So Christmas is a month away (already) and if you are any thing like me then I am sure that you haven't yet started your Christmas shopping, have no idea what to buy your loved ones and don't even know where to start...
I often find that panic sets in, takes hold and then it becomes really easy to forget the thing that is the MOST important during the holiday season and that's spending time with your loved ones.
I spent a little bit of time designing an illustrative guide to sustainable, ethical, personal and affordable Christmas gift ideas to make life a little bit easier for all of us!
Here is is:
We've broken down our top tips into some suggestions below, for really personal conscious Christmas gifts.
1/ Why not paint your loved ones a picture? Knit a scarf? Make jam? Mince pies? Write them a song, a poem? Frame a picture of a great memory you have had in the past year together?
3/ Don't forget about your local independent stores. They offer unique pieces, unusual gifts, hand made artwork. Support local communities and boost the local economy. Remember there are a lot of independent designers selling online only (like us!), a good place to source them is on sites such as etsy.
4/ And finally, my favorite option, second hand, thrift stores. You can find some real gems in your local charity shops! If you're loved ones are a fan of fab and unusual pottery, love to collect records, cds, read often, play board games, know someone who needs new furniture, likes art work - you really can find almost anything. Usually very cheap and a great way to guarantee that you wont have got the same pot for that Aunt. The only challenge is not finding something for yourself at the same time!