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So many of us are looking forward to the festive season this year, and whatever your faith, situation or lifestyle, let’s hope it gives us some form of a welcome break from the toughest year that many of us have faced.
If you exchange gifts at this time of year, you’ve probably already been thinking about what to get for friends and family, and one positive aspect of this challenging year has been more and more people have discovered the benefits of shopping locally.
It’s never been more important to support independent businesses as they’ve suffered such a big hit through lockdown and local restrictions, so we want to shine the light on some great ethical businesses we know, whilst making it easy for you to find the perfect present with our festive guide with a difference.
FOR THE FASHIONISTAS
BEEN London – Beautiful bags made from recycled materials, including a vegan range
Catch Rhys – Independent jewellery brand with a focus jewellery that’s honestly priced, fairly marketed and ethically sourced
Dragana Perisic – Quality handmade womenswear and accessories that are made to last
FOR THE FOODIES
The Good Brownie Co – An extensive range of brownies, specialising in gluten-free, sugar/dairy-free, vegan & paleo-friendly options
NEMI teas – An ethical tea company providing employment to refugees
Harry Specters – providing employment and free training for young people with autism, enabling them to make award-winning chocolates and gain confidence, hope and experience.
FOR THE BODY BEAUTIFUL
Circla – Carefully selected collection of beauty care products, consciously chosen to be as kind to the planet as they are to your body
IN YOUR DREAMS – Unique trend-based festival beauty accessories & digital beauty workshops
NuNude – community brand, that promotes diversity, inclusivity and body positivity through skin matching underwear & shapewear
FOR THE ‘I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I WANTERS’
Wearth – An online marketplace full of eco and sustainable gifts
Cassava Republic Press – Brilliant books by published by Black & African authors
Roses & Cushions – Ranges of beautiful flower bouquets, plants, cards and gifts
On Friendship and Chairs – Beautiful vintage furniture, homeware & gifts
FOR A DIFFERENT CHRISTMAS
The Do-Gooders – Take on their challenge and choose one thing this Christmas and swap it for a more sustainable or ethical alternative. Changing something small can make a huge difference even if it is something as simple as saving used wrapping paper this year to reuse next year!