Ethical Gift Guide For 2018

Words: Joshua Greenwood
FEature Image: Chang Duong

November is here which means there’s only just over a month left to get your Christmas shopping complete. With such a saturated selection of products to choose from for your loved ones this year, we’ve selected the best of all things ethical to gift this year.

 

Style

Comfy jumpers by Babe Universe.

 

Perfect for the colder weather, but with their super simple, modern and charming design and statements, the Wonder Woman and Au Naturel jumper by Babe Universe is the perfect jumper for anyone. It is made in an ethically-run wind-powered factory using no chemicals or pesticides, made from GOTS certified organic cotton.

 

The perfect go-to bags by Paradise Row.

 

Made in East London, these perfectly chic, go-to staple bags by Paradise Row come in 5 colours, each with twelve carat gold-plated hardware and a unique gold-plated charm. ‘The Pearly’ is handmade with the best in black Italian vegetable-tanned leather, featuring a pearl as its focal charm, designed to reflect the striking costumes of East London’s Pearly Kings and Queens.

Alternatively, ‘The Mariner’ style is made from a beautiful petroleum blue hue leather, complemented with a ship-wheel charm. It has been designed to symbolise the history of shipping, the river and the waterways of East London which have brought new communities to the are from all over the world.

Each bag comes with a passport holder and storycard reflecting their chosen bag making them the perfect gift for a loved one or even as an indulgence for yourself.

 

Jewellery

Timeless hoops by AgJc.

 

These  classic hoop earrings by AgJc are the ideal modern gift for any jewellery lover. Made from 22k yellow gold fill over sterling silver you can truly wear these with any outfit. Plus, all orders are packed in the quaint box, ready to be given as a gift.

 

The celestial neck cuff by Made.

 

Designed to truly represent the cyclical nature of the moon, the Celestial Cycles Neck Cuff displays the phases of the moon on their unique hinged clasp. Each piece is individually handcrafted in their workshop in Kenya, giving the cuff you buy its own irreplaceable character.

 

Homeware

 

Cosy cushion covers by Faire.

 

These authentic, minimalistic cushion covers are designed in France and hand-woven and crafted in Spain. With their artisanal skill work these would add quality and character to any home making them the ideal gift.

 

Unique Ceramic Hand Bowl by Atelier Neeltje Geurtsen.

 

Handmade and available in black or white, the statement ceramic hand bowl by Atelier Neeltje Geurtsen can be displayed on its own or feature as an exceptional display for fruits or your precious jewellery. Its artistic design and exceptional craftsmanship makes it the perfectly complementary piece to any modern home.

 

Skincare

The Blood Orange Himalayan Salt Scrub by The Base Body Co.

For those who enjoy pampering themselves, the blood orange Himalayan salt scrub is the epitome of wellness gifting. This exfoliating shower scrub is made from Himalayan salt, a natural antiseptic as well as exfoliant. Combined with orange peel powder and ivory clay, the combination removes toxins from everyday pollution, leaving your skin feeling fresh, soft and silky.

Its organic ingredients made this product appropriate for all skin types, while remaining cruelty-free and vegan, able to be used daily.

 

The Rose Facial Treatment Balm by Guy Morgan.

This powerful organic, hydrating treatment balm has been specifically formulated to improve skins firmness, elasticity and promote clear skin tone. It’s Water-free, Alcohol-free, 100% Vegan, Gluten-free, Cruelty free and 98% Organic.

 

Treats

 

The Cultural Chocolate by Land.

 

Phil Landers, the founder of Land Chocolate is behind every process of the product. From roasting the beans to wrapping the bars by hand, everything is done in his workshop in East London. He pays between two and three times more than the Fairtrade price, working as directly with farmers as possible. There are six varieties of small batch bars available, each flavoured by country, from the Philippines to the 70% Honduras bar. Additionally, all the packing is fully recyclable.

 

The Indulgent Chocolate by Mast.

 

Using only organic ingredients and paying “far beyond fair trade premiums” when sourcing cacao, Mast chocolate is another great luxury indulgent, perfect as a gift this festive season. The family-run company shows the whole process in its flagship Brooklyn store and is often said to have kick-started the artisanal chocolate culture in America.