Jenner was wrong when she said 2019 would be the year of
“like, realising stuff”. As it turns out, 2020 has given us the
time for reflection, growth and embracing slow living. Curated with
“waste not, want not” in mind, this is our planet-positive gifting
16 eco-conscious presents for feel-good gifting
Licia Florio Bean Nail Polish
Rêve En Vert
Considering we’ve become stay-at-home salon experts and nailed
(sorry) doing our own manicures, it’s about time we ditched the
glitter-ridden Barry M in favour of a no-nasties nail colour. Psst.
Rêve En Vert is the Net-a-Porter of sustainable and slow fashion –
we think you’ll be as obsessed as we are.
California Nights Puzzle
Armchair adventurers and doorstep explorers, this one’s for you.
Offering a contemporary alternative to traditional puzzles, these
500-piece jigsaws have quickly become our wind-down activity of
choice. The first series lets you pick between three escapist
travel images. After our annual pilgrimage to Palm Springs got put
on pause, our favourite is the California Nights edition. Catch us
spending the weekends hunkering down and cranking up the specially
curated Spotify playlist that accompanies the puzzle.
Purdy & Figg Hand Sanitising Spray
Purdy & Figg
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: 2020 is the year
safety became sexy. Replacing the pungent santisier (that we can’t
help but think smells like stale tequila in a student union), the
deliciously scented Purdy & Figg sanitiser mixes essential oils
with 70 per cent bacteria-busting alcohol. A quick (non-sticky)
spritz over hands will protect mitts and provide a refreshing scent
not too dissimilar to the aromatherapy oils we keep in our desk
draw. We can’t decide whether we prefer the OG citrus-scented
sanitiser or the frankincense-and-myrrh Christmas special, so we’ve
stocked up with both.
Zinnia Legging in Four Leaf Clover
Ok, so maybe we’re being a little cheeky squeezing gym kit into
a stocking wish list, but it’s worth a try, right? We’re big fans
of TALA’s body inclusivity ethos and its pieces made from either
recycled plastic bottles, upcycled or recycled yarn including
factory off-cuts. Once you’ve received your set, don’t be so hasty
in throwing your the tags in the bin – these ones are filled with
seeds and, once planted, each label will grow into something
Carry On K-Beauty Kit
SUITCASE x TONIC15
We’ve teamed up with Korean-beauty experts TONIC15 to put
together this travel-friendly kit of skincare essentials for on the
road or at home. Ideal for those who have adopted “self-care” as
their 2020 mantra, this carefully curated set is packed with
plant-based lotions and potions to leave you feeling primped,
preened and pampered. We won’t tell if this falls into the “gift
for me” pressie pile.
Reusable Make-Up Pads
World of Bamboo
Stocking fillers for beauty gurus, sorted. If micellar water and
cotton pads are your pal’s go-to to wipe off their full-face, then
they need to switch to these bamboo make-up remover pads. Gentler
on the skin and zero-waste, they come in a mesh laundry bag to
ensure they don’t fail to the same fate as odd socks – lost in the
Travel Gift Set
Enclosed in a bamboo travel case – ideal for those always
on-the-go – this vegan-friendly set includes a Cloud White
Truthbrush with plant-based bristles (made from castor oil) and
comes ready-wrapped. Sustainable and time-saving? Sold. For the
gift that keeps on giving, opt for a year-long supply instead.
Melissa Scrunchie in Pastel Abstract Floral
After rewatching Tia and Tamera and their Sister Sister antics,
we’re hankering after a bit of 90s nostalgia. Leaving the double
denim to Britney and JT, we’re upgrading our lockdown locks with
this velvet scrunchie made from deadstock vintage fabric.
Wild Natural Deodorant subscription
Single-use plastic is the pits and don’t we know it. Available
as a subscription package – the 100-per-cent plastic-free and
chemical-free deodorant and its refills fit through letterboxes –
or a one-off purchase, Wild comes in a sleek aluminium case
designed to last. Best yet, you can mix-and-match the case colours
Filt French Market Bag
Très chic, non? Sure, you might be trawling the aisles of Lidl
as opposed to the Loire Valley, but at least you can do it in style
with this net bag. Plus, it’s sturdy handles means no embarrassing
spillages on the bus home.
Tie-Dye Hoodie in Sand
tūla + tye
The hero of lockdowns one and two? Luxe loungewear. Satisfying
our tie-dye obsession – we tried and failed at our own – while
ensuring we don’t look like slobs on our team calls are these matching co-ords. Better yet, they’re
handmade with high-grade recycled, organic cotton. Read: no bobbly
bits after the first wash.
Alpaca Bed Socks
A Christmas staple for friends, in-laws or family you see once a
year. The humble sock has been given a serious upgrade this season.
Made with sustainably sourced alpaca wool and knitted and
hand-finished in a traditional British mill, these soft bed socks
are a slow alternative to synthetic, fast-fashion footwear.
Seriously, these have become our part of our WFH uniform. You might
want to nab a pair for yourself too.
Uan Purse with Tassels
Shiv Textiles is on a mission to prove that sustainable products
are anything but beige and boring. Putting a modern spin on
traditional weaving techniques, owner Siobhan takes deadstock yarn
destined for landfill and gives it a second lease of life in
bright, textural cushions, throws and scarves. This tasselled pouch
is the perfect size for 2020 essentials: phone, purse, keys, mask
and hand sanitiser.
Sleep Society pyjamas
One for the insomniacs, the sleep strugglers and those who crave
a solid eight hours, Sleep Society is the secret ingredient in the
recipe for a good night’s sleep. Crafted from raw Austrian
beechwood using surplus renewable energy, the planet-friendly
pyjamas are twice as soft as cotton, temperature regulating,
bacteria-fighting and decorated in designs from a team of global
artists. Better yet, despite being an infant indie business, it has
donated 100 pairs of its pjs to the Covid ward at UCLH and 15 per
cent of its sales profits to Mind.
Greenhouse Soy Wax Candle
Earl of East
Not to wax lyrical (sorry not sorry) about how great Earl of
East’s soy wax candles are but with their born out of Hackney roots
and scents that transport us to the olive groves of Greece, we
can’t help it. Like this? Check out its Onsen collection inspired by the hot springs of Japan.
Major Zen vibes.
ARTHOUSE Unlimited Organic Amber and Tonka Bean Soap
Enter your new go-to gifting site, Radical Giving. Stocked full
of zero-waste and ethical gifts hand-selected from charities,
social enterprises and independents giving back to the community,
this is a one-stop-shop for feed-good giving. Top of our list? This
heavenly scented, vegan-friendly soap handcrafted by ARTHOUSE
Unlimited, a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and
learning difficulties. The uplifting messages on each bar have been
inscribed by the artist themselves.