Welcome to my ethical, vegan, green Christmas gift guide! I’ve talked before about how I try to live a “green” life so if you have no idea what I’m banging on about then please have a quick read of that. tl;dr I’m aiming for ethical, independent, eco-friendly, female-owned, vegan in everything I let in, or give out, my life. Christmas is no different, so let’s crack on!
I think before we get started, I’ll recap the things I ask myself for buying. Now, you’ll probably read these and think “well, duh” but when I was younger, Christmas was a mad dash to buy stuff and turn up with boxes and boxes of stuff. And that wasn’t fun for anyone! So, these days, the main things I try to keep in mind when buying gifts these days are:
That last one is key – I love a lot of people, and I think they all love me back and would hate for me to be in actual debt because I overspend. Additionally, in my own life I’ve been high street free for years and years, so I try to do that at Christmas and when buying stuff for other people as well. If I can’t get it from a charity or an independent business I likely won’t buy it. The exception I’ve needed to make in recent years is for my neices and nephews who normally have a very specific set of “Only Available At Argos Pokemon/Star Wars Crap And If It’s Not That Specific Item Christmas Will Be Ruined”. Aside from that, it’s all non-high street, vegan, cruelty-free, and as far as possible, eco-friendly and recyclable. So, without further ado, let’s crack on!
Please note: some of this stuff got sent to me for review, but the rest I spent my own dosh on and every word and opinion is my own!
I think food as a gift is just SO universal and great. Most people don’t allow themselves the luxury of nice food because they’re on a budget, so you know it will be appreciated, and also used. I hate ever thinking a gift will be cluttering up their lives; most of the parents and family members I know are on a constant decluttering mission!
Also, giving luxury vegan food is an excellent way to spread the green word too; people don’t realise how good it is until they sit down and taste it. Food is one of the easiest and most readily available gifts to get from a charity as well. Almost always cheaper than the supermarket/high street counterparts, more ethically tenable, FairTrade certified, and with the bonus of supporting a charity!
I’ve used this hamper from Oxfam* as a container to put the rest of the food in as a twist on the traditional British hamper thing. “But Laila, what’s inside?” LET’S TAKE A LOOK SHALL WE.
Food gets used up, but what else is useful? Household cleaning products, or personal cleaning stuff like toiletries and bath stuff, are also great gifts. Again, these are basics and not normally an area people will treat themselves. So, again, you know it’s a luxury that will be appreciated and something that will get used; everyone has to wash, after all! I’ve spoken recently about my ethical/green bathroom lifestyle so check that out if you want to know more (possibly more gift ideas in that as well!).
First of all, I just want to acknowledge that I need to chat more about my #witchlife next year on the blog because people keep messaging me like “wht u is read a tarot?!” on insta, so clearly you’re not getting a very full description of my life on here. But hey. So if you’re not giving “use-up-able” gifts like food and toiletries, I think the best gift is something that is truly an investment. You know, the kind of thing you’d save up and buy yourself? I think most of my mates are somewhere on the magic spectrum so heeeeeere are some of the gifts I’ve got for them.
This is kind of the miscellany section of the gift guide: random stuff that I will certainly be giving out, but with no cohesive theme (apart from the charity/ethical/green/vegan/reusable/cruelty-free theme but that’s this whole blog really).
Shout out to Flyte, Veda Soul, Nush & Oxfam for your kind gifts and contributions to this post (also, praise Oxfam whose stuff is so great I went and ordered a shedload more stuff from them because I simply could not get enough). I very much hope this guide has been useful to you; please give a share if you think there might be somebody out there who this could be relevant for! thanks for reading. x