Christmas Shopping. Those two words can bring the usually cool, calm and collected people in our lives to an audible, red-faced, sweaty-palmed panic; but it doesn't have to be that way!
To make it as easy as possible for you to find beautiful, sustainable and (not to mention) thoughtful gifts for the special people in your life, we thought we'd share our favourite ecoHaven gift ideas in a 4-part blog series, starting with gifts for men.
Men can be difficult to buy for. Is it just me, or are the men in your life more unhelpful when it comes to Christmas gift ideas? My mother and sister will give gift suggestions or put off purchasing something they want so that someone can get it for them, but this concept seems lost on many men in my life, who just shrug their shoulders and mumble something about not caring, which is so unhelpful! I shouldn't be so quick to judge, I'm sure there are men out there who 'get' Christmas shopping, I just don't happen to know many of them.
1. Conscious Step Socks
The age-old "I don't know what to get him, so I'll get him socks" cliche is not lost on us, but seriously, who would be disappointed with Conscious Step socks? Made from fair trade organic cotton, Conscious Step donate a fixed amount with each pair of socks purchased to fund charitable organisations.
2. Untouched World Linen Shirt
Does he need a new shirt? We have a really lovely linen shirt by Untouched World in store that is casual enough for weekend wear, but could easily be dressed up for workwear too.
Whether he likes a bit of pampering, or just has a few wrinkles creeping in (hint, hint), Hunter Lab has some great Australian made skincare products for men. The Daily Face Fuel is our favourite, a fast absorbing moisturiser lightly scented with passion fruit, but seriously, all their products are great!
4. Smitten Merino
Does the man in your life like supporting local companies? Is he sporty, or does he enjoy wearing good-quality, comfortable clothing? If you answered yes to any of these questions then maybe it's worth giving Smitten a look in. Smitten are known for their Tasmanian made superfine merino wool, which is durable, thermoregulating and just so soft and comfortable on. We have some great men's Smitten tops and accessories for casual and active wear, which I'm sure he'll be more than pleased with.
Our new leather stockist Graine make timeless leather goods. Beautifully designed and handcrafted in Melbourne using sturdy Australian leathers, I don't know of many guys who could turn down a Graine business case or weekender bag.
We hope we've inspired you with Christmas present suggestions for those tricky men in your life!
Next on the blog: presents for your daughter, your niece and all those gorgeous, young women in your life.