Top Christmas gift ideas: 5 stylish and sustainable presents to bring some festive cheer
Looking for some alternative inspiration this year? We’ve curated this list of super stylish gifts made by independent traders, like us, using sustainable materials and practices. So, in the true spirit of Christmas, you can feel happy knowing your gifts are giving back by supporting small businesses as well as being kind to the earth.
Scented Candle in Porcelain Cup - Pippi & Me - £15
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to practice a little more self-care and what better way to do that than with a relaxing candlelit bath. These pure soy wax scented candles, made from a 100% essential oils blend including rose, rarest violet leaf, neroli, geranium and lavender, will sooth even the most frazzled of Christmas nerves. The beautiful porcelain cups that hold the candles, made in the Devon studio of potter Jeannett Stevenson, emit a unique glow to create the most relaxing atmosphere to unwind in. These beauties will bring style to any bathroom and would make the most perfect Christmas gift.
To buy, visit the online shop at Pippi & Me
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Black Mini Dart Bag - Lucie Cast - £225 (leather strap) £255 (silk strap)
These stunning bags from Lucie Cast are high on all our wish lists at One&Eight. Made in Lucie’s local Devon studio from vegetable-tanned leather using the natural tannins found in tree bark, meaning the waste product can be recycled back into the ground. The process is slow and steady and produces an original leather which is free from harsh chemicals. Super sweet features include a solid brass brass ‘thumb print’ button on the front and the option of a beautiful pure silk ribbon strap for an added quirky accent.
For the full range of Lucie Cast bags click here:
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Scent & Colour perfumes - from £15
Heavenly fragrances fill the air at Scent & Colour. A new concept perfumery which matches a fragrance to your personality. After a quick six-question quiz, we found just what we were looking for - Yellow 12 - with head notes of mandarin, lemon, bergamot and a soul note of patchouli which, we were told, would make us feel like like Audrey in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a style icon we’re happy to be associated with any day. Vegan and eco-friendly, the essential oils that the fragrances are created from are all of natural origin with not a whiff of any synthetic materials. They are sold in refillable plain bottles so you only pay for the perfume, which makes the scents affordable for everyone, leaving you free from the guilt of spending a fortune on products from companies not aligned to your values.
To find your perfect fragrance start the quiz at Scent & Colour
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Ocean bottle - £40
Looking good and doing good, these fab new Ocean Bottles will keep your hot drinks piping and you toasty when you venture out in this wintry weather. Perfect for cups of tea on your early morning dog walks or post-surf hot chocolates (or hot toddies if you’re feeling a little cheeky). 100% dishwasher safe and with an anti-leak dual opening lid, they claim to retain heat for 9 hours. Added to this, you get to feel good knowing that your purchase will fund the collection of the equivalent of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles. And as they are made from double wall vacuum-insulated stainless steel, of course these will also be perfect for keeping your drinks chilled in summer too.
To see more, visit Ocean Bottle
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Uplift 2.0 Ocean Rescue edition - Be Uplifted - £185
If you are seeking a slice of tranquility amid the festive bustle, we recommend a few moments with Uplift - a solar sculpture made from walnut, glass and recycled Hake fishing nets. Uplift uses the sun’s rays to turn a spiral which produces a graceful, upward never-ending flow, reminiscent of ocean waves. Mesmerising and meditative and with mindful qualities, Uplift could help you find the mental space we all crave from time to time. Both relaxing and inspiring, we’d love to have this beautiful piece of art sat on our windowsill.
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And three more from our own gift range…
Who can say no to some jewellery at Christmas, or indeed ever! We’ve had some fun putting together our new range of affordable, sustainable Christmas treats and we’ve chosen a few of our favourites below.
Miracle Balm & Porcelain Stardust Earrings Gift Set - One & Eight - £26
Put some sparkle into your Christmas with this perfect gift combination, beautiful porcelain-gold hoop earrings to top off your Christmas look and Miracle Balm to protect and rejuvenate your skin while out on your bracing Christmas walk. The earrings are handcrafted using sustainable practices and are sent to you in a reusable glass bottle. The organic, vegan Miracle Balm is made from a blend of essential oils and can be used on lips, face or hands - wherever feels the effects of the frosty weather! Treat yourself, or maybe your best friend this Christmas.
Alpaca socks & Himalayan Bath Salts Gift Set - One & Eight - £30
Add some luxury this Christmas with these delectably soft alpaca socks. Perfect for keeping your toes toasty on your Christmas stomp, but even better for pulling on when you get home to cosy up on the sofa with a glass of something mulled. And if you’re tired after your long Christmas walk, why not run yourself a hot bath and pour in these luxurious bath salts to really lift your spirits. Naturally detoxifying, the pink clay gently draws out impurities leaving your skin feeling cleansed and rejuvenated.
Porcelain Gold Mist Necklace - One & Eight - £33