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And may all your Christmasses be ethical
The annual Dumbo Feather Christmas Fete is a chance to browse a range of locally and ethically produced products to fill all those stockings in plenty of time for the big day.
I love Christmas shopping. I get a real sense of achievement knowing I nailed buying the perfect gift for someone. Then there's the anticipation of their reaction and the pure unadulterated joy of watching their face light up when they open it.
Jewellery from Peaches and keen
There is one thing that can make the whole gift giving experience even better and that's knowing that your gifts were produced with a social conscience. You can browse the range of businesses who will be selling their wares here and if you can't make it on the day you can always shop online.
Flowers from North St Botanical
Some businesses donate their profits to social causes, others employ people from marginalised communities and you'll find many items produced using sustainable products and methods.