Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide

This Christmas I was very adamant to get most of the Christmas presents to be sustainable or ethical, by buying from small and local retailers or buying items that I believe are better. Do you want to give somebody a thoughtful gift that is better for out planet and will introduce them to a new company as well? Here is my compiled list of places where to shop from.

Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide - byLiiL

Ambre – Local natural skin care brand that does not use any chemicals and makes their products in small batches.

Hopscotch London – Soy wax candles and vegan and cruelty-free beauty from an independent seller.

Boodle Boutique – Selling organic cotton t-shirts and jumpers with cool screen printed and animal themed pictures, home decor and Christmas decor.

Post-Couture CollectiveRemember when I told about them before? New clothes for somebody who likes to do DIY.

Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide - byLiiL

Oh My Clumsy Heart – Small independent minimal jewellery, which is made in the UK. It is beautiful and made out of fine metal.

Mintoshi – Soy wax candles and wax melts in delicious scents from the UK.

Ingrid Petrie Design – Giclee prints for any room in your home printed on an FSC certified paper.

MyPure – You can read more about it here. It is a great place to shop for natural beauty products.

Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide - byLiiL

Buy Me Once – A store dedicated to things that should last forever. A perfect present!

The Big Calendar – This is a calendar and diary company that makes their diaries especially for you. You can decide when you would like your diary to start from (January or later) and you can have it un-dated as well. The price is reasonable and they look beautiful. Great for a stationary lover!

Mat&Natt – I’ve told you before about this company and will mention it again. Ethical accessories company that makes beautiful bags, wallets and now shoes as well!

Holly Sharpe – Lovely artwork to your girlboss friend!

Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide - byLiiL

Marieke Jacobs – Not many think that leather goods are ethical or sustainable, however, there are many who do like to shop for leather goods and this shop is the one I would approve of. This is what they say in their description:”I mainly use overproduced and remaining stock leather from the furniture and footwear industry. Every part is used, no leather is waisted out of respect for the material.”

31bits – Also a company I’ve written about before. Alternative but fashionable jewellery. A present to somebody and money for a good cause.

byLiiL – Of course, not forgetting to mention my own little shop on Etsy for colourful Giclee prints.

If you would like to gift somebody with a candle, check this post about some more sustainable candles.

 

Do you have any additional shop or gift recommendations?

With love,

Lii

Pursuing your Dreams

 

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I am a strong believer in dreaming and pursuing your dreams. When I was only 7 years old I wished for a particular Barbie doll for a Christmas gift, and remember dreaming about it every day for about a month. Imagine my relief when I finally got it on Christmas eve! When I was in my teens I wished to move abroad to study, although I never believed my English to be strong enough for it, however, when the opportunity presented itself I went for it full heartedly and studied my way into University.

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In my life I’ve had many dreams, some which I would cry to the whole Universe, other which I like to keep to myself. But I was always dreaming and planning how to make those dreams come true.

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Dreaming gives me imagination and joy, but it also inspires me and powers me for when I am faced with problems or sadness. I remember a period in school, when I wasn’t particularly happy and I tended to dream through the classes without engaging to any of the teaching. This of course was not ideal, but when my mood was better I got back on track. Dreaming keeps me sane when I am depressed and helps me find my way to attain my goals.

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For long now, I have dreamt of making a job out of my hobby and I finally have. I opened my very own shop on Etsy selling my illustrations! This is really scary and at the same time very exciting for me, however, I determine to stay excited as I have such big plans for my shop! I do not want reveal them all just now, but I promise to keep you the loop of what is happening. If you wish to see any more of my illustrations check the “shop” page of my website or go to my Etsy shop. Please also bear in mind that the colours do vary depending on the screen resolution.

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Do you like dreaming? Do you have attained some big dream of yours?

With love,

Lii