With environmental and social issues front and centre this holiday season, why not opt for a gift that will put a smile on your loved one’s face and show the planet some love as well. Skip the department stores and instead, choose quality crafted, one of a kind gifts that will delight your loved one AND make a difference in the lives of the hard-working artisans who create each unique item. Specialising in ethically sourced items made from natural, eco-friendly, and recycled materials, Temples and Markets’ fabulous selection of ethical Christmas gifts for women lets you give without the guilt.
Here are our top picks for socially conscious (and of course, equally stylish) gifts this holiday season.
Forget diamonds this Christmas and choose a gift that has a little more character and a story to be told. Sterling silver and gorgeous reclaimed glass fragments from Vietnam’s coastline are perfectly paired in this set of awe-inspiring Future Traditions’ green glass drop earrings that are sure to be the talk of any holiday party. Irregularly shaped glass fragments make each pair a unique treasure all in itself, and the contemporary paper clip style hook is sure to please even the most discerning fashionista.
For a more subtle, yet equally meaningful gift, Future Traditions also creates modern friendship bracelets featuring sterling silver Hmong dream motif charms. As a nod to ancient Northern Vietnamese Hmong tribal history, these bracelets are the perfect gift for anyone who appreciates having a story to tell or who has been fortunate enough to have visited the Hmong people in Northern Vietnam.
When sourcing ethical Christmas gifts for women, men, teens or even kids, you can’t go wrong with a good bag. Temples and Markets offers a fabulous variety of ethically sourced bags from South East Asia that help small social enterprises reach new markets.
From the boardroom to the beach, the Ella Light Camel Tote Bag is the perfect all-rounder. Made from sustainable, washable paper, this leather-look bag is waterproof, durable and large enough for a laptop or groceries. Both functional and fabulous - you’ll score big points with this one sitting under the tree.
Another top pick for the woman who wants to make a statement is the Merrymetric two-tone pleated shoulder bag. Whether it’s on a lunch date, or at the grocery store, this is one accessory that won’t go unnoticed. With five bold colour combinations to choose from, and a functional design allowing the bag to fold down when not in use, your loved one can say goodbye to plastic bags for good!
Have a hard to buy for guy in your life? The Mat Archer cross body bag is a stand out choice that not only looks fabulous, but is totally sustainable, too. With its high functionality and versatility, it’s the perfect unisex travel accessory for both the men and women on your list. Featuring abandoned fishing nets and recycled inner tyre tubing, this bag is a clear winner when it comes to being eco-friendly.
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