The Conduit’s Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Christmas

Short of ideas for this year’s Christmas list? Looking for a gift that’s as ethical as it is exciting to unwrap? Look no further! We’ve gathered all the best suggestions from our community into this handy gift guide.

Health & Beauty

Rose Dagger Facial Oil by Natural x Lab 

A concentrated blend of Natural x Lab’s Dagger Rose formula, featuring a base of powerful cold-pressed, virgin, certified organic rosehip oil – shown to reduce fine lines caused by UV damage and reduce hyper pigmentation of scaring, due to its high concentration of free radical scavengers, antioxidants, tannins, and carotenoids. Rose otto oil is featured for its antibacterial qualities and relaxing scent, around six organic rose flowers are used to make this oil. The Packaging is also made from all-natural materials.

The Soap Company

The Soap Co. is an ethical luxury brand that makes soaps and skincare products that are good and do good. They provide jobs to those who are less fortunate while at the same time bringing ground-breaking innovation to the beauty market. 80% of their workforce are blind, disabled or otherwise disadvantaged, and all of their profits go back into their business so that they can provide these opportunities and more like them.

Sana Jardin Luxury Fragrance

Sana Jardin is a socially conscious luxury fragrance house on a mission to harness the power of commerce for social good. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy; their alternative business model enables the women in their supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by upcycling the waste products from perfume production. They aim to address these problems through our Beyond Sustainability™ model, which empowers the floral harvesters with the skills and materials they need to increase their wages through commerce, not charity.

Christmas B Silent Gift by Bamford

Sleep peacefully and wake restored with Bamford’s starry night eye mask, 100% organic night-time temple balm containing relaxing poppy seed oils and 99.5% organic body oil containing cannabis sativa with a blend of roman camomile, lavender flower and vetiver root essential oils. Certified COSMOS Organic by the Soil Association

Monthly Subscription to Callaly

Sign up for this monthly subscription for 100% cotton femcare/hygiene products from Callaly. A B-Corp, Callaly donates a percentage of their sales to non-profits who provide femcare products to young girls in the communities where feminine hygiene products are scarce or don’t exist, preventing young girls from attending school on a regular basis.

myTamarin: The Gift of Sleep for Parents with Young Babies

Sleep is incredibly important for the healthy development of children, as well as for their parents. Sleep enables learning, strengthens the immune system and can prevent postnatal depression. At the same time, via myTamarin, the need for parents and children to sleep well is creating jobs for women who work as newborn experts. Give a full night of support from an experienced myTamarin newborn expert so that both the parents and the baby can have a good night’s sleep.

Clothing & Accessories

The Maiyet Collective

Sourcing pieces that are exceptional as well as beneficial to makers and the planet, The Maiyet Collective encourages enduring self-sufficiency for artisans and thoughtful use of resources. Each piece is carefully selected and includes fashion, beauty, accessories, lifestyle and fine jewellery curated by La Maison Couture.

Allbirds shoes 

Their mantra is ‘Better Things In a Better Way’ and they are the world’s most comfortable shoes, made with natural and renewable materials like merino wool, eucalyptus tree fibre, and sugar cane.

Activewear from GNGR bees

Activewear made of reclaimed, recycled and upcycled waste with zero waste and reusable packaging that empowers communities and cleans the environment. By reclaiming, upcycling and recycling materials that include everything from plastic bottles to cement sacks and used tea bags, GNGR bees is a brand unbound by seasons and that is versatile, beautiful and full of personality.

Bee Necklace from Natural x Lab

Bumble Bees (and other bees) could soon be extinct, and without them the earth as we know it could not survive. This collection has been hand-carved using recycled silver, gold or rose gold and £5 of every purchase goes towards a charity working for this cause.

Leather Goods from Far From Lost

Far From Lost offers limited-edition wallets and cardholders using leather exclusively sourced from manufacturers that would otherwise throw away this perfectly usable, luxury-quality material. Every year, the world produces over 24 billion square meters of leather (enough to cover the state of New Jersey in its entirety). The vast majority of this remnant material won’t be reused or recycled, but committed straight to landfill. This is the sentiment which led to the creation of Far From Lost – to meticulously source the world’s finest remnant leathers and create beautiful, individualistic accessories, each with a story to tell of its own.

Specialised Running Gear from My Race Kit

Pick up a present for the runner in your life from this independent specialised running store. My Race Kit offer a Proud ReRun collection point, where they help customer reuse their gear, as well as personalised service and careful advice on running gear and maintenance of equipment to make it last. They also host regular events to promote running in the local community as well to be active and in countries where running is less common as leisure pursuit.

Fashion Rental with By Rotation

Encourage your fashionable loved ones to reduce their carbon footprint by renting an outfit for this year’s Christmas parties. By Rotation makes it easy to stay on trend without it costing the earth.

Cotton T-Shirt from The Natural Edition

Every tee sold from The Natural Edition plants a tree! The brand have switched from regular to organic cotton for their t-shirts, meaning they use 91% less water and cause 46% less greenhouse gas emissions, as well as using no pesticides or insecticides.

Sustainable Men’s Underwear by He Must

He Must is a new brand of sustainable men’s underwear which promotes inclusive masculinity. Kiss goodbye to cheap cotton and the 1980s cliché of a man with bulging biceps photographed in black and white aggressively cupping himself. He Must boxers are made from modal, which is softer and more breathable than cotton, whilst using 20 times less water. Their packaging is 100% recyclable, with 0% plastic. Their workers are protected and respected under the guidelines laid down by the Ethical Trading Initiative. Their models come from all walks of life, with different ages, different body types and different perspectives. He Must is underwear for anyone, anywhere.

Gandys London

Gandys slogan is ‘Don’t Just Exist. Give Back.’ This family-owned fashion company gives 10% of profits towards children’s project across the globe. So far they have built kids campuses in Sri Lanka, Malawi, Nepal & Brazil.

‘Popon’ Jewellery from Recognised

At a time when more people than ever are seeking to make a difference and support real, change-making causes through the things that they buy, our Statement Popons® are a tangible way to wear what you care about and stand with others in solidarity. 100% of proceeds from these beautiful bangles go to charitable causes, including mental health, modern day slavery and cancer care.

Rawanmaki

Rawanmaki creates beautiful and sustainable statement pieces that create long-term connections to the wearer. Their items are sustainably sourced and created in ethical conditions across the value chain.

La Pochette Bag

Never again will you need a plastic bag with this urban hero! Made with recycled fibres, this bag is waterproof, as well as antibacterial and deodorising, perfect for running around town.

Jewellery by Motley London

Exceptional jewellery design by the world’s best designers that you won’t find anywhere else, these pieces are sustainably sourced and packaged.

Stand 4 Socks

Who doesn’t love a pair of socks for Christmas? Not only does this company offer a great range of designs, with each pair sold, they give a specially made pair of thick, antibacterial socks to a homeless person.

Choose Love

The Choose Love t-shirt collection is a collaboration between Help Refugees, an aid group that helps fund charitable projects for refugees across Europe, and Katharine Hamnett, a sustainable British fashion designer with a political and ethical ethos. Now iconic for a reason, every single purchase you make from Choose Love goes towards a similar item for a refugee, delivered via one of the 80+ projects Help Refugees support across the world.

Elvis & Kresse

Elvis & Kresse create stunning lifestyle accessories by transforming seemingly useless wastes (including London Fire Brigade hoses) and combining them with highly skilled, traditional craftsmanship. 50% of profits from their fire-hose collection go to the Fire Fighters Charity.

Elephant Branded

Elephant Branded make products out of recycled cement bags, rice bags, bike inner tubes, and other materials. For every item bought, they give one school bag and kit to a child in Africa or Asia. They pay fair wages to local employees and they use locally sourced, recycled materials.

Cleverstein

Cleverstein is the world’s first chameleon circular footwear, which offers modular elegant footwear solution for women on the move. The brand is on a mission to create more space, comfort and eliminate environmental impact from its production operations. Cleverstein aims to achieve 4Rs in their circular life: Reduce, Regenerate, Repair, Recycle. Reducing waste by making shoe accessories from their partner-brands’ scrap; regenerate oxygen and forestry by planting a tree for every pair made; encouraging shoe repairs; and asking customers to take their worn-out shoes back for recycling in exchange for discounts.

Please apply the code CONDUITLOVE to receive a 10% discount off your Cleverstein purchase.

Venetian Chain Gold from Catch Rhys

Catch Rhys is an independent jewellery brand with an ethos of buy better, buy less and an aim to be responsible and ethical in everything they do. This chain is manufactured in the UK from 100% recycled metals and packaged in reusable packaging.

1001 Stories

Shoes by 1001 Stories are created in collaboration with SEP Jordan, a Jordan-based embroidery company. The shoes are ethically-made and the embroidered bows are embroidered by refugees.

Hearthside Knit from Bamford

This collectible jumper is made in Scotland entirely as one piece, without seams, to create zero waste.

Veja Trainers

This company are renowned for positive impact at every stage of production and distribution. Their shoes are created with organic cotton and wild rubber to protect the Amazon, and they have a policy of transparency about their employees’ pay and fair trade practices.

Kids Clothes by Petit Pli

Petit Pli is a wearable technology company. Petit Pli aims to clothe the future of humanity, starting with the next generation. Inspired by aerospace engineering, Petit Pli’s continuous size adjustment is a new way of approaching garment design – one suitable to high growth rates in children. The clothes are made from recycled materials and follow circular economy principles.

Pala Eyewear

As well as working sustainably, for every pair of sunglasses sold, Pala give back to eye-care programmes in Africa by providing grants to vision centres, dispensaries and screening programmes. To date, thousands of sight-impaired people have had their lives changed and their ability to earn an income enhanced thanks to receiving a pair of prescription glasses.

FEED Bags

FEED’s products are not only beautifully-designed but also help to feed children around the world. Every purchase provides a meal to a child in need, via on-the-ground giving partners.

Birdsong

Birdsong is a social enterprise fashion brand making sustainable wardrobes staples, for a fair living wage here in the UK by women’s organisations. Birdsong employ local low income, older and migrant women to make their gorgeous wares.

Artisan Accessories from Burkina Faso, Kenya and Afghanistan

The production of these goods enable artisans from marginalised artisan groups to access fair and dignified jobs, contributing to improving the livelihoods of their communities. Email Chloe for more information.

Books & Toys

‘How To Age Joyfully: Eight Steps to a Happier, Fuller Life’ by Maggy Pigott

This book provides practical tips and information for all ages (but particularly those of 50+) to improve their physical and mental health. It has been praised by health and ageing experts including the Centre for Ageing Better, and has already won an award in the Health and Wellbeing Book category. In addition, 50% of royalties from the book are going to Open Age, which helps older people live happier, connected, healthier lives.

‘Eco Stories: The Invasion of Perilous Plastic’ by Fidan Huseyni and Sultanate Z

Eco Stories are a series of eco-friendly tales centred around our wonderful planet and how to better take care of it using small but powerful steps. Young people of all ages will feel empowered to take action into their own hands once they learn about the dangers, the solutions – and how they can use their own superpowers to make a difference.

Knitstanbul

High quality hand-knitted toys and baby clothes made by a collective of Syrian refugee women in Istanbul. Buying products from this social enterprise directly supports the community of 12 Syrian knitters and their families. Many of the women are in Istanbul alone with their children and so being a member of the collective not only provides them with much-needed income, but is also a source of social support.

Donate Toys to Globechain

Globechain is encouraging people to collect and list toys on their marketplace that will be requested by their charity members. The toys and books will go to various charities who are hosting Christmas parties for children in the UK, Spain and Africa.

Homeware

Chopping Boards by Goldfinger Factory
These one-of-a-kind chopping boards have been crafted from reclaimed wood, saving wood from going to landfill. Sales raise funds towards the Goldfinger Academy, which offers woodwork courses and training opportunities for the local community. Check out their other products on offer, from solid brass pens to sustainable design workshops.

Wax and Wick Candles

The candles are made from re-used wine bottles and they employ a number of students who are studying design to help through the process and have an insight into a retailing career. The candles are also sold at Selfridges and the Conran Shop within their sustainability homeware departments.

Bermondsey Bits

Bermondsey Bits sell beautiful, natural and reusable products made from sustainable materials. They’d like to help increase awareness of the plastic waste problem and the “throw-away” society. Our products will help consumers to reduce single-use plastic consumption.

Little Sun

Little Sun delivers affordable clean energy to those without it in Sub-Saharan Africa while mobilizing climate action globally. Founded in 2012 by the contemporary artist Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun occupies a singular space within the universe of initiatives focusing on climate and energy access. We distribute lamps to schoolchildren, teachers, and displaced persons who would otherwise not have access to clean energy at all. Our solar-education programmes aim to provide children with tools and knowledge that empower them to shape a sustainable future for themselves and for the planet.

Sheepskin Furniture from the Luuna Furniture Collection

Every piece from the Luuna Collection is bespoke, made to order and produced with love and care by specialist English craftsman. The generous use of shearling provides deep comfort on your skin and fulfils our commitment to Hygge – a culture of creating warmth and cosiness. The Luuna Collection is all handmade in England using organic sustainable materials.

Food & Beverage

Harry Specters Chocolates

Harry Specters combines award-winning flavours with positive social change. Every lovingly handcrafted bar and chocolate helps improve the lives of people with autism.

Nemi Teas

This London-based tea company provides employment to refugees. Their teas are Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance certified, their teabags are 100% plastic free and their packaging is biodegradable. Not bad for a cuppa!

Miss Macaroon

Miss Macaroon offers premium confectionary to businesses and use profits to provide employment opportunities to marginalised young people.

Rise Bakery Brownies

Rise Bakery is part of homelessness charity Providence Row. Providence Row has been running for almost 160 years in the East End of London, tackling the root cause of homelessness. The bakery is part of the charity’s training scheme programme which offers accredited training and employment support for people affected by homelessness and all the money raised by selling brownies online is invested back into these schemes.

Baking Classes at Dusty Knuckles

The team at Dusty Knuckles is focussed on helping young people thrive and become financial independent regardless of background. Their classes are taught by their bakers and are relaxed, informative and sometimes pretty funny – why not give it a go?

Food Waste Workshop with Ann Storr

Food waste is a major driver of climate change; 50% of the UK’s food waste is domestic. No-one sets out to waste food so let Ann Storr help and guide you to make more sustainable decisions and learn how to waste less. If consumers can learn to identify their weaknesses they can make a huge difference to climate change. This is a micro solution that, repeated and scaled, has the potential to make a significant social impact.

Donations to Charitable Causes

Impact Coaching with Flux

As part of their wider social impact to support leaders making ethical progress and promoting peaceful and inclusive societies – Flux is running a coaching partnership with NHS England and HMPPS. For every coaching session you buy, one is gifted to a vulnerable service user in prison to support their safe resettlement.

Membership to The Resurgence Trust

The Resurgence Trust is an environmental, educational charity which publishes Resurgence & Ecologist magazine six times a year, runs The Ecologist website as a free service, organises educational events throughout the country and has just opened an environmental educational centre in Hartland, Devon.
Contribute to Nomi Network

Nomi Network is a vital nonprofit economic development agency fighting human trafficking in India and Cambodia. They work in areas where trafficking is prevalent to provide training and job opportunities, workforce and community development services, and products made by their trainees for brands aiming to develop a more ethical and transparent supply chain.

Sponsor a Child with Children of the Mekong

When you sponsor a child, you give them the gift of education and change their life for ever. This Christmas, give meaning to your gift: offer a child sponsorship to your loved ones!

Contribute to SafeLives

We all deserve to be safe and happy at home. Survivors of domestic abuse are brave and brilliant and speaking up in ever greater numbers. But, we’re still only hearing from a tiny number of the 2 million UK adults and many more children who had a domestic abuse experience last year. SafeLives can harness tech for good to help people do just that, to speak out and heal.

MyResonance

MyResonance allows users to issue their very own Cultural Currency to give to friends and colleagues that can be donated to charities of the holder’s choice. What’s more, the impact off the back of every donation is calculated and fed back to the user.The platform is built from the ground up to calculate positive social and environmental impact helping incentivise impactful actions using the power of giving.
Contribute to CHASE Africa

CHASE Africa’s mission is to enable people living in fragile rural environments to access basic healthcare, empower them to choose the timing, number and spacing of their children and also support environmental sustainability.

Contribute to Street Child

Street Child provides education to children in the hardest to reach areas. It has a track record of delivering excellent results in the toughest parts of the world, including the most rural reaches of Sierra Leone, Northern Nigeria and DRC. Until 4th January every single donation is matched by the UK Government.

Contribute to Chora Chori

The charity rescues children from trafficking and provides refuge & rehabilitation to both girls and boys. They are truly amazing in what they do. Donations are matched for a week from 3rd December so doubling your donations.

Contribute to The Cornelius Arts Foundation

Support R&D that demonstrates and improves the way art has a positive impact on education, innovation, wellbeing and sustainability, and unleash the transformative power of art!

Contribute to Cities for Children

This Christmas, invest in happiness for street children. Cities for Children protects the “right to a childhood” for children in urban poverty – the right to read, play and feel safe. It creates programmes promoting both learning and wellbeing for some of the most vulnerable children in the world, including those from refugee and migrant backgrounds living on the margins of cities.

The Children Society’s Shop of Joy

Giving gifts through The Children’s Society’s Give Joy shop supports the most vulnerable children in England with vital support and a little something special this Christmas.

Lend with Care

Lendwithcare is a revolutionary way to help some of the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty with dignity. Lendwithcare allows you to lend as little as £15 to fund a small business and once your money is repaid you can choose to recycle your loan to support another poor entrepreneur, or withdraw your money.

Sponsor a Sister with Women for Women International

This Christmas give something unforgettable and change the life of a woman survivor of war. For £22 a month, you’ll send a woman on a 12-month programme to learn about four key topics; her health, rights, business skills and potential support networks.

Become an Ambassador for Beyond Capital

Beyond Capital is a nonprofit impact investment fund that supports social entrepreneurs in India and East Africa. They have an Ambassador Programme that allows donors to keep a finger on the pulse of impact investing, while contributing to a powerful cause. The programme offers access to exclusive content, networking, events, and engagement with entrepreneurs. Most of all, Ambassadors will tap into the power of giving and have fun!

Plant Trees with World Land Trust

Save an acre of habitat or plant a tree (or lots of trees!) with World Land Trust. World Land Trust work with local partners to help them purchase land for conversation in perpetuity and involving indigenous communities.

Rescue Gifts

Rescue Gifts is a virtual giving product that means you can give a gift that matters this Christmas. With gifts like Clean Water for a Community or a Year of School for a refugee child, you can send a loved one a beautiful printed card or eCard that has a real impact on helping refugees and displaced people rebuild their futures.

Contribute to Ubuntu Pathways

Ubuntu Pathways is a non-profit organisation that provides an integrated support system of health, education, and social support to 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in the townships of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Their community-run Ubuntu Campus is the first of its kind in their community. Donate to Ubuntu in honour of someone on your gift list and ensure that South Africa’s next generation receive the support they need to thrive from cradle to career.

Name a Newborn Rhino with the Great Plains Foundation

During this holiday season Rhinos Without Borders invites you to help name some of the rhino calves born to Rhinos Without Borders. Gifts of any size have the opportunity to suggest a name, which is entered into a draw and assigned to one of the newborn calves.
Buy through Send a Cow

Buy sustainable gifts through Send a Cow! This allows them to continue to help communities in Africa to break the cycle of poverty by providing vital training and resources.
Contribute to Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals provides life-changing meals to some of the world’s poorest children every day
they attend school. They work in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean.

Contribute to the International Rescue Committee

The IRC responds to some of the world’s worst crises, delivering aid that saves lives while paving the way for long-term recovery. This Christmas, you can give families a sense of home – no matter where they are. You can help us provide immediate shelter, warm meals, blankets and clean water in the toughest places on earth.

Vow to End Child Marriage

Every year, 12 million girls are married before they turn 18. That’s one girl married every three seconds. From the “Choose Love” package at The Peninsula Hotels to an impressive collection of jewelry and the buzzed about the ‘I Don’t’ tee, VOW to End Child Marriage has enlisted twelve leading brands to create a unique collection of VOW products and experiences to help end child marriage.

Contribute to Worldreader

Give books. Change the world. With your help, we can bring the joy of reading to thousands of children before the year ends. Worldreader’s end of year campaign aims to raise valuable funds for digital reading in the Global South.

Share Toys with Kindergifts

Kindergifts is a new online invitation platform through which children learn to share their birthday presents with other children in need. Through the invitation process, the parent and child choose a group gift and a charity they want to support; the guests have the option to contribute when they RSVP instead of buying individual presents.

Beam Gift Cards

Beam gives homeless people a career, pride and true independence. With their gift cards, the recipient can donate to a specific campaign of their choice or can split the donation between all the live campaigns on Beam’s site.

Miscellaneous

Celebrate Día de los Muertos in Oaxaca

When the world is increasingly insular and nationalistic, Prior’s mission is to celebrate the diverse beauty of the world, including its cultures, vanishing traditions, crafts, and natural environments, while safeguarding what makes them unique. This commitment to preserving the rare and at-risk is infused through everything we do. Join PRIOR as we celebrate Día de los Muertos in one of the world’s great food and craft capitals, Oaxaca.

Flowers from Bread & Roses

Bread & Roses is a social enterprise which trains refugee women in floristry and in the process provides them with the space to learn English, develop skills and build their confidence. All of this helps women on their pathway to employment.

Tennis Ball Speaker from hearO

A Bluetooth speaker housed in a championship tennis ball – a functional piece of tennis history where design meets British engineering and technology. This product upcycles materials that otherwise would have hit the bin.

Football from Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking is the world’s only not-for-profit ball manufacturer. They create ethical jobs, donate sports balls and deliver vital health education in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stylist Consultation with Roberta Lee

Roberta Lee is an experienced personal stylist, sustainable style expert, speaker and consultant. Her expertise and advice ranges from personal branding (wearing your sustainable values), full wardrobe edits, colour analysis and sustainable style makeovers, confidence coaching, as well as personal shopping. Treat your loved ones to a one-on-one styling session with Roberta Lee or purchase a voucher that they can put towards a session when they feel in need of some personal sustainable styling!

Travel to the Heartland of Africa with Pelorus

Humans are exerting increasing pressure on African wildlife and it has never been more important to go beyond merely seeing big game. Pelorus has created a travel experience that offers the chance to engage positively on a trip to the heartland of Africa. Using a wide-ranging network of uniquely qualified experts, including researchers, conservation scientists and anti-poaching units, they arrange for clients to experience the heartland of Africa – the Mara and the Serengeti – through the lens of the crucial conservation efforts being undertaken.

The Thought Starter Kit

All of us—through our actions, or inaction—are responsible for making the world what it is today, and what it will be in the future. If ever there was a time for each of us to make things better, this is it. Thought Starter helps people start taking action on the issues they care about. Plus, for every Thought Starter kit purchased, one goes to a school or youth organisation to support social change by young people, empowering a generation of doers.

The organisations and products on this list were researched and suggested by members of the Conduit community. Featuring on this list does not constitute a specific endorsement by The Conduit.