The Alternative Gift Guide: Six Ways To Think Outside The Box

Christmas present shopping can be stressful, well before you’ve stopped to think about whether your gifts are ethical. Rather than make a last-minute Christmas Eve dash for a gift you suspect will be abandoned just as soon as it’s opened, we advocate shopping early and online. Take a glance at our hand-picked edit of the best alternative presents – ones which will not only delight the person you’re gifting, but will also make a difference year-round.

 

Give the Gift of Doggy Day Care

One for the animal lover in your life – you can treat a whole block of pooches at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home with toys and treats on their behalf.

 

Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

Image credit: Battersea Dogs and Cats Home  

 
Save not One Life, but Hundreds

A £14.50 present which is really priceless – buying this gift for someone from Unicef means 100 polio vaccines can be funded for children in desperate need of protection. A great office Secret Santa option.

 

Unicef

Image credit: Unicef

 
Let there be Light

Know somebody who loves candles? Send them on a one-day candlemaking course with Honey Bee Beautiful, where they can learn to make all manner of all-natural beeswax candles.

 

Honey Bee Candle
 Image credit: Honey Bee Beautiful

 
Make a Friend a Florist

We all love a beautiful, hand-tied bouquet of flowers. Buy a Floral Thursday gift, and hip, Hackney-based London florist Grace & Thorn will teach you how to make bouquets worthy of their super-cool clients.

 

Flower

 Image credit: Grace & Thorn

 
See the World Clearly

When you buy a pair of Karmoie sunglasses your purchase does a little good for someone else, as for every pair of sunglasses sold a pair of corrective glasses is donated to someone in need. 

 

Image credit: Karmoie

 
Become an Angel Investor

Make a microloan on behalf of your giftee – and together you could change someone’s life. Charity Lend with Care ensures a loan of just £15 from you means an entrepreneur in a developing country can get their business off the ground.

 

Lend with care - Alternative Gift Guide

 Image credit: Lend with Care

 Shop experiences and waste-reducing brands to trust:

 

AITCH AITCH
Bespoke Cardholder
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RUSTICAE HOTELS
The Interior of Alicante
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ARACARI TRAVEL
Urban Eats in Peru
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ALEXANDER LLEWELLYN
Feather Backgammon Board
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PO-ZU
Sneak L Off White Men’s
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ARTHA
The Green Chevron Cushion
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EDEN DIODATI
Africa Toga Earrings 
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WILDFITNESS
Active Luxury Holiday
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WEARING MEMORIES
R2W Pendant Bronze
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RACHEL BATES
Horatio Dining Chair
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ZIGI TOUR 
Bespoke Luxury Holiday
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OKAPI
Backgammon Board
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FARAH ASMAR
Black Meribella Top Handle
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FREOLIC LONDON
Brigitte White Metallic Gown
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BRONAGH HOLMES LUXURY
Aeryn Medium Perch Handbag
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If you’ve enjoyed The Alternative Gift Guide, check out Our Favourite Eco-Friendly Gifts for KidsFive Irresistible Luxuries for Parents, and The Holiday Edit: What to Wear this Party Season.

Olivia Gagan