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    Christmas time is the perfect opportunity to support independent and sustainable businesses by buying meaningful, ethical gifts that are not only beautiful, they also have positive impacts on the planet and the people that made them too. 

    As the effects of many of our shopping habits on our beautiful planet and its inhabitants are getting harder and harder to ignore, it’s now more important than ever that we slow down and shop sustainably. Of course, we’re not saying that Christmas should be cancelled by any stretch of the imagination, there’s nothing better than buying and giving gifts to the people we love, and seeing the joy on their face when they receive them, but here at Brighton Lace we’ve all decided that this year we’re going to Christmas consciously. Want to join us?

    To help you all out, we’ve rounded our favourite Brighton Lace gifts and have got in touch with some of our favourite sustainable, small businesses to give you 8 unique, Christmas present ideas.

    Brighton Lace

    What makes Brighton Lace the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    Everyone loves gorgeous undies at Christmas – especially when they’ve been made by hand from the finest quality ethical fabrics!

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    I love to support local and small businesses because I’m passionate about finding unusual, slow-made gifts that have a story behind them – that have taken time and care to make. There is nothing like giving a unique present that you know couldn’t be found on the high street.

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents from Brighton Lace?

    Our top three sets for Christmas (besides our bestselling cashmere bralette and briefs!) are these three beautiful longline bralette sets – each with love by our small team here in Brighton.

    #1 The black “Art Nouveau” longline lace bralette and French knickers contain 20% modal which makes them super soft & gorgeous against the body!

    #2 The “Tangerine Dream” sheer lacies have been a huge hit this Autumn. We love the two-tone effect of the unique lace motif which we’ve recently learned was hand-designed by one of the last remaining UK lace designers in Nottingham.

    #3 You can’t go wrong with red undies at Christmas, especially when they’ve been crafted from OEKO-TEX certified (sustainable) lace. We love how delicate and sheer this pattern is!

    You can shop all our pieces here.

    Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapy – Brighton

    Corinne Taylor is a qualified aromatherapist and just like us, a lover of all things natural and organic. The lovely Corinne wanted to create a sustainable range of plant-based, aromatherapy products using essential oils, allowing people to access their benefits on a daily basis. Her products are hand made in small batches in Brighton using organic, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients and are both amazing quality and smell delicious. We also love her zero-waste approach to packaging, mostly recyclable glass.

    What makes Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapy the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    “Our products make ideal Christmas gifts as they promote self-care and wellbeing and are suitable for absolutely everyone! They are designed to not only smell beautiful but with a specific therapeutic purpose in mind from healing through to energising. Corrine Taylor Holistic Therapy is great for the planet too – made with only natural and organic ingredients, they are also certified cruelty-free and vegan. All our products are beautifully presented in attractive glass, aluminium and card packaging.”

    Why is it important to you to shop with small businesses this Christmas?

    “We feel shopping small is important all year round not just at Christmas – we always try to support small businesses whenever possible. We know how much work goes into running a small business first hand!”

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents from Corinne Taylor Holistic Therapy?

    #1 Our Chill Out Aromatherapy Collection because everyone could do with a little bit of calm and relaxation! This set contains three of our best selling products beautifully presented in environmentally friendly packaging.

    #2 I’d also recommend our New Aromatherapy Body Oils. These oils are luxurious, nourishing and deeply hydrating, making them ideal for the cold winter weather and a real treat at Christmas.

    #3 Lastly, our Yule Spice Candle. Our all-natural Yule Spice Soy Aromatherapy Candle is made with essential oils of Cinnamon, Clove and Orange to bring in the comforting, heartwarming scent of the Christmas season. It has a warm, festive scent with rich, spicy notes and a hint of citrus”

    You can find Corrine Taylor Holistic Therapy on their website here.

    Zola Amour – Brighton

    Zola Amour makes timeless wardrobe essentials, designed by Emily and handmade by her mum in Brighton, England.  All pieces are crafted from earth-friendly organic fabrics like organic cotton, oeko-tex certified bamboo and hemp from the buttons to the thread. They also have a little shop in Dukes Lane,  where they sell all their pieces alongside sustainable lifestyle essentials and consciously made gifts and accessories.

    What makes your products the perfect sustainable Christmas gifts?

    “We design all of our clothing to be classic enough to stand the test of time and to be made to a quality that really reflects that. Hand-made out of the softest, most lovely organic fabrics, by my gorgeous Mum and me right here in Brighton. They are made to last and we guarantee that they will become a firm favourite in your wardrobe for years to come. As well as our clothing collection, we also have loads of zero waste switches in our Christmas pop up, based in Brighton (23 Dukes Lane, Brighton, BN1 1BG) including re-usable metal straws, turtle bags, grocery bags, steel cups and more.”

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    “The real change-makers and the designers making a real difference are the little guys, by voting with your money, you are giving local independent designers the chance to keep creating amazing products. I have to say as a small business too, I can guarantee that so much more care, attention, and love goes into creating those products. It’s also a way to ensure that your gift will be totally unique.”

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents from Zola Amour?

    #1 Gosh, well, that is a hard decision. I think everyday pieces are perfect for gifting at Christmas, so personally I would pick (and have done in the past) our t-shirts.

    #2 Or if you’d like to splash out a little bit more, I am totally in love with our stripey turtle neck. It’s made out of the softest organic cotton fleece and will keep you nice and snuggly this Winter and for many Winter’s to come 😊

    #3 Lastly, imagine being able to wear your pyjamas all day, every day? Our jersey culottes are so comfortable, it literally feels as though you are… But, it doesn’t look like you are… Win win!

    You can find Zola Amour on their website here.

    Damla Rosa – Brighton

    “Damla Rose is the eclectic homeware, jewellery and apparel boutique of your bohemian dreams. They sell carefully selected treasures from places far and wide. These include vintage fashion, jewellery, handmade soaps and homewares. All their pieces are truly special and are either designed by them or carefully sourced, make them unique, limited edition and one of a kind.”

    What makes Damla Rose the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    “Our products are perfect for Christmas gifts as they are all unique, carefully sourced or designed by us so you can be sure that you’ll be giving something super special. There are so many incredible treasures out there in the world, there really is no need to buy new most of the time, but when you do, it should be something that really stands out and the recipient of the gift will keep forever. We also ship our items with lovely eco packaging. We only use recycled bubble wrap when completely necessary.”

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    “It’s so important for us to support small businesses like ourselves as these businesses often stand out from the bigger companies. They provide a much more personal shopping experience taking care over all the small details and great customer service is extremely important. You can find so many unique and diverse products when shopping small!”

    What are your top 3 Christmas Present picks from Damla Rose?

    #1 I love our limited edition Embroidered Poppy Bag bag. Beautifully unique, it has a gorgeous embroidered poppy design on the front and is made with a vintage washed and worn canvas.

    #1 Our dreamy Celestial Silver Moon Ring with Labradorite Stone is super special. It has gold coloured moons on a silver band with a magical labradorite stone in the middle. Each labradorite stone is completely unique.

    #1 If you are as obsessed with all things celestial as we are you’ll love our beautiful Mother of Pearl Starburst moon mirror! Specially designed by us and carefully crafted with mother of pearl they add an extra special touch to any bohemian interior!

    You can find Damla Rose on their website or etsy

    Felicity JD – Brighton

    Felicity makes fun, colourful, useable ceramics. Inspired by her heritage and travels around the world, she loves colours and shapes and uses them to handmake pieces that are both practical and attractive. She hand-builds from a lump of clay, a holistic process, where she goes on a journey to create a diverse and personal end product. We love that she always decorates the bottoms of her pieces, advocating that all surfaces deserve to look beautiful.

    What makes  Felicity JD Ceramics the perfect sustainable Christmas gifts?

    Each item is unique and made myself, by hand, from scratch with love and attention. No generic mass-produced plastic here. I also take commissions so can create personalised pieces with colours, letters and names that can be passed down to future generations. One of my most popular bespoke requests are my ceramic mugs.

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    It means the world to me when somebody loves one of my pieces and buys it. As an independent artist/maker every sale makes a difference financially to my family, and helps me get my work seen by others. So I like to support other small independent makers and artists while shopping for my family, as I know how much of a difference it makes.

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents picks from JD Ceramics?

    #1 Snowflake mug – which is especially Christmassy, and special as it is hand-painted with snowflakes made with real gold.

    #2 Design your own mug – either you can design your own mug to give as a gift or give a gift voucher so that they can design their own mug. Choose the size, shape, colour and pattern, and I will hand make it from scratch, so it will be totally unique.

    #3 Moon planter – I love the image and thought of the moon. It symbolises so many different things to different people and makes such an impact upon our planet and everything that lives here. Plus house plants, so chic right now.

    You can find Felicity J D Ceramics on her website or on Etsy

    Pepper You, Brighton

    What makes Pepper You the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    “All jewellery is handmade by me and my promise is to always ensure as little waste as possible. Any offcuts of clay are saved and used for my ‘limited edition’ collection (one off designs) and I only make up to 5 of each earrings style at any time, meaning I will never have tons of dead stock which would end up in landfill.  My earrings are all wrapped in FSC certified tissue paper and put into a recyclable gift box so no need to waste time and resources gift wrapping yourself – woohoo!”

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    “Oh my goodness it is SO important! Fast fashion is second only to oil as the world’s largest polluter. My earrings are designed to last and hand made by me in my studio in Brighton. Not only are you supporting businesses that are ethically creating and producing, by shopping with small brands and independent designers you are automatically cutting down on the mass production of fashion by huge companies who create a huge amount of waste and whose working conditions are often unethical.”

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents from Pepper You?

    #1 For the bold and brilliant friend the Zara Statement Earrings would be perfect.

    #2 For Your Secret Santa i’d recommend the Sally Studs

    #3 For Your Best Friend you have to get the Jennifer Hoops

    You can find Pepper You on their website or on Etsy. 

    Revival Collective, Brighton

    Revival Collective are a Brighton-based collective that promote an ethical and sustainable lifestyle through their blog and social media, events and their online shop where they sell zines and tote bags and t-shirts with activist slogans on.

    What makes Revival Collective the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    “All our products are made in an environmentally conscious way. Our t-shirts and tote bags are made from GOTS certified organic cotton and are produced at an ethical Fair Wear certified factory. They are also printed to order to minimise waste. We collaborate with local illustrators to create the designs which are a fun way to engage in gentle activism and spread messages about different ethical and environmental issues. Our zines are packed full of guides and inspiration and are printed onto recycled paper.”

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    “We are passionate about using our powers as conscious customers to empower and support people to make a fair living doing creative jobs they enjoy doing that only have positive impacts on people and the planet. Shopping small is a great way to do this, whether that’s supporting artisans around the world or buying from designers and makers in our area, helping put money back into the local economy.”

    What are your top 3 Christmas present from Revival Collective

    #1Through this distinctive design of our ‘No Planet B’ Tote Bag we are highlighting the pressing issue of global warming. Our planet is melting and we all have to take action. Whether that’s putting pressure on our governments and big corporations or making conscious swaps ourselves. Don this Tote-Bag and help spread the word.

    #2 Our ‘Fashion Activist’ T-Shirt features a design inspired by the idea of fashion as a form of protest. We all wear clothes and accessories and many of us love to express ourselves through the clothes we put on and the way we style them.  This T-Shirt shouts loud and proud that we won’t stand to the side whilst the fashion industry continues to exploit the planet and the people on it.

    #3 Our ‘Feminist Fashion Revival’ Zine is a conscious guide to being an intersectional feminist and sustainable fashion activist. It’s packed full of informative articles, inspiration, craftivism, guides and facts surrounding the intersection of feminism, fashion, ethics and the environment

    You can find Revival Collective on their website here

    P.s. special tip from a small business to you – to guarantee Christmas delivery and this time of year a lot smoother for us all, don’t forget to order early.

    We hope you enjoyed our Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide. If you want to find out more about why shopping small is so important, visit our blog post here. Want even more inspiration? Follow Brighton Lace on Pinterest, we’ve created a very special Pinterest board with all of our favourite gifts

    Hi Cacti, Brighton

    Hi Cacti is a cactus concept shop, part south by southwestern decor, part botanical boutique with a beautiful shop in 7 Dials, Brighton. They sell a gorgeous array of house plants and also have a wide selection of locally made and planet friednly gifts and home goods inspired by nature and the southwest. Here, founder Sabina also sells and makes her specialty handmade concrete pots.

    What makes Hi Cacti the perfect sustainable Christmas gift?

    “Hi Cacti is a colourful botanical boutique with a TexMex twist located on the Brighton 7 dials. Most items in our shop we either make ourselves or are made by other local female makers. We are known for our colourful concrete planters and our unusual and easy-care plants, but our range has grown quite a lot over the past year to now carrying other ceramic pots, candles, bags, macrame, pillows, soaps, jewellery, art and other handmade Mexican home decor.”

    Why is it important to you to shop small this Christmas?

    “Shopping small at Christmas is an important way to connect yourself to the local community by supporting small independent shops and makers. It adds another really thoughtful layer to the gift so the receiver gets to see something that was thoughtfully made and or designed from the city that you call home. You also can be assured that ethically you are putting your hard-earned Christmas gift money into the hands directly of someone who is building their craft or business versus big faceless chains.”

    What are your top 3 Christmas presents from Hi Cacti?

    “#1 Our Sleeping Frida Eye Masks which are hand-printed and made as a collaboration with local artist Maya Doyle and filled with upcycled wool.

    #2 Our cactus bags lovingly handmade by Desertland Bags.

    #3 And of course nothing says Secret Santa or thoughtful new plant buddy like our handmade concrete cactus pots.

    You can find Hi Cacti on their website or at their shop in 7 Dials, Brighton.

    We also host workshops at our little shop, so you could always get your loved one a ticket for one of those.

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