Try an alternative to the high street this year and check out our tips for sustainable and ethical Christmas gifts that also support Irish companies.
Clothing and Accessories
Handmade to order in Waterford, Bébhínn is a beautiful collection of pieces made from Irish linen and Merino Wool from Donegal Yarns. From scarves and cardigans to dresses and culottes, each piece from the second collection is truly unique and even comes with a lifelong guarantee!
When it comes to sustainability credentials, Grown are right up there with the best of them. This young Irish brand offers a wide range of wardrobe staples all made from 100% certified organic cotton and Tencel® Lyocell. They are also members of 1% For The Planet and even plant a tree for every t-shirt purchased!
If you thought sustainability meant sacrificing style, think again! These beautiful accessories from Liadain Aiken come in amazing colours and patterns and are made from wool sourced from Donegal. Each design is hand made to order and designed to last for years to come.
The two Hungarian brothers behind Mamukko, Levente and Attila Magyar, have brought their passion and skill for creativity and design to Ireland with their truly unique range. They carefully source sails, life rafts, leather, and textiles which are then upcycled into unique one-offs & limited edition eco–friendly bags, wallets and iPad sleeves.
Based in Co. Kildare, Sam agus Nessa is a treasure trove for unique, sustainable homeware gifts. Each piece is made by hand in their workshop using locally sourced Irish timber and is designed to last the test of time.
From his workshop in County Sligo, Matt Jones Woodturner only uses ethically sourced Irish wood such as fallen beech, walnut, ash and oak trees to make his collection of handmade salad bowls, salt mills, and pepper grinders. And as if that wasn’t enough, he plants a tree with every sale!
If you are looking for sustainable luxury, then White & Green bedding sheets are a perfect Christmas gift. White & Green are 100% Fairtrade certified and place a huge focus on ethical supply chains and safe labour practices. Each piece is also made with 100% organic cotton, making this range a little bit of green luxury!
Beauty and Skincare
After becoming concerned about the chemicals found in traditional skincare products, friends Emer and Caitriona decided to set up Anu, a beautiful Irish skincare brand that only uses natural ingredients. From moisturisers, soy candles, soaps and lip balms, you’re sure to find some perfect stocking fillers here!
Inspired by the Irish countryside and the wildness of the Burren flora, The Burren Perfumery creates beautiful perfumes, creams, soaps and balms. Each product is made from natural and primarily organic ingredients and manufactured by hand.
Something a little bit different
If it is an experience gift you are after, look no further than a gift voucher for Blackstairs Ecotrails. Located in the breath-taking mountain river valley of the Blackstairs Mountains, visitors can spend a night under the stars in a Shepherd’s Hut, experience a Foraging Workshop, Mountain Hike, Eco Trails or even a Wild Mushroom Workshop!
Imagine being able to have your own honey straight from the hive without any of the work. Well imagine no more! The brilliant Brookfield Farm has launched Hiveshare, a fantastic initiative where you can invest in the farm’s apiary and in return receive honey as well as beeswax candles and lip balm, straight from the hive to your door!
Why not give the gift of growing this year with a voucher for the brilliant Grow HQ, the recently opened food education centre run by the amazing GIY team. From learning to grow your own food and cookery classes, to yoga and nutrition talks, there is a something here for everyone!
If you are looking for a gift for someone who needs a little bit more nature in their lives, check out the wonderful activities at Rock Farm Slane. Located along the beautiful Boyne Valley, Rock Farm Slane is a glamping, ecotourism and activity centre and organic farm on the Slane Castle estate. Gift vouchers are available for bike rides, river activities and even tree climbing! As they say themselves, a great way to overdose on fresh air!