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Top Unique and Ethical Gifts For Christmas 2020

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by Alison in Birmingham (subscribe)
Freelance journalist with a passion for theatre, the arts, food and books.
Published November 2nd 2020
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Finding a unique gift for Christmas can be difficult, especially if you want it to also be ethical or artisan.

Here's a round-up of some of the most interesting out of the ordinary products that caught our eye ahead of Christmas 2020.

Candles with a difference

M&J Ethical Luxury launched in 2011 to bring a range of beautifully scented candles that are more ethical than the average candle.

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Luxury candles that aim to be carbon neutral

There are 11 different seasonal scents, all inspired by different locations all over the world that come in a 100% recycled glass tumbler.

Founder of the candle company Jennifer McNabb has a background in fashion design. She was so upset with what she saw involved with fast fashion that she branched out on her own and is now particularly eco-conscious and socially responsible about her brand.

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El Capitan is one of the fragrant candles from M&J

The handmade candles have a wick made from 100% natural cotton/linen while the wax is sustainably sourced soy wax. The oils are all clean burning to IFA standards and even the packaging uses non-toxic vegetable ink and is carbon neutralised with a donation to World Land Trust. The company also makes a donation to Nia woman's charity for every candle sold.

Large candles cost £35 and burn for around 60 hours while small candles are £23 with a burn of around 20 hours. Find out more at the M&J Ethical Luxury website here.

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Clean candles and gift sets from Holistic

Holistic London candles bring the scents of the outdoors inside. The exhilarating new outdoor collection includes Firewood, Meadow and even Forest, which evokes a sense of Nordic scenes.

The candles are 100% natural and organic scented candles, made without paraffin and from natural ingredients instead that are vegan-friendly and not tested on animals. The Company has just launched its zero waste candles range too.

Along with its wide range of candles, there are also heavenly fragranced bath salts, wellbeing kits and room sprays that start from £10. Find out more at the Holistic London website here.

Unique beauty items

In this Covid era, face masks have become the norm, but it doesn't mean they have to be bland.

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Beautiful handmade face masks

Independent business Takayo makes beautiful, sustainable and reusable Japanese Tenugui masks by hand in various stunning designs.

The limited design masks use traditional Japanese Tenugui cloth and are lined with soft 100% cotton gauze. They cost £14.90 each from the Takayo website here.

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The Love Hemp balm

Love Hemp balm is a CBD body salve that is only made with organic ingredients. Hand blended and luxurious, this deep conditioning body salve harnesses the spirit-lifting properties of the hemp plant.

Love Hemp founders Tony Calamita and Tom Rowland were old school friends who began their journey with CBD when Tom's father turned to natural products and health supplements during his battle with cancer. They discovered how CBD is a natural way to help support pain, anxiety and sleeplessness.

CBD is a natural extract derived from hemp, a variety of cannabis. Each 50ml body salve jar contains 300mg of CBD. Find out more about the range of products at the Love Hemp website here.

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The glamour of a silk hair wrap

Enjoy the luxurious feel and benefits of silk to your skin, eyes and hair with a range of unique products at This Is Silk.

Whether it's a silk hair wrap, cleansing cloth, face mask or pillowcase, This Is Silk provides a beautifully packaged item made from the finest silks.

Feel the irresistible smoothness of silk or use it in its raw form as cleansing cloths to wipe away make-up and refresh your face to make it shine radiantly. Pillowcases claim to be anti-ageing while the hair wraps have the glamour of the 1930s but also help keep hair frizz-free and glossy overnight from £35.99.

This Is Silk founder Sonal Keay said: "It has been proved that the proteins in silk reduce the appearance of fine lines and speed up cellular regeneration of the skin. Using a 100% Silk cloth will nourish skin, whilst gently exfoliating, leaving it brighter and smoother."

View the range of luxurious products including silk pyjamas at the This Is Silk website.

The personalised cookbook

My Tasty Cookbook is a distinctive personalised gift for those that love to cook.

As the world's only fully customised cookbook, you can select the themes of the recipes for the book, add a special unique message to the first page and have the name of the person it is being given to on the front cover.

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Give a personal present to those who love cooking

Pick from a range of topics for chapters including original, vegan or vegetarian.

Choose from over 300 recipes to customise 22 chapters in the book. Chapters available range from Quick Eats to One Pot Wonders, Dinner Party, Vegetarian, Vegan and much more.

Create a cookbook that only has foods and recipes your relative friend or loved one likes. Each book costs £18.99 for paperback or £19.99 hardback from the My Tasty website here.

Artisan crafts

Independent Birmingham craft maker Marcia Springer creates stunning wreaths made from material.

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One of the stunning wreath designs by Marcia Springer

Her store on Etsy is called Anywherewreaths and features an array of vibrant offerings that will make your door or home stand out from the crowd this Christmas.

Wreaths start from £20 from the Anywherewreaths store on Etsy here.

Unique phone gadgets

This adorable glitter microphone for phones is an eye-catching fun accessory to use to sing or talk.

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A miniature glitter microphone for your phone

The Mini Karaoke Microphone costs £8.99 from IWOOT and works with most karaoke and voice recording apps. It can also be used as a recording device or microphone for phone calls. Find out more at the IWOOT website here.

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Magnify your phone's view with this handy gadget

Sometimes that ideal photo shot is just a little bit too far away but not anymore with the Phone Telescope Lens. The gadget, costing £12 from Urban Outfitters, can easily be clipped on to your phone over the lens to provide eight times the magnification.

It includes lens covers and a microfiber cleaning cloth. Find out more at the Urban Outfitters website here

Distinctive stationery

With more people working from home, jazzing up a home desk feels even more satisfying. The Kikkerland Bear Organiser can be put on a desk or mounted to a wall to safely store letters, bills and work documents in style.

The baked enamel animal even sees its trunk become a key holder. The bear organiser costs £25 from Beaumonde. Find out more at the Beaumonde website here.

Bear letter holder
The bear necessities for a home office

For something totally unique, how about a hand-carved and personalised wooden fountain pen or letter opener?

Artisan woodcarver Dennis Marechal makes a range of wooden pens and stationery through his independent business Wooden Gifts and More.

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Beautifully carved wooden stationery

Dennis was only 16 when he set up the business five years ago to make the most of his talent. He creates truly unique wooden gifts where the colours and the figures of the wood are the focal point.

Take a look at the whole range at the Wooden Gifts and More website here.

New games

There's a new fast-paced lateral thinking game for this Christmas called Know Nine from Ginger Fox.

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Know Nine is a game that makes people ramble

Players have to link all the words on the grid but within a minute. What's more, only unique answers count and you'll need to use your powers of persuasion to score as competitors decide if your answers are allowed. Know Nine costs £12.50 and you can find out more here.

Food and drink

If you are looking for a range of artisan food and drink for Christmas gifts - from gin to handmade chocolates - see our list of the top independents for Christmas food and drink here.

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Mouthwatering chocolates to suit all tastes

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