I think most people are aware of the impact that fast fashion has on the environment, which hopefully means that they’re now looking at where to buy ethical fashion and jewellery from. I’ve put together some of my favourite brands to make this Christmas gift guide. If you’re looking for more ideas then have a look at my ethical Christmas gift guide from last year and I’ll have a gift guide for beauty products and for homeware as well.
Finisterre is a Cornish brand that my boyfriend introduced to me about a year or so ago. They make brilliant outdoor clothing and the cosiest jumpers. I have their Mistral waterproof jacket and I love it. It keeps me perfectly dry when I’m walking to and from walk in the rainy Welsh weather! Lee’s favourite jumper is from Finisterre, he wears it all the time and it still looks good new. I’ve got the Rennin jumper on my wishlist this year! I have a whole feature post about our pieces and the brand coming soon if you want to find out more.
I’m sure many of you will already know about Lucy and Yak, they’re the perfect ethical streetwear brand with colours and prints galore. I know many people that have and adore their dungarees. I really want a pair for myself but I have a fear that I won’t be able to pull them off as well as everyone else does. I’m also a bit in love with their sweaters.
Organic Basics* are hands down the best underwear that I’ve tried. The pants fit me like a glove and are super comfortable, something I’ve not experienced with any other brand. As well as this, they focus on sustainability as their core mission, only using fabrics and factories that don’t negatively impact the planet. The set that I have is with the Lite bralette. It’s perfect if you love a soft bra like I do. Buying nice underwear is something that a lot of people don’t like to spend much money on which is why I think it makes a great gift!
*I have previously worked with Organic Basics on a gifting basis
Christy Dawn is a brand that’s new to me. They make their clothing from deadstock fabric and everything has a beautiful vintage vibe. I discovered their Dawn Boots via an article by Good on You and I’ve fallen head over heels for them. Their clothing is on the pricier end but there are some pieces that are more affordable. They are based in LA though so if you’re not in America the transportation emissions (and customs charges) are worth considering.
Depending on what you’re looking for, buying second-hand clothing is often the best way to go. It’s definitely the most environmentally friendly way to buy things. I particularly find buying knitwear second hand is pretty stress-free as you can easily get away with the sizing not being perfect. And who doesn’t love a cosy jumper for Christmas? It’s also a great way to get buy brands for less. I purchased both my Dr Martens and Timberland boots on eBay for around half the price of new and they were both barely worn. If you find eBay a bit overwhelming and don’t have charity shops local to you then try out Depop. There’s usually less to sift through and can be easier to find more current season items.
I came across Swansea based brand Lima Lima on Instagram about a year or so ago thanks to Claire. I have the face necklace and absolutely love it, I’ve worn it loads and there’s no sign of wear to it at all. I’ve been eyeing up the gorgeous rings that they too. And of course, I love that it’s a Welsh brand!
I’ve only just discovered Wild Fawn jewellery whilst I was putting together my own wishlist for my birthday and Christmas. I’ve added basically everything on their site to my own wishlist. It’s beautifully delicate and all handmade in London. You can read more about their philosophy here.
The last jewellery brand I want to mention is Honeydew Club. If the person you’re buying for likes crystals and gemstones then this is where you need to shop. Also, yes that is me in half of the photos, it’s my sister’s brand. There are some cute designs and only ethically sourced materials are used.
I hope this has helped you discover some new brands and consider where to buy ethical fashion and jewellery as Christmas gifts. And of course, shopping ethically is for life, not just for Christmas 😉