Christmas: Our guide to thoughtful, creative and ethical gifts
Christmas is suddenly upon us and finding the perfect gift deserves a little time and effort. We've put together a simple gift guide with links to some wonderful products to help you along the way.
For those who love to decorate...
These hand crafted wooden baubles, designed and created by Selwyn House, are made individually by hand at their Derbyshire workshop using locally sourced wood from trees that are grown in Britain.
We love that these baubles are sustainably made and there's no denying that there is something distinctly Scandinavian about them! You can buy these beautiful decorations here
For those who love to pamper...
If you want to really spoil someone this Christmas, Nathalie Bond create organic and natural personal care. They are a small, family run business based in North Wales and their products are always cruelty-free, ethical, low-waste and handmade.
This year, Nathalie Bond have put together some beautiful eco-friendly gift boxes on their site. You can find them here.
For a personal touch...
Sarah Adams created Smoke and Ash Jewellery back in 2017 when she noticed a gap in the market for sustainable and ethically made Jewellery that wasn't too expensive. Her handmade products are affordable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
We love the simplicity and elegance of Sarahs work. If you are looking to personalise a gift this Christmas, you can see The Personalised Collection here
For those who like to wrap up warm...
Luks Linen peshtemals come into their own in the Autumn and Winter months where they can be used not only in the bathroom but as scarves, wraps and light throws. These beautiful creations are multi-purpose ethical products with a rich lineage.
Luks Linen are 100% committed to creating non-toxic products (something we feel very strongly about) and wherever possible they use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. Increasingly, they are using linen mixes in their products which helps to reduce the amount of water each product takes to produce. Luks have put together some gift bundles this year and you can find them here.
For the wellness lovers...
Why not give a loved one the guarantee of an hour or two of complete self-care and relaxation?! Finding time for wellness can be tough but knowing you have been given the go ahead to make that time for yourself can be liberating; and a wonderful gift! We recommend finding a yoga class at Saddleworth Yoga; a Yoga and Therapy Centre in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester.
Classes start from £37.50 for 5 classes and £70 for a 10 class pass. Having a pass means your loved one can drop it anytime that suits them.
This is one of the prettiest yoga studios we've seen in a while. Perfect for a morning session to blow the cobwebs away or perhaps a seriously indulgent evening session to fully soften and unwind. You can see their timetable here.
For the minimalist...
Bumble & Bea sells handcrafted earrings using clay and some brass with a focus on minimal, modern designs and organic and geometric shapes. Sustainability is a core value here at Bumble + Bea with all pieces being slow made, packaged in recyclable materials and lowering waste as much as possible.
And, we are sure you will agree, they are absolutely gorgeous!
For the house proud...
Skandinavisk create subtle, refined scents based on aspects of Scandinavia that they consider to be precious to the inhabitants and exotic to the outside world. They blend them with colour, symbols and a single local word rich with meaning to create unique impressions of Scandinavia. These beautiful scented candles are natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free.
Skandinavisk have introduced bigger glass, a new design, 2 wicks, FSC-certified oak lid, hard box gift packaging, and poured them in Sweden. All of which add to the more familiar Swedish rapeseed wax blend, returning fragrance favourite, and FSC-certified packaging standard that reflect their journey to leave a lighter footprint.
And if you can't decide on just one candle, Skandinavisk have introduced Mini Scented Candle Triosets - perfect for gifting!
And, last but not least, for those who love a little luxury...
Dook are a small, artisanal company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Among other products, they create salt soap in small batches using organic ingredients, essential oils and natural colours. Each batch is mixed and poured by hand resulting in distinctive, high-quality hand and body soap. And, we are sure you will agree, they are stunning.
Dook create a wide range of scents including Rosemary & Frankincense, Mint, Rosemary & Juniper and Cedar & Bitter Orange.
We are now proudly stocking Dook Salt Soap; you can find them here. They pair beautifully with our linen wash bags! And, as always, we offer free gift wrapping and personalised, hand written messages. We use a recycled straw paper to wrap, finished with a Blästa Henriët sticker and card.
However you decide to gift this year, we wish all of our friends a joyous Christmas season filled with love, happiness and perhaps just a little touch of self-care and relaxation.