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Seven Gift Ideas for an Ethical Christmas

Wednesday 9 December 2015 Food

Tis the season to spend money (tra la la la laa, la la la la) on your loved ones, but is it possible to spread the joy even further when buying Christmas prezzies? We’re here to help…

Bamboo socks from Braintree Clothing

Oh no, not socks again! Put a sustainable and stylish twist on the Christmas gift staple with these Breathable Bamboo socks from Braintree Clothing. This natural clothing company uses a range of eco fibres like hemp and organic cotton and these socks are not only unique and environmentally-friendly, but have anti-bacterial properties that keep your feet healthy too!

Braintree socks


Rice-milk chocolate from Moo Free

Whether pursuing a vegan lifestyle for health or ethical reasons, there is no need to miss out on the Christmas chocolate binge! Moo Free specialise in delicious dairy-free rice milk chocolates and even support the farm animals whose milk they don’t use, through a partnership with The Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Moo Free Chocolate


Fairtrade cotton onesies from Epona clothing

When the weather outside is frightful, there’s nothing better than a onesie. Snuggle up with an all-in-one outfit from NUS’ fairtrade clothing partner Epona and you’ll help provide cotton-producing communities with fair wages and improved education. And what’s more, NUS Extra card holders get 20% off!

Epona Onesies


Buy a ball, donate a ball with Alive and Kicking

Festive period football has long provided an escape from family feuds and old telly re-runs. But why not make the game even more beautiful this year with an ethically hand-stitched ball from African social enterprise Alive and Kicking? Buy a ball for a friend, donate a ball to a school in Kenya, Zambia or Ghana, or do both!

AK Football


Cigar Box Guitars from Nineboys

Cigar Box Guitars are the iconic symbol of American music from the 1800s currently enjoying a cultural renaissance. Nineboys are absolute specialists and have a top notch environmental policy - all their Cigar Box guitars are made from materials sourced through the Forest Stewardship Council. Unique, top quality musical instruments with a 25% discount for NUS Extra card holders!

Cigar guitar


Man on the Moon Mugs from John Lewis

John Lewis adverts have become a core part of the festive season; as important as Santa Clause, Christmas trees, and the Coca-Cola trucks. This year’s edition hasn’t impressed everybody, but you can’t argue that the associated mug is actually doing some good - 25% of the price goes to Age UK.


Tote Bags from Crisis

With the ‘Plastic Bag Tax’ causing chaos at checkouts across the country, there has never been a better time to invest in a fashionable tote bag. Crisis’ No One Turned Away Tote Bag is not only made from 100% organic cotton in an ethically-accredited wind-powered factory, but it also supports their campaign to stop homeless people being turned away to sleep rough by their council.

Crisis Tote