It’s December once again and we all know what that means for bloggers across the land… gift guide time! I’m keeping mine short, sweet and sustainable this year with some of my favourite picks of products I’ve tried over the past year, received as gifts or given as gifts myself!
- Soap Folk Natural Soap Gift Set*: I was sent this gift set to try thanks the lovely people at Soap Folk and Rare Beauty, and I must say I’m just so impressed with the whole thing; this is no boring soap, this is truly beautifully packaged and presented soap that smells and feels amazing. With appropriately festive scents such as Spiced Apple and Juniper Berry, this is the perfect plastic-free gift for mums, sisters, aunties, or anyone at all! Available for £30 on the Soap Folk website.
- Skin & Tonic Classic Gift Set: Skin & Tonic is one of my absolute favourite brands and their Classic Gift Set contains miniature versions of many of their best products – including Steam Clean and Brit Beauty Oil – all presented in a gorgeous box and complete with a cotton travel pouch. This is the perfect gift for a clean beauty novice, because it basically contains an entire skincare routine from start to finish and gives a really great overview of the brand. Available for £35 on LoveLula.
- Beauty Kitchen Sustainable Beauty Celebrations: I received a set of these myself as a gift last Christmas, having never tried any of Beauty Kitchen’s products before. These miniatures are packaged in recycled mini-pots and come in packs of 8 or 20; you get a really amazing range of all sorts of products from masks and balms to primers and BB creams. Again, it would make an excellent gift for a clean beauty novice or you could even divide them out as stocking fillers for several people! Available on the Beauty Kitchen website, from £12 – £30 (40% off RRP!).
Home & Lifestyle Gifts
- Nature Cyanotypes Prints: Full disclosure here: although I’ve purchased several of these prints myself, they are lovingly created by my sister Lucy! However, she so rightfully deserves her place in my gift guide as these are some of the most beautiful items I’ve gifted this year! Cyanotypes are created by coating paper (or any other receptive material) in an iron-based solution, placing an object on top of the paper (in this case, leaves, flowers and even feathers that Lucy has collected, usually from the local countryside in East Yorkshire) and exposing it to sunlight or UV light. The paper then needs to be washed and dried to develop the blue colour you see in the finished prints. These prints look really gorgeous when framed and every one is unique! Available for £8 each on Etsy.
- WAKEcup Glass Tea Infuser*: This portable glass tea infuser is something a little different; most people probably own/carry a reusable coffee cup by now, but for the tea-lover there’s just nothing quite like this! I’ve never seen a tea infuser anywhere else that’s designed for use on-the-go. It’s recyclable and the lid is made of sustainably sourced bamboo; not only that, but WAKEcup donate 10% of their profits directly to The Marine Conservation Society. Available for £24 from the WAKEcup website.
- The Rustic Dish Marble & Mango Wood Cheeseboard: Another Etsy find (I’m obsessed, but especially love being able to support small businesses in a convenient way), I’ve purchased two of these beautiful cheeseboards as gifts this year. You can choose from a variety of styles and marble colours, with various personalisation options to make the gift extra special! The Rustic Dish only use mango trees that have either come to the end of their natural fruiting life or have been cut back to make way for new fruit producing growth, and their marble is sustainably sourced from India. With prices for the marble cheeseboards starting at £25, check out their range on Etsy!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please note: The products marked with * were gifted to me by the retailer or brand. Please see my Disclosure page for more information on product gifting.