This Christmas looks like no other Christmas before – what a year! 2020 will definitely be a year we never forget. With lots of shops that are selling non-essential goods only being closed, I tried to make sure I promote small and independent businesses and brands this Christmas more than ever.
I’ve got fantastic items coming from indie brands and small businesses, and most of them are also either eco-friendly or ethically produced – or both! Shopping local and with online small businesses are important for me and for all of us. They play an important role in communities and they have a major economic impact. As for the green and ethical aspect, these are very important issues for me. I’d like to create awareness, because making conscious choices when deciding about a purchase is more possible than ever these days.
We can do better, by making positive choices for people and planet. Money is a vote which you can use every time you go shopping. By using your spending power wisely you can help to create a better, healthier and greener world.
With this guide I wish you a very merry Christmas season. We’re all here to make a difference and spread kindness. Peace & love.
This is a Christmas gift guide for grown ups. Get those comfy adult onesies out, put your feet up and grab a hot choc.
Just Slate – Scottish Made
Sustainably sourced Scottish Oak and Sycamore chopping boards, paddles, serving trays and accessories. All the oak and sycamore comes from environmentally sustainable sources in Scotland, ensuring the future of this beautiful Scottish resource for many more generations.
I picked this super cute bee design. RRP: £36.-
Rhug Estate Wild Beauty – Wild foraged skincare essentials
Wild Beauty is a truly organic and unforgettable sensory experience of fragrance and touch, blended with modern principles of function and sustainability. The collection harnesses natural, wild foraged and organic ingredients with the benefits of natural actives. The chosen ingredients contain essential vitamins and minerals, while fragrances are 100% natural and made using essential oils.
This travel kit contains:
Ravetta Designs – Silver talisman handmade jewellery collection
Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted in the Ravetta Designs Thames Ditton, Surrey studio by Lynsey Ravetta, designer maker at Ravetta Designs. Focusing on jewellery with meaning, Ravetta Designs creates handmade jewellery rich in symbolism, creating talismans as mementos of moments in time and connections to people. Perfect for styling your way and layering, to create your own unique narrative.
I picked this Big Bear constellation pendant from their beautiful collection. Handmade 999 fine silver constellation pendant featuring a raised big bear constellation on the front and an inverted design on the back.
Tom Savano – Handcrafted cocktails
Tom’s award winning, premium cocktail delivery is at your service to bring you the most exceptional, handcrafted cocktails to your door. Tom uses only the finest craft spirits, hand sourced from beautiful places around the world. Each of his drinks has its own rich story behind it; a story that is waiting for you to discover – and become part of.
I chose his Negroni and Lychee Martini creations. RRP: £12 – £27
Boostology – Lava and obsidian volcanic potpourri
Boostology’s unique range of Christmas gifts promotes positivity, boosting your mood and your wellbeing. Their eco-friendly gifts are made from natural materials, and include plastic-free, organic and vegan ideas that look good, feel good, and do good. Plus, if you buy one of their ethical or sustainable presents, Boostology will plant one tree for every order you place.
The received this lava and obsidian volcanic potpourri that smells amazing! RRP: £39.-
Charity: Treedom – Plant a tree
Treedom plants trees in 17 different countries across the world, in partnership with smallholder farmers and NGOs. Each individual tree is geolocated and photographed, with regular updates posted in a Diary. The trees can be gifted to friends, family members and loved ones with just a click – the perfect green gift for Christmas!
With Treedom you finance farmers who want to plant trees, supporting their work in the early years, when trees are not yet productive. Treedom provides farmers with know-how and technical support for planting and managing trees. Trees are photographed, geolocated and monitored by Treedom over time.
Asyva Skincare – Facial oil
These facial serums are a synergy of 4 carefully selected organic, food-grade antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory botanical oils made from fast-absorbing super seed, fruit, nut and berry oils combined with Phyto-Squalane. These facial oils sink in deeply to moisturise, hydrate, soothe and nourish, leaving a smooth silky feeling. Each product is highly concentrated, and a few drops go a long way. Each organic facial oils can be used as day and night serum. They are 100% natural, 100% free from fragrance, essential oils, preservatives, emulsifiers or any synthetic ingredients.
I chose the pomegranate and cherry facial oil and I can only speak about it in superlatives. It’s amazing and so nourishing. My skin feels plump, smooth and just so luxuriously happy! Also smells gorgeous. RRP: £125.-
Rock Rose Gin – Winter Edition
A juniper led earthy gin with fragrant pine notes. The Winter Edition has been created with thoughts of bracing walks, roaring fires and dark nights in mind. The original Rock Rose elements have been scaled down to allow the delightful earthy and slightly citrusy notes from the spruce tips to shine through. The bottle is absolutely gorgeous. and makes this bottle of gin a perfect Christmas gift to any gin lover. RRP: £37.50.-
Net Zero – Zero waste baker’s bundle
Perfect gift for the baker in your life! This bakeware set contains nonstick, BPA free, and non-toxic baking tools that can be reused over and over to create (and store!) any variety of baked goods! From baking cupcakes and cookies, to refrigerating leftover treats, or even freezing extra dough, you’ll be happy to know this set is free from bleach, dioxins, and other toxic chemicals commonly found in traditional baking paper, cupcake liners, and other baking products. Plus, this baking set is dishwasher safe.
2 x 6 Pack Silicone Muffin Cups
6 Pack Stretch & Seal Silicone Lids
Small, Medium, Large, and Jumbo Silicone Sealer Bags
2 Pack Silicone Baking Mats – Reusable Baking Un-Paper
Organic Savanna – Moisturising kit
Organic Savanna is an impact driven skincare brand with a mission to empower people. They started in 2016 as a way to empower local women and their families. They planted 30,000 aloe plants on their farm in Kenya. Together with the local community, started to make ethical + responsible aloe-based skincare products. The products are made by hand and created in small batches, all ingredients are sourced locally and grown at the base of Mt. Kenya.
100% of our profits are reinvested for social good. Organic Savanna funds holistic community impact including education programs for children, vocational training for adults and raising environmental awareness.
This kit includes moisturising Cedar + Orange hand wash, Shea + Macadamia hand and body lotion and boabab lip and soap. RRP: £52.-
Sherpa – Hat and handwarmer set
Sherpa Adventure Gear is an ethical brand: for every product sold, they provide education and resources for children in Nepal – for the entirety of their education, elementary through college.
This Nitya hat and handwarmer set is handcrafted in Nepal and made of naturally warm and durable lambswool. They’re lined in soft, moisture wicking Polarfleece® for itch-free comfort and an extra layer of warmth. Handcrafted in small women co-ops in the ancient city of Bhaktapur right outside Kathmandu.
Hat RRP: £25.-
Roze Mountain – Anti-pollution skincare box
This a beautifully presented skin care gift box from Roze Mountain. This routine helps treat, cleanse, exfoliate, nourish and protect your skin from the damages caused by pollution, oxidative stress and the permanent wearing of masks. Safe, ethical and plant-based cosmetics, artisan made with care, love and dedication. They come in small batches to preserve the freshness and efficacy of each product.
Norgreen watches – Native collection
These watches are not only beautiful, designer pieces made in Denmark (designed by world famous Jakob Wagner) but they also give back.
Nordgreen is carbon neutral (offsetting by planting 1000’s of trees). The watches are sustainably packaged, responsibly and ethically manufactured. With each watch purchased, you get to choose a cause you would like to support. With the Giving Back Program, Nordgreen partnered up with three NGOs.
I picked the Native white dial – rose gold chain strap. RRP: £150.-
To get 15% off your purchase, order here: Nordgreen.co.uk and use BOBCAT at the checkout.
Yorkshire Fabric Shop – Custom made cushions
I’m a big fan of upcycling and so earlier this year I revamped an old arm chair with one of the gorgeous fabrics available at the Yorkshire Fabric Shop. I now also have added two new cushions. They have lot of upholstery fabrics that is suitable for sofas, chairs, cushions, curtains, beds and whatever else you can imagine. So whatever is your upcycle or home decor project, they can help.
You can by either the fabrics or gift voucher as a Christmas gift.
Candalia – 100% natural wax candle
All Candalia candles are made from 100% natural wax and cotton wicks. This gorgeous Fleur d’Oranger candle is a classic tale of the stunning orange blossom, exotic rosemary and basil falling beautifully on to a base of cedarwood, oakmoss and woods. Offers 45 hours burn time. RRP: £35.-
Ecomersh – Organic cotton scarf
Handwoven by artisans of Madurai Tamil Nadu this scarf is made from 100% locally grown organic cotton. It’s dyed in subtle shades and colour block style. It also offers an ideal accompaniment to any ensemble. The fringe tassels add to its playful character. RRP: £40.-
Origin Africa – Brave woman t-shirt
I’m so honoured having received one of the new limited edition Brave Woman tees from Origin Africa.
These tees are planet friendly, manufactured in an ethical supply chain and it funds projects in Africa. 100% of the profits from the sale of these tees will be channelled into projects that break the cycle of poverty.
100% organic cotton, printed using water based dyes and embroidered using recycled thread. This tee is kind to both people and planet. The ‘Brave Woman’ tee (designed by Senegalese Artist Gabi, From The Gambia Cotton Trail Artists) celebrates the strength of women and shines a light on the ways in which they change the world.
They make a perfect gift! And you give twice.
There’s an empowering, unique, hidden message inside each tees.