Words: Gabrielle Kynoch
The best Christmas gifts are thoughtful and original. Each present on this list is unique, expertly crafted by hand or in small batches by up-and-coming or established designers that you won’t find on your average high street. Plus, the brands behind each product are committed to be being ethical and sustainable – paying fair wages and making sure the materials they use are not destroying the earth.
The best bit? You can order these truly unique gifts from the comfort of your sofa…
THE CHRISTMAS SPARKLE
These earrings from Cred Jewellery will ensure the biggest and brightest smile come Christmas morning.
Because it’s Cool: These geometric rose gold plated silver earrings with teal enamel are subtle enough to wear day and night. We’re in love!
Because it Matters: At BICBIM, we’re big fans of Cred’s progressive work with Fairtrade certificate gold and silver mines. They work closely with small scale mining communities in Peru and Uganda and offer complete transparency in their supply chain.
Last delivery date: Saturday 23 December
Order now: Cred Jewellery
THE SHINY SNEAKERS
These trainers will elevate any outfit to magical highs!
Because it’s Cool: Veja is the cult trainer brand loved by celebs and with this dazzling pair it’s easy to see why. The gold leather is definitely a statement but, to paraphrase Love Actually, “if you can’t wear shiny shoes at Christmas, when can you, ey?”
Because it Matters: Veja are invested in saving the Amazon rainforest and its inhabitants. By using wild rubber, they work with the Brazilian community to preserve the trees and build sustainable lifestyles.
Last delivery date: Thursday 21 December
Order now: P.i.C
THE SAUCY SOMETHING
For that special someone…
Because it’s Cool: The geometric edging compliments the soft intricate design on the cups making this bra a thing of beauty. Paired with the matching knickers this set is perfect for putting a little spice into Christmas.
Because it Matters: A quintessentially British brand, everything from design to manufacturing happens in the UK. Luva Huva source off-cuts of fabrics where possible and use sustainable materials such as Tencel and Bamboo (both more ecological to produce than silk and cotton).
Last delivery date: Tuesday 19 December
Order now: Luva Huva
THE GIFT FOR A CHRISTMAS WISH
This wishing bone necklace from Barocco can make dreams come true.
Because it’s Cool: Simple yet beautifully crafted pieces of jewellery make for the perfect Christmas gift. Cast from the wishbone of a finch this necklace creates beautiful intrigue. Also available in gold and rose gold.
Because it Matters: By working in small scale productions Barocco can ensure fair trade and ethical production.
Last delivery date: 3pm, Thursday 21 December
Order now: Gather & See
THE WINTER WARMER
There’s nothing more Christmassy than receiving a new snuggly jumper and People Tree have just what the Santa ordered!
Because it’s Cool: Turtlenecks will always be classically chic. The double folded neck keeps the chill away while the buttons on the shoulder offer nice detail. Black is always a classic but if you’re looking for something bolder this comes in orange, too.
Because it Matters: People Tree’s products are hand crafted in organic cotton and sustainable materials, using traditional skills that support rural communities. Pioneers of ethical fashion, they offer full transparency of the manufacturing process.
Last delivery date: Tuesday 19 December
Order now: People Tree
THE TRAVELLER’S COMPANION
This silver backpack from ECOALF is durable and cool.
Because it’s Cool: Able to withstand wind, rain and hard journeys this is not only a backpack that’s perfect for globe trotting, but is also suitable for the perils of the daily commute.
Because it Matters: ECOALF are determined to improve the standards of our oceans. By working with fishermen and global communities, they educate on plastic pollution and recycle plastic bottles and fishing nets to create their coats and bags.
Last delivery date: Friday 15 December
Order now: ECOALF
THE STATIONARY LOVER’S GIFT
This vegan leather note pad from Matt & Nat is your saviour.
Because it’s Cool: Everyone loves a fresh notepad – there’s something very positive about starting a fresh page. It’s available in many different colours but we love this cool Frost option.
Because it Matters: Matt & Nat are the leaders in leather-alternative accessories. Being inspired by MAT(T)erials and NATure, many of the linings of their products are created using recycled bottles.
Last delivery date: Monday 18 December
Order now: Matt & Nat
MORE FROM THE ULTIMATE CONSIDERED CHRISTMAS GUIDE:
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The best Christmas Day food boxes
Stylish & ethical gifts for him
The best Christmas trees
Christmas decoration inspiration
Chic & cheerful gift wrap
Three of the best Christmas crackers
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