THE GIVING GIFT GUIDE
WRITTEN BY SARA MACAULEY
4 Gifts That’s Just Keep Giving
As we all know, the festive season has become somewhat of a materialistic holiday. We spend, spend, spend to ensure our loved ones feel, well, loved – and who doesn’t like receiving a beautifully wrapped gift themselves? As much as we should enjoy the act of giving and receiving presents, it’s important to be aware of how lucky we are to be able to splurge like this. That’s why we’re proposing a Giving Gift Guide for your next birthday or special occasion: a list of products and companies that make great presents with a cut of the profits going to worthy charities. Give, and feel good about it. Jo Malone London Iris & Lady Moore Charity Candle This beautiful candle from Jo Malone smells like a country garden, with notes of iris, geranium and vetiver grass. While the brand’s candles are known for being a bit on the pricier side of things, we don’t feel too bad about purchasing this one: for every candle sold, Jo Malone will donate 75% of the retail price to individuals and families affected by mental illness through a range of charities.
Vivienne Westwood Save the Rainforest T-Shirt
The Queen of ethical fashion, Vivienne Westwood, once again proves to be a force for good, creating this abstract t-shirt in aid of the rainforest. According to the lady herself, “rainforests contain six million species and contribute to twenty percent of all of Earth’s water and oxygen, but they are also home to more than 350 million people.” With deforestation on the rise, it’s more important than ever to put saving the rainforest on our priority list. By buying this arty tee, you’ll be contributing to Cool Earth – a charity that so far, has saved nearly one million acres of rainforest. Team it with sustainably-made denim jeans and wear it with pride.
Ethical Stories Ethical Me Chaand Hammered Gold and Pearl Earrings
Designed in London and made in Mumbai, these beautiful round earrings are made from hammered brass and faux pearls. The jewellery is made through small-batch manufacturing in a workshop, so no mass-producing here. What’s even better is that 10% of your purchase goes towards the charity Future Hope, which works to provide a classroom education for children who live on the streets and slums across India – all for under £50.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Bath & Shower Gel
Neal’s Yard Remedies is probably a staple of your bathroom cabinet anyway, but this Bee Lovely bath and shower gel is a little different from the label’s other products. Made from fruity organic orange and honey, when you buy this delightful little bottle of goodness, 3% of profits go to charities which help save and protect the bees.