The Ten Best Ethical Gifts
Colin Firth and wife Livia Giuggioli's eco emporium has these gorgeous pastel mohair throws among its treasures. Made in South Africa under fair-trade conditions, they come in three sizes: single (110cm x 190cm); double (190cm x 220cm); and king (200 x 220cm)
Price: small £138, medium £260, large £315 www.eco-age.com; 020-8995 7611
Fairtrade Everyday Cookbook
Make ethical behaviour a way of life with this cookbook. The recipes come from chefs such as Antony Worrall Thompson, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Allegra McEvedy. Even better, you benefit from advice from all these experts without having to fork out for their books.
Price: £16.99 - www.oxfam.org.uk/shop
A unique nugget design fashioned from brass with a handmade chain. The Made ethos is to empower developing countries and all of the materials are sourced from disadvantaged communities within East Africa. With the help of collections designed by celebrities such as Alexa Chung, these fair trade gems are now being sold in Nicole Farhi and Whistles.
Price: £55 - www.made.uk.com
Wear your environmental conscience on your sleeve, and spread the eco-friendly message with this comfy and cool hoodie.
Price: £45 - www.peopletree.co.uk
The craze for giving virtual gifts from charities has gained ground over the past few years, though the ethics of flooding Africa with armies of goats has been questioned, rightly, by eco analysts. I believe that sending a child to school or funding mosquito nets is a great idea, and this hairy yak from Save the Children is my pick - these animals support Tibetan culture, provide wool and milk, and work the land.
Price: £160 - www.savethechildren.org.uk
Betty Jackson Amnesty scarf
Keep out the chill with Betty Jackson's charcoal scarf in a fuchsia linear print.
Price: £68 - www.matchesfashion.com; 020-7221 0255
At last - a stylish-looking eco gadget. The innovative Wattson displays how much energy you're using at that moment in time and converts the energy being used into watts or sterling to let you know how much money you are wasting.
Price: £99.95 - www.firebox.com
A bag of treats to guarantee a very merry Christmas and clean up the resulting hangover. Includes a bottle of Chapel Down Brut NV, a jar of Zesty Plum & Rosehip Preserve and Cocoloco Caramelised Almond Shard Chocolates, as well as bath salts and scented candles.
Price: £60 - www.turnham-green.co.uk
JoWood Organics Gift Set
JoWood's sophisticated oils and fragrances contain 90 per cent or more organic ingredients. This set includes an eau de toilette, bath and body oil and lotion. The luxurious gift range boasts two organic fragrances, Amka & Usiku. Amka, pictured here, is an energetic scent made with rose otto, jasmine, bergamot and orange.
Price: £42 (reduced from £60) - www.houseoffraser.co.uk
Organic lion T-shirt
Belle and Dean's super cute organic cotton Ts, babygrows and nightwear are produced in a family-run factory and the animal designs are all hand-printed using environmentally- friendly ink.
Price: £8 - www.belleanddean.co.uk
Spare your conscience and opt for ethical gifts for your friends and family this Christmas.
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