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Look at any shops, blogs, youtubers etc, and they will all be doing a thousand gift guides, so I know you are probably sick to the back teeth with them. However, I think conscious gift giving is a great thing, and last year my “Gifts that Give Back gift guide” was so well received that I vowed to do it every year. Its kind of my thing. Im just a little late this year as all those city breaks I keep taking delay me a little…….sorrynotsorry. So, fresh for 2018, here is this years Gifts that Give back – Conscious Giving
I thought I would do it a little different this year and categorise them a little more specifically than last year. I really hope its useful, and even if its too late for Christmas, Im hoping to show that there are so many amazing things out there that contribute and give back. Lots of companies are not just about profit and I love them for it
For the Travel Lover;
Of course I had to start with this category.
Storyteller Flagmate from £4.99 – Iv actually ordered one of these for my eldest son, as he has just started his travelling adventures. Its a key ring, that also has a clip on it, that you attach little metal flags on of the countries that you have visited. The company donate 10% of all sales to the Storyteller fund, which support sustainable education programmes for the less fortunate. I have met the founders of this cause, I they are amongst the most passionate people I have met, determined to help others. A great company.
EB Passport Holder £15 – This passport cover, designed by Elephant Brand, is made from locally sourced, recycled materials by villagers in Cambodia. For every passport cover sold, school stationary is given to a child in Africa or Asia, so they can attend and learn at school.
Georganics Mouthwash Tablets £8.90 – These are fab for travel. They are mouthwash tablets, that require no water! Perfect for when you are doing long haul travel. The company that make them are committed to sustainability, no plastic and bio-degradable packaging. Cruelty free, palm oil free and vegan approved.
For the Beauty Lover;
Bloomtown Ethical Personalised Gift Set £29.90 – You know I have an obsession with reducing my palm oil usage. I banged on about it enough in this post, Palm Oil – All you need to know. Well, Bloomtown are a totally palm oil free, natural beauty brand. I have some of their products that I ordered last month, and can say with certainty that they are beautiful. This gift set that I found is a great way to introduce someone to the brand, and it gets the message out there and educates about reducing palm oil. I would LOVE to find this under my Christmas tree.
The Soap Co Mulberry and Amber Hand Lotion £16 – I adore the ethos of this brand. These eco, vegan and bee friendly products are made in small batches by a team of people with various disabilities. This non-profit social enterprise provides real employment for people with disabilities, helping them change their lives. The range of products are just gorgeous and I love the Indulgent Rose scent as well as this one.
Marie Curie Neroli and Rose Foam Bath £10.99 – This gorgeous bath foam not only makes a relaxing and decadent bath, but 100% of the profits go towards helping people with terminal illness. Marie Curie aims to treat people in their homes, so they are where they want to be. Beautiful wotk is done by this charity and I have nothing but admiration for them.
For the Animal Lover;
Radley supporting Dogs Trust Coin Purses £39 – I featured the collaboration between Dogs Trust and Radley last year, and they were a popular choice. All of the profit from these coin purses are donated straight to Dogs Trust, and they are available in four styles, and two colours (nude and black) I have my eye on the sausage dog one……
RSPCA Apple Crumble Winter Biscuits £10.99 – They had me at biscuits….. This gorgeous tin of biscuits helps support all of the work that the RSPCA does for animals. All profits go to charity.
For the Luxury Lover;
Claudia Bradby “Joy” Necklace £42 – Its no secret at all that I adore the Claudia Bradby range, and own a couple of items from the range. Made in silver, with freshwater pearls, its just timeless, classy jewellery. Claudia designed this JOY necklace, to support Maggie’s Cancer Charity. The charity believe that “people with cancer should not lose their joy of living” All profits from the scale of the necklace go to Maggie’s.
Chantecaille Cheek Blush Turtle £35 – This beautiful, sheer blush has a sea turtle sculpted into its surface, in honour of the brand supporting this endangered turtle. The brand raises money for wildlife projects around the world, and is of course cruelty free.
Sana Jardin Perfume from £30 – This brand is the first socially conscious fragrance house. They help to empower women and encourage female entrepreneurs who can help towards supporting their own communities. They are passionate about fair trade, retention of traditional skills and give economic independence.
For the Home Lover;
Jo Malone Charity Candle £47 – Available in three scents, White Lilac & Rhubarb, Iris and Lady Moore and Peony and Moss, the charity candle from Jo Malone supports those dealing with mental health problems. Jo Malone donate 75% of the retail price of the candle (less vat) to charities helping those living with and affected by poor mental health. With one in four people affected by mental health problems in their lifetime, I think this is a great cause.
Change Please Coffee £4.50 – Did you know over 4000 people sleep rough every night in the UK. Change Please is a social enterprise run by the homeless, to help the homeless. They aim to give homeless people an opportunity to help themselves, by training them as Baristas and coffee shop workers, and have helped many since they started in 2010. They also offer beautiful blends to serve at home.
Embroidered Elephant Cushion Covers £9.96 – I ADORE elephants, and think these cushion covers are just gorgeous. All hand made in India, the sale of these support community based projects. A beautiful splash of colour, Id love these in my meditation space.
I hope this has been of some use. Even if none of these items appeal to you, I have tried to show that there are so many gifts, and variations, that are so much more than just a gift. I think its great to be mindful about what and how we give gifts. Even things like experiences that you can share together, or a spa treatment for someone that is always stressed, they are all mindful gifts. Last year I bought my husband an experience from Truly Experiences, and we had a fantastic day. You can read about it in this post (a date with Churchill) if you fancy a little inspiration.
Id love to know what sort of thing is on your Christmas list this year. Have you found any amazing gifts that have a charitable or ethical side to them? Have you found any amazing experience type gifts? What is your favourite type of gift to receive? Pampering? Luxury? Useful? Tell me all!
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