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Our Ethical Christmas Gifting Guide

Caroline SanderS |   25 NOVEMBER 2021

Her and Earth

Thinking back to the nineties and naughties, Christmas for some people was a time of ‘the more presents you can give, the better’ with not much thought into what they were giving or where it came from. This may have meant receiving heaps of tat from respective relatives along with strange secret Santa presents from people at work that you had no idea what to do with.

Luckily, people are now beginning to embody a more conscious mindset when it comes to festive gifting. Taking time to mindfully choose presents, considering their impact on the world and how long they’ll last for is a practice that benefits the gifter, the receiver and the planet.

These days, we are extremely fortunate that there are businesses who create beautiful products with sustainability as their focus. They put care into what they produce from the materials they are made from, how the people who make them are valued and how long their products will be of use and importance.

At Her and Earth, we know Christmas shopping can be an overwhelming time, so we’ve created an Ethical Christmas Gifting Guide for you, to make it that bit easier to treat the ones you love with products that will love them, and the Earth, back.

For the one who wants to switch up their beauty routine

More and more people are becoming conscious not just about what they put in their mouths, but about what they put on their skin. It’s likely there’s a person in your life who wants to take a leap to use organic, toxin-free beauty products but doesn’t quite know where to start.

Arganic is a beautiful place to begin that journey. Their pure, organic argan oil is a three-in-one way of achieving that dewy glow you want, naturally. This little bottle of goodness can be used on your face, body, hair and nails. It boosts cell-turnover, reduces wrinkles and eczema and reveals a clear complexion and shiny hair.

Arganic, Cosmetic Argan Oil, £24 

For the new mama

Whilst gorgeous toys and baby grows are so valuable, there are certain essentials for new mums that would be received so gratefully.

The Little Peace Company’s Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts are definitely one of those gifts.

100% natural, organic and made lovingly in the UK, these salts come in Calming, Sleepy, Uplifting, Detox and Recover.

As busy (often knackered) Mums ourselves, we know how important R&R time is, and a long quiet bath is the stuff dreams are made of.

Match with a Little Peace Company natural soy wax candle, for that extra little treat.

The Little Peace Company, Himalayan Crystal Bath Salts, £5.50 

For the jewellery lover

A beautiful way to say ‘I love you’ has always been through jewellery, and having a piece that reminds you of a person, place or a memory can be hugely meaningful.

Why not treat them to something from the stunning collection by PURPOSE, knowing that your choice will also benefit those in need.

PURPOSE is a brand whose jewellery is handcrafted by survivors of human trafficking and 100% of the proceeds go to support artisans at their charity, International Sanctuary.

PURPOSE Jewelry, Solstice Hoops, £21.50 

For the one who’s always on the go

Now things are slowly getting back to normal, there are certain people who are jumping back in head first, straight into their old fight or flight way of living. For the person who loves being active and outdoors, this Pure Panda Drinkware 'Original Bottle' is the perfect ethical gift. Made with sustainable bamboo, they have been designed for those who lead a conscious and versatile lifestyle. ⁠⁠

The triple-walled, vacuum-insulated bottles keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and retain heat for 12 hours, perfect for those winter walks.⁠⁠

Available in several colours, they come with a removable infuser that clicks into place to brew tea or hold fruit to naturally flavour your water, and they are wide enough to fit ice cubes and clean with ease.

⁠⁠But even more than all this, as a company they are doing fab things for the planet and support indigenous communities and women-led reforestation projects.⁠

Pure Panda Drinkware, 'Original Bottle', £24.95

For the spiritual one 

Self-love is an integral part of everyday life, with self-pleasure playing an important element of connecting inward. This is something that should be talked about, celebrated and honoured.

We have a beautiful way for you to do that, by giving the gift of connection through Self Ceremony’s Mini Pleasure Wand, to someone who would benefit from starting a new story with their body.

Made from either rose quartz or clear quartz these wands embody healing, unconditional love and compassion.

Self Ceremony, Mini Pleasure Wand, £28.50 

For the green fingered gardener 

We all know the type who just love a house plant, and are always getting more than they can fit in their living room (often without enough sleek pots to go with them).

Show them you know them with an organic and sustainable plant pot made from wood fibres and corn, from MINIMUM DESIGN. With a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian inspiration for the design, this planter will look minimalist and chic in the home, with an ethical story to tell.

MINIMUM DESIGN, Japan Planter, £25 

For the one with the candle obsession

Even though some people might deny it, everyone secretly LOVES getting candles, you can literally never have too many. As our friend said recently ‘candles are life’, and we couldn’t agree more.

The Goddess Candle range from Kalon Candle Co are beautiful sculptures of the female figure and when you light them it reminds you of the true feminine power that burns within us all.

Made from 100% soy wax, these candles are a unique find, even for the most candle obsessed.

Available in different shapes, sizes and colours, just like us.

Kalon Candle Co, Goddess Candle, £15 

For the organiser 

January is coming and that means meal prep galore, and finally we can do this in a toxin-free way without the plastic, with BamBox’s Bamboo Lunch Box.

Let the organiser in your life know that you are thinking of them (and celebrating how on it they are), showing them that this time they can prep and store their food in a healthier way.

Bamboo absorbs more carbon than other trees, so by doing things like supporting the work of BamBox, you are making your mark in this big fight against climate change.

This box is long lasting, durable and one more way of choosing the planet.

Available in two different sizes and colours.

BamBox, Bamboo Lunch Box, £12.50

For the new members of the tribe 

Teething isn’t fun at any time of the year, but it especially isn’t fun when everyone around you is experiencing festive cheer and laughter.

Seeing little ones in pain isn’t easy for anyone, so give a little one the gift of relief with these gorgeous handmade teething toys from Kaity Kiddo Chewellery.

Made from the highest quality beech wood and silicone and toxin-free, these are an eco alternative to plastic teethers, that are created to last and soothe.

Kaity Kiddo Chewellery, Teething Toy, £13.50 

For the one who has everything

We all have that friend who is so hard to buy for as they literally already have everything.

Looking for something unique that even they’ll be surprised they don’t have?

Look no further than Acala Online’s Konjac Sponge. Available in Aloe Vera or French Pink Clay, this Japanese born sponge is a dreamy addition to a skin care routine.

This handy little sponge removes dirt and makeup, whilst encouraging blood flow and cell turnover, revealing glowy, cleansed skin.

Acala Online, Konjac Sponge, £4.99 

And for the ones who still love stockings

One of the best feelings in life is waking up on Christmas morning. There’s a different sort of magic about it. You get to feel like a kid again and it never, ever gets old. So if it’s your turn to sort out the stockings this year and you know there are members of your family who you definitely still half-believe in Santa (despite being in their thirties with kids of their own), then make their morning with these eco stocking fillers! We think so many of our products would make gorgeous choices, but we’ve picked out a few of favourites to help you narrow down the search

from earth to earth
Bamboo & Natural Rubber Hairbrush

£8.50

Tabitha Eve
Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

£1.50 

Truthbrush
Bamboo Toothbrush

£4.50

FRUU Cosmetics
Coconut Coffee Scrub

£13.50

Jungle Culture
Bamboo Straw Set of 6

£6.50

Acala Online
Shampoo Bar

£6.99

Acala Online
Jade Facial Roller

£12.99

MOA
Bamboo Cloth Trio

£12.50