Gifting and giving this Christmas

LIFESTYLE | 2019

We’re probably a bit late even mentioning Christmas shopping. But if, like me, you’ve still got some gifts to buy then I hope this blog can be of some help.

Here at Women Aloud HQ we like to support local Hertfordshire businesses as much as we can. And when we can’t do local, we’re always on the hunt for the independents, and the companies doing their bit for sustainability or social good.  If you’d like to join us on our mission, here’s some of our ideas for gifting and giving this Christmas. (If you’re the organised one who’s already done your shopping, I salute you, but please have a read anyway as present buying is for life, not just for Christmas!)

Let’s kick off with some ideas for lifestyle gifts, hamper goodies and stocking fillers…

  • Beyond Living: Candles, skincare, homewares and foodie gifts
  • Handmade in Harpenden: Natural, organic, plant-based candles
  • Humblebee: Phone cases, card & passport holders, luggage tags – vegan friendly leather
  • Milo and James: Natural, organic, handmade lip balms – no nasties – no animal testing
  • Nipa Threads: Slogan bags, t-shirts and jumpers – adults and kids
  • Seven Feet Apart: Premium, high quality, long-lasting sneakers and boots – includes a vegan sneaker range
  • Stitch and Sparkle: Homewares, pillows, blankets, bags, scarves, and jewellery
  • The Chocolate Gift Company: Chocolate gifts and hampers – includes a vegan chocolate range
  • Tommy & Lottie: Ethically and sustainably made unisex baby, kids, and adult clothing
  • Tropic Skincare: Natural, 100% cruelty-free skincare, make-up and gift sets

If you’re looking for gifts that do good, helping people and the planet…

  • Aerende: Social enterprise where all of the homeware products and gifts are made by people facing social challenges
  • Choose Love: Useful gifts for refugees – e.g. tents, sleeping bags, baby products – give others the chance to choose love with a digital gift voucher
  • Non Plastic Beach: Plastic-free starter sets and guilt-free gifting collections – products are also palm oil free
  • Oxfam Unwrapped: Life-enhancing gifts providing food, safe water, toilets, mother and baby care, livelihood support
  • Peace with the Wild: Natural, eco-friendly and plastic-free gift sets and starter kits
  • The Kind Store: Vegan, plastic-free, low waste and sustainable gift sets and stocking fillers
  • Weaver Green: Rugs, blankets, cushions and bags all made from recycled plastic bottles
  • Whirli: : Toy swapping subscription service, helping to stop millions of unwanted toys being sent to landfill – gift vouchers available
  • Wyatt and Jack: Bags and accessories made from upcycled deckchair canvas, inflatables and old bouncy castles

And let’s not forget our independents on the high-street too. Here are a few if you’re local to St Albans…

  • Books on the Hill: Bookshop specialising in rare, special, 1st editions, antiquarian, children’s and new books
  • Buongiorno Italia: Italian food and drinks, ideal for gifts – hampers ready made or create your own
  • Carpenters Farm Shop: Jams, juices, chutneys, oils, cheese and other hamper goodies
  • Chloe James Lifestyle: Fashion, jewellery, interiors and lifestyle gifts
  • Cositas: Unique furniture pieces, home accessories, jewellery, gifts – and vouchers for creative workshops
  • Gather + Give: Conscious homewares, gifts and accessories for family living
  • Raindrops on Roses: Gifts lovingly created by local craftspeople – 100% of the profits go to help combat cancer
  • Smallford Farm Shop: Home-grown produce, cheese, beer, wine and foodie treats made by small artisan producers
  • St Albans Oxfam Book Shop: Christmas cards, small gifts, barely used books and vinyl records
  • The Dressing Room: Fashion brands, accessories, footwear, jewellery, lingerie, lifestyle gifts and gift vouchers
  • The Fleetville Larder: Artisan cheeses, pickles, chutneys, wine and beer – hampers can be made to order
  • The Refill Pantry: Food and drink, kitchen and cleaning, beauty and bath products
  • Tomoka Spirits Boutique: Spirits, fortified wines and champagnes from independent boutique producers
  • Trinder Hair Studios: Hair products and stocking filler goodies – gift vouchers also available.

I’ll be putting together an all-year-round gifting guide in the new year, so if you’re an independent business, or you know of one that deserves a mention please do get in touch – laura@womenaloud.co.uk

Thank you as always for reading. Sending love to you all this December x

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