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THIS festive season, we are making a huge effort to be mindful of things we buy in the build-up to one of our favourite days of the year. So we’re doing all things sustainable; decorations, trees, food, booze and gifts. It’s not about guilt-tripping yourself or shaming your friends about plastic or waste — it’s about trying to make a difference. Maybe swap the tacky crackers for a thoughtful, yet inexpensive table gift. Or get into the making mood for something unique. If we all do a little bit, collectively it can help a lot — as well as making your gifts so much more special.
Demelza Hill has created this modern take on a Christmas tree — made from sustainably sourced maple. A great gift you could keep up all-year-round! Branch, size small (3ft), demelzahill.com, £220. Buy it now on Ownable
Got it wrapped
These gorgeous cotton food wraps are a great way to get rid of clingfilm from your homes. Geo Star blue & white cotton fabric wrap, oliverbonas.com, £5.95. Buy it now on Ownable
Lot of bottle
We love Yves Klein blue, so this sustainably sourced bottle is right up our street. Cobalt steel bottle, 500ml, staysixty.com, £35. Buy it now on Ownable
Off the hook
These hooks are made from powdered residue from the marble industry. Substantial, smooth and bold, they will inject a fresh pop sensibility. Swirl large cone hook, tomdixon.net, £110 Buy it now on Ownable
Our collaboration, and made using recycled plastic and post-industrial composite waste, these knives are for the design- savvy and eco-conscious. 2LG Studios Triptych knife set, savernakeknives.co.uk, £950. Launches end of Nov
Turn up the volume
In a throwaway age, this speaker is designed to last forever — as you can add components as technology evolves. Small transparent speaker, transparentspeaker.com, £450. Buy it now on Ownable
Our top three ideas for Christmas gifts…
Experiences, not things
Why not give the gift of an experience? Be it a wine tasting evening or a restaurant voucher. Or maybe theatre tickets? So many options and something the recipient will remember forever.
Avoid going online for all your gifts – and make a pledge to see if you can buy half of them from your high street. For inspiration, check out independent shops in your area who may even stock work from local artisans for something totally different.
Buy less, buy better
We did this last year with our family. Set a budget and stick to it, then put all of your names in a hat and only buy one ‘big’ gift for the name you pull. We still spoiled all of our nieces and nephews, but for the adults it was one gift only. It makes you focus on something more thoughtful and special.