Where will you be doing your Christmas shopping this year? Whether you’ll be in lockdown or not, I imagine there’ll be more festive shopping done online than ever before. So what a great opportunity to seek out gifts and products that are ethical, and brands and retailers that you may not have come across before – the perfect time to spread seasonal love!
I spoke to mother and daughter duo, Sharon and Annie, who set up MettaLife, a one-stop online shop for vegan, ethical and cruelty-free products. Launched in 2019, they now stock over 100 brands and 2,000 products.
“With so many new UK eco-conscious, independent brands aligning with cruelty-free values, we wanted to bring them together in one place.
“‘Metta’ is a Buddhist word meaning ‘kindness to oneself and all beings. This is the life we would like to promote at MettaLife.Sharon and Annie, founders of MettaLife
Luckily MettaLife has taken the hard work out of Christmas gift shopping with a Christmas section that has gifts for all ages, as well as the home.
I’ve picked my favourite seven products to gift (or keep!) that are unique, useful and gorgeous. What’s more, they’re all under £20, proving that ethical gifts don’t have to blow the budget.
This essential oil blend of spicy cinnamon, zest of orange, nutmeg, clove and pine will give your home the warming scent of festivities at winter. Burn in an oil burner during December or any time of year. £9.50, here
🎄 2. Natural Shampoo & Conditioner Bars by Dolores & Rose
For the person striving for zero-waste living this shampoo bar and conditioner set is a fab choice. Handmade in Yorkshire, ethical, vegan and contains botanicals and essential oils for great hair. No single-use plastic packaging and all packaging is recyclable. I took these with me on a night away so I know they’re perfect for travel or even the gym. £20, here
🎄 3. Organic Cotton Kids Socks by Unisocks
How cool are these socks? Bold, graphic prints and gorgeous colour-combos, they’re also made sustainably with organic cotton in a family-run factory in Portugal. Luckily, they come in adult versions too so I know what I’ll be asking for this Christmas – or I might just treat myself ☺️ £16 for gift set of three, here
🎄 4. Beard Oil by Norse
Handcrafted beard oil in glass bottle and made in the UK. A 100% natural blend of jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, peppermint, tea tree oil, sandalwood and cedar wood giving off woody, minty notes. £16 here
🎄 5. Luxury Jams Gift Set by Womersley
For the jam-lover, this set of three in a pretty gift box, and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Love the interesting flavour combinations of Raspberry & Chilli, Blackcurrant & Rosemary and Strawberry & Mint. £17.85 here
For fitness food lovers this is a winner. No more searching for the perfect vegan pancake recipe (as I often end up doing), this bundle has done the hard work for you. Gluten-free, dairy-free, no added sugar and suitable for vegan and vegetarians and three delicious flavours. Another gift I’d buy for myself! £13.99 here
Super cute, personalised wooden toy cars that are handmade in Berkshire from local sustainable wood. They’re also sent out in handwoven, organic cotton drawstring bags making them the perfect stocking or secret-santa gift. £16, here
PSSST….. with every order on MettaLife from Friday 27th Nov – Monday 30th Nov, MettaLife will donate to local food banks, helping families who are struggling to put food on the table – supporting Feel Good Friday not Black Friday!
Would love to hear of your ethical Christmas gift ideas. Share in the comments below or find me on Instagram @YanarFitness.