Ethical Gift Guide Part II: Buying Unique Gifts Online


With just a few online shopping days left, we’ve put together a handy little guide to help you find that perfect gift which is also ethically minded. Because we know how easy it is to tap that ‘buy’ button without really engaging – with our hearts, minds and wallets!

Online marketplaces

Check out these ethical alternatives to doing your online Christmas shopping in one fail swoop with just a few clicks and a bonus feel-good feeling at checkout.

Fairly made, no animal testing, shop fair. Ethical market specialises in design-led fairly made products to the masses, promoting strong ethics and independent brands who are striving to make a positive impact on the planet.

For feel good shopping made easy, Ethical Superstore have the widest range of ethical groceries, gifts and gadgets available in the UK and you can search for products according to their credentials, whether it’s Soil Association Organic, Fairtrade Labelled, Vegan, Vegetarian or a specialist food such as Gluten Free or Dairy Free.

Many charities now host online marketplaces to sell their donated items, including Amnesty International, Oxfam and Sue Ryder.

Handcrafted gifts

There’s nothing better than receiving a handmade gift made with care and attention.

We love this curated collection of handcrafted unique designs by These Two Hands made mostly in Bristol and the South West by a handful of talented independent makers who take their inspiration from nature and the outdoors.

TTH_84Bronze and silver oak leaf wrap ring

We like Etsy’s mission: ‘Keep Commerce Human’. For a huge range of handcrafted items, unique and creative goods where you can buy direct from the seller.

Budding runners and surf lovers 

Gift the Mum in your life some running gear by the fantastic This Mum Runs and encourage her to sign up to a beginners running course. Their philosophy is simple; If you run to how you feel, because of how it makes you feel, running is for everyone. Their mission is to empower Mums everywhere to make time for themselves, to be healthier and happier.

TMR_Hoodie_201017_02_grandeThis Mum Runs sweatshirt

From surf lessons in Cornwall to stand up paddle boarding in London, there’s something for everyone on eola. Valid for a whole year from date of purchase and redeemable at over 101 locations in the UK, we guarantee this voucher will be a (Christmas) cracker this year.



Five friends got together to establish Wordery, they believed that online retail had diminished the enjoyment of buying books, that it had lost its soul. So they decided to recapture its spirit with an ambitious venture to establish an alternative online bookshop. Wordery now ships internationally, gives back to the community and stocks 100 million books.

None of these scratch your gifting itch? For more ideas check out this Alternative Christmas Shopping list by Ethical Consumer which includes books, clothing, chocolates and Christmas Hampers.

Time to get clicking! Happy Shopping from the Rare Beauty team.

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