Shopping for the season is now in full swing, as bustling shoppers line the sidewalks, swinging heavy shopping bags from underneath garlands of sparkling Christmas lights. This gift guide is for the ladies in your life who are tuned in to the planet around them and always research a purchase before they buy. From the suppliers to the producers, each part of the process matters to them. I can count myself among these women and have curated the products that I think they’ll like.
1. Advent by Anja Dunk, £25
A beautifully bound book detailing all the festive traditions that are wrapped up in a German Christmas. The perfect gift for those who love to bake and give festive biscuits for the season.
2. Lime & Lavender Body Scrub, Verde London, £22
Verde London holds a whole host of brightly coloured gifts for anyone who enjoys pampering themselves. This body scrub is a pot of creamy clay, sea salt and ground rice combined with nourishing extracts of Calendula, Urtica and Chickweed.
3. Forest Green Velvet Bow by Kadia Bows & Co, £89
This exquisite emerald bow is made entirely by hand using lined English Berisfords ribbons. All finished off with a gold chain and pin, this is a gift set for any stylish one to adore.
4. Green Top Handle by Luxe Designers, Stefano Turco, £169
Handmade in Italy this bag is set to last, with a lined interior and crafted from Tuscan tanned leather. With a top handle and detachable shoulder strap, you have a bag that changes with the occasion at hand.
5. Fig, Lime & Vetiver Candle, Limelight® Bath, £16
Limelight’s candles are made from plant-based waxes and scented with essential oils. Clean burning and sweet-scented they make a lovely gift for any candle lover.
6. Leaf and Berry Mache Decoration, Maison Curate, £5.50
With a whole host of sustainable Christmas ornaments to choose from at Maison Curate’s shop, this one popped out to me the most. Made out of paper mache and painted with watercolour its festive shine comes from a finishing lacquer.
7. Rose Skin Food Bar, Sintra Naturals, £3.50
I discovered this wonderful bar of soap while at an Artisan market stall in Bath called OKO Marketplace. Entirely plastic and preservative-free this soap can be used for both the face and body. With dried lavender flowers giving their anti-bacterial and pH maintaining properties you’re giving soft clean skin.
8. Buff & Run Face Polish, Wilde Fruit, £19
Wilde Fruit Skincare takes eco-conscious to a whole new level with products mainly made from ingredients that would have been wasted or excess from the food industry. With upcycled Apricot oil and Mango butter Buff & Run deeply cleanses and nourishes the skin.
9. A Christmas Skincare Spa Experience, Duolab, £179
For the gift of splendid skincare, Duolab blends technology with plant-based ingredients up to 100% preservative-free. Using the LAB device and a DUO of capsules that are vacuum packed they can choose what their skin needs from day-to-day. This Christmas kit includes x 1 Duolab device, x 1 Discovery pack of 14 capsules, x 1 unique code unlocking two months of skincare capsules delivered to your door and x 1 FREE skincare consultation.
10. Almond Milk Concentrate Refill, L’Occitane, £36
The sweet scent of almonds is as much a part of Christmas as your festive fir tree. L’Occitane’s Milk Concentrate is made from 95% ingredients of natural origins, leaving the skin soft, smooth and deeply nourished.
11. Organic eau de parfum, Ffern, £69
For a truly specially made fragrance, pop your loved one on the Ffern ledger. Each solstice and equinox she will receive a Somerset-aged fragrance that not only encompasses the mood of the season but the ingredients that the countryside can provide. With plastic-free packaging as well this gift is truly green.
12. Baby Cheeks Blush Stick, Westman Atelier, £35
For a gentle glow of cheeks warmed by the fireside. With no parabens, PEGs, talc, phthalates, synthetic fragrances or animal testing, this creamy balm is designed to do as little harm as possible to the environment.
13. Sheepskin Mittens Tan, Dartmoor Shepherd, £42
These soft sheepskin mittens are hand-cut and sewn in the South-West of England. They are a bi-product of The Dartmoor Shepherd’s hogget, which is sheep that have been given two or more years to graze. These farmers are the only ones to raise all three of Dartmoor’s native rare longwool sheep, letting them roam and mature naturally.
14. Twizzle Alpaca Fur Scarf, Lacorine, £89
This beautifully soft scarf is crafted from the alpacas that have died during the harsh Peruvian winters so no animals are harmed to make these garments. All the wool is hypoallergenic and lanolin-free. Antonia, Lacorine’s founder and designer is from Peru and while searching for the highest quality materials, has been able to build a lasting relationship with the alpaca farmers and local artisans.
Padfield Somersley Tote Grey, Padfield, £425
Padfield is a family run business using British tanned leather left over from the meat industry, to create wonderful leather accessories that are 100% British made from design to production. This tote bag is made from grey embossed Nubuck Leather and can be monogrammed for free.