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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Christmas Gifts for under £50

The Christmas lights have been switched on. I had a festive moment: I began planning what gifts to buy the near ones and dear ones for Christmas. Some of my friends have been planning their ethical Christmas gifts for a while, creating loads of homemade chutneys spiced and packaged with all the festivities. I’ve not been quite as proactive but I now have a good idea of the presents that I wish to give – and hope to receive, naturally! And they all come straight from the Equa boutique.

I thought I would share some of my favourite gift ideas that will provide eco chic style to the Christmas routine and all cost less than £50!

These Violet Haze Short from Enamore, for £44, is likely to heat up the boudoir. A sexy and ethical item I think any girl will be pleased with if she finds it under the tree.They are full knickers made from organically grown silk in a luxe purple colour with a black lace trim. It also has a contrast off-centre yellow bow that oozes sophistication and elegance – while being a tad cheeky.

You can’t go wrong with this gorgeous, slouchy lilac People Tree Trinity Beret, £19. A practical buy for keeping you warm throughout the winter, it offers much seasonal style charm too. Fairly traded from Nepal, it uses the hand knitting craft of open trinity stitch. There’s also a matching scarf for £29. And, if you would prefer another colour or knitting style, then we have currently got a wide choice in the boutique, including a bottle green feather and fan stitch beret or a Samantha Holmes Leaf Knit Hat - a charcoal grey, hand knitted alpaca wool beanie hat.

I just adored Whish Three Whishes Sugar Scrub from day one and so had to sell it in Equa as it makes the perfect pamper gift. Made in the USA, it contains organic ingredients and is paraben free. For £26, the exfoliating sugar works on your dry skin while adding many moisturising oils in so that you can lose the dull skin and begin to glow. In two scents, I love the pomegranate option at this time of year as it is packed full of antioxidants and is perfect for rejuvenation.

I also take pleasure in the Cotswolds organic purity creation of the Ila Body Balm for Feeding the Skin, £39. This is suitable for all ages and is particularly great for those with eczema, as it uses essential fatty acids and antioxidants to do just what its name suggests. It’s particularly good to apply the balm after a warm bath.

For those romantic nights in under the mistletoe, then Timothy Han’s Tin Candle, £7.50, makes a sumptuous and sexy gift. 100% natural and handcrafted in London from pure essential oils with soy wax, these are free from genetically modified ingredients and avoid the usual black-smoking petroleum and paraffin. For Earl Grey tea drinking lovers, the Bergamot scented candle is particularly lush, and promises to burn for 12 hours.

So. What are you going to use for all your Christmas and January sales shopping? Our Envirosax Reusable Bags can easily be tightly rolled up and stored in your handbag until they are needed, so you never need accept a plastic bag again! I also keep a whole stash of them by my front door to remind me to use them when I'm nipping out quickly to the shops. I love the different designs these bags come in: from the inspiration of Australian rainforests to bohemian Art Nouveau, as well as the straightforward Oxford design, which is perfect for men. Each Envirosax Reusable Bag costs £5.99, however we’re also offering a lucky dip, special offer where you get 5 random bags for £25, which you can keep all for yourself or treat friends and family to as a bonus green stocking filler.

Other Christmas under £50 gift favourites:

LeJu Brown Horn Resin Ring, £32
Saffron Winds Recycled Cosmetics Case, £14
Eco Boudoir Eye Mask, £35

Gifts £50 & Under

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