Gifts that really give: 10 ethical Christmas presents under £50
Shopping ethically is tricky all year round. However, when the festive season begins to rear its tinsel-covered head, being a conscious consumer gets even harder. With gifts to buy for everyone from your Mum to your Secret Santa at work, it can be tempting to pick up whatever gift set or pair of novelty socks you first lay eyes on!
However, supporting businesses that do good has never been so important. After the turbulence of 2020, the festive season is the perfect opportunity to boost ethical economies. That way, not only do you get to give a wonderful gift, but you get to give back in some way too.
To make things as easy as possible, we’ve broken down our favourite ethical gifts for Christmas 2020, all of which cost less than £50.
1. Divine Chocolate Collections
Chocolate is one of those go-to gifts that is great to have on hand no matter who you’re giving to. And with Divine, it doesn’t have to come with an ethical compromise.
They’re a social enterprise that is mission (not profit!) driven. Their business model means that the farmers who grow the beans to make their chocolate get a share of all profits.
We recommend their Dark Chocolate Collection (£10) as the perfect vegan gift!
2. WaterAid’s Shop for Life
WaterAid’s Shop for Life is the perfect place to find a charity gift that gives back!
By giving a “Pair of Taps” (£20) this Christmas, you’re able to support the important work that WaterAid is doing. Not only can you help to improve hygiene and prevent disease across 28 countries, but you’ll as a result be helping communities to unlock their potential. It’s amazing what clean water can do.
3. The Soap Co’s Soap Bar Duo
Crafted in the UK, cruelty-free and committed to reducing their plastic-waste, The Soap Co is a shining example of ethical cosmetics. But it doesn’t stop there. They also work hard to change lives through creating job opportunities for people who are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged.
For a plastic-free gift that anybody would be thrilled to find under their tree, opt for the Soap Bar Duo in their Black Poppy & Wild Fig and White Tea scents (£14).
4. The Recycled Candle Company’s Winter Spice Collection
There’s little better than a cosy candle on a cold winter’s day, is there? That’s why we think The Recycled Candle Company should be one of your first ports of call when it comes to Christmas shopping.
Far more eco-conscious than most, this brilliant company collects commercial scrap candle wax from restaurants and other businesses to be given a new life! The Winter Spice Square Candle (£24) brings together warming notes of cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, for the perfect ethical treat.
5. Skin & Tonic’s Gift Set
London-based Skin & Tonic offer amazing, organic and cruelty-free beauty products that are all carbon offset. Plus, some of their ingredients are sourced via a Fairtrade women’s co-operative.
Their Happy Skin Kit (£39) offers up a brilliant collection of skincare staples including a lip balm, cleanser and facial oil, making it the perfect gift.
6. Thought Clothing Socks
Novelty socks are a festive staple! So, of course, we couldn’t give you a Christmas gift guide without an eco-conscious take on this classic.
Thought Clothing donates any unworn production samples to Smart Works, who help unemployed women to get back to work. Plus, they are a slow fashion brand meaning that you don’t have to worry about unethical production processes when picking a pressie here.
7. So Just Shop jewellery
So Just Shop offers a collection of products from over 50 sellers, across a whopping 20 countries. They work with woman-led artisans, paying a living wage and providing them with an international market. This allows the artisans to sell their items at a higher price point, thereby economically empowering them.
8. A Pact Coffee Subscription
Who wouldn’t want great tasting, ethically sourced coffee delivered straight to their door?
Pact coffee uses a Direct Trade model. This means that farmers are paid an average of 55% on top of Fairtrade rates. As such, their career is not only viable, but profitable!
They offer a whole host of gift card options (starting at £25), making Pact an even better choice this Christmas.
9. A Fempowered Period Box
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!
Our gift boxes (£10) allow your lucky receiver to try out our organic, ethically sourced menstrual products. Think of it as the period equivalent to a chocolate selection box and the perfect way to test out Fempowered before subscribing.
100% of the profits from our eco-conscious period boxes also go to WaterAid, supporting women and girls around the world to have their periods safely and with dignity.
10. Halcyon Naturals’ Holiday Room Mist
Anything that smells good is bound to be a winner on Christmas day, which is why we also wanted to share with you the brilliant Halcyon Naturals.
Each and every one of their products is vegan, crafted from 100% natural essential oils and has predominantly recyclable packaging. Plus, with no toxic chemicals, you can gift someone a glorious smelling home, without harming the planet in the process.
We recommend their Holiday Room Mist (£40) as a brilliant festive pressie.
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