Where to shop independent and ethical onlineThinking of doing your shopping at small independent business this Christmas but don’t know where to start? I think we all know that Christmas is an important time of year for small independent businesses and your trade makes a huge difference to the families they support. Unlike shopping at large chains when you shop small your money goes to a person who is passionate about creating and selling great gifts that you will love.

Finding small independent and ethical brands isn’t always easy. At this time of year, many of us just don’t have the time to research brands. Which makes shopping independent for gifts frustrating and the big high street stores start to become tempting. Afterall it’s much easy to pop into town or click on the website of a brand you’ve already heard of. To help you out I’ve put together this list of independent and ethical brands which all sell online. Because it is possible to shop small and ethical from the comfort of your sofa.

Homeware and Gifts

Amnesty Shop – fairtrade gifts from around the world
Anta –  homeware and gifts with Scottish twist
Decorators Notebook – ethical homeware and gifts
Ethical Superstore – range of fairtrade and eco-friendly products
Greenfibres – organic and natural products for the home
Home by Kirsty – homeware from British and Welsh designers
Hus & Hem – Scandinavian homeware and gifts
Momosan Shop – unique tableware and handmade gifts
Native & Co – unique tableware and handmade gifts
Natural Collection – fairtrade, organic shopping and eco-friendly products
Nkuku – home and lifestyle products made by artisans
Protect the Planet – environmentally friendly and recycled gifts
Tartan Blanket Co – wool blankets and gifts
The Future Kept –  homeware and gifts from independent artisans and designers
The Wee Scottish Company – gifts and homeware made in Scotland
Traidcraft Shop – fairtrade products and ethical gifts
Zuza Trading – handcrafted homeware and gifts made in South Africa

Skincare

Ermana – natural skincare
Honest Skincare – natural, organic handmade skincare and candles
Just Be Botanicals – natural skincare and Scottish organic products
Lucky Cloud – natural and vegan-friendly skincare
Soap Co – ethically made soaps and hand lotions

Candles

Cocofour – scented soya wax candles and home fragrances
Essence + Alchemy – natural organic candles and home fragrances
Join Store – soya wax candles and home fragrances
Osmology – scented candles from small independent brands
Skye Candles – soya wax candles made in Scotland
The Melt Co – handmade candles and organic skincare

For clothing and accessories please check out the list on my Shop Page. Let me know in the comments of any great independent and ethical brands I’ve missed.

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