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Mother's Day: An Ethical Gift Guide
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Mother's Day is just around the corner. Can you believe that it's already March? If you're still struggling for March 11th gift ideas that fit your ethical mantra, look no further. I've scoured Etsy - the internet's haven for handmade ethical and eco-friendly goods - for some perfect gift ideas that are thoughtful, high-quality, and easy on the environment. Check them out below and psst... all images have been borrowed from their respective sellers.

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A great way to ensure your gifts will be continually used and loved is to make them practical. We've all received presents that are pretty but useless and so they sit around unused for years on end until we finally feel able to throw them away with only a small pang of guilt endured.

Reusable washable cotton rounds like these from Leave No Traces are a great option because almost everyone's mum will use them occasionally. Not only are these cotton rounds well-presented in their own pretty wash bag, but they ensure that we aren't going through obscene amounts of throwaway cotton - a fibre with its own environmental baggage.

These are great for using with a natural makeup remover, like this Purity Facial Cleanser (in glass) from Ravenscourt Apothecary. This cleansing oil is made from 100% natural ingredients and can be customised in terms of which essential oils are used for the scent. Ravenscourt have been a favourite of mine for a while and I also love the look of this cute tea-themed perfume sampler set. These are also scented with nothing but essential oils and tea infusions.

Another practical yet thoughtful option comes in the form of this vintage wicker wine holder picked by Fetch and Sow. I've been browsing this Etsy store for a while as I love their funky vintage homeware picks. Buying secondhand is one of the most sustainable ways of shopping and something like this would be valued by any style-conscious wine lover.

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If you're not so confident with something so practical, you can never lose with a good candle. I have chosen this 100% soy coffee candle from Octo London as it's 100% vegan-friendly and it comes in a glass jar that can be easily cleaned out and reused after the candle has been burnt. Octo London have a varied range of these beautiful natural candles, again all scented with nothing but essential oils.

For the new mums, a beautiful hand-dyed and handmade muslin blanket, like this one from Cocoon and Butterfly makes the perfect gift. The blankets are made-to-order and are all dyed using plants. This lovely dusty pink colour comes from avocado stones. This blanket can be used for a variety of things such as a baby swaddle, a nursing cover, or a changing mat. 

If you're into giving cards, why not this one from UniqueCardsandArt made from recycled card and seeds. That's right - this card can be planted after it has been enjoyed. With a bit of love (and water) this card will break down and grow into wildflowers. Perfect for a mother who loves gardening.

Finally, I've chosen these recycled silver hoop earrings from Nude Ethics. I love the design and style of these earrings and I feel they're classic but also trendy enough to work for all kinds of mums. Recycled silver is great as it allows for some gorgeous high-quality jewellery while still being better for the environment.

Hopefully you've now got some fab gift ideas for Mother's Day that are both thoughtful and ethical. For more ideas you can check out Etsy's own Mother's Day edit. I'd love to hear any additional ideas you have in the comments below! 

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The Mini Vegan Christmas Gift Guide

Admittedly I have been a bit pants when it comes to gift-guiding this year. Unlike the troves of beauty bloggers who are actually prepared for Christmas content, I am drowning in uni work and have barely any time to eat let alone buy fancy Christmas decoration for my pictures (in case you were wondering, that handsome reindeer sits upon our windowsill all year long). Therefore, I've submitted to doing but a 'mini' gift guide, including some cute present ideas pertaining to natural and vegan beauty. Enjoy!

Bath Treats
Of course, everyone loves a good bathe and there is something distinctly 'winter' about sinking into a nice hot bath with a candle burning. Talking of candles,  Harper's Bizarre Candles recently released their Christmas selection and my pick, Let it Snow, is absolutely to die for. This peppermint and vanilla scent is pretty universal and non-offensive and so is likely to be enjoyed by everyone. Harper's Bizarre candles are adorable and the cute tins mean that you could probably just get away with popping them in a gift bag.

More bath options include the fabulous Living Naturally Bathtub Teas that I reviewed here. I absolutely adore the Coconut Milk & Chai* variation but they also offer Coconut & Rose, Calendula & Comfrey, and Hibiscus & Lavender. These can be a wee bit messy but they're one of the only bath products that don't irritate my eczema and they create the most relaxing bath. And come on, who doesn't want to smell like a chai latte? For more traditional bath options, I really love the Deep Steep range and the Brown Sugar & Vanilla Bubble Bath is a lovely Christmas sweet treat. I've linked it from iHerb but you can often find Deep Steep products in TK Maxx. 

Traditional Gift Sets
Green People create some really beautiful gift sets and it's hard to say no to their wonderful butterfly gift sets. Their Joyful Body Wash & Body Lotion set* has a super clean and fresh scent that any family or friend would love. It's a little more expensive but the gorgeous presentation makes up for it. Green People are a brand that I trust in terms of effectiveness and ingredients and so I'll be happy to pass this on this Christmas. Secondly, we have the Mallow & White Soothe range which is great for all skin types and would make a great introductory gift for someone only just getting into green skincare. Unfortunately I don't have the actual gift set to show you and I haven't tried the face oil, but I have tried the other two products from the Soothe range (the Cleansing Oil* and Face Mask*) and love them both. The Facial Kit includes a full size facial oil and a full size mask.

Stocking Fillers
And to end, just a couple cute stocking ideas that are a little different. Firstly, this wonderfully presented Women's Fragrance Sampler from Ravenscourt Apothecary. This little set contains samples of all of Ravenscourt's literary inspired women's botanical perfumes including Alice, Anne of Avonlea, Elizabeth Bennett, and Jane Eyre. All of these perfume oils are created with natural ingredients and are available in equally as gorgeous full sizes if any tickle your (or your lucky friend's) fancy. Finally, Nailberry nail polishes are the definition of green luxury and they make brilliant stocking fillers. They come in a variety of vegan & 5-free shades, with something for everyone. I have the shade Blueberry*, a dark royal purple but other winter appropriate shades include Berry Job, Number 69, and Pink Sand.

What have you got your eye on this Christmas?

 

Vegan Beauty Beginners Christmas Gift Guide

Oh my gosh, I'm finally doing some kind of gift guide! It's not the biggest selection in the world, but here we have a little group of present ideas for the budding vegan beauty enthusiast in the family...

Little Ondine Twins
I recently did a first impressions post for a polish from this very interesting natural brand. I loved it - and now I've got my eye on their clever little sets that come with two coordinating shades. These are perfect for Christmas; you get two wonderful (and super clean) nail polishes that are worth a lot more money than you're paying. They're polishes are water-based - AMAZING. I love this classic nude and deep red duo.

Botanicals Gentle Skincare Christmas Collection
It's certainly true that I don't shut up about Botanicals but that's with good reason. You really can't find a much better brand that is natural, organic, good value, and 100% vegan. Their Christmas collections are perfect - and this gentle variation comes with the brilliant Mandarin & Chamomile Cleanser*; something that I've recently tried and loved. These collections are a great way to introduce someone to natural skincare.

Konjac Sponge Co. Charcoal Sponge
Konjac sponges are a green beauty staple and I am constantly recommending them to family and friends. They're brilliant for improving the efficacy of your foaming and/or cream cleansers, adding a little gentle exfoliation in to your everyday routine. They come in different variations for different skin types so there's definitely something for everyone. Those who are not green-inclined may find these magical sponges a little strange, but I guarantee they'll get hooked. You can now even get konjac sponges for the body as well!

MuLondon White Chocolate Elbow, Knee & Heel Cream
I've mentioned this multiple times on the blog and yet again, I cannot leave this little gem out of my suggestions. MuLondon creates some seriously high-quality and luxurious products and this multi-purpose balm is perfect for a beauty-concious friend or relative. It's wonderful for treating dryness and minor skin conditions like eczema. I've done a full review of this and also - if you want to learn more about the brand in general - you can check out my interview with founder of the brand, Boris.

Harpers Bizarre Candles
These candles are a new discovery for me but they've quickly taken over my life... since finding the brand, I've bought LOADS. I originally made an order for myself but then only a week later, I made a second order for Christmas presents. They're the perfect size and price for secret santa presents, while still being that little bit different and interesting. They come in a huge variety of scents (including special seasonal ones), so you're sure to find something you like as well... Check out my full review here. My favourite from the seasonal range is Dirty Crow - a beautiful mulled wine scent.

Have any other suggestions for us? Leave them below!