Not Your Average Gift Guide

Hey, we know we’re not the first people to write a gift guide in December. So sue us (please don’t). This year we’re trying to spend our dollar a bit more mindfully. Knowing that a pressie is going to give someone absolute festive JOY is basically the best thing about Christmas. And knowing that your gifting is sustainable, supporting local Indies, and also helping others ain’t bad either.

Local Ladies

Remember that Friends episode where Phoebe and Joey debate if an altruistic deed really exists? We know the answer. Be a good friend and shop with these independent babs.

Allison Sadler wants you to have the freedom to be you.    The Rebel Woman's Club     is  leading the charge with this   t-shirt (£25)  .

Allison Sadler wants you to have the freedom to be you. The Rebel Woman's Club is leading the charge with this t-shirt (£25).

Lovely, local,  Latticia Organics  has been making waves with their Whipped Shea Soufflé.   The minis (£7.50)   are perfect for gifting.

Lovely, local, Latticia Organics has been making waves with their Whipped Shea Soufflé. The minis (£7.50) are perfect for gifting.

Bloom Collective      make beautiful bouquets. Make someone's year with their   flower subscription (£135)   for a bunch every season.

Bloom Collective make beautiful bouquets. Make someone's year with their flower subscription (£135) for a bunch every season.

Another newbie independent is  Punks and Chancers . Get their latest festive edition, a   Jesus Bab sweater (£60)  .

Another newbie independent is Punks and Chancers. Get their latest festive edition, a Jesus Bab sweater (£60).


Sweet Charity

There's nothing better than knowing you’ve got more for your money and that's a fact (don't fact check this). Amplify the feel-good fuzziness with profits from your purchases going to charidee.  

This Cookbook Belongs To Us (£12.50)   is a collection of recipes from  Bearwood and Kings Heath Action for Refugees . Profits go to help refugees in transit.

This Cookbook Belongs To Us (£12.50) is a collection of recipes from Bearwood and Kings Heath Action for Refugees. Profits go to help refugees in transit.

Wear your heart on your chest with a  Bella Freud x War Child  Peace and Love     t-shirt (£25)  . Five whole quid of every sale goes to help children affected by war.

Wear your heart on your chest with a Bella Freud x War Child Peace and Love t-shirt (£25). Five whole quid of every sale goes to help children affected by war.

The Charity Arts Project  gives all profits from this minimal,   Silent Day Print (£16)   to British Heart Foundation, CRISIS and Make a Wish Foundation.

The Charity Arts Project gives all profits from this minimal, Silent Day Print (£16) to British Heart Foundation, CRISIS and Make a Wish Foundation.

Jewellery Quarter-based  Made  supports sustainable employment, training and education. This   clutch (£55)   was made in their workhop in Kenya, as are their   jewels  .

Jewellery Quarter-based Made supports sustainable employment, training and education. This clutch (£55) was made in their workhop in Kenya, as are their jewels.


Sustainable Style

Knowing that this rock hurtling through space that we all call home isn't being hurt by the brands you buy from adds to your spending joy. Just try it.

French brand  Veja  make eco-friendly   trainers (£99.95)   actually cool. They're free from toxic chemicals and other nasty stuff.

French brand Veja make eco-friendly trainers (£99.95) actually cool. They're free from toxic chemicals and other nasty stuff.

As well as cutting down on those pesky plastic bags, this    Stronger Than You Think  tote (£12)   gives the wearer ten extra cool points.

As well as cutting down on those pesky plastic bags, this Stronger Than You Think tote (£12) gives the wearer ten extra cool points.

Got a friend that's trying to reduce their take-out covfefes and bottles of agua? This   Zero Waste starter kit (£40)   will help.

Got a friend that's trying to reduce their take-out covfefes and bottles of agua? This Zero Waste starter kit (£40) will help.

People Tree are the granddaddies of sustainable clothing. And new   PJs (£39)   from them at Christmas are basically the law.

People Tree are the granddaddies of sustainable clothing. And new PJs (£39) from them at Christmas are basically the law.