It's just around the corner and will be the final hurrah before we say goodbye to 2020, the good, the bad and the ugly! I have no doubt that your inbox is being inundated with 'must buys' and the gifts of the season but I thought that I would try to add some simple, slow and sustainable options. As well as all the beautiful things I've listed below, just remember that there are lots of ways to show you care - not just with gifts. Give your time, make or bake something, offer up your experience and if you can, please buy from small businesses - it's been a tough year for them and every time you buy from a small business, someone does a happy dance!
2020 has been the year of the home workout so if you haven't already set up your home studio, now is the time! I've written a blog before on the basics (spoiler - it's just a mat!) but Christmas can be a time for extravagance so maybe it's time to upgrade!
Asquith London make eco activewear for yoga. Just because we are not in the studio doesn't mean you don't deserve the best organic cotton and sustainable bamboo clothing. Try this open back tee shirt for a comfortable savasana
Ikuko Meditiation Bench is the perfect bench for someone who
needs a little more lift than a meditation cushion provides. Ikuko is made from wild cherry wood and the pouch is sewn by a charitable organisation supporting women in need. http://benchikuko.com/shop-ikuko-rest-of-the-world.html
Yogi Bare yoga mats are made from eco friendly, natural rubber for extra grip plus for each mat sold, a tree is planted. https://www.yogi-bare.co.uk/collections/yoga-mats/products/yogi-bare-plant-a-tree-mat
Simply Wellbeing Yoga - Treat your loved one to the gift of yoga (or ask for it for yourself!) This Christmas you can buy a monthly class pass for the whole of January. The pass will give you access to each Tuesday and Saturday class starting from the 5th January until the end of the month. The perfect encouragement for that New Years health kick! https://www.simplywellbeinguk.org/
The Qi sell high quality organic flowering teas designed for holistic wellbeing. Making your afternoon brew a ritual and the chance to practice mindfulness, it elevates the everyday into something special. https://the-qi.com/
We may not be commuting as much anymore but that's no reason to to have this beautiful reusable lunch bag from Toast. Made from cellulose and latex, it feels like paper, is reusable, made in the UK and looks super cool!
Petalon Flowers deliver seasonal and sustainable bouquets. Sign up for a regular bunch give the gift that keeps on giving plus 5% of profits also go to bee conservation charities. https://www.petalon.co.uk/
Patch Plants - give the gift that grows with a letterbox delivery of indoor and outdoor plants. Try a snake plant for improved oxygen in the bedroom. https://www.patchplants.com/gb/en/
Self Care Company candles are the perfect thing to hygge up your home. Made with natural soy wax and aro
matherapy oils to help naturally combat anxiety, stress and low mood, through the power of aromatherapy. https://www.selfcarecompany.com/
Yuyu sell the best Japanese cotton hot water bottles. Super long and super cosy - who cares what the weather is doing outside. https://www.yuyubottle.com/
Minimal is filled with practical and simple tips to make sustainable living easy. Covering topics on eating seasonally, decluttering, reducing waste and homemade cleaning and beauty products. It's useful and also a beautiful coffee table book.
Papier Wellness Journal comes with prompts to reflect on your goals plus space for your gratitude lists. Start the new year with gratitude lists rather than resolutions? https://www.papier.com/joy-31150?gclid=CjwKCAiAnvj9BRA4EiwAuUMDf9Xgem6TUf4Gz6CrbN5e5c5kx3pk8CRnEG0BAq9KBM701evSofRUAhoCFfoQAvD_BwE
Sculpd pottery kits were awarded the Indy Best Buy for adult crafts by The Independent. With more time spent at home this year, crafts and hobbies have exploded. Jump on that bandwagon and gift a kit with step by step instructions and enough air dry clay for two items https://sculpd.co.uk/
Choose Love is an online store where you can buy real products for refugees. Perfect gifts for the person who has everything and wants to give a little back. https://choose.love/
With this year being harder than ever for lots of families, Food Banks have been a lifesaver. You can digitally donate to a food bank anywhere in the country, helping those most in need. https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/
Fat Macys offer hampers and bespoke gift boxes with the proceeds helping young Londoners move from hostels to their own homes. https://www.fatmacys.org/
Whatever you choose to gift, have the most wonderful time together and appreciate the simple and slow moments x