Christmas gifts that give back
Christmas season is officially upon us and everyone is busy racking their brains for the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and family. But here at Natural Baby Shower we believe that it’s not all about the biggest or flashiest presents that put a smile on your family’s face. We love the idea of gifting your loved one’s gifts that give back this Christmas. ‘Tis the season of giving after all!
We’ve chosen our favourite gifts from brands whose core mission is to support those in need or that focus on sustainable efforts, to make it easier than ever to give amazing gifts but that also have giving back at their heart.
What started as a mother’s mission to end her daughter's skin allergies with gentle, natural formulations has grown into a multi-product range that has won over 200 awards and continues to use only the best cruelty-free and ethically sourced ingredients. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Green People offers a complete range of certified organic and natural skin care products for all of the family.
But Green People didn’t just stop there, founded on a strong set of beliefs and values to give back and to help others, Green People support charities too. Every year 10% of their net profit is donated to charitable causes. They work with charities such as The Lullaby Trust, Marine Conservation Society and Chestnut Tree House to help them raise much needed funds for all of these many deserving causes and so many more!
Frugi is a brand built on its founders passion for the planet and to give back to this amazing world we live on. From the very beginning they have made it their promise to use only environmentally friendly materials and processes, have great ethics and help give back to the planet. They make colourful and fun children’s clothes and accessories all made from 100% organic and innovative sustainable materials with eco friendly production and manufacturing processes.
As part of their promise to give back, Frugi also give 1% of their annual turnover to charity. When you buy something from Frugi you are not only helping to save the planet, you are helping to support some amazing causes. This year they are supporting charities such as Chance for Childhood, Little Life Savers and The Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas Programme. Over the past 15 years Frugi have donated over £580,000 to charity thanks to your support!
Toastie make stylish and practical coats for children that are made through thoughtful processes and responsible production. Töastie specialise in creating premium outerwear for children with carefully considered design, highest quality fabrics and an engineered fit. Their ethos is to create sustainable, weather-proof clothing for children that is both timeless and wearable throughout the changing seasons. Wherever possible they will opt for sustainable and ethical production routes, incorporate recycled and environmentally friendly materials into their designs and cut out the need for excess packaging. They use responsibly sourced down and use 100% recycled plastic bottles for the shell of their raincoats.
But Toastie don’t just stop there. They are also dedicated to reducing the amount of plastic in our oceans and work closely with Plastic Tides to help raise awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. £1 from every sale of their raincoats will go to plastic tides to support their vital work.
Tiba + Marl
Tiba + Marl are our go to for fashionable and practical changing bags designed for both Mum and Dad to wear. Tiba + Marl break the mould for cool, modern parents who are seeking unisex designs that don’t compromise their style just because they are now parents. The fashion forward founders, Anna Tizard and Lydia Barron meticulously design their changing bags to merge high fashion features with practical function every parent will love.
As well as their dedication to design and style, Tiba + Marl have also vowed to give back to charities. They donate a proportion of profits from each bag sold to three different UK & International carbon reduction projects and have partnered with Carbon Footprint Ltd, UK-based company that delivers solutions for carbon management and carbon offsetting across the world.
Aden + anais Baby Bonding Top
Aden + anais are famous for their beautiful baby essentials such as swaddles, sleeping bags and muslins that are designed with quality and functionality in mind to make daily life that little bit easier. They recently introduced their innovative Baby Bonding Top. The aden + anais Baby Bonding Top allows mum to feel covered and supported while enjoying skin-to-skin contact with her newborn for the closest cuddle. This intimate method of bonding with baby helps ease infants into life outside the womb by helping to promote breastfeeding, regulate their temperature, heart rate and breathing and soothe fussiness—all of which helps to relax both mum and baby making it the perfect gift this Christmas for any mums or mums-to-be.
Plan Toys are the leaders in sustainable play. They make all of their wooden toys from trees that no longer produce latex. They use every part of the tree, using the trunk to make their toys and surplus sawdust and branches from the trees for their PlanWood Toys. They don’t just stop there, any surplus wood pieces from their products are also used to generate power and electricity for the whole factory. But they also want to give back to their local community, so they also direct some of the biomass power from their factory to power the local villages around the Plan Toys factory.
Plan Toys recently introduced their Wonky Fruit & Veg set which has set a new standard for sustainable toys, this is the ultimate gift that gives back. Plan Toys partnered with Kromkommer, a dutch social enterprise, to help educate families and children about the high levels of food waste generated around the world. In fact, 1.3 billion tons of food waster is thrown away each year, with most of it being rejected because people dislike it’s appearance. Plan Toys wanted to help educate and influence young people’s view on “wonky” fruit and veg by producing a wooden toy.
Along with the aim to make more people aware of the food waste situation, they also give back. For every Wonky Fruit & Veg Set purchased £1 is donated to Kromkommer to help support their activities around food waste.
Fabelab are our favourites for fun and functional home textiles and accessories for children. All Fabelab products encourage play, stimulates the senses and inspire children’s natural imagination. Their products are made from high-quality, natural materials with a very Scandinavian design feel to them, to the delight every parents and little ones. But that’s not the only reason why we love Fableab, we also love their sustainable efforts.
Fabelab believe that how their products are bought to life is equally as important as the design. From the beginning the founder of Fabelab, Michaela Weisskirchner-Barfod, has made an effort to keep an honest and sustainable approach to the design and production of the Fabelab collections. For Fabelab, sustainable design is about using the right materials, ensuring proper treatment of workers, as well as the lifespan of the product, which is why they produce multi-functional timeless products that grow with the child.
So, when you buy anything from these amazing brands this Christmas, you are also giving the gift of supporting some amazing causes and initiatives around the world. We believe there is no better gift than the gift of giving back!