Holiday Cheer Part 2

Holiday Cheer Part 2

11 December, 2015
Online Gifts
Find that unique sustainable present... on the magical world wide web!
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Unless you are spending a warm Christmas in the southern hemisphere, then Christmas will be a chilly time for many of us. If you do not want to be running around out in the cold this festive season, you can still do some ‘window-shopping’ from the comfort of your sofa. What better way to save time and reduce your carbon footprint than to shop online and have gifts delivered to you or your loved ones  whether they're down the street or on the other side of the world.
 
Ecozine loves trawling the intrawebs for neat ideas, and we wanted to share our latest finds with you for sweetly awesome AND sustainable online gift-shopping. Stay tuned next week for more holiday gift suggestions!
 
1. PhatRice
By connecting inspirational product developers with inspired buyers, PhatRice lets people to make a sustainable positive impact on social good, environmental good and design creativity - through shopping. A portion of their sales goes towards supporting great causes such as Foodlink. And, in the lead up to Christmas, PhatRice has formed a special partnership with VIVA to donate 5% of all sales in December to help support Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon. Give a gift that has a big heart behind it! A wide selection for all ages (with free wrapping and delivery) is available at PhatRice.com.
 
2. Etsy
Looking for something really one-of-a-kind? Try Etsy.com! Here, you can discover vintage goods, homemade treats and special items from all over the world, including Hong Kong. Etsy is a treasure trove of individual makers, designers and curators, many of whom sell upcycled or handcrafted items that you won't find anywhere else. Feel good about supporting small entrepreneurs and artisans, while finding the perfect unique present. Just be warned, people have gotten lost on Etsy for hours… there's just so much cool stuff!
 
3. Gift Well
This Hong Kong company offers gift cards to a huge variety of top-drawer shops and restaurants. With their services, you can spread your love to friends and family in Hong Kong even if you are out of town. Gift cards offer the ultimate practicality and flexibility by letting the recipients choose exactly what they desire... a great way to make someone happy if you don't know them very well, not to mention saving yourself from the stress of shopping during the most hectic time of year. A selection of shops and restaurants are carefully chosen and tightly curated by GiftWell.hk, and your gift card is wrapped in a chic, swoon-worthy, box they can reuse!
 
4. A Boy Named Sue (ABNS)
Started in early 2012, ABNS had the idea of bringing together designers with a visionary approach: they wanted to show the public that ethics and fashion design are not mutually exclusive. As a result, their brand portfolio is curated with a strong focus on ethics and sustainability - as well as amazing aesthetic. ABoyNamedSue.co includes eco-conscious designers who promote environment stewardship with careful choices of materials, production and ecological footprint. From a social perspective, ABNS's chosen designers provide fair labour and are ethically managed. It's a no-brainer for finding something for the fashionista in your life.
 
5. Inspired-Collection
A new shopping platform of inspired lifestyle products that are produced as ethically as possible – organic, sustainable, fairly traded and giving back to communities, Inspired-Collection.com does it as their principle. Inspired is trying to keep their environmental footprint to a minimum level, so for example, they don't use plastic in their packaging, recycle all their waste, and work closely with local NGO – Society for Community Organisation (SoCO). Ten oer cent of their profit goes directly to this quietly active NGO to help underprivileged communities in Hong Kong. So gifting with them means everyone wins.

By: Ecozine Staff
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