An Ethical Gift Guide
Gift giving with ethics in mind has, thankfully, never been easier.
Today I've assembled a little edit of possible presents to give this season. I've tried to include options that are ethical in a variety of ways, whether it be for something made in the UK, that somehow takes sustainability into account or supports businesses that pay workers a fair wage.
I'm really excited to share this one with you: let's dive in...
FOR THE HOME
Purchased at the lovely Forge 2, my pebbles etching remains the only artwork I've bought for my walls as I have to find anything else I love as much... As my blog logo suggests, I'm something of a seaside lover and this picture was an essential purchase, given how far we live from the coast.
I was given this candle as a birthday gift by Zoie, owner of 32 The Guild and one of my social media clients, and last night it sadly burnt for the last time. It is soy-based, making it not only better for you than paraffin based candles, but so much better for the environment too. Its fragrance is smokey and sexy and was lovely to light in the evenings before bed.
I'm about a year deep into a lifelong We Make Pots obsession. Founder Clare is based in Kirkpatrick Durham in Scotland, and specialises in functional pieces whose shades remind me of the sea. My room is full of her pieces - and my Instagram too, for that matter. To buy, drop her an email or head to her studio sale this weekend.
Ceramicist Alice hails from my hometown and she's definitely a maker to keep a very close eye on: her designs look like they should be in a copy of Oh Comely... As soon as I saw her gorgeous face planters, I knew one of them was coming home with me. Plus, Alice has agreed to be featured in an upcoming series on the blog; as they say, watch this space... To buy, send an email to email@example.com or come along to Northampton's Frost Fair.
Sometimes, the universe puts things in our path that we need to find. Coming across this book was very much an example of this... Hi, I'm Anna, a plant mother, lover and... killer. Thankfully, House of Plants is a stylish reference on all things house plant related. It is packed with advice that hopefully means I will be a plant murderer no more. Stylishly photographed and wonderfully laid out, I'm going to struggle to give this back to my brother to wrap up for Christmas... Whoops.
Perfect for anyone who interested in sustainable living, Simple Matters is a beautiful and well written book that I didn't want to stop reading. Erin's essays on minimalism and a zero waste lifestyle are practical and approachable, while her photos are wonderful too. The book contains advice, inspiration and DIYs that show zero waste needn't be about endless sacrifice: the perfect companion to her lovely blog.
This cookbook arrived at 32 The Guild this Wednesday, to go home with me the very next day. It is jam packed with gorgeous looking recipes, with suggestions on how to make most of them gluten free or suitable for vegans. In particular, there is a pancake recipe I am desperate to try! Perfect for anyone who loved A Modern Way To Eat and wants to raise their mezze game...
Also stocked at 32 The Guild, this spicy and warming scent has a cosy, wintery feel... Its notes of vanilla and tobacco make for an addictive combination with which I have been dowsing myself since its purchase. Add in the fact its packaging is really beautiful and you have a winner in my eyes...
I love sugar scrubs, especially in winter. This lovely, all natural version is also available at Forge 2, and would be such a lovely present for someone in need of a good pamper session. Its scent is quite earthy and natural, indicative of its plant-based ingredients... Plus I fully intend to turn the jar into a candle when it is done!
These unique earrings are like a sure-fire route to compliments... I love that they are made in Birmingham, my next hometown, and are unlike anything else I've seen. They pair with my other silver simple jewellery in such a lovely way.
What ethical buys have caught your eye this season? I would love some suggestions in the comments... And would you like to see a second, wishlist-style guide? I have a load of makers bookmarked, but felt this post was too long to share them; let me know what you think!