Ethical grown up Christmas gifts

Ethical grown up Christmas gifts

Always the romantic {for romantic, read ‘procrastinator’}, I do tend to leave my Christmas Shopping to the last minute, so along with sorting my tax returns, I promised myself that I’d get cracking and get both things completed BEFORE the end of October… How about that?!

Tricky thing is, I keep seeing things I’d like for MYSELF – but don’t they say that that’s a sign of a good pressie? My sister’s Christmas gifts from me, are always identical to the ones I’ve treated myself to… funny that!

So lets start with Christmas gifts for myself, I’ve discovered this website in Brooklyn, which has more or less everything in one section with my name on it, click here to have a look – It’s right up mine, and my vegan sister’s, street…  called www.uncommongoods.com, it’s a lovely privately-owned store which features unique designs and hand-crafted gifts created “in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people”.

cookbook iPad holderWell, as one who ALSO allegedly is trying to get more organised with meal-planning, I would treat myself, coughs, I mean my sister, to this rather lovely reclaimed wood cookbook stand here to prop my (her) iPad when browsing for recipes

Next, (another one of those, “oh, I really need those” pressies) – I LOVED the idea of these magnetic bike lights here – having cycled back from a PTA meeting in the dark last night, genuinely, I SO need some bike lights I can pop in my pocket, with no fiddly faffing to attach them to my bicycle!

Magnetic Bike LightIn fact, there were LOADS of fab, not explicitly gender-specific ‘Christmas gifts for women’ here, which really pleased me as someone who gets so annoyed to see the stereotypical girlie gifts – very heartening thank you uncommongoods!

And on that point, fair enough, the Christmas Beard Oil might best sit in this ‘Christmas gifts for men section’ enough said on that…

Having older parents and in-laws, we know too well that (A) we’ve completely run out of ideas for things to get them for Christmas (if they are anything like mine, they are slowly clearing their own houses of clutter and gifting you all sorts of curious pieces of crockery and randomness from their lives). 

My life story journalAnd (B) Their favourite subject for conversation is the good-old-days – Getting this recorded is often tricky, and encouraging them to do so with this wonderful ‘my life story’ journal will hopefully furnish their ancestors with all sorts of amusing stories and revelations! A fab gift for my Father in Law if ever I saw one!
http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/my-life-story-so-far 

Made by hand, as with more than half of the product uncommongoods sell on their website, this is a beautifully handcrafted journal.

So only another two weeks to get that Christmas list sorted, I see a large parcel winging its way to us soon!

Ali also blogs over on aGreenerLifeforus.com and is a new lover of Instagram too… pop over and say hello!

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