Ethical Shopping

The Big Issue's ethical Christmas gift guide

Christmas is nearly here. But there's still plenty of time to find presents for your loved ones

Christmas is just around the corner. Have you done your shopping yet?

Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?

It’s a question that strikes fear into the heart of tardy gift-buyers nationwide. But don’t fret – there’s still plenty of time to find beautiful, original, and sustainable presents for your loved ones.

Check out our advertisers below and help support ethical businesses.

Complete Unity Yoga products

Complete Unity Yoga’s CompleteGrip™ Non-Slip Yoga Mat.

Complete Unity Yoga’s collection of sought-after sustainable yoga products are made specifically for yoga and meditation popular with yoga teachers, yogis and people worldwide.

They sell everything you need for yoga and meditation from beginner to advance. Check out their popular Essential Yoga Sets a fantastic complete yoga kit that will bring a smile to any yoga lover, yourself or loved ones.

Shop here and save 15% with this exclusive Big Issue reader discount code: BIG15 Limited availability valid until 26 December 2023.

Animal Aid cards and gifts

Animal Aid campaigns peacefully against all forms of animal abuse. Our shop is packed full of wonderful cruelty-free and vegan-friendly products to help you celebrate a compassionate Christmas.

Choose from beautiful festive cards, delicious chocolates and wine, inspiring cookbooks, wildflower seed gift boxes and much more!

Your support will help us continue our 40-year history of speaking out for Animals.

To thank Big Issue readers for their support, you will receive a free mystery festive treat with your order using code BIC23. Visit the online shop here.

Valley Mist ethical wellness

Valley Mist products.

Handmade & ethical natural skincare & wellness company Valley Mist was established in 2016.

Premium handmade, natural and organic wellness products to nurture your body and mind, we use glass bottles, not plastic and have a national glass return system with rewards. We up-cycle waste butter and oils from skincare manufacturing into natural essential oil candles.

We don’t use conventional emulsifiers in our moisturiser and so reduce our carbon footprint by eliminating the requirement for heating and high speed mixing. No plastic is used to pack and send our orders in our shop or our lab. Natural fibre raffia wrapped gift boxes ready to gift – no wrapping required! Our physical shop is a zero waste shop for our local community.

Shop here & Use code 20BigIssue for 20% discount store wide on orders over £30.

Redwings Adoption Scheme

One of the Redwings adoptive horses

Sponsor a rescued horse or donkey from Redwings this Christmas. From just £2 a month they’ll receive a wonderful adoption pack including a special certificate, stunning photo of their new friend and their story. They’ll also receive regular updates with stories and photos of their life at the Sanctuary!

Visit their website here.

Hand Me Down Book Club

Unlock the joy of reading with Hand Me Down Book Club! Indulge in the magic of stories with our monthly book subscription. Each box is a curated treasure trove of pre-loved fiction, handpicked just for you.

Delight in the surprise of new authors and titles, expanding your literary horizons. It’s a win for you, a win for the environment. Plus, with the holidays approaching, our subscription makes an ideal Christmas gift. And here’s a special gift: Get a FREE tote bag when you sign up for a year! Don’t miss out on this reading adventure. Subscribe here today!

Soho Juice non-fizzy soft drinks

The Soho juice co produce the UK’s premium still soft drink.

The Soho juice co produce the UK’s premium still soft drink. Full of flavour and free of fizz the drinks come in three exciting and unusual flavours

  • Cucumber, mint, lemon and lime
  • Blood orange, raspberry and ginger
  • Apple, Honey and lemon

Some 9-15% of people do not like fizzy drinks. The Soho Juice Co cater for those people. Exciting, fresh and unique flavours in 100% recyclable cans. Freedom from fizz in a can. No bubbles were harmed in the making of these drinks.

Olive & Joyce Skincare

Here at Olive & Joyce Skincare, we believe it is possible to be both gentle and powerful. Built on a philosophy that ‘less is more’, we source and blend the earth’s most magical ingredients to craft skincare that naturally promotes healthy skin and builds up confidence.

We created a two product method, that lasts twice as long as other skincare brands.  Saving you the customer money and the planet landfill.

Our products are vegan, palm-oil free, cruelty-free, with sustainably sourced 100% natural ingredients, because all beauty, both yours and that of our wondrous planet deserves to be celebrated and protected.

Southdown wool duvets

If you’re after a good night’s sleep, southdown wool duvets are the answer.

Southdown wool duvets tick all the boxes. Deliciously cosy, healthy sleep. 12 months return/exchange. 13 years of 100% 5 star Trustpilot reviews. Fully biodegradable product which doesn’t cost the earth. Naturally flame retardant. Hypoallergenic. Reduces eff ects of night sweats. Fair annual prices to British sheep farmers. Small family business who really care about their duvets – all the way from the ewe to you. Proud sponsor of the next generation of British sheep shearers.

Only one problem – they are too big for us to shove down your chimney, but they will fit perfectly under your tree.

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