The ethical Christmas gift guide 2022
Welcome to Pala’s ethical Christmas gift guide 2022. It’s that time of year again. Fairy lights start to twinkle from every window, social plans are entertaining every other evening and shopping lists start growing.
It can be challenging when the countdown to Christmas is on to stay aligned with your values. Shopping ethically and sustainably whilst big brands, fast fashion and landfill destined knick-knacks’ are all too easy to pick up.
So, we’ve pulled together our ultimate ethical Christmas gift guide, including gifts under £10, gifts under £50 and extra special pieces to help tick off everyone from the office Secret Santa to your nearest and dearest – all while knowing you’re having a positive impact by shopping more responsibly.
Find out how to win a collection of gifts from all of these wonderful brands between 1st-12th December worth £455 at the end of this Gift Guide.
Did you know bamboo absorbs five times more carbon than hardwood trees? Or that it needs half the land cotton does to produce the same volume of fibres? Not to mention it’s a super high-performing fabric. That’s just some of the reasons BAM celebrate this magical material throughout their collection which ranges from technical sportswear to super comfy everyday essentials like socks and scarves.
We love BAM clothes because they are designed for the feeling – both of making a good choice, but also the feeling next to the skin. So BAM-soft, you’ll want to live in it!
You can’t beat a pair of socks at Christmas, we pick the ‘A Treat For Your Feet Sock Tube’.
Chimney Fire Coffee
Chimney Fire Coffee is a speciality coffee roastery, nestled in the Surrey Hills. They work hard to make delicious coffee to suit every taste while supporting ethical and eco-friendly practices, all the way from farm to cup.
Their coffee is super tasty, we’ve sampled plenty! But what we love most is that they’re a B Corp just like us, and deliver social impact through donations to support rural communities in Africa… just like us!
Chimney Fire Coffee work with Re-Cycle, a small charity that refurbishes bikes in the UK and sends them to rural communities in Africa – and you guessed it, all their packaging is 100% compostable and recyclable too!
We recommend… 6 Bag Introductory Taster Packs.
Saywood is a London-based contemporary slow fashion brand creating beautiful edits of wardrobe staples, elevated through colour and unexpected detail to make each piece unique.
We love that at the heart of Saywood’s story, there’s a desire to reconnect people with the processes behind our wardrobe, encouraging us to all press pause on throwaway fashion and make change with our style choices.
Handmade, zero waste, recycled, deadstock or organic cotton makes up the majority of the range to fund the Saywood for Good initiative, where the team select 3 charities per year to donate profits – supporting people, planet and future.
Our pick? Edi Volume Sleeve Shirt. Visit Saywood Studio.
Our good friends over at Tonys Chocolonely need no introduction. Starting out in the Netherlands but taking the UK and US by storm – this B Corp and Fairtrade chocolate company are on a very important mission… to irradicate modern slavery from the cocoa trade.
Working in West Africa, the Tonys team create incredibly tasty chocolate with heart and a story. Their bars are broken up into unequal-sized chunks to represent the inequality that exists in the cocoa industry right now.
This is sure to be a gift they’ll never regift!
We can’t stop eating the Dark Almond Sea Salt 51% Bar! Visit Tonys Chocolonely.
Nestled on a farm in the heart of North Cornwall, St. Eval sustainably craft high-quality candles using a blend of traditional and contemporary methods, perfecting the art and science of candle-making for over 28 years.
St. Eval’s unique fragrances and products draw inspiration from the beautiful coast and countryside surrounding them; lovingly crafted and carefully blended using the finest ingredients.
Honoured with a Queen’s Award in Enterprise for Sustainable Development 2021 and a Certified B Corp, St. Eval place people and planet at its heart.
We think the Folk Collection Gift Box is an ideal Christmas gift.
Our neighbours Brighton Gin encapsulate the Spirit of Brighton: unusual, fun-loving, open-minded, fiercely independent and ethically conscious.
Every bottle of super-premium, small batch gin is filled, waxed and labelled by hand by the friends-and-family team. They’re even the UK’s first vegan-certified gin, including not only the liquid, but the packaging, label gum and wax top.
Their mission says it all… “We want to take the Spirit of Brighton to the world – build a global drinks brand, producing ethically and sustainably, with the highest quality at its core, and which contributes positively to the community it is rooted in.”
Gift your vegan friends the Brighton Gin Minis & Highball Gift Set.
Last but not least… us! We know, as a British sunglasses retailer – we don’t exactly scream Christmas gifting. But, you’re eyes need protection from the low winter sun of Boxing Day walks just as much as they do on a trip to The Alps or Antigua.
Pala Eyewear was set up with the purpose of making eye care more accessible and more affordable across Africa, we do this by donating 4% of our sales to Vision Action.
As a B Corp, having as little impact on the planet as possible is just as important to us – so all Pala frames are made from bio-acetate or recycled plastics, emitting 54% less Co2 over their lifecycle. Manufactured in the northern hills of Italy by the Marchese family, Pala eyewear is handmade, long-lasting and of the highest quality.
Convinced you? Shop Unisex Sunglasses.