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Little Green Space December 2016

Eco Christmas Gift guide


We've tracked down some superb environmentally friendly Christmas gifts that your friends and family are sure to love

Conscious Skincare bath salts
John Arbon alpaca bed socks

Conscious Skincare Sweet Orange and Frangipane Bath Salts   £12

De-stress, detox and soothe aching muscles with these wonderfully scented, natural bath salts. Made with carefully chosen essential oils, they add luxurious fragrance and softness to the bath and will calm the mind after a hectic day. This is a fantastic, good value gift: a little goes a long way, with just a small scoop needed for a beautiful, fragrant bath – so the tub lasts a long time. Presented in a stylish, recyclable container – all Conscious Skincare packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable, fitting with one of the company's key values to “leave no trace”. Even those little stickers that hold folds of tissue paper in place are fully biodegradable!

John Arbon Alpaca Bed Socks   £15.50

These luxurious bed socks will keep feet comfy and cosy on even the coldest winter night. Made with sumptuously soft alpaca, blended with 30 percent merino wool, and available in a range of pretty pastel shades, they can be worn in bed or while lounging in front of the fire. John Arbon Textiles is a small family business based in North Devon, and makes socks in the traditional way, using fine quality British yarns locally sourced where possible. Their sock range also includes the excellent Stanbury wool walking socks, featuring comfortable cushioned soles and made from the fleeces of Exmoor Blueface sheep.

Putumayo Celtic Christmas   £12

If you want a change from all the usual Christmas songs and carols, this beautiful compilation from world music specialists Putumayo is just the thing! Featuring fiddle, accordion, harp, and lilting Irish and Scottish voices, the CD includes familiar melodies that have been imaginatively rearranged to offer a unique and uplifting Christmas soundtrack. From the toe-tapping Little Drummer Girl by The Gothard Sisters to the soothing Manx Jezebel Carol by harpist Áine Miogue, Celtic Christmas creates a festive atmosphere that won't fail to put you in a Christmassy mood. Available from Fairly Trading, an ethical Nottingham-based company that also sources beautiful fairtrade gifts from around the world.

Putumayo Celtic Christmas

Green People Cruelty Free Gifts    from £5.50

Pamper someone special with these indulgent, organic body-care gifts from Green People. The Revive Lemongrass and Ginger gift set includes a rejuvenating body wash and rich, hydrating body lotion – both with a refreshing and subtly spicy scent that's perfect for the festive season. Or, for a wonderful, luxury stocking filler, try the Refresh Sweet Orange and Ginger body wash. All gifts are presented in recyclable boxes featuring gorgeous, colourful illustrations of butterflies or moths and a stylish ribbon handle. For each gift sold, a donation is made to Butterfly Conservation to help protect Britain's butterflies and moths.

Green People gifts

Booja Booja Hazelnut Chocolate Truffles   £7

These award winning, melt-in-your-mouth truffles will make a wonderful stocking filler for your sweet-toothed loved ones. Booja Booja Hazlenut Chocolate Truffles are dairy free, organic and made with fine cocoa beans from the Dominican Republic. A smooth and creamy filling, studded with sweet, crunchy roasted hazelnut pieces, is enrobed in milk chocolate and finished with a dusting of cocoa. Booja Booja actively supports two charities each year – one in the UK and one further afield – so each product bought will help others too.

Talking Trees diary

Suck UK Sun Jar   £25

The Sun Jar is a sturdy, frosted mason jar that contains a solar-powered bulb. Charge it up by placing on a sunny windowsill during the day, and the light switches on automatically at dusk, emitting a gentle, yellow glow. The Sun Jar would make a wonderful, eco-friendly alternative to a night light in a child's bedroom – but it can also be used outside (the jar is watertight) for beautiful ambient light in the garden. We love the yellow jar, as it resembles golden sunshine – but the Sun Jar is also available in blue or pink.

Talking Trees Books Country Wisdom and Folklore Diary   £12

For the nature lover in your life, this beautiful quality, spiral bound journal offers week-to-view pages for recording observations or planning the week. Traditional customs, celebration days and phases of the moon are marked, from Plough Monday (the start of the agricultural year) on 9 January to the Winter Solstice on 21 December. Throughout the diary you'll find snippets of ancient folklore, sayings, recipes and advice on all aspects of the natural world – along with many charming illustrations. A wonderful way to stay in tune with the seasons and reconnect with nature. Produced in Shropshire with 100 percent recycled materials, the Country Wisdom and Folklore Diary has won the prestigious Green Apple Award for environmental best practice.

Turtle Doves Fingerless Gloves   £26

These soft and warm fingerless gloves are perfect for keeping hands cosy this winter. Available in a huge range of gorgeous colours – choose bright, pastel or neutrals – they're designed to be worn all day and look lovely. Made of cashmere, they're naturally lightweight and comfortable. Turtle Doves is a British company that takes post-consumer textile waste to create new garments and accessories – including by buying fabrics and woolens from charity shops, so supporting the charitable sector.

COGS Times Table Gloves   £7.95

This is really smart idea for children – keep hands warm and learn the times tables! Wearing a pair of Counting On Gloves means your child can learn their tables while out playing in the park, on the walk to school or during long car journeys. Helps kids learn their times tables more quickly, improving and supporting mathematical skills at Key Stages 1 and 2. Available as single pairs, covering the 1-10 times tables, or great value sets, in a range of colours.

Bee Good Lip Balm Trio   £10

This trio of lovely lip balms will soothe chapped, dry lips. Richly moisturizing, the set contains three delectable balms: raspberry and white chocolate, lime blossom and honey, and vanilla and honey. Because of the rich, replenishing formula, the balms keep lips soft and smooth for longer – and a tiny amount of balm goes a long way, so each tube will last for ages. Bee Good lip balms, like all other Bee Good products, are made exclusively with British beeswax and honey. They contain no parabens, silicones or synthetic colours.

Montezuma's Absolute Black 100% Cocoa Chocolate Bar   £2.59

For the serious chocolate connoisseur, this pure cocoa bar will offer a chocolate hit like no other. Made without sugar, dairy or gluten, it's suitable for diabetics, vegans and people with food intolerances. The lack of added sugar allows the true taste of the chocolate to be experienced and enjoyed – a complex, layered blend of rich, smooth and delicious flavours. Montezuma's products are ethically produced – trading fairly is a key principle – with minimal impact on the environment.

Eco Soaps Geranium Handcream   £3.95

Handmade in the Scottish Highlands using cold-pressed Scottish rapeseed oil, beeswax and essential oils, this handcream leaves skin wonderfully soft and smooth, with the delicate, soothing fragrance of geranium. The cream is rich and moisturising, but easily absorbed – so doesn't leave hands feeling greasy. It's perfect for keeping on the bedside table to apply at bedtime. Eco Soaps also produces ethical, handmade soaps – many made with local ingredients. Try Sweet Orange for an uplifting fragrance and lovely, soft skin. The soaps contain no palm oil, parabens or sodium lauryl sulfate – and are presented in simple but attractive eco-friendly recyclable packaging.

Javana Eco Reed Diffuser   £20

Javana reed diffusers are made with all natural ingredients, including a soya-based carrier oil and essential oils, and add fabulous aroma to the home. The Cinnamon and Nutmeg reed diffuser has a warm and spicy, festive fragrance, and comes in a classy glass jar with wooden collar. The packaging is stylish and extremely environmentally friendly: a recycled carboard gift box, tied with colourful raffia ribbons – making a lovely gift. Reed diffusers are also available in Rosemary and Neroli or Lavender and Geranium. Javana also produces eco soya wax candles, hand poured into reusable glass jars that are decorated with natural hessian and raffia. Available in a range of fragrances, including festive Warm Spice and Vanilla and Fig.

Bear in Mind Hiking Logbook   £10.25

These logbooks are journals with a difference. Beautifully made, and the perfect size for slipping into a coat pocket or rucksack, the Hiking Logbook is an ideal way to keep track of countryside walks and more challenging mountain hikes. Made with 100 percent eco-friendly paper that's durable and waterproof – so you can log your hikes, whatever the weather – and an attractive, embossed cover. There's enough space to log 50 hikes – including sections for recording information about location, weather conditions and terrain – and extra pages at the start of the book for making notes and creating hiking bucketlists. It's quick to fill in, so recording your adventures is never a chore. There are also four other logbooks available: Diving, Restaurants, Backpacking and Road Trip.

Montezumas Absolute Black chocolate
Eco Soaps geranium handcream
Booja Booja truffles
Sun jars
COGS times tables gloves
Bee Good lip balms
Bear in Mind hiking logbook
Javana reed diffuser
Turtle Doves fingerless gloves
Little Soap Company Gardeners Bar

Little Soap Company Gardener's Bar   £5.50

A natural and organic bar, handmade in the Cotswolds and especially designed for gardeners! Oats and green clay have been blended with essential oils to produce this effective cleanser for hard working hands (it can be used on the body too, so is great for mucky kids!) It's a pleasure to use, producing a luxurious lather and fabulous fragrance. We love Little Soap Company packaging – everything from soap cartons to mail order parcels is recyclable or biodegradable and made in the UK.