Luxury goods that do good
Junior finds the best places to buy gorgeous Christmas gifts with real purpose. Not just for those you’re buying for – but for the people who make them, who support them and who depend on them.
We’ve found 10 of our favourite luxury social enterprise businesses and products, to help you make more of a difference this Christmas. Ideal for the conscientious consumer, or just to make the world a better place.
This year, luxury knitwear company The Bonnie Mob have channelled their wild side to produce a range of gorgeous limited edition leopard print knits for all the family with proceeds going to Refugee Support. The collection comes in three different colour ways and with knits for mums, babies and kids up to age 7, everyone can get in on the matchy, matchy act this Christmas. You can help raise awareness by sharing photos of yourselves in your knits on Instagram with the hashtag #LEOPARDWITHLOVE
£20 from every mum sweater and £10 from every baby/kids item goes to the charity, which works with the military to provide humanitarian support to five refugee camps in Greece and aims to deliver aid with dignity giving vital support to new mothers and babies in desperate need of help.
> The Bonnie Mob charity range for Refugee Support can be found here and prices start from £49.95
Strong Girls Lilac Tee
If you’ve been hankering after one of the Mutha Hood’s now iconic, ethically produced Strong Girls Club T-shirts, why not make it a lovely lilac one? Mutha Hood founder Gemma, launched this particular hue to celebrate the launch of Elle Wright’s best selling book Ask Me His Name, which details her heartbreaking experience of losing a baby just hours after giving birth, and offers support to those who have also been affected by the loss of a child. From every sale of this limited edition T-shirt, £5 goes to Tommy’s the charity intent on halving baby loss by 2030. The t-shirts have already raised an astonishing £8,500 so far and the good work continues.
> Strong Girls Lilac Tee, £24, Mutha Hood Goods
Scamp & Dude Super Scarf
This is the brand that keeps on giving and we couldn’t love their latest initiative more. The Scamp & Dude Super Scarf was designed with women and mothers of children, who are having to cope with life threatening illness, in mind. These super soft scarves (Modelled by Billie Piper here) feature a neon pink embroidered lightening bolt (Superpower Button) and the label’s mantra, “A Superhero Has your back.” For every scarf sold, Scamp and Dude will donate another to a woman in need of support. “We want women everywhere going through a hard time to know that we have their back.”, said, Scamp & Dude Founder Jo Tutchener – Sharp
> Super Scarf, £28, Scamp & Dude
Little Green Home Goods
We love the carefully curated essentials and gifts on the Little Green Home website, which are all ethically produced and toxin free products for parents, babies and children. If you’re looking for gifts which are as planet friendly as they are people friendly, this is the place to go. This ethically produced organic fabric and wood rattle that doubles up as a teething ring would make the ideal first Christmas present. And it’s a flamingo so that’s a no brainer really…
> Coco Kiplet Rattle, £14.50, Little Green Home
Harry Specters Chocolates
Harry Specters produces luxury chocolates from its base in Ely, Cambridgeshire. There they commit to help young people with autism by providing employment and free training, enabling them to work within the business and equipping them with life skills. The business aims to demonstrate its ‘great product, great cause’ model constantly and for for every £1 profit, 60p goes towards improving lives of people with autism.
The award-winning chocolates are available in a range of assortments, but our favourite for a Christmas gift is a subscription to the Chocolate Club, for a little luxury every month.
It’s not often that ethical fashion doesn’t actually look like ethical fashion if you catch our drift but Beulah is one of those labels we’d be lusting over even without their halo glow credentials. This luxury fashion brand was set up by friends Natasha and Lavinia after a life changing volunteer trip to the slums of Delhi where they worked with vulnerable women who had been trafficked into the sex trade against their will. Beulah now donates 10% of their sales to The Beulah Trust which supports projects and initiatives that create sustainable livelihoods for victims of trafficking and aims to give grants that pay for skill courses giving women who have been victims of sex trafficking and abuse the chance to find work, generate an income, and live a self-sufficient life, free from abuse.
Our favourite pieces from the current collection are this sumptuous cashmere blend knit and this beautiful scarf. The dresses are also stunning
Hand-poured Scented Candles
Seven Seventeen make beautiful mood-enhancing scented candles from natural plant wax that smell divine, look good and support other mothers. Their amusingly named scents ‘And Breathe’ being our favourite – burn cleanly and throw the scent thanks to the fine quality oils and natural wax. The brand name originates from the idea that most mothers manage to clock off from the chaos once the kids are in bed – which falls somewhere around Seven Seventeen (on a good day).
The candles are hand poured in England and the founders, two busy mums, donate £1 from every candle to help to light the way for those facing bigger daily struggles. Their cause is the PANDAS Foundation, which works to offer advice and support to mothers suffering from pre and postnatal mental illness.
> Mood Enhancing Candles, from £14, at Seven Seventeen
Lucy & Sam
This ethically produced collection of organic cotton baby and children’s clothes is a firm Junior favourite and we love every item of clothing on the Lucy & Sam site. If you’re looking for Christmas outfits for the little ones that put the planet first without compromising on style, this is the place to go. We particularly love the unisex penguin prints and penguin leggings with cute little feet.
> Two pack of penguin body suits, £18, Lucy & Sam
We’re definitely pledging to live more responsibly and sustainably and using less plastic is a big priority. If you know anyone who’s trying to make a difference, these beautifully wrapped Babongo shampoo bars would make a fantastic stocking filler or for those who want a whole shelf of prettily packaged parcels, why not opt for a soap bar gift set? These bars smell as good as they look and they lather up a treat!
> Lavender and Tea Tree Shampoo Bar, €8.75, Babongo
Hamper of Dreams
Who’s eyes wouldn’t light up opening this hamper of chocolate goodness from Seed and Bean? Forget chutney, cheese and crackers, chocolate is what you really want to find in your hamper and plenty of it! Seed and Bean make small batches of organic, vegan, fair-trade chocolate in an amazing variety of flavours (our favourite is Lime and Cornish Sea Salt) and this hamper contains 26 super delicious bars of heaven!
> The Ultimate Chocolate Collection Hamper, £75, Seed & Bean