Mum's The Word . Ethical Gift Guide
With Christmas, Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween dotted throughout the year, it can be easy to fall into the consumerist trap of buying things for the sake of it. Did we really need to give our partner the £3 card that'll inevitably end up in the bin the next day? Probably not, but it's nice to show someone you care.
From handmade pottery to bamboo socks, we've compiled a selection of beautiful, ethical presents to show mama you love her this Mother's Day (Sunday 11th March, FYI) without lining capitalist corporations pockets.
SKIN & TONIC - £28
Made with omega rich oils (borage, thistle and chia seed) distilled in the UK, Skin & Tonic's beauty oil is full of antioxidants to help minimise fine lines, reduce large pores and encourage cellular function. Using only organic and natural ingredients without parabens or artificial fillers, Skin & Tonic sources from Fair Trade women’s co-operatives in Ghana and Sri Lanka and use ingredients certified organic by The Soil Association. They still make everything by hand too, so you know it's been made with love and care - exactly how mum deserves to be treated.
SUE PRYKE - JUNIPER - £35
Every product on Juniper's website is carefully chosen not only for its usefulness and beauty, but also for its provenance. They proudly support British designers and crafters, including Sue Pryke whose simple and elegant homewares make a gorgeous gift and addition to any home.
PEOPLE TREE - £85
Crafted from super soft organic cotton, People Tree's best-selling Peace sweater is the ultimate in understated style. Not only does the brand use natural fibres, it also work with Fair Trade organisations and supports garment workers - all whilst making desriable clothing. Phew!
MURAD - £65
Murad have just released a new Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, and once you see the transformational before and after pictures of others, you'll be sold. Murad describe their products' different benefits for different ages, making them useful for everyone. Use them to Defend in your 20's, Prevent in your 30's, Protect in your 40's, Target in your 50's and Correct during your 60's and onwards. Murad are committed to sourcing only ingredients that are not tested on animals and they do not test their own products on animals either. So many wins.
QNOLA CANDLE TWIN PACK - £26
Our Wake Up Well and Wind Down Well candles, made in the UK in small batches using 100% natural ingredients, are carefully considered and formulated with specific intentions. They can be used as aromatherapy candles to clear energy in the home, as moisturiser for the hands, face and body, as a natural deodorant, as a fragrance oil, as a natural body scent and even as a massage oil to use on yourself or on others.
ARTHOUSE MEATH - £4.95
A collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities, Arthouse Meath chocolate not only tastes incredible but looks beautiful too. Handmade chocolate bars are wrapped in designs created by the artists, who work alongside instructors to help them realise their vision.
DECORATOR'S NOTEBOOK - from £14
The perfect website for beautiful and reasonably priced ethical gifts, Decorator's Notebook work with artisans around the world support their trade and showcase their handcrafted products. These handwoven Kenyan baskets (sold separately) are ideal for plants, make-up, laundry and stationary and come in a selection of eye-catching colours.
ONE NINE EIGHT FIVE - £75
Made in the UK, the Love cushion by homewares brand One Nine Eight Five is printed on luxurious British velvet. Known for unique pieces featuring playful hand-drawn prints inspired by art, design and film, the brand proudly supports British craftsmanship, design and manufacturing processes.
MADE - £25
Crafted in Kenya by skilled, dedicated artisans using techniques handed down through generations - each piece from Made is unique and tells a story. These Celestial star earrings feature an interchangeable crescent moon that can be removed to wear as a simple stud.
JUST TRADE - ALEXANDRA BANGLE - £30
Made by ladies from the Hope Jewellery fair trade project in Lima, Peru, the Alexandra geometric brass bangle is a chic statement piece mum can wear for all occasions. By working with Just Trade, the women behind the jewellery are able to educate their children and secure a better future for their families.
JUST TRADE - WASH BAG - £12/16
Working with a WFTO registered factory in Vietnam to produce textile products, Just Trade provides marginalised people with opportunities and support to improve their lives through secure work and a safe working environment where they're encourage to learn new skills and progress within the company. Mum will love this brightly coloured screen print wash bag to keep her toiletries safe.
WE ARE THOUGHT - £24.90
Treat mums feet with a bamboo socks gift box from We Are Thought. All products are made from natural fibres which are not only free from harmful pesticides and chemicals but often softer and stronger too. Not to mention they're always far kinder to the environment!
MAYAMIKO - £5.40
Handmade in Malawi using locally sourced natural ingredients, this Mayamiko tea tree soap will leave mums skin feeling soft and safe in the knowledge that it's totally free from harsh chemicals and fillers. The brand's aesthetic is rooted in African prints with bold colours and bright prints, so products look as good as they smell.