It’s that time of year again and whilst consumerism is increasingly on the rise and materialism is frequently being pushed by huge corporations through the saturation of media, I feel that, as the founder of Sincerely Essie, I have a responsibility to educate and inform my audience about supporting smaller businesses and shopping for an ethical gift this Christmas; especially with the current uncertain circumstances.
Here at Sincerely Essie, we have a commitment to championing women entrepreneurs and ensuring that this little community can come together for the good of our planet. So, this year, we’ve worked closely with a few women-owned businesses again to create this ethical gift guide; products sold not only help to establish the business further, but they also support special initiatives, use sustainable ingredients or back ethical practices making a huge difference with just one purchase!
Bumble & Goose is a small, family run business which delivers delicious bakes across the UK and Ireland. Purchase their Christmas Reindeer Brownies as a lovely stocking filler or go all out with the Luxury Recyclable Eco Hamper as a gift this festive season. This business prides itself in utmost care and attention to detail in every product. Furthermore, locally sourced, high quality ingredients are used to ensure an exceptional taste.
Lovegrove Essentials is an award-winning natural & organic skincare brand. The Luxury Skincare Hamper comes gift wrapped and features five of the best-selling skincare products alongside a muslin cloth and vegan-friendly mask brush, making it the perfect gift this festive season. As a COSMOS licence holder, Lovegrove Essentials is passionate about sustainable practices and ensures all ingredients, processes and products annually to comply with the Soil Association’s certification standards.
Vicky’s World is the perfect destination for colourful illustrated goods. Vicky, the freelance illustrator behind the business, has worked on major projects with brands such as Paperchase & Microsoft, and has had her work exhibited in a diverse range of places. This London Map Illustration would make a quirky gift this festive season and would be a welcome addition to any gallery wall in the home.
For the Pooch
In Your Dog House Gifts are an online marketplace, made by dog lovers for dog lovers, bringing together a range of unique, high quality dog-themed gifts from British designers all in one place. They pride themselves in donating all profits towards the Great Dog Walk Together initiative to support wellbeing in the company of dogs. This eco-friendly Dog Collar & Lead Gift Set is sure to get any pooch excited this festive season.
For the Feline
Tiffany Budd is an multi award-winning British established fine artist, specialising in acrylic painting, coloured pencil & pastel drawing. She has had her work displayed all around the world and has worked with major brands such as M&S and Derwent Pencil Company. A private commission of a pet portrait would make a lovely keepsake this festive season and for the years to come.
To conclude this gift guide, I hope you consider buying from one of the aforementioned brands this Christmas, because not only will you be supporting a small business but you will also be helping the environment, advocating ethical practices and aiding various initiatives with your purchase.