Sustainable Gift Guide 2021

If you’d like to buy a beautiful, unique gift which is ethically sourced or handcrafted or will support a Black Owned Business, our founders are here to help.

You’ll not only be giving something special to a friend or family member, you’ll be supporting small, ethical businesses to flourish.

Accessories

Our luxury ethical gift pick, a beautiful lightweight, generously sized, hand-loomed organic cotton scarf from Atelier Tammam. Woven by an artisan co-operative in Kannur, Kerala in the Climate Stripe colours. This luscious, expertly crafted scarf has hemmed edges – finished by an independent fair trade factory in India.  Discover the story behind the design, and the range of scarves using cotton or peace silk for extra luxury, by visiting Atelier Tammam’s website.

£80

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These organic cotton, lightweight beanies are the perfect gift for the ethically fashion conscious in your life from Three Little Pandas.  Visit their website to find out more about this very special family business and discover their range of unique, ethical gifts for mums, dads and little pandas

£15

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Make your gift receiver feel beautiful and bold with this stunning headwrap from Knots-UK.  They are inspired by the founder’s Haitian roots, and are all about helping women to stand tall and feel empowered.  Visit their website to see their full range of wraps and accessories, made only by women, for women.

£22

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These Kimono style birth shoes, size 0-3 months, are one of the beautiful gifts for new borns and their parents from Baby Brains – whose mission is to bring neuroscience and psychology to parents in a way that is accessible and empowering.  Their founder, Silvia Menabe, is a London based Italian neuroscientist, author and mum.  Check out their website for more gifts (descriptions in Italian, but available in the UK) and resources to make the parenting experience more fun.   

£31.20

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This is a lovely little gift for anyone who likes quirky designs and London buses!  Made by local mums Clair and Vicky to celebrate their love of our great city (they’ve got a DearNewYork shop too), check out their Etsy shop for more pin designs, and some fabulous coasters too

£5

 

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Food

Made with fresh ingredients grown in Calthorpe’s community garden near Kings Cross – and created by Mila and her team at the garden’s closed loop cafe, this delicious chutney is an ideal accompaniment to any meal.  Visit their shop at 258-274 Grays Inn Road, London WC1X 8LH Thursdays and Fridays 10am-3pm, and follow them on Facebook to find out more about the stories behind their preserves, handmade soaps and seeds.

£4

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Wellbeing

This is the perfect gift for a mum who needs a little time to herself.  Ruth Sabrosa’s meditations are for women on the mothering journey from pregnancy, through birth and in the ‘fourth trimester’ helping them to feel more calm, present and in control using mindfulness and hypno-therapy.  Visit her website to discover more about her 1:1 services, online events and new family empowerment packs

£8.99

 

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These handmade soaps from Empress Of Beauty are made using an aromatherapy blend of frankincense, mandarin, cloves and cinnamon.    Passionate about ethical beauty, Eva is also a fully qualified beauty therapist offering wonderfully relaxing facials and other beauty treatments via her website.

£4.50

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Books Games & Cards

A book to help your kids understand and challenge racism, grow up happy and kind.  Powered by Uju’s personal testimony, exhaustive research and many conversations with other families – you might recognise some names if you’re local and know Uju’s brilliant Babes About Town blog!  Buy this for yourself and a friend, and if you’d like to support independent bookshops too, order from Bookshop.Org 

£15.79

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A wonderfully charming, heartwarming and downright hilarious tale that younger readers will absolutely adore, by author and illustrator Emily Snape.  Follow her on Instagram and drop her a direct message if you’d like a special signed copy and a 30% discount!  Brilliant photograph is by Parrot Street 

£7.43

 

A fun way for children to learn their alphabet and phonic sounds, using letters and a magnetic board.  Check out Brightmax’s range of educational toys and games for children age 3-7, created by dad William Zhao who’s inspired by his experience of sharing the learning journey of his young son

£20.98

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Lokandes takes the melodies and energy of Andean music and brings it up to date by fusing it with rumba, reggae and funky Latin rhythms.  We’re so proud to have worked with their wonderful and accomplished member, Phazsi Coca – please follow her to understand more about Bolivian music and culture

£10 (or pay what you can)

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Dayo’s bespoke cards are hand crafted using a mixed media, including some fabrics and are decorated  with gems, organza and other fine embellishments. Each card is different, giving you a choice of skin tone, beauty, fashion, love, style and happiness.  30p from each card sale is donated to Solace to tackle violence against women and girls.  Visit Dayo’s website for a range of cards for special occasions

£10

 

 

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If you’re got an ethical business, social enterprise or charity idea and would like to be part of the Bloomsbury Beginnings’ start up programme, applications are now open for our January 2021 cohort.  We’d love you join us! 

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