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Christmas gift guide

At Ethos, we've spoke to some amazing brands, doing inspiring things and making great products. So, we've put our heads together (not literally) and thought up a list of sustainable and ethical gifts, from good businesses, that you could give this Christmas. The gifts we've selected are from our friends, local and worldwide, big and small. This year we're encourage to shop earlier, shop local and shop sustainable so let's get shopping. 
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11.16.20
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1.Ivy slippers, Toms, £55

Slippers are the ultimate Christmas gift. If you’re thinking about treating somebody to a pair of slippers, why not buy them from a business that does good. Over the last 13 years, Toms has impacted 96.5 million lives giving shoes, sight, safe water and impact grants. For every £3 that Toms make, they give away £1, meaning when you purchase from Toms, your positively impacting lives. Gift some Toms slippers here.

 

 

2.Pie voucher, Homebaked, £5-£25 

Our friends at Homebaked make the most mouth-watering pies and their pie vouchers are the perfect Christmas gift for the foodie in your life. Homebaked is a community land trust and co-operative bakery situated on the boundary between the neighbourhoods of Everton and Anfield. The project is co-owned and co-produced by people who live and work in the area. They saved the iconic neighbourhood bakery from demolition and developed it into a thriving community-run business. Keep an eye on their website for the launch of their pie vouchers.

 

3.The Journal, Mind Journal, £29.95 

Mind Journal has a mission to help men feel healthier and happier. They have changed the conversation around how men look after themselves and reinvented journaling for men. Inside the journal, you’ll find three stages of self-discovery, 30 life-changing exercises and a free writing section. The Journal has proven to create a positive mindset, increase focus and clarity, reduce stress and anxiety and improve physical and mental health. Gift a journal here.

 

 

4.Christmas pub in a Box, Signature Brew, £28-£65

The signature brew is bringing the pub to you this Christmas. Inside Pub in a Box is a selection of award-winning craft beers, with glassware, Christmas snacks, a Christmas music quiz and exclusive Christmas playlists curated by music journalists to accompany the beers themselves. Signature Brew aims to revolutionise the quality of beer at live music events by bringing their exciting core range of music-inspired craft beers venues and festivals in the UK and beyond. Gift a Christmas Pub in a Box here.

 

5.Christmas Spice Eco-Soy Social Candle, Know The Origin, £15

Know The Origin have partnered with Luz Luz to create a line of luxury hand-poured candles. Their candles are made from eco-soy, a sustainable alternative to paraffin wax and 100% of LUX LUZ profits are given to projects supporting women affected by domestic violence or reinvested in the business. Gift a candle here.

 

 

6.Gold & black classic watch, Votch, £120

Votch is a cruelty-free watch company. As a company, they are always striving to do better and to create products that inflict no harm to animals and as little to the environment as possible. For every Votch product purchased they donated 10% of the profits to their charity of the season, which changes every three months. Gift a watch here.

 

7.Gin, Elephant Gin, £5.90 – £38.90

Elephant Gin produces award-winning handcrafted premium gin products made with rare African botanicals. With every full-size bottle sold, Elephant Gin contributes 15% of profits to elephant conservation charities including Big Life Foundation, while with each miniature bottle sold, 15% of profits is donated to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. All of these organisations are devoted to the conservation of the African elephant. Gift gin here.

 

 

8.An Emotional Menagerie, School of Life, £15.00

An Emotional Menagerie is an emotional glossary for children. A book of 26 rhyming poems, arranged alphabetically, that bring our feelings to life – Anger, Boredom, Curiosity, Dreaminess, Embarrassment, Fear, Guilt, and more. The School of Life is an organisation built to help us find calm, self-understanding, resilience and connection – especially during troubled times. Gift An Emotional Menagerie here. 

 

9.Furlong knit jumper, Finisterre, £95

Finisterre is committed to making truly exceptional products more responsibly and transparently. Their Furlong knit jumper is made from 100% pure Merino wool yarn for extra softness and warmth. It’s the perfect jumper for the cold winters ahead. Gift a jumper here.

 

 

10.Calm subscription, Calm, £69.99 

Give the gift of Calm. Spread the joys of better sleep, health, and happiness with a Calm subscription. Calm is the #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation, their mission is to make the world a healthier and happier place by helping you to relax, breath, sleep and stay fit. Gift a calm subscription here.

 

11.Beepot planter & bee house,  Eden Project, £45

The Eden Project is an educational charity, that explores how we can work towards a better future. Their beepot planter and bee house makes the perfect gift for any lover of nature, who also loves their garden and cares about beautiful design. Gift a bee planter here.

 

 

12.Packable rain poncho, Ponch, £99

Packable rain poncho by Ponch, made from recycled plastic bottles is perfect for music festivals, camping trips or packed and ready for those commuting downpours. Ponch is continually pushing to do better, not only our their fabrics made from 100% recycled post-consumer plastic bottles, which are certified by the Global Recycle Standard (GRS), their manufacturing partner has a WRAP certification; they are audited to ensure that they operate in a safe, responsible and ethical way. Gift a poncho here.

 

 

13.Do books, The Do Book Co, £8.99

The Do Book Company is an independent book publishing company, in association with the Do Lectures. Written by experts whose stories and ideas have inspired others to go and Do, the collection spans design, business, wellbeing and sustainable living with each book focusing on the ‘doing’ rather than the background theory. There is a book for everybody. Gift a Do book here.

 

 

14.Doing Kit, Today Do This, £12

The Today Do This ‘Doing Kit’ is the perfect gift for anyone who’s thought about changing the world, but isn’t quite sure where to start. Each kit contains 2x stickers, 1x bookmark, 1x postcard, 1x greetings card, 1x loyalty card, 1x remarkable sheet of paper and instructions on how to use each of these items to turn your ideas into action. Gift a Doing Kit here. 

 

 

15.The Classic Backpack, Madlug, £29.99

The classic backpack is the backpack that started the Madlug movement. Madlug is the #1 UK bag brand that helps you give dignity to children in care. Their buy one, give one business model means when you purchase a Madlug bag you’ll send a free bag to a child in care, so they no longer need to carry their belongings round in a black bin bag. Gift a backpack here.

 

 

16.Books that matter subscription, books that matter, £17 – £180

This is the perfect gift for any book lover. Inside the box is one empowering and inspiring book, at least three gifts from independent creatives, a beautifully packaged subscription box, a crafted menu detailing the book’s themes, and the crafters’ bios. Books That Matter is a brand putting women’s writing at the forefront through unique reading experiences. Gift books that matter subscription here.

 

 

17.Sharing platter, Granby workshop, £79- £89

Our friends at Granby workshop create beautiful, unique sharing platters and it’s the perfect Christmas gift. Different coloured clays are grated together and pressed into shape using a hydraulic press. Granby workshop was set up as part of the community-led efforts to rebuild Granby a Liverpool neighbourhood that was nearly made derelict by decades of poorly-planned regeneration initiatives. The workshop’s first range of products was designed for the houses being renovated. Gift a sharing platter here.

 

 

18.Jackson Glacier Parka, Patagonia, £340 

The Jackson Glacier Parka is the coat to keep warm, dry and wrapped up this winter. Its 2-layer shell is made of 100% recycled polyester with a durable water repellent finish and is insulated with 700-fill-power 100% Recycled Down. Patagonia uses business to protect nature, they strive to build the best products by causing no unnecessary harm. Gift a parka here.

 

 

19.Coffee subscription, Apostle Coffee, starts at £8.99

Apostle is a family-run roastery, producing the finest organic coffee with an unparalleled commitment to investment in sustainable communities, regenerative agriculture and improving the environment. Treat the coffee lover in your life to regular coffee, sent out in letterbox friendly, 100% compostable packaging. Gift coffee here.

 

 

20.Liverpool Bee Balm, B4biodiversity, £3 – £5 

Liverpool Bee Balms are made from 100% natural ingredients – including beeswax from beehives in Liverpool. This hand balm will soothe, soften and refresh your skin with added calm through the scent, it’s the perfect Christmas gift for the cold winter ahead. Gift a Bee Balm here. 

 

 

21.LEGO skyline, Lego, £44.99 – £89.99 

LEGO is not just for kids. Gift a skyline of your favourite city from LEGO’s Architecture Skyline Collection model this Christmas. LEGO are playing their part in building a sustainable future and creating a better, brighter world. By 2025, their ambition is to ensure no waste from any LEGO factory, office or store reaches the landfill. Gift a LEGO skyline here.

 

 

22.Handless Ceramic Jug, Aerende, £34

Aerende – a social enterprise selling beautiful homewares and gifts, all handmade in the UK by people facing barriers to employment. We have some lovely gift items, from ceramic jugs to the UK’s most ethical candle, and everything is ultra sustainable as well as socially valuable. Gift a Ceramic Jug here. 

 

23.Handmade Soap, Kittys Launderette, £5 

Lavender and Patchouli soap bar. Hand-Made in Liverpool by The Scent Trail, an independent skincare company, natural and palm oil-free made with Shea butter and essential oils. Kitty’s Launderette is a community launderette in Liverpool, offering affordable ecological services; as well as a place for people to gather, talk and learn. Gift some soap here.

 

 

24.Make Mankind Earthkind print, Chrissy Holmes, £25-£70

Bristol-based artist Chrissy Holmes has made stylish and contemporary prints with a strong environmental message –MAKE MANKIND EARTHKIND – in response to the current ecological climate. From each print sold, Chrissy will donate a minimum of £5 to the Avon Needs Trees charity, which buys land in the Bristol and Avon area and works to transform it into permanent woodland, benefitting the environment. Gift a print here.

 

 

25.Hardcover A5 Notebook, Karst, £21

The Karst A5 notebook is tree-free and made from high-quality, sustainable, & recyclable stone paper. Their eco-friendly notebooks are acid-free, bright white, and waterproof with a premium look and feel. Karst is B-Corp Certified, has partnered with the One Tree Planted Foundation and is 100% carbon-neutral, they always strive to do their part to make sure their environmental impact is minimised. Gift a Notebook here.

 

 

26.Solar Everyday Thearpy Roll-on, Basho Skincare, £16

Solar is a golden, bright blend of energising botanicals. Opulent spice, refreshing citrus and soft, subtly sweet herbaceous notes form a stimulating and warming aroma. Basho devises formulations that are targeted and effective yet remain simple, organic and free from harmful or unnecessary ingredients. Gift a therapy roll-on here.

 

 

27.Stamp Albums: Alternative Volume 1, Dorothy, £35

The music lover in your life would love this print celebrating the most influential and exciting alternative albums from 1984 – 1999. Dorothy is a Liverpool-based studio, who produces conceptual prints, products and artworks that are sold and exhibited internationally. Since setting up the studio they’ve always tried to make business decisions that are good for the planet as well as good for the company, such as using local printers and taking time to choose sustainable paper stocks. Gift a print here.

 

 

28.B&B Table Lamp, Urban Workbench, £40-£45

Urban Workbench is a Nomadic Learning Hub created for individuals and communities to take control of shaping and making their places, whether simply picking up DIY skills or physically delivering and managing development in their neighbourhood. Gift a table lamp here.

 

 

29.Goddess pin, Sumuyya, £7

Liverpool-based illustrator Sumuyya has collaborated with Pin Head UK to create these beautiful Goddess pins. Sumuyya practice is a combination of illustration, drawing & print works that predominantly explore place and identity. Gift a Goddess pin here.

 

 

30.Plant a tree, One Tree Planted, $1 – $100

Give the unique gift of a tree this Christmas. One Tree Planted is a non-profit organisation focused on global reforestation. As an environmental charity, we are dedicated to making it easier for individuals and businesses to give back to the environment, create a healthier climate, protect biodiversity and help reforestation efforts around the world. Gift a tree here.

 

 

31.Liverpool Bone China Mug, The Nest, £10 

Bone China, a super high-quality screen-printed illustration of Liverpool’s waterfront, made in Liverpool. The Nest sell the work of wonderful local artists, designers, photographers, and makers, and often collaborate with creative buddies to bring you unique and exclusive goodies. Gift a mug here.

 

 

32.Merino Icon Beanie, Girls are Awesome, £42.50

The Girls Are Awesome Merino Icon Beanie will keep your big, beautiful brain warm and snuggly, made from 100% Lambswool Merino and goes pretty well with dry shampoo and a hangover. Girls Are Awesome is a Community, Brand and Impact Agency which creates content, experiences, products and partnerships towards gender equality. Gift a beanie here.

 

 

33.Melina Robe, Mi Apparel, £126

Mi Apparel is the only sustainable fashion platform based in Liverpool, created for all citizens to be part of changing the face of fashion. All mi apparel products are personally selected because they have been created by passionate brands who value ethical, sustainable, transparent with their business and supply chain from design concept to customer if it isn’t Mi Apparel doesn’t stock it. Gift a robe here.

 

 

34.Self Care Christmas Hamper, Make, £85

These festive hampers include gifts from some of the small businesses and makers that are part of our community at Make CIC. When you purchase one of their hampers, you are supporting local independent businesses as well as receiving high-quality Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Gift a self-care hamper here.

 

 

35.Ethos magazine subscription, Ethos, £20

Sign up for our biannual Ethos magazine subscription and receive two Ethos magazines, issue 13 and issue 14. Focusing on the world of ethical and sustainable business, Ethos magazine keeps you up to speed with the evolving world of business and is packed with sustainable and ethical tips and tricks. Gift an Ethos subscription here.