Call it a gift guide, call it a wishlist, I figured that this year I would finally get round to doing an overview of all the amazing things I’ll be adding to a shopping cart this year!
Christmas always sits funny with me, I generally yo yo between hating it and adoring it. I love the cosy, sparkly comforting bit, I love the way it makes people take time to catch up with each other and show that they care, but I hate the pressure for it all to be perfect, the need to spend beyond our means and the insane waste that it inevitably all brings.
So that said, I’ve tried to collect together my favourite, sustainable gifts with minimal packaging, supporting as many local Welsh brands as possible, that will encourage you and any lucky recipients to live a little greener this Christmas and well into 2020.
I initially broke this EPIC list up by gender but instead I’ve opted for personality traits because really there’s nothing worse than a gift that stereotypes instead of acknowledging the very real person receiving it. So sit back, enjoy and let’s do some more mindful shopping…
STOCKING FILLERS FOR EVERYONE
Cole & Co Nadolig Llawen Soaps £1-4
These smell incredible and are perfect for quite a lot of things this Christmas, pop the mini ones on the pillows of any house guests, set the dinner table with them instead of crackers for an extra dinner table treat or pop them in as a good old fashioned stocking filler!
Thought Bamboo Christmas Socks From £5.95
I know it’s corny and predictable but who doesn’t love a fresh pair of socks at Christmas? These bamboo numbers from Thought are just so much fun, choose from snowflakes, baubles, figgy pudding AND SO MANY MORE.
Bamboo Toothbrush £4
For many it’s the first step on the ladder into a life of more sustainable choices, and even if someone is already a convert, who doesn’t need a spare?! You can pick these up everywhere now but I’ve popped a link to the lovely independent PlasticFreedom to make life easy!
Laser Cut Wooden Badges £6
Darwin & Gray came on to my radar only recently and I’m a little obsessed with their sweet, humorous signage and these little laser cut badges are SO DAMN CUTE. I’ll take 3 please!
Organic Basics Climate Credits from £9
We all need to reduce our carbon footprints, but thankfully there are also amazing people now helping to offset our average use. Thanks to Organic Basics you can cancel out an individual or a families carbon impact for 3-6 months. All money goes to Chooose to fund CO2 reducing projects in developing countries.
Holland & Barrett Mini Panettone £1.29
I always like adding some food items to stockings (present opening is a hungry business) so besides the traditional satsuma this year I’ll be adding these offerings from H&B. They’ve created these suuuper cute vegan miniature Panettones to enjoy with your morning Christmas coffee. One for them, one for meeee!
No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg £2.99
From the incredible girl who took 2019 by storm, a collection of her historic speeches that remind us all of that no matter how powerless we feel we must wake up and fight to save this beautiful planet we call home. Frankly it’s a book we all need.
FOR THE BEAUTY FANATIC
Nailberry 12-Free Nail Varnish Christmas Collections £35+
I’ve been a Nailberry fan for a couple of years and am completely obsessed, the pigments are strong, they apply smoothly and chipping is minimal. It’s actually a little bit scary what goes into traditional nail varnish so when I found these guys I was so relieved. With 5 Christmas gift collections to choose from you are going to be spoilt for choice! I’m eyeing up Style&Shimmer and Noble Nudes..what will you go for?
Tropic Bath Foams £30
It wouldn’t be a PrettyGreenLife wishlist without a little Tropic, these mini bath foams are back for a second year and are my absolute favourite (I’ve made mine last all year!) They make a great gift to encourage relaxation for all those hard working friends.
FOR THE STYLE GURU
Claire Hill Headbands £35+
If you’ve been following any sort of fashion trends this year, or just been in to town on a Saturday then you’ve probably noticed that headbands are THE seasonal accessory to be seen in this Winter. These beauties from Claire Hill are amazing quality and come plain, beaded or embroidered!
Lima Lima Jewellery
Discover awesome quirky designs made with sustainable recycled silver right here in South Wales. Perfect for the loved one who’s style always makes a statement, you’ll be spoiled for choice with rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings…oh and don’t forget to check out the brass Ella Hairpin!
Organic Basics Silvertech Active Pack £101
Fall in love with sustainable basics that are great for yoga and slow Sundays. These clothes are made to last and come from an amazing company doing their best to change the way we shop. Read more about the brand HERE and take advantage of 10%off with code ‘PRETTYGREENOB’ until Christmas Eve!
FOR THE INTERIOR STYLIST
LilyGraceDesigns Cushion Cover £45
LilyGrace has taken her stunning signature paintings, printed it onto velvet and is whipping the most luxurious contemporary cushion covers up from her home studio. They are going to be PERFECT for any interior addicts in your life!
Emily Marlin Jesmonite Coasters £10/each
I’ve been a bit obsessed with these ever since I discovered them last year (sign me up for four of the ‘pop’ coasters please Santa!) pick from 5 amazing colour schemes to match your style, and check out the AWESOME lanterns too!
Illustrate Art prints from £15+
I may be biased but I think gifting Art is just one of those super special thoughtful presents that gives me all the warm fuzzies. It’s a real acknowledgement of how well you know someone and the collection from Illustrate is amazing, I particularly love the prints from Meni Artwork. Which are your favourite?
Cole&Co Diffusers £20
These classy glass diffusers tick all the boxes, they smell amazing, look stylish and are proudly made here in Wales, pick from 7 signature scents. Apple Blossom and Plum is getting my vote this season!
FOR THE FOODIE
A Classic Cookbook
I love books at Christmas especially to inspire a new season of cooking, I think it’s just one of those gifts that gets enjoyed time after time. I was going to feature just one but I can’t pick .. so making their way onto my wishlist is ‘Leon Fast Vegan’ & Max La Manna’s ‘More Plants Less Waste’
Personalised Canvas Apron £40
Perfect for the chef of the family, they’ll rock it all Christmas and for BBQ season in the summer, for all those on hosting duties head over to the gorgeous Tillyanna webshop where you’ll find these recycled yarn canvas aprons complete with lucky recipients name!
MadeByLand Oat Milk* Subscription
To all the Cardiff locals, give the gift of fresh handmade Oat Milk* delivered straight to your loved ones door this Christmas with gift vouchers of £10 and £20 to choose from, it’s the perfect gift for a local foodie!
Cocabana Starter Kits £23
I love my Cocabana bowl, it’s like having a little bit of Bali in my home. This starter kit includes a coconut bowl, spoon, fork and 4 bamboo straws! Great for anyone who likes a grammable smoothie bowl, plus the slick and stylish cutlery and straws are easy to carry with you to make picnics and eating out that much greener!
Whittard’s Festive Coffee £10
Who doesn’t love a hot drink Christmas morning whilst everyone comes round and hunts through the presents? This beautiful festive blend has a hint of cocoa and orange and will go great with hot oat milk!
FOR THE ONE WHO WANTS FOR NOTHING
A Happy Newspaper Subscription £15.96
Released each quarter, send someone you love the happiest news in the world next year, with an annual subscription to the our favourite newspaper!
World Changer Calendar £19.95
I’ve bought my advent calendar from Advent of Change for two years now and I just LOVE it, for me it just reinforces what the festive season is actually supposed to be about, community and giving. This year they’ve added a 12 month calendar to the shop, discover a new charity each month and find out how your purchase is supporting them, plus take on a monthly challenge related to each charity to add a little extra kindness & well-being to your life.
Alexandra’s Enchanted Garden Tickets £30
Give the gift of memories with a family ticket to this fab event in February when Alexandra Park in Penarth will be transformed with light installations and soundscapes to create an interactive journey that will spark everyone’s imagination!
Star Cushions £30
Yep it’s another Tillyanna purchase! (I just love this family run Welsh business) These beautiful star cushions will make the perfect gift for a little one ready to dream big..!
Wooden Toys from Barney&Beau from £9.95
Pass on plastic this Christmas and instead head to the gorgeous Cardiff independent Barney & Beau and discover the amazing range of wooden toys available from sustainable family run company Le Toy Van. Choose from a fantastic selection of toys covering all budgets and buy something that will last years and may even become a family heirloom!
Eco Soft Rattle £16.50
HomeByKirsty always brings the goods when it comes to gifting, and I LOVE this sweet soft rattle from Wee Gallery, it’s cute graphics are sure to catch baby’s eye