Our 2016 Eco Christmas Gift Guide
It’s December and we want to help you with your gift searching with our eco Christmas gift guide. Samantha and I have been scouring the internet to bring you our favourite eco-chic finds – from gifts to decorations to wrapping.
You might think ‘not another Christmas gift guide’ but we promise ours is a bit special because all the items we’ve chosen have eco credentials, all come from UK based businesses (many of them small independent businesses), and we’ve kept the majority of items affordable with a few luxuries thrown in.
The items in our eco Christmas gift guide are handpicked by us because we feel they are truly worth sharing – they are not just what’s ‘on trend’ or cool this year. We’ve also included direct links to where you can buy the items to make it even simpler. So go dive in and support our ethical British businesses.
If you love a more rustic and natural Christmas style, then check out all blog archives for natural Christmas decorating ideas and DIY projects – my personal favourite being the DIY guide for making snowflakes from vintage doilies.
Decorations for an Eco Christmas
First up in our eco Christmas gift guide – our favourite eco Christmas finds for decorating your home…
Snowflake Garland from Paper Tree
This pretty paper snowflake garland is a super version of those handmade paper ones you (attempt) to make. Plus, these 14 handcrafted snowflakes unfold to create a 3D effect.
Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of our sales to environmental organisations.
Beeswax Christmas Tree Candles from Gold&Black Candles
Beeswax is the ultimate candle and with it’s gorgeous gold colour couldn’t be more glorious at this festive time. Made by hand from 100% pure beewax the set of 3 Christmas Tree candles urn for approximately 8 hours each.
Eco Credentials – natural beeswax; gift box from recycled board and paper covering from sustainable forests.
Mistletoe Wreath from Paper Tree
A beautiful hand crafted paper mistletoe wreath with raffia hanging string and ribbon. The mistletoe is hand crafted from eco-friendly saa paper – we love this.
Eco Credentials – Made from recycled and FSC paper; Paper Tree are members of 1% for the Planet and give 1% of their sales to environmental organisations.
Rustic Driftwood Christmas Tree Decorations from Emma Lane Designs
What a treat we have for you today – free printable Christmas gift tags exclusively created for our readers by a selection of our talented wedding stationery designers. Themed around ‘A Natural Christmas’ each design captures the individual style of the designer, and there are various sheets for you to download and print off.
We’ve come up with some various idea of how you might choose to use these beautiful Christmas gift tags – whether printed out onto recycled card and cut out as traditional gift tags, or perhaps you’d prefer to print them off on sticker paper and simple stick them onto your wrapped gifts.
Speaking of gifts, check out the blog this weekend for our special eco-chic Christmas Gift Guide.
Download your free mixed Christmas gift tags
First up we have a sheet of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags.
Here’s what the sheet looks like printed out…
Next up we have created individual sheets of each of the 6 designs of Christmas gift tags, so if there’s one design you really love, you can print out a sheet of just that design.
Download our Christmas gift tag and meet the designers
Inspiration for a wedding colour scheme of holly berry red and icy white – Colour Crush #3 from Gabrielle Treanor
It’s all about a Christmas inspired colour scheme on the blog today with this Colour Crush palette from Gabrielle at The Green Gables – lashings of festive holly berry red and icy white tones.
Sometimes one colour is all you need. Red is a gorgeous colour to use in a Christmas wedding, not just because of its festive glow. Red is a bright, bold, cheerful, vibrant colour and in several cultures symbolises good luck and happiness.
You can choose the red to suit you, from bright orangey reds to deep purpley reds. Make red the prominent theme with solid blocks of colour in the flowers, bridesmaid dresses and stationery. Or for extra Christmas sparkle use red as an accent colour with lots of white and touches of silver and gold.
What’s your perfect palette for a Christmas wedding?
This natural and simple looking Christmas decor is exactly the kind that I love – made from just a few ordinary items, yet beautiful when finished. Whilst this lovely festive candle chandelier doesn’t come with ‘how to’ instructions, I thought I’d share my thoughts on how I’d recreate something similar – and if you have any tips (perhaps you’ve made something similar) then do leave you advice in the comments box below.
Candle chandelier ‘how to’
For the simplest version, I’d simply create two circlets of different sizes from wire – I’d make sure to choose fairly robust wire and to wind it round a couple of times to ensure it wasn’t too flimsy. Next I’d take my fir boughs or other greenery and using thin wire twist them into place around the wire circles.
New Wives Club Christmas Special: decorate your windows with handmade boxwood wreaths using embroidery hoops
This year there are some seriously beautiful Christmas wreaths for your front door (if you haven’t got yours yet and fancy a discount then check out these wreaths), but why not bring a little bit of that indoors? I love this idea for making indoor wreath decorations to hang inside, perhaps in your windows.
Following on from last week’s gorgeous willow Christmas tree skirt I’m back to share another lovely festive find. This string of driftwood stars is available from online eco-chic shop Miki Organic and would be a pretty addition to your Christmas decorations, especially if you love the natural look.
Each garland is just under a metre long and costs £15. If you haven’t come across Miki Organic before you must check out their beautiful collection of homewares and gifts all underpinned by their ethos of sustainable, ethical, and beautiful.
Tomorrow I’ve got a fantastic DIY Christmas project so do check back for more festive fun as part of my Natural Wedding Christmas Special.
Image: Miki Organic
Christmas or winter weddings can be dreamt up so beautifully with just a little bit of inspiration – I love this so, so simple idea for place settings using small trimmings of Christmas tree branches with a rustic luggage tag tied on. Just popped in each guest’s dinner place they would bring festive cheer to any winter wedding reception.
Regular readers will know I’m all about the simplest ideas being the best, but don’t they look so effective when you get it right? I love images that conjour up a whole ‘look’ or ‘feel’ for a wedding or celebration – can’t you just imagine a natural, rustic winter wedding unfolding from this one idea for using evergreen branches for place settings? Lots of twinkling candles, greenery and garlands, simple linens with maybe a hint of festive berry red, and tree trunk cake stands.
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