‘Tis the season… for mindful gift giving
Make a considered choice this festive season with gifts that offer more – be that supporting an independent maker, making use of sustainable materials or extending the gift’s life cycle…
We’ve rounded up our gift recommendations to inspire those looking to embrace a more mindful approach this Christmas without compromising on good design.
For the cook…
These salad tossers by Jamie Gaunt are specifically crafted for a comfortable hold and made extra long for getting right to the bottom of the salad bowl, where everyone knows all the real goodies are hiding…yes capers and pine nuts we’re thinking of you. After carving they’re sanded smooth and finished with a soaking of cold-pressed organic flaxseed oil.
Jamie Gaunt is a designer and woodworker who hand makes homewares and design pieces which are both beautiful and practical. Fallen wood contributes 90% of the material from which he crafts his work; nature has been growing the wood for a long time, centuries even, Jamie merely freezes it in a moment in time by designing something unique to help reveal its true and raw self.
Transparent are committed to eco-friendly practices and have announced a partnership with the Keep Electrical and Electronic Products (KEEP) project, a traceability system that allows you to follow the life cycles of your electronic products.
Their Light Speaker is a merger of an omnidirectional speaker (when paired with Bluetooth) and a glass lantern with in-built bass-and-light element which creates a natural, flickering effect that replicates real flames. A classic, functional and simplistic light device merged with new technology, boasting 10 hours of battery time.
A modular design that can be repaired and upgraded over time, the aluminium exterior has been meticulously crafted to last a lifetime and the custom borosilicate glass cylinder allows you to view the inner components at work. It’s a statement of timeless, modular electronics that blends into any environment and is capable of creating a big and open sound, with rich bass and crisp details.
To keep it organised…
Sleek, simple and sustainable – the Atlas Cork Planter / Desk Tidy is an ideal holder for houseplants, which can also be used as a contemporary pencil pot, thanks to the versatile and lightweight cork design from mind the cork.
Considered craftsmanship, innovation and sustainable design are at the heart of mind the cork. Their aim is to make the best of one of the world’s most underrated materials in order to create eco-friendly contemporary products.
This eco-friendly planter is made with sustainably sourced Portuguese cork – a renewable material, its harvest does not require cutting down the cork oak trees.
For those who like to roam…
Handcrafted in Wales by Rural Kind, the Roam Backpack is the ultimate travel companion.
Rugged sophistication, durable materials and minimalist design ensure this backpack is ready to endure everything from mountains high to the hardest roads, and the water repellent British waxed canvas will develop the most beautiful patina over time when out roaming the city or the wilderness.
This backpack was created exclusively for The Future Kept – a collection of consciously crafted, responsibly and ethically sourced products, for both your home, and living a more eco-friendly sustainable lifestyle.
They design and collaborate with independent designers, makers and artisans who are creating products that are better for our world; providing quality goods with an honest provenance that we use in our day-to-day lives. These are items that are made to last, will not fuel the throwaway nature of the modern world and are designed to become heirlooms of the future.
This winter gift bundle from the Handmade Candle Co includes four soy wax seasonal candles gift boxed in eco kraft with a recycled paper label. (A free box of retro matches is also included for no hassle, easy get-going gifting.)
Handmade Candle Co. is an independent home fragrance company based in Shropshire. Since pouring their first candle in 2016, they’ve prided themselves on producing high-quality products that are easy on the environment and elate your everyday, creating a luxury fragrance you can feel good about.
All of their materials are sourced carefully, ethically and locally with the environment in mind so their products are as sustainable as possible. Their products are vegan, cruelty-free, phthalate and paraben free, and all of their candles are made with 100% domestically grown vegetable soy wax providing a clean burning and longer lasting product to enjoy.