Christmas is traditionally seen as a time of giving. I have compiled a list of my favourite sites that either give back, or are socially or ethically conscious. Some are all three.
The Little Market is a non-profit founded by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla which helps to empower women and all sales revenue is retained with the Little Market.
There are some fabulous, well priced luxe goodies on this site.
These beautiful ceramic boxes ( from $26.00) wold look equally at home in the bathroom or the kitchen. One thing for sure is, they are far too gorgeous to hide away.
This small envelope clutch ($44.00) is a one off design, which means no two will be alike. A unique gift to satisfy the fashionista in your life.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, then this curated gift box ( from $84.00) filled with Artisan made treasures makes a beautiful gift. (available for men or women)
This fabulous fragrance house was conceived and is made in LA. Blending the line between high end fragrance and sustainability, Dedcool disrupts mainstream ideas by creating scents that are unisex, vegan, cruelty free and non toxic.
There are five delicious fragrances (spray, $69.00) to choose from, that come in cool and chic packaging and last all day.
For a stocking filler, how about this cute roll on ($39.00), perfect for travel too. If you are unsure of which scent is best, then why not buy the sampler for $20.00 and try them all.
Another perfect stocking filler is the “chazstick”($12.00), so named after the founder of Dedcool, Carina Chazanas. There is also a hand cream ($20.00).
Everything is made in small batches, using traditional methods, resulting in beautiful fragrances.
La Natura offers a complete range of skin and body ( there is even a non toxic pet wash )that has been made in small batches in Los Angeles since 1987. Everything La Natura produces is Vegan, gluten and Cruelty Free, using ingredients that are sourced for the most part in the US. Always one step ahead of skin care innovations, La Natura enriches their skin and body care with active superfood ingredients and uses influences from Aromatherapy and Homeopathy to treat the senses and promote well being.
There are many different fragrances and ingredients to choose from in the body car range. The cocoa vanilla body wash ($18.00) is good enough to eat!
Add a foaming body scrub ($28.00) to the body wash and this duo is a great Christmas gift.
Can’t decide from all the amazing products on offer, what to buy? Then why not choose a gift card (from $25.00) and let them decide. That way, you will have more time to treat yourself too!!
Everlane partners with only the best, ethical factories, sources the finest ,materials and shares the true cost of every product. They call this radical transparency. Everyone makes sure that the factories they use give fair wages, reasonable hours and a good working environment to all the staff. Each year on Black Friday, Everyone donates all profits to improve the lives of everyone who works at their factories.
This luxe, cashmere, sweatshirt ($150.00) in a soft pink (other colours available )will be sure to score major brownie points at Christmas.
Clean lines and the use of reverse denim with leather trims make this backpack ($65.00) a gift with a cool edge.
Everlane has a capsule collection, with proceeds going to the American Civil Liberties Union. This 100% Human sweat ($50.00) in grey with pink print is a great find.
Translated, Apolis Global means “global citizen’. They are a socially motivated mens’ lifestyle brand that empowers communities worldwide.
This table candle ($30.00) with the scent of fig is made in California.
A cool tee with a good message, this simple printed tee says it all ($38.00).
Reformation’s mission is to lead and inspire a sustainable way to be fashionable. Much of their manufacturing is done in Downtown Los Angeles, other garments are made responsibly in the US or abroad using sustainable fabric and vintage garments. They aim to make items at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion.
Ready for Christmas morning in these fab African Landscape print pyjamas ($128.00, other designs are available)
The Charleston top ($128.00, other colours available) is a christmas gift winner, with lace inserts, puff shoulders and a full sleeve.
This Doen for Reformation wool mix sweater ($248.00) will keep things cosy and stylish at Christmas.
The Citizenry has beautiful home goods that are created with a soul and a story. Pieces are made by Artisans in a fair trade environment.
These gorgeous triangular coasters ($65.00) are hand made by artisans in Puebla, Mexico and no two pieces are the same. A great gift, alongside a bottle of wine or glassware.
How could a plant not look glorious in this marble planter ($95.00, other sizes available), also made in Puebla, Mexico.
I couldn’t finish my Do Good, Be Good gift selection without including one of my favourite brands, Mulberry. This luxe, leather and clothing brand was born in Somerset, England, in 1971 and much is still done by hand. Mulberry’s approach to corporate social responsibilities is based on a simple principle that Mulberry will make a positive difference to its people, the environments and the communities in which it works.
The Darley pouch ($325.00, other colours available) is perfect for makeup or use as a clutch bag.
The small Lily ($780.00, other colours available) is the perfect size for day or night and adds a luxe edge with the metal chain strap.
Inject some casual, cool edge into someones Christmas (or just treat yourself), with the mini Amberley satchel ($595.00), here in classic black, it comes in other colours and is big enough for the essentials.
I hope you enjoy my selection and find inspiration to go off the beaten track a little to find some beautiful, unique and innovative gifts. Take a look at www.thegoodtrade.com for more websites that offer some fabulous finds that have a social and ethical conscience.
DO GOOD, BE GOOD THIS CHRISTMAS.