Luxury Christmas Gifts with a Conscience
We've rounded up the best ethical brands that give back and use their profits for social good - the real spirit of Christmas. Junior finds beautiful gifts you can give, while giving back this Christmas.
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 rounded up 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.
Scamp & Dude Super Scarf - Helping us to spread superpowers far and wide
This is the brand that keeps on giving and we couldn't love their charity initiatives anymore than we already do. The Scamp & Dude Super Scarf remains one of out faves and was designed with women and mothers of children, who are having to cope with life threatening illness, in mind.
These super soft scarves (Modelled here by Scamp & Dude Founder Jo Tutchener-Sharp here) feature a neon 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 being treated for cancer in hospital or the mother of a child being treated for cancer. "We want women everywhere going through a hard time to know that we have their back.", said, Jo.
> Super Scarf, £40, Scamp & Dude
Harry Specters Chocolates - pushing more a more equal workplace for those with autism
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 - read more here. The Award-winning company founded by Mona, Shaz and their son Ash, who is autistic, are behind this social enterprise. Celebrating 10 years the business aims to demonstrate its ‘great product, great cause’ model constantly and for for every £1 profit, 69p goes towards improving lives of people with autism.
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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.
BEULAH - fighting slavery through fashion
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 over 10 years ago 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 piece from the current collection is this sumptuous Riva Heart Print Scarf. Do check out the cashmere knits and dresses also - they are divine.
> Printed Scarves, from £95, Beulah
Hand-poured Scented Candles - smells good and DOES good!
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, Naomi and Sarah are two friends and former magazine journalists whose love of scented candles inspired us to launch our own vegan-friendly collection that not only smells good but DOES good! They donate 10% from all products sold to help to light the way for those facing bigger daily struggles.
To date they have raised over £53K to their various causes. These include the PANDAS Foundation, which works to offer advice and support to mothers suffering from pre and postnatal mental illness, CALM (The Campaign Against Living Miserable) an award-winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, and SANE which is the UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness.
> Mood Enhancing Candles, from £16, at Seven Seventeen