I'm a big advocate of shopping small, supporting independents, sustainability and vegan-friendly options - and when it comes to Christmas & getting gift inspo, this ethos still very much applies. Today's post compiles a few alternative options when it comes to smashing Christmas Shopping - all of which contribute to an overall cozy, festive vibe. And aren't beauty related... as am not just a one-trick pony after all.

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Recycled Cotton Pom Pom Grey Throw (£39.95) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/recycled-cotton-pom-pom-grey-throw 

This wonderfully warm and soft throw has a stunning geometric pattern, utilising muted greys and creams, then has a pop of colour in the guise of multicoloured pom poms! Perfect for all ages, this recycled cotton throw would be an excellent gift, or simply a wonderful treat for yourself and your home this season!

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Recycled Bicycle Chain Wine Rack (£24.99) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/recycled-bicycle-chain-wine-rack 

Cleverly constructed by artisans in Moradabad, Northern India, this wine rack uses bicycle chains for a rustic looking piece. The chains come from two sources; 60% are collected from bicycle repair centres across the country and the other 40% are cut-offs/loose waste from factories and big shops.

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Granada Navy Long Socks (£13.97)https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/granada-navy-long-socks 

Cosy up this winter with a mug of tea, good book, open fire, and these handmade Nepalese wool socks. Sitting somewhere between a sock and a slipper, they're chunky enough to keep freezing toes warm on even the coldest of winter nights. These traditionally knitted socks have been hand crafted from 100% natural wool in repeating rows of quirky colours. The ankle end is ribbed to create a snuggly but stretchy opening. One size fits all! They've been designed to embrace your feet like a hug — a perfect symbol of how these slipper socks help to support traditional Nepalese artisans.

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Traidcraft Rich Roast Coffee & Organic Dark Chocolate with Marzipan & Orange Liqueur Gift Box Set (£7.99) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/traidcraft-rich-roast-coffee-orange-marzipan-milk-chocolate-gift-box-set 

In this special gift set, you’ll receive our very own Rich Roast Ground Coffee. This wonderful coffee has been expertly blended from hand-picked Arabica and Robusta beans from Tanzania and Nicaragua – the result is a lovingly crafted dark and confident ground coffee with deep spicy undertones. To accompany, our coffee consultant has paired the Marzipan and Orange Liqueur Chocolate. This rich, dark chocolate slab is filled with creamy marzipan and infused with the spicy zing of orange liqueur.

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Divine Dark Vegan Chocolate with Raspberries (90g) (£2.39) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/divine-dark-chocolate-with-raspberries-90g 

A beautifully smooth dark chocolate treat from Divine, speckled with real raspberry pieces. Stick one in your bag for an ethical treat throughout the day, or share one while watching a film. This 70% dark chocolate and raspberry bar has been made with skilfully harvested cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a fair trade co-operative of loud-and-proud smallholder farmers in Ghana. A little bit of sweetness has come from sugar grown by Kasinthula, a Fairtrade cooperative in Malawi. A touch of vanilla, grown by Fairtrade farmers in Madagascar, evokes an extra rich and creamy note.

Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas

Eat Your Hat Organic Vegan Dark Chocolate & Brazilian Mandarin (91g) (£3.95) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/eat-your-hat-organic-dark-chocolate-brazilian-mandarin-91g  

An exquisite dark chocolate bar infused with Brazilian mandarin that's organic, fairer than fair, eco-friendly, completely sustainable and utterly delicious – all at once. You'll never find any nasty GMOs, artificial colours or preservatives here. This is chocolate that changes lives, saves the earth, and elevates everyone it meets along the way. 'Impossible!' You cry? Prepare to Eat Your Hat.
Alternative Christmas Gift Ideas
Traidcraft Organic 70% Dark Vegan Chocolate (100g) (£2.65) - https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/fairtrade-organic-70-dark-chocolate-100g 

A rich and intense chunky fair trade dark chocolate bar that's totally organic, GM free, suitable for vegans, and as ethical as chocolate can be. So much love and care has gone into every bar - the cocoa based ingredients are blended together for hours (a process called ‘conching') to create the smoothest and most memorable melt-in-your-mouth experience.

What alternative gifts have you chosen for loved ones this Christmas? Do you like the look of any of these?
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