I know its radio, but since starting my Health and Home show on Property Radio, a lot of people are asking about eco friendly Christmas gifts so I thought I’d do a round up of some recent finds. There’s the classic candles (sustainable and non toxic) and socks (similar, eco friendly and hopefully non smelly!) and a new twist on Christmas dates and coffee, not to mention some stocking fillers for the teenage gals and the unique trees delivered to your door.
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Lets get soapy to start…
Dr. Bronner’s is the USA’s No. 1 selling natural soap brand and the leader in organic and Fair Trade skin care, with its philosophical labels, certified Fair Trade and organic ingredients and uncommon quality. The magic of Dr. Bronner’s is its affordability and versatility, with 18 uses from 1 bottle of liquid soap – very affordable. Best used with a cloth, towel, loofah or sponge you can use it to clean your body, your mouth & teeth, your fruit & vegetables, your bathroom and kitchen, your clothes and even your pets! I love the famous tingly Peppermint. In lots of good health shops and online.
Still on the bathing tip…
Malki Dead Sea aromatherapy bath salts with frankincense oil & rose petals would be a perfect stocking filler – £6.85 from Boots and Boots.com The Dead Sea minerals infused with the frankincense oil are a perfect relaxation treat while the frankincense aroma brings Christmas home.
For the woman in your life… or to treat yourself …
Skin Salvation Intensive Moisturising Ointment from Pure Potions.
This is such a versatile, effective, eco-friendly and skin kind product – every home should have it! It is made entirely from sustainable, biodegradable natural ingredients and packaged in recyclable glass and cardboard.
Then there’s the authentic Indian-inspired oils from Amaiaa. Each has a blend of more than 10 pure essential oils, including night jasmine, rose and sandalwood. packed full of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins, including vitamin K. And, for every Oil purchased they also provide education for a girl in India – via their own ‘Empowered Girl’ initiative.
…and the perfect stocking fillers for teenagers (perfect for my daughter)…
Newly launched in the UK, Crazy Rumors lip balms make the perfect Christmas gift for under £5.00 100% natural, vegan lip balms with 15 tasty flavours in this hand-crafted collection….. I’m loving the Hot Cocoa – perfect on a cold winter’s day They’ve also got a great woobamboo vanilla mint toothpaste from lovelula.com
Still with teenagers (though I’m having this for me), the SO Eco make up brushes 100% ethically sourced, packaged in a brush wrap made from unbleached natural cotton, ideal for storing your brushes on the go!
In case you are thinking of getting away, Delph is a Vegan friendly suncream brand – whilst protecting the skin from the sun Delph also allows the pores to breathe. Delph is available in SPF 15, 30 and 50 and both an after sun lotion and gel are available from chemistdirect.co.uk
For your Home
Candles always make fabulous Christmas gifts but forget the petroleum based ones, they can be highly toxic, opt for a lovely natural one such as the The Queen Idia Candle from Liha Beauty made from clean burning, sustainable coconut wax. Free from toxic paraffin and synthetic fragrances from Flourishbeauty.co.uk
Home of Juniper have some unique eco gifts
Who doesn’t want the birds a-feeding in your garden, they have a very affordable Bird Feeder – Made from Recycled plant pots under five pounds.
…Some really unusual accessories blankets, cushions et al from eco friendly brand Weaver Green. All accessories are made from 100% plastic bottles but have the look and feel of wool.
And so to zzzzz…
The perfect gift to treat yourself or your loved one to a good night sleep is the eco duvet from The fine bedding company
The ECO Duvet is the UK’s first luxury duvet made entirely from recycled materials, 100 per cent of it – from the cover to the filling. Recycled plastic bottles (120 to make a double duvet) are used to create soft, silky micro fibres. The filling is encased in a soft touch microfibre cover made from 100% recycled yarn.
In food and drink who doesn’t love dates at Christmas time?
Abacus foods bring us Nut Stuffed Red Dates – these would make a perfect healthy gift and stocking filler for foodies. They are made of the Red dates / Jujube Fruits, mixed with nuts such as Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, for indulgent and guilt-free snacking.
For coffee lovers check out the Christmas Blend from Café Direct its fairtrade roasted in small batches in their London Fields Roastery, giving a ridiculously good taste experience, grown without pesticides and with minimal environmental impact.
If you want a healthier twist Rokit Pods are Nespresso-compatible matcha green tea pods. This full-bodied, earthy, hearty and organic Matcha green tea is made from high-quality, fine ground, powdered green tea to create a delicate fragrant drink that is super good for you, a no fuss way to enjoy matcha tea.
And to drink it in, Pro Cook coffee cup comes with an easy-grip silicone sleeve and reusable no drip lid, so it’s perfect for use in the car, the coffee shop, or at home. I love the ‘Life’s a Beach’ one, made from one hundred per cent recyclable materials.
For the little ones, there are way too many gorgeous eco toys to mention but when you need them to finally get ready for bathtime and bed – check out the Gruffalo vegan range from Good Bubble.
If you want a really unusual book for the guy who has everything, or the gal, check out Better Living through origami -20 Creative Paper Projects for a Beautiful Home by Nellianna van den Baard, Kenneth Veenenbos
It wouldn’t be Xmas without socks but make them sustainable, I am loving the bamboo socks from Boody Eco wear eco-friendly alternatives. Made from organic bamboo, theres underwear too, described as a “hug that lasts all day”. SO soft! And I love their leggings too!
You’ll be needing a tree too or at least a nice plant and why not give someone a really unique gift Tree2mydoor will deliver trees, shrubs and plants to your door, with eco friendly wrapping paper. And a personalized greeting, tree2mydoor.com
This guide was created for the Health and Home show on Property Radio 2-4 pm Listen live on DAB via Fix radio in London or via the site www.propertyradio.co.uk