories: Under £60, Stocking fillers, Something special, For little ones
Settle in with a mince pie - or two - and enjoy shopping from home. Hope you like the selection!
The perfect slipper socks to see you through the winter months. Made from pure, undyed and minimally processed Irish Lambswool, these fleecy soft loungewear essentials come in four natural shades including Vanilla, Mud, Espresso and Dark Moss. Available in sizes UK 4-12
A dainty little vase turned from sustainably sourced Sycamore wood. Gift with a handful of winter wildflowers or home grown blooms from the garden to really make someone’s day.
This gentle, nourishing soap is made from 100% natural botanical ingredients and comes in the chicest minimal packaging that’s completely plastic-free.
Perfect for the rustic homeware lover, this vintage ceramic jug would look lovely placed on a sideboard and filled with dried flowers or used to pour the brandy sauce over a homemade Christmas pud.
Made with ethically grown and harvested, organic ingredients, Palm of Feronia’s aromatherapy range is designed to boost emotional and physical well-being. The Soothe Pulse Oil is a hypnotic blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Bergamot and Ylang Ylang that can be applied directly to the skin.
For foodies with an appetite for honest, simple living; the Kinfolk table is filled with stories and recipes shared by creative types from around the world.
A serenely glazed, wheel-thrown mug to make getting out of bed on cold, wintery mornings just that little bit easier. Combine with coffee beans from your favourite local roastery or hand-blended teas for an added personal touch.
Gift these beautifully packaged incense sticks to design lovers to fill their home with the evergreen scent of pine, a Japanese symbol of luck and longevity.
These handwoven baskets are great for getting out and about in the garden, foraging, fruit picking or egg collecting, but for city dwellers it will look just as well placed on the kitchen table filled with fresh produce from the local farmer’s market.
Staying wrapped up for the colder weather just got more appealing. Made from 100% merino lambswool, this simple, cosy scarf is a welcome addition to any winter wardrobe.
Oak Pot with Spoon, Selwyn House
Simple, functional and beautifully understated, this hand turned pot would make a tasteful gift for those who love to cook. Pair with a gourmet sea salt or fair trade coconut sugar for something a little bit different.
Candle season just wouldn’t be the same without a gentle flame flickering away in the corner. Hand poured from natural and soy-wax, our Earth candle with patchouli, black pepper and basil combines floral top notes with earthy, woody undertones to help bring the outdoors in.
Just the thing to stay cosy at home, Aerende’s hand-stitched slippers provide supported employment opportunities for disadvantaged women through their London based empowerment project. Available in grey or cream in sizes UK 3-10.
A good bottle of red deserves time to breath. Impress a wine lover with this stylish, blown glass Ripple Carafe in Smoked Grey.
2 in 1 Planner, Mond Residence
FSC certified and printed with soy based inks, these lovely moss green notebooks make a great gift for the organised friend who loves to plan ahead.
Natural skincare in its purest form, this holistic facial treatment combines the power of botanicals and steam to cleanse and purify skin while promoting circulation and calming the nervous system. Packed with rose petals, chamomile flowers and lavender buds, it makes such a pretty alternative.
A useful and stylish tool for gardening folks, this handmade copper trowel will be the envy of everyone at the allotment.
Handmade from sustainably sourced oak, Pacha Design’s wooden platters make an ideal cheese board base to serve with a selection of local cheeses, chutneys and a glass of port.
A warming eye pillow to relieve tired eyes and melt away stress.This beautiful, weighted cushion is also great for soothing general aches and pains.
Add a touch of luxury to Christmas at home with Ede’s natural, aromatherapy fragrances. The bde blend is designed to ease the mind and shake of tension. Keep it on hand for ‘family’ emergencies.
An indulgent treat to ward off the cold weather, this award-winning Madagascan cacao blend comes in compostable packaging and is the perfect excuse/antidote to/companion for staying home.
Some simple zero-waste bathroom essentials that not only look and smell divine, but also come complete with plastic-free packaging.
Gift this eco-friendly linen sponge with their favourite organic bath products for an extra luxurious soak and the silkiest smooth skin.
Fill their stocking with pampering treats like this vegan and cruelty free nail polish that comes in a beautiful, earthy palette to suit any skin tone. Choose from Ecru, Fudge and Umber.
Heaven in a teacup, these biodegradable tea pyramids are made using ethically sourced Honeybush leaves from South Africa that are naturally caffeine free.
The coffee lovers choice, this beautifully made French Press is the ultimate in sophistication and would make such a stylish centre-piece at the breakfast table.
Perfect for the artisan home, these hand embroidered cushions are overlaid with traditional Indian Kantha stitching and ethically made from organic, rain-fed cotton.
Undoubtedly worth a mention, these exquisite handmade calendars are individually created using seasonal, foraged flowers and foliage. Unfortunately these little guys are so popular they’re sold out for this year, but you can pre-order for 2022 - if you’re the organised type!
Soft, luxurious and perfect for curling up at home in, these organic cotton underwear sets are exceptionally flattering and come in two natural colourways. Available in sizes UK 8-16.
Gift something extra special to someone you love with our timeless, hand-hammered hoops, thoughtfully crafted from 9 carat recycled gold.
For little ones
This heritage-crafted, checked woolen baby blanket is perfectly snuggly and soft, and won’t cost the earth. Naturally dyed from the fleece of Swedish Gotland sheep, it’s made with care and attention and would make an ideal gift for new parents.
A wonderfully practical gift that will last through the years, our children’s cross back aprons are made from pure, Irish linen and are just so useful for cooking, crafting, colouring and collecting interesting objects, like little people do best!
A sweet little poster for aspiring botanists and nature lovers. Based on original pressed flower artwork by Mr Studio London, this beautiful piece is offset lithograph printed onto sustainable paper.
Great for winter layering, worn as an everyday t-shirt or as part of a simple pyjama set, this organic cotton waffle-weave top is available with matching bottoms and comes in three natural colours: undyed, camel and olive for children up to 10yrs.
An exciting little surprise for dinosaur enthusiasts, this adorable dino baby toy is made from the softest, eco-friendly linen and packs away neatly into his wooden shell - a blessing for children and adults alike!