Early November traditionally marks the start of my Christmas shopping campaign since it is close enough to provide the sense of urgency I need as motivation, but still sufficiently distant to allow time for home delivery. Last year, I emailed everyone in the family for their lists. This year, however, I am going for the surprise option because I’ve just discovered www.Banbayu.com and its collection of handcrafted homewares and jewellery. Not only is everything on the site unusual and beautiful (essential requirements for a Christmas gift in my book), but the products also come with impeccable ethical credentials. Each item has been verified for its cultural and ecological sustainability, every stage in the process is handled by environmentally-conscious partners and a percentage of each sale goes to support charities working directly to support communities in the product’s country of origin. What’s not to love?
Here are my top 10 gift ideas – all of which come with a special 15% festive discount. Just enter code CHRISTMAS15 at checkout.
Charlotte Abrahams is a design writer and author of Hygge A Celebration of Simple Pleasures. Living the Danish Way (£20 Trapeze) www.charlotteabrahams.com
This LED version of Thomas Edison’s classic would make a perfect stocking filler for the retro-minded.
Who could resist this spirit-lifting, handmade resin bracelet from Thailand? The teal underside positively sings against the yellow exterior.
Every woman should have a sophisticated, dramatic necklace in her wardrobe. If it is also handmade in Thailand then all the better.
One of these Indonesian handmade copper bowls would make a very lovely fruit bowl, while a set of three would be a striking centerpiece on any table.
No one can have too many cushions, particularly if they double as works of art. This one is embroidered by Jules Pansu, a Parisian company with a tapestry-making legacy that stretches back over four generations.
A vase for flowers or just for itself. Danish artist Elisabeth Laursen screen prints her whimsical, circus-inspired illustrations directly onto the ceramic so each one is unique.
With its linen shade and driftwood base, this table lamp offers contemporary chic with an organic twist. (People who like a bit of narrative with their homewares will appreciate the fact that the driftwood was collected from the coastline of Lampung, a province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.)
This handmade copper pendant will delight any fan of industrial chic.
Nothing says statement gift quite like a pair of two foot high panels. The intricate hand carvings mean that they look as good close too as they do from afar.
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