The festive season is upon us! Luckily we have gifting all wrapped up.
We've put together a list of 20 thoughtful and fabulous gifts that give back, are environmentally focused, cruelty-free, committed to artisanal craftsmanship, and support small businesses and social initiatives.
There's a gift idea to please even the fussiest friend or family member out there.
Article 22 works with traditional Laotian artisans to repurpose and transform Vietnam- era bomb shrapnel into beautiful jewellery for their Peacebomb collection. Each piece of jewellery purchased gives back to support traditional Laotian artisan livelihoods, village development, and helps MAG (Mines Advisory Group) clear unexploded ordnance, making land safe. Their bangles come engraved with little peaceful and empowering messages and can also be personally engraved, and they look great on guys and gals.
For the glam beauty addict in your life, check out French makeup brand La Bouche Rouge who make microplastic and paraben-free, vegan lipsticks encased in luxe stainless steel casings. The casings are recyclable and refillable (with separate paper cased refills), and this elegant vegan leather case is created in collaboration with Stella McCartney. For every lipstick sold the brand also provides 100 litres of safe drinking water to Eau Vive Internationale.
Aussie brand Grown Alchemist offers all organic, vegan and cruelty-free skin, hair and body care products. This hand care set looks great in your bathroom and is too chic not to reuse. The hand wash is scented with natural oils of sweet orange, cedarwood and sage, while the hand cream has notes of vanilla and orange. So, while this past year may have gotten you wringing your hands, at least they're clean and moisturised.
Made in Australia using plant-based ingredients and premium oils, Maison Blanche candles are hand poured into a minimalist glass jar and have a heavenly, subtle scent. Available in 11 fragrances, they're 100% vegan and eco-friendly. Maison Blanche also commit part of their profit every month to the Pay The Rent Grassroots Collective.
Keep cozy this winter and curl up with a glass of wine under this pinot coloured blanket from Aussie label, Seljak, available at Elk. Each blanket is ethically and sustainably produced in Tasmania, and made with offcuts and recycled wool. For every online order the label will donate $2 to tree planting.
Handcrafted from bean to bar in Hong Kong, Conspiracy Chocolate make vegan chocolate from high quality and organic ingredients in a range of delicious flavours like Kampot Pepper, CBD, Kashmiri Chilli and Salt & Caramel. An assorted box would be nice, wouldn't it? Chocolate beans are directly sourced from a single farm and a fair price paid to farmers. Shipping is available to most countries.
Vegan, cruelty free and natural, Costa Brazil use sustainable, recycled and biodegradable ingredients and materials in their products whenever possible. A percentage of their proceeds are donated to non-profit environmental organisation Conservation International to help protect the rainforest and raise environmental awareness. The lightweight, super absorbent body oil is already a cult classic, brimming with super charged plant-derived extracts, and free of parabens or fillers. And it won't leave you feeling like an greasy latke.
R+D.LAB's Luisa Bonne Nuit Set consists of a pale pink-tinted carafe and carmine-red tumbler, highlighting the label's affinity for gemstone hues. It's handmade in Italy from borosilicate glass – a material that's known for its durability and resistance to temperature changes – and shaped with traditional mouth blowing technique. Place it on your table to bring a pop of colour to a minimalist dinner setting.
This iconic chain-trimmed bag is arguably one of the most popular non-leather bags of all time. The Falabella bag comes in a variety of styles and is 100% cruelty free and rock’n’roll, much like the brand's creator, Stella McCartney. The brand uses recycled polyester instead of Brazilian calf leather, which creates 24 times less of an environmental impact, and water-borne and solvent-free polyurethanes.
Explorer and eco-activist David Rothschild’s brand, The Lost Explorer, has redirected its focus from men’s skincare to mezcal. The Lost Explorer is committed to the sustainable production of high-quality handcrafted mezcal in a manner that benefits the local mezcal-producing community in Oaxaca and protects the land’s biodiversity, with the long-term mission of becoming the most sustainable mezcal brand in the world. Agave is cooked according to artisanal methods and with local reclaimed wood only; they use renewable energy in production and track their carbon footprint; they harness rainwater for the production process and pay their agave growers a fair price. It's a hangover you can feel good about.
For the yogi in your life, this Perfect Potion kit contains seven bottles of vegan and cruelty-free pure essential oil blends from Australia, and it's the perfect gift to balance each chakra on and off the mat. Or just ignore the chakra stuff, mix the oils up, layer them on, and use them as a scent because they smell really nice.
Mühle reusable razors are a great alternative to plastic disposable razors and suitable for men and women. This eco-friendly rose gold version is corrosion-resistant, making it long lasting and therefore a more sustainable option when compared to a disposable razor. Plus, it looks way more elegant shaving with this than a piece of plastic.
Books are the gifts that keep on giving. Here are three that are sure to delight.
Rare Plants - Forty rare and endangered species are explored through images sourced from the archives at Kew Royal Botanic Gardens accompanied by illuminating and authoritative text by Ed Ikin, deputy director of Kew's wild botanic garden at Wakehurst. Encased in a luxurious clamshell collector's box, it also contains 40 frameable botanical art prints.
Wild Kitchen rounds up 20 chefs who are passionate about sustainability and minimising their carbon footprint through their cooking. Giving you an exclusive peek into the home kitchens of personalities the book explores how food professionals embrace the wild in their homes and gardens, whilst also featuring some handy recipes and tips on gardening and foraging.