It’s that magical time of year again, when we all wind down for a well deserved break, chuck on our favourite Christmas jumper and start our frantic Christmas gift buying. This year is a little different, slower even. So why not give a present with purpose this Christmas? It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year we will never forget, but it’s also been a year of reflection, perspective and appreciation for the little things in life we usually take for granted, like nature and the outdoors, and savouring moments spent with family and friends. All this change has reminded us that we all have an important part to play in how we treat the people around us and our planet, as well as how we can all make better purchasing choices from everyday buying, to global celebration days such as Christmas, so we can help businesses that really need it! With that said, Social Enterprise UK has a handy gift guide that features gift ideas for Christmas from social enterprises all doing amazing work to make our planet a better place. We’ve picked some of our favourites below… School in a Bag Gift a school bag with School in a Bag who work to support children in all countries who are in need of school supplies. Each bag that is gifted contains all the essentials for a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves, eat and drink all for just £20. Aji’s Poh Bracelet We are totally obsessed with these colourful beaded bracelets from Aji’s. Each bracelet is made of hundreds of tiny glass beads stringed together to form a loop. The glass beads were traditionally worn by Nepalese women as a symbol of marriage. These make for great fashion accessories regardless of your marital status and gender. And the best part about them is they’re less than £20! Miss Macaroon Macaroons, dreamy, colourful and the perfect gift for a loved one this Christmas. We’re totally blown away by Miss Macaroon’s Seasonal Collection box. Every penny Miss Macaroon makes in profit, is invested in helping young people who need a helping hand and gain skills that will change their lives. Lux Luz Time to get your home smelling great with Lux Loz’s eco-soy scented candle. 100% of their profits are given to projects supporting women affected by domestic violence or reinvested in the business. GLOW The perfect winter warmer, we love this snood from Glow made from a blend of wool, it’s not only fashionable in the day but also functional at night, illuminating on those late night walks or even cycles! Each piece empowers the women who individually hand-knit them. Together Glow create’s a community and financial independence in the lives of their makers. Belu Ocean Bottle And for an eco-loving, eco-warrior family member or friend…don’t forget to gift a reusable Belu Ocean bottle this Christmas! Each Belu Ocean Bottle funds the collection of 11.4kg of ocean-bound plastic, equivalent to 1000 plastic bottles and stops them from entering our oceans. For more gift ideas head over to Buy Social’s Social Enterprise gift guide!
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