Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2019
The festive season is here and we've curated our ethical gift guide to inspire your gifting choices this Christmas with the best in luxury sustainable brands. Explore the guide and you'll find something for everyone on your Christmas list this year, from ethical sunglasses for the jet-setting friend to the sustainable fashion-loving teenager and natural beauty aficionado in the family. What's more, these gift ideas will last well beyond Christmas too.
Recycled Cashmere Scarf by Riley Studio £145
Riley Studio are on a mission to create a wardrobe of gender-neutral staples that are kind to the planet. Crafted in Scotland, using Re.VerSo™ yarn from Italy, this recycled cashmere scarf demonstrates the latest in eco-innovative technology and plays an integral part in working towards a circular economy. Made up of pre and post-consumer fibre waste, the yarn offers the same quality as virgin cashmere, but with a much smaller carbon footprint. It's the perfect gift to keep you snuggly warm this winter.
Needle & Thread Dragonfly Dress by HURR £75
The ultimate sustainable gift this season is an introduction to HURR Collective, the rental fashion company, dubbed the Airbnb of Fashion by Forbes. They partner people and technology to deliver a streamlined rental process that connects women, allowing them to share their wardrobes and take even better care of the planet we all love. This season you can rent this beautiful Needle & Thread dress for seven days for only £75; ideal for all the Christmas parties and drinks events this season!
Spice & Black by Seedlip £26
Seedlip are the creators of beautiful distilled non-alchoholic spirits. Try their Seedlip Spice 94, a complex blend of aromatic Jamaican Allspice berry and Cardamom distillates with two barks and a bright citrus finish. It's non-alcoholic, zero calories, sugar and sweetener free with no artificial flavours. Perfect for a delicious festive drink this season - try this cocktail recipe:
Gold & Pinatex by Votch £135
Votch is the cruelty free watch company that gives back as they donate 10% of their profits to a new like-minded charity each season. This Votch is from their Piñatex collection, a natural leather alternative made from fibres extracted from pineapple leaves, a by-product from the pineapple harvest. No extra land, pesticides or fertilisers are used in the production of Piñatex and it provides additional income for the farmers growing this extraordinary fruit. It's the vegan watch that's perfect for the eco-conscious fashionista in the family.
Natural Christmas Facial Skin Care Gift Set from By Sarah London £70
This beautiful set includes the handmade multi award-winning Organic Facial Oil, Green Clay Cleansing Balm and Organic Muslin Facial Cloth, hand-wrapped within a sustainable gift box! The box is made from 77% recycled paper content and the bespoke festive sleeve is made from crushed grapes, saved from landfill and made from 100% green energy. You can upcycle it and keep all your By Sarah favourites in there too. Share the gift of the BY SARAH mindful and nourishing daily skincare ritual and watch the video where we share more about this innovative gift set.
Oatmeal Basic Bundle by Piglet £135
Piglet are the creators of beautiful bed linen, homeware and sleepware. Their signature fabric, made from 100% natural stonewashed French flax, is very sustainable as every part of the flax plant can be used. It is a rotation crop, farmed naturally in small batches. Piglet linens offer ultimate comfort and an effortless look. Their linens are warm and cosy in the winter and fresh and cool in the warmer months. This Oatmeal Bundle is the luxury set to keep you warm through the cold winter months ahead.
Merriment Mixture Categories Game by Clarendon Games £6.50
What better way to be totally present and mindful by having a few hours away from our devices this Christmas than by connecting with loved ones and playing a traditional board game. Try Clarendon's Merriment Mixture Categories Game from the London-based independent board and card game publisher. It's sure to make you laugh and you'll create some unforgettable memories this holiday season.
Caramelised Hazelnuts by Pump Street Chocolate £11.50
Pump Street was founded by father and daughter team Chris and Joanna Brennan. And all of their delicious chocolate is made by hand in Suffolk, using traditional methods and all natural ingredients. For these Caramelised Hazelnuts, the hazelnuts are sourced from Piedmont, Italy and each is coated in sweet caramel and their single-origin Ecuador chocolate. Lovingly hand-wrapped in a compostable bag and recyclable sleeve. These chocolates are new this year and make the perfect stocking filler or shareable gift.
Organic 'Umi' Cotton Dungarees by Lucy & Yak (£40)
Lucy & Yak are the ethical dungarees brand from founders Lucy and Chris borne from their travels from New Zealand, China, Thailand and India. These dunagrees are a new addition to their range; 'Umi' is made from 100% organic cotton and is woven by hand on an old loom to give it character. All their 'Umi's' are handmade, that means the same tailor worked on each 'Umi' from start to finish. The end result is a beautiful, individual dungaree that the teenagers in your family will love.
Head on over to our Instagram @bysarahlondon and let us know which of these sustainable christmas gifts are on your wish list! Or take a look through the Journal for further inspiration from our collection.
Written by: Lauren, Co-Founder, BY SARAH