The top ethical gifts for Christmas

Good gifts

Struggling to come up with present ideas for your friends and family? TFN has some suggestions that will not only create festive, but benefit the wider world. 

2nd December 2019 by Gareth Jones 1 Comment

Marie Curie Wooden Cookie Dough Set

Marie Curie Wooden Cookie Dough Set

There’s nothing more that little children love than playing at being in the kitchen. And this lovely little set allows them to slice and “bake” a dozen wooden cookies for a sweet playtime treat! This colourful wooden set includes 12 wooden, sliceable cookies and 12 toppings, wooden knife, spatula, cookie sheet and a kitchen mitt for safe, deliciously imaginative play! It’s just one of the many nice children’s gifts offered by Marie Curie. All funds from the sale of the toys go to the charity.

Price: £18.99

Christmas Pudding Truffles

Christmas Pudding Truffles

Treat yourself or show someone you care about this festive season with these special Christmas pudding truffles, which are beautifully presented in a gift box and finished with a hand tied purple bow. The truffles are produced by Scottish social enterprise Grace Chocolates. The organisation supports women who have been released from prison, by giving them work experience and helping them to gain formal qualifications.

Price: £9.95

Grey BHF Hoodie

Grey BHF Hoodie

If you have a family member who is looking to stay warm while out and about this winter, this sporty hoodie may be just the gift for them. Whether you’re training, running errands or taking-it-easy choose comfort with this nice jumper, with matching joggers available.

Price: £20

Wooden coat hooks

Wooden coat hooks

Glasgow Wood Recycling has established itself as one of the city’s most successful social enterprises. The organisation is committed to reducing the amount of wood needlessly going to landfill by finding creative and socially inclusive ways to use old wood. And these coat hooks, made from reclaimed wood, are just one of the bespoke products produced by volunteers down by the Clyde.

Price: £22.88

Bicycle

Bicycle

​If your child is looking to learn to cycle, then why not get them a high-quality restored bike? The Bike Station offers all kinds of secondhand bikes. They always have road, hybrid, mountain and shopper style bikes in stock, as well as a wide range of kids bikes and trailers.

Price: Starting from £20 for children, from £75 for adults

Sana Jardin Perfume

Sana Jardin Perfume

The world’s first socially conscious luxury fragrance brand, Sana Jardin presents, Revolution de la Fleur eau de parfum. An escapist, floral scent, this stars the essential oil of Madagascan ylang-ylang whose energising properties promote inner-strength and a sense of calm. Sana Jardin’s vision is to use clean and sustainable perfume as a vehicle for social impact and the economic empowerment of women. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy - its alternative business model enables the women in its supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by up-cycling the waste products from perfume production.

Price: £95

Windsurfing Experience

Windsurfing Experience

Port Edgar Watersports, a community interest company, operates a range of watersports only a stone’s throw away from Edinburgh. If you have a friend who has always want to try windsurfing, then why not give them the chance to dip their toes in the water – literally and metaphorically. All sessions last three hours, and are provided by a suitably qualified instructor.

Price: £69

2018 Bacchus Wine

2018 Bacchus Wine

Toast this Christmas with some wine with a conscience! Bacchus is fresh, light, bright and clean with flavours of crisp apples, and aromas of gooseberry and blackcurrant. A great aperitif and food-matches with shellfish, seafood and Asian dishes. Aside from producing delicious, quality wines, Forty Hall Vineyard is also an award-winning, mental health and wellbeing project which supports local people by engaging them in active, outdoor volunteering – a chance to socialise with others and to benefit from fresh air and physical exercise in a beautiful, natural setting.

Price: £14.99

Brewgooder Well T-Shirt

Brewgooder Well T-Shirt

The craft beer revolution is well and truly underway, and Brewgooder is leading the fight to deliver good beer that also helps the environment. This trendy t-shirt celebrates the social enterprise’s work to end water poverty, and will allow you to look cool while sipping an ice-cold pint.

Price: £15

Glencraft mattress

Glencraft mattress

Glencraft is one of the oldest known mattress manufacturers in the UK. It’s an enterprise that strives to craft the highest quality products. Founded in Scotland, the company has manufactured mattresses in the north east since 1843. The social enterprise looks to offer employment to people with disabilities, either through physical or mental health issues, who may struggle to secure employment otherwise.

Prices vary depending on size

DIY Xmas Jumper Kit

DIY Xmas Jumper Kit

​If you want to sport a Christmas jumper but can’t find a design that tickles your fancy then why not make your own? The Book People are supporting Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, with their fabulous festive DIY Christmas Jumper kits. Just dig out an old jumper, pick your favourite design (Santa, snowman or reindeer) and get crafting.

With every kit purchased (£3 for children and £4 for adults), The Book People will donate 25% to Save the Children.

4th December 2019 by Pauline Radcliffe

Disappointing not to see any reference to sustainable and organic fair trade products in this listing. If any products are ethical on a global level, these would be. We are supposedly a Fair Trade Nation! I’m sure Scottish Fair Trade Forum could offer you some great examples! For example- how about an ethical fair trade sports ball for your kids this Christmas? http://Www.balasports.co.uk