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 Stocking Fillers Guide for grown ups.
Critically Endangered Socks
Critically Endangered Socks and baby socks are made from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic cotton. These are high-quality materials, meaning that they’ll have a long life and a low environmental impact. By creating socks that are an investment and are built to last, we’re fighting against fast fashion.
I received the Sumatran Elephant striped sock. A partnership between Critically Endangered Socks and The International Elephant Foundation: buying these socks you’re helping to fund the IEF’s Sumatran Elephant Protection Programs which are vital in safeguarding these precious elephants from wildlife crime and habitat loss, with 10% of the profit from these socks. RRP: £12.-
Greens Steel – Beast tumbler
This reusable stainless steel double insulated coffee tumbler with straw from Greens Steel is toxin-free, made from pure 18/8 stainless steel. It keeps your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. Comes in 3 different sizes. Perfect for every eco minded loved one! RRP: $19.-
Dr. Bronner’s All – One
What’s a truer, greener and more ethical stocking filler than the world-famous All-One products of Dr. Bronner’s? Still run by the family, still purely organic and fair trade, cruelty-free: the same way they alway did, donating over $600,000 to animal rights causes over the years, changing policies as pioneers. Their products are biodegradable, versatile and effective. Plastic packaging is 100% post customer recycled.
I received this bundle of their hero products from the peppermint and hemp range.
Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap RRP: £20.49.-
Peppermint Pure-Castile Bar Soap RRP: £5.35.-
Dr. Bronner’s Organic Lip Balm RRP: £3.49.-
Podium Pet Products – Be : Loved natural pet care
From clean coats to protected paws and noses, the Be:Loved collection is perfect for pet owners who want to pamper their pets without compromising on results.
Handmade with natural ingredients, the range draws its inspiration from an old family heirloom animal husbandry book, which was filled with lotions, potions and remedies that could be created hedgerows and nature’s harvest. The Be:Loved team have reimagined these recipes for your four-legged friends and have curated an effective and luxurious range of to help care and delight pets and pet parents alike.
RRP: £5 – £30
Boostology – Stocking fillers
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 a Skin Tonic Calm Balm RRP: £12.95.- and Organic Peppermint Essential Oil RRP: £13.99.-
Kindred Fires – Home Christmas Candle
This Kindred Fires soy wax candle makes a great gift in 2020 I think! An ideal present for a couple or family and those moving into their new home this festive season. This gorgeous, stylish candle offers 40 hour burn time, made of natural soy wax and hand poured in small batches. RRP: £24.-
tentree – Crew socks and water bottle
At tentree, they aim to empower everyone to plant trees with their purchases, while offering sustainably made products for everyone to enjoy. The name comes from Buy One, Plant Ten. 10 trees planted for every product bought. Register your token, choose your plantation, watch your trees grow and change the lives of the community. Tentree has planted 49.380.016 to date (to this moment I’m writing this post).
Water bottle RRP: £24.94.-
Crew socks (2-pack) RRP: £19.95.-
Organic India – Organic teas and herbal supplements
Organic India works with several small family farmers across India to cultivate thousands of acres of sustainable organic farmland, the products are also certified organic by the Soil Association.
Organic teas: these teas adds to the wellbeing of the user as well as providing a tasty and refreshing beverage option that is calming and caffeine-free. Tulsi is known for its rich antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties. It is also abundant in vitamins and minerals. Staying true to our belief of bringing holistic health and true wellness for all, they only use natural organic / bio-dynamic fertilisers that help our plants flourish. RRP: £3.99.-
Herbal supplements: packaged in glass bottles rather than plastic, the capsules made from plant cellulose rather than gelatine, so they are vegetarian, using the whole herbs rather than plant extract. RRP: from £15.99
Charity Miracle’s Mission – Christmas Dinner for a dog or cat
Animal welfare charity, Miracle’s Mission is offering a wonderful opportunity to sprinkle some Christmas good cheer for the needy rescue dogs and cats that they foster; to buy them a Christmas dinner or toy. It’s the ultimate feel-good stocking present for the dog or cat lover in your family. Miracle’s Mission, is a non-profit animal welfare organisation that works with sick, injured and difficult animals.
Christmas Dinner for a dog or cat costs £5 and a toy for a dog or cat also costs £5. You can purchase your gift from www.miraclesmission.org
Ethique – Zero waste and plastic free skin care
Ethique products are world famous for a reason. They work and they are as environmentally as they can get. Ethique have saved over 9 million plastic bottles from landfill since 2012, by producing solid bar formulas in place of liquid products – packaged in totally compostable casing. What’s more, the formulas are all vegan friendly, palm oil free and made with Fairtrade ingredients. There’s so many gorgeous products to choose from!
Trial Kit – for normal skin & hair RRP: £11.99.-
Wonderbar RRP: £14.-
Sweet orange and vanilla body wash RRP: £5.-
Lost Sheep Coffee – Compostable coffee pods
Lost Sheep Coffee, Kent’s favourite speciality coffee roastery. All Lost Sheep Coffee is made using the world’s top speciality grade 100% Arabica coffee beans. They are single origin and a direct trade from Brazil, hand roasted in Whitstable. The whole Lost Sheep Coffee range is hand roasted in house, for a superior freshness and flavour. They also sell Nespresso compatible capsules, that are compostable & plastic free! RRP: from £3.95.-
Lamazuna – Plastic free and zero waste body care
Lamazuna was created by Laëtitia Van de Walle 10 years ago. At the time, she was becoming increasingly aware of the impact of our everyday waste on the environment. This led to the idea of replacing her disposable cleansing wipes with an alternative that could be reused over 300 times. And ta-da! Lamazuna was born! Over the years, the product range has grown, and Lamazuna has become the leading brand for zero-waste accessories and vegan solid cosmetics made in France.
Solid facial cleanser – normal skin RRP: EUR 12.50.-
Solid shampoo for normal hair with Scots pine: EUR 9.90.-
Red poplar wood gift box: EUR 7.-
Charity Stitch Sainte Luce – Seed Madagascar
These handmade, embroidered products offer ‘one of a kind’ pieces, created by the women of Stitch Sainte Luce from recycled cotton. Each individual item is totally unique and sustainable, offering a stunning present with real purpose, which will bring in valuable income to families in Madagascar, who need our support now more than ever. Stitch Sainte Luce is a Women’s Embroidery Cooperative based in southeast Madagascar. 96 members create beautiful handmade embroidery with stunning patterns, often featuring local wildlife.
The Dress Change – Monthly subscription to clothes swapping site
The Dress Change is an online womenswear exchange allowing women to swap clothing, shoes and accessories. Most women have items in their wardrobes that they never wear. This could be down to the fact that the item doesn’t suit them, doesn’t fit (weight gain or loss), or simply because they just didn’t get a chance to return to the store. The Dress Change is a womenswear exchange marketplace that makes it possible for women to exchange items (clothes, shoes, accessories) that are no longer suitable for items they want. It is a membership-based platform; with a free version offering one exchange per month and a paid version offering five exchanges for £9 per month. That’s a whole new outfit on a monthly basis for under a tenner!
I also have a special offer for you: using this code TDCXMASBOGOF3 you can buy one membership for yourself and get one free 3 months membership! So you can gift the free one to a loved one.
Baba & Boo: Wipes Duo Set
Baba & Boo reusable wipes can be used for faces, hands, walls, surfaces and pretty much everywhere that didn’t need a good clean before children. Ideal for any parent, the duo gift set includes five reusable bamboo wipes and a small wet bag, which is perfect for storing the wipes whether they are wet or dry. RRP: £10.50.-
Save Money Cut Carbon – Sustainable Swap Box
A unique, new Christmas gift for every household and the planet. SaveMoneyCut Carbon‘s aim is to help everyone through the products and expertise they provide; because when you save money and cut carbon, everyone benefits. Once you’re a Club member you’ll receive your Sustainable Swap Box (worth £39.95) – it’s a little box of swaps handpicked by us to make a massive impact.