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Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Last minute stocking fillers!

Looking to style buy some last minute stocking fillers? We’ve got some lovely ideas that will ensure your stockings won’t stay hung up on the mantelpiece for long!

This fabulous and bright Saffron Winds Recycled Rice Bag Purse, £9.00 is a handy little friend to cheer you up and find a place for all those remaining coins after the big Christmas spend. Handcrafted by landmine and polio disabled artisans in Cambodia who are part of a fair trade group, it is made from a combination of recycled rice and fish sacks – hence the colourful design.  It’s got two open pockets as well as front velcro fastened coin pocket and a zip pocket. We suggest you pop some fair trade chocolate coins in for a real treat.

We all welcome essentials at Christmas and I just find the dazzling blue and contrast green logo of these Pants to Poverty Organic Boxers to be an antithesis to those suggested winter blues.

They are a designer bargain at £10, particularly as they are created with the quality softness of Fairtrade Foundation organic cotton. I particularly like the cheekiness of the green printed bull motif – a symbol of corporate wealth - that pokes a bit of fun at greed by taking on a Hindu spiritual dimension.

If tights are more essential for the New Year parties to come, then the G=9.8 Footless Tights for £22.00 are fabulously stretchy and thick with a 60 dernier look.

Produced ethically in France using a pine pulp viscose and the elasticated goodness of LycraWear, these are just perfect for wearing under dresses and tunics and your favourite pair of peep heels. The tights come in flamboyant red as well as the more classic black or ash grey.

It’s just lovely giving some new jewels as a gift as you can see your loved ones wear them, and this Just Trade Zola Bangle is just, well wonderfully eco! Made under the Zoe Project, a Peruvian grassroots fair trade organisation that supports creating quality contemporary jewellery and accessory collections, it ensures women and young people earn a decent and, most importantly, stable income.

At £18.00 this particular bangle is worth every penny, having been made from cedar wood offcuts from a local craftsman’s carpentry business within Lima, before being wrapped in the colourful Peruvian cotton in a choice of either berry red or this gorgeous teal.

For an array of colours, go for the LeJu Uva Earrings for £50.00. The vegetable ivory that these are made from are a real conversation starter – particularly as you can state that it naturally originates from the floor of the rainforest and is very hardwearing – and bound to receive compliments!

Drop earrings are so in fashion (think Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba), and when offset with silver plated ear hooks, the little carved disks that each have a cute message carved around the edge – such as ‘friendship’ or ‘smile’ – give it a real contemporary flavour!

If there are relatives staying who want some private afternoon nap time amidst the bustling activity, or you know a friend with eager children who need a signal to not jump on the bed and interrupt the rare festive treat of a lie-in, then the fairly traded Eco Boudoir Eye Mask, £35.00 is a luxury solution.

Made from silk and printed with either a flyaway red or pine grey/black design, it offers ultimate relaxation, particularly after a relaxing bath soak. Easy to pop over your eyes with its elasticated strap, it’s very soft with its very soft with its black hemp/silk lining. It is presented in a gorgeous pouch with a matching print trim.

Don't forget about free Christmas delivery (within the UK) - the offer ends 22nd December! 

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