Ethical Gift List 2018


Why buy ethical gifts?

Being more conscious about what you purchase is so important in today’s world. We need to stop the endless consumption of buying cheap, fast and unsustainable items. We all need to think about the materials items are made from, whether the person who made it was paid a fair wage and the impact on the environment. Let’s buy less this holiday season but buy quality handmade items which are not going to pollute the planet, or even better gift an enjoyable experience!

  1. Flower & Spice Discovery Gift Set.

If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful natural skincare brand Flower and Spice then you are in for a treat! The Flower and Spice Discovery Set featuring their best-selling magic duo delivers the kind of results that speak for themselves. Moisturised, brighter and undeniably healthier looking complexion. Created with only the finest botanical ingredients, the discovery set is bound to mark the beginning of the skin you’ve always dreamed of. It's the start of a beautiful relationship! This duo will last you long enough for your skin to adapt and appreciate a new skincare ritual!

I’m also a big fan of the Flower and Spice exfoliator and use it consistently a couple of times a week so I would totally recommend that as a gift item too! Click HERE to find out more! You can also check our the Flower and Spice Instagram page HERE.

2. A Custom Handmade Demure Hat.

It’s hat season for sure! But why not get your own unique custom design? Yuki at Demure loves to create unique pieces that express the persons style and personality. Here is a little info about sustainability at Demure

“As I make hats, I am very careful so I don 't waste fabrics and other materials. And the inevitably-produced remnants go to one big bag. And during my only 1-week break around Christmas period, I go through these scraps and make something with them. The advantage of working with these scraps is that there is so much choice of materials. I wouldn't be able to afford all these fabrics in lengths just to create one hat. Meanwhile the challenge is that the selection is so random so I have to focus and make right combination of materials while being aware of the available amount. This can take lots of energy and time.As a professional designer, I want to make most of the advantage mentioned above by dealing with the challenge well. I don't want to end up with something which looks like a bad patchwork piece. To make the piece in the photo, it was great to have big selection of fancy wool tweed pieces so I could put together to make layers of colours in graduation with some consistency in texture. The scraps were all from production of popular skipper caps. For me, sustainability comes from respect for resources that we have, for the people who work hard to produce and bring them to me. Rather than 'recent realisation' or even 'marketing plot'. Where I grew up, the resources are limited and mutual respect of people are the base of society. Being sustainable is a standard and nothing to earn you credit.”

I’m a big fan of Demure hats and you will see my collection popping up on my Instagram feed regularly. If you want to gift a Demure hat to someone this season, check out the Demure website HERE or stop by her studio at Korte Marnixstraat 5, 1015HT Amsterdam. Or you can see many of her beautiful creations on her Instagram page HERE!

3. A Relaxing Holistic Massage At Arigato.

Who does’t apprecaite a good massage every so often? Giving isn’t just about giving of a material item, why not gift an enjoyable experience this year to your loved ones? Arigato is a beautiful massage studio in Amsterdam with a wide variety of massages to choose from. Not only that, but Arigato was voted in the TOP 10 massage studios in Amsterdam by Het Parool! Just click HERE to book a massage at Arigato! Or check our their Instagram HERE.

4. Magnesium Bath And Body Gift Box From Of The Islands

I have been using the Of The Islands magnesium range for a few months and it has become a staple of my daily care routine. I use the spray daily (normally on my stomach after showering in the evening) and the magnesium scrub once a week before showering. In the Winter time I will be having more baths and using the magnesium bath salts. I find the natural magnesium soaks in to the skin easier than other magnesium products I have tried and feels less sticky or dry afterwards. I'm trying to reduce my carbon footprint so it's great to find natural magnesium that comes from the Netherlands and is stored in glass bottles that I can reuse in my home afterwards. These products would make a lovely gift of self-care for your loved ones. Check out the Of The Islands shop HERE or have a look at their inspiring images on their Instagram feed HERE.

5. Crystal-Infused Water Bottle or Custom Mala From Manipura.

Rock your water with this beautiful Crystal-Infused Water Bottle by Manipura. Let the Energy of Earth's minerals infuse your drinking water, turning them into a true Gemstone Elixir that will revive you from inside out. Rose Quartz is the stone of Love - the unconditional kind, independent of circumstance, time or space. Rose Quartz opens up the heart chakra allowing its healing energy to diffuse throughout our entire body. Especially good for unsolved emotional contractions and hurts that have closed us off, such as anger, stress, fear, or resentment. It helps to release the body from such tensions and freeing up space for that which is fresh, healing and inspires the heart.  

Click HERE to view the full range of Crystal-Infused Water Bottles and the other wonderful gift ideas from Manipura. You can also check out their holistic pictures and products on their Instagram feed HERE.

6. Organic Cotton Grocery Bags From Willow And Coconut.

Willow and Coconut are proud to offer a diverse range of fair trade items made by skilled craftsmen and women. They feel the importance of making a positive impact on society and the planet. Willow and Coconut are committed to buying products from suppliers that adhere to the same values that stem from their core. Making the right choices are an important part of the process. Based on the principle of paying a fair price for products rendered, the products they buy, and sell are connected to the livelihood of many families trying to make a decent living. Fair trade and sustainable living ensure the future for generations to come. Take a look in the Willow and Coconut store to find unique Fair-trade products and everyday functional items such as their GOTS certified organic cotton food bags that replace the use of unnecessary plastic.

The food bags come in 3 different sizes and are perfect to store your food at home or bring with you to the store and market. A great alternative to using plastic bags to collect your fruits, veggies and breads. Also, great option for dried foods such as beans, grains and other amazing foods. This is the perfect solution to cutting down on unnecessary plastic use and contain your foods organically and sustainable. Easy to use, closes with draw strings. Comes in 3 different sizes and are washable.

For daily inspiration you can follow Willow and Coconut on Instagram HERE. Or you can find their full shop HERE.

7. Santanyi Bag From Maravillas Bags.

Maravillas Bags make handcrafted bags and accessories designed by Christina Bussmann in Spain. They combine modern urban design with traditional craftsmanship in their studio in the heart of Palma de Mallorca. Maravillas bags focus on timeless and clean design rather than fast fashion. Recently, we integrated a new and extraordinary material into our production. A vegan alternative to leather – PIÑATEX! PIÑATEX uses pineapple leaves, which are the natural by-product of existing pineapple fruit harvesting. Finally a green and vegan alternative to traditional petroleum based leatherettes that is sustainable and attractive!

The SANTANYI bag is made of Piñatex and is intended for daily use as a daily companion - practical but with style. It is handcrafted in Mallorca and has an outside pocket, an adjustable strap and is lined with three inside pockets (lining 100% cotton). Maravillas Bags’ Vegan Collection is made by an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile made from pineapple leaf fibers - Piñatex. It is a green and animal friendly alternative to leather and petroleum based materials“. Click HERE to view the SANTANYI bag and the rest of the Maravillas collection! Or you can check out their wonderful creations via their Instagram account HERE.

8. Faju Skincare Face Oils

The FAJU high performance skincare collection is designed to support the skin to improve and heal itself. FAJU delivers results by blending botanical extracts using advanced molecular technologies. They use only active and high quality ingredients of natural origin to give you great results and a healthy glow.

FAJU combine ancient knowledge with modern technology to give you the best results for your skin. The ingredients they use have been known and used by people for centuries for their beneficial and healing properties. They also use modern-day scientific knowledge and processes to extract, isolate and stabilize the most potent parts of these powerful ingredients. 

FAJU means ‘to heal yourself’ in Wolof, a language spoken in West Africa where many of their raw ingredients come from. FAJU want you to be able to heal your skin yourself by nourishing it, addressing specific skin conditions  and by protecting your skin from environmental and UV damage.

Click HERE to view their range of face oils or check their Instagram account HERE.

9. Merry Xmas Gift Box From Good Vibe Factory

This gift set of an organic soy candle and room spray from the Good Vibe Factory is perfect for making some ‘hygge’ moments at home this holiday season. The Good Vibe Factory have just brought out their new seasonal scent, MERRY XMAS, which is available as room spray and soy wax candle and combined as a beautiful gift set for the holidays. Great item for yourself or your loved ones. ... It’s an all-natural (chemical and toxin-free) way to bring all the wonderful scents of Christmas  into your home. MERRY XMAS blend has warm and cozy ingredients like cinnamon, orange and pine essential oils. Cinnamon has such a rich, spicy and earthy aroma, while the orange has a soft, uplifting citrus scent. Pine essential oil is making your home smell like a Christmas tree, but also helps boosts your metabolism so you can better enjoy all the delicious holiday food! This warm blend has a relaxing balancing aroma that makes you think of winter, cozy fireplaces and holiday celebrations. It’s a perfect Christmas scent that gets everyone into Christmas cheer.

What makes their scents so special is that we they essential oils and not synthetic fragrance. They create all blends themselves using the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui as inspiration. Feng shui shows us how to order our lives and environment, to live in harmony with ourselves and each other as well as all of nature. Clean, peaceful and with 5 elements harmonized environments are great for living, transforming the occupants into happy, healthy and wealthy people.

To buy your gift set click HERE or take a look at their Instagram account HERE.

10. A Cashmere Jumper From Les 100 Ciels.

Why not give a lovely cashmere jumper to your loved one this year? Les 100 Ciels, french for The Hundred Skies, creates wearable clothing that features luxurious cashmere at the heart of every collection. Their vision is to deliver high quality, timeless pieces that are staples for every woman’s wardrobe. Their designs are built upon a core of classic silhouettes, which are combined with contemporary fashion styles every season to create a modern and transitional range. This balance of classic styling and carefully considered detailing is amplified by using high quality raw yarns, sourced from their own goat farms in Inner Mongolia.

Our Kasia jumper has a flattering v-neck and is an essential piece for your own wardrobe that can be worn season after season; or the perfect goodness gift this Christmas. All profits from the sale of Kasia go to the mothers2mothers charity. To buy the Kasia jumper or browse their collection click HERE, or check their Instagram account HERE.

11. Healthy High Tea At Juice by Nature, Amsterdam.

Who doesn’t love healthy, delicious food? This is a perfect gift for the ultimate healthy food lover, or if you don’t know what to get your vegan friend! Healthy High Tea for 2 at Juice by Nature in Amsterdam.

Juice by Nature wanted to create a healthy version of a ‘High Tea’ for our health conscious customers, with a variety of our delicious homemade sweet and savoury menu items. We are able to make the ‘Healthy High Tea’ suitable for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free or many other dietary requirements. Just let us know when making your reservations. All Healthy High Teas’ must be reserved in advance as it does not feature on our regular menu.

Click HERE to book your Healthy High Tea or check out Juice by Nature’s Instagram feed HERE from more mouthwatering treats!

12. Facial Acupuncture Skin Treatment

Facial Acupuncture is a great way of looking after the skin and face. A relaxing treatment to boost collagen, relax muscle tension and give a feeling of calmness to the whole body.

Facial Acupuncture is a non-surgical skin revitalising and natural anti-ageing treatment. It focuses on traditional facial acupuncture points which when needled help the facial muscles to relax and improves the elasticity of the skin. Fine disposable facial acupuncture needles are inserted into the facial acupuncture points and intra-dermal needles into fine lines and wrinkles. This natural treatment leaves the skin looking radiant and youthful.

To book an appointment please email:

I hope this list has given you some ideas for this years gifts. Whatever you do purchase, please be mindful about the product you are buying, how it was made and how useful it really is to the person you are gifting it to. Mindful buying is the new trend for 2019!