Aside from delicious feasts, quality family time and feeling down right festive and indulgent, Christmas is also a time for selfless giving. But it's easy to get pulled into the cycle of gifting for gifting's sake, especially considering the holiday has become highly commercialised. Scrambling to finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones as soon as the season comes around makes the whole process all the more stressful (don't worry, we've all been there!).
But what if you could give something that would make everyone involved feel good? We're talking about conscious gifting, something thoughtful that's an act of kindness for both your loved ones and the Earth. Here's a good reason why: there's a lot of excess that happens at Christmas; excess spending, excess food, excess packaging and excess gifts – that often end up unwanted. On average, we produce an extra 30% (around 3 million tonnes!) of waste each year during the festive season. Needless to say, going more eco-friendly is always a good idea.
So, what does ethical gifting look like exactly? For one, it could be anything that involves recycling, upcycling or making from scratch, instead of buying brand new. But if you're not into getting crafty or creative, or you simply don't have the time, gifting ethically is a wonderful opportunity to share the beauty of artisan-made, fairtrade or recycled items that can be treasured forever and actually give back to the planet.
These types of gifts have a story to tell, and they imply you did your homework and took the time and effort to consider your gifts from beginning to end. All it requires is a little research and you're bound to find one-of-a-kind feel-good gifts, from household items to jewellery, to clothing and beyond. Plus, consider swapping out traditional paper and plastic packaging for recycled or reusable wrapping; think old newspapers and magazines, or fabric or scarves with beautiful patterns (FYI this can double up as second pressie!).
Conscious gifts for everyone on your list
At Nyrelle, we craft consciously all year round, but when it comes to the festive season, this also means our fines make for perfect ethical gifts. We only use 9K or 18K solid fairtrade or recycled gold, or vermeil, KP-certified conflict-free diamonds, and ethically-sourced gem-stones that give back to vulnerable communities. Here a six feel-good Christmas gift ideas from us, for everyone on your list:
Duet Capsule: a Precious Gift for Your Partner in Crime
Take friendship rings to new heights with the Duet Diamond collection. This set is made for that person you can count on; your partner, your best friend through thick and thin. They'll sparkle twice as bright in every piece from this minimalist yet unconventional capsule, which features a ring, necklace and bracelet, each with two asymmetric milgrain-set diamonds.
Diamond Station Necklace: a Gift for That Special Someone
Hop on the diamond express with the Diamond Station necklace – next stop, true love. There's nothing that says I love you more than diamonds, let alone five brilliant-cut diamonds dangling from a dainty chain. This is for that someone in your life that means the world to you, someone that deserves to shine brighter than ever.
Shop all diamonds here.
Clover Capsule: a Lucky Gift for a Loved One
When it comes to family, nothing beats a meaningful gift. Named after the lucky four leaf clover, the Clover Capsule is the ultimate choice to impart good fortune and peace on someone close to your heart. Simple, versatile and colourful, pick from studs, rings, bracelets, necklaces and bangles in a variety of gems that capture their personality, including Amethyst, Peridot, and Swiss Blue Topaz.
North Star Capsule: a Meaningful Gift to Treat Yourself
Let's be honest, it's been yet another tough year and you deserve to give yourself a little treat, too. Remind yourself just how far you've come, how much you've achieved and to keep on shining with the North Star Capsule. This unique kinetic collection features centrepiece that flips over; a brilliant-cut diamond sits on one side, while the other is clean slate to engrave something special to keep close to your heart. Like your guiding light in the dark, it'll be your symbol of hope and protection.
Ava Capsule: a Memorable Gift for Your Daughter
Christmas is the season of unconditional love and what better way to celebrate the unparalleled bond between mother and child than with a gift you can both cherish forever? Meet the Ava ring, the Ava Dome Ring and the Ava Bracelet, matching mother-daughter fines from the Ava Capsule that will last a lifetime. Turn them into keepsakes by adding a special engraving, and the best part is they're fully adjustable, so they'll never go out of style or fit. Plus, double up perfectly as a pinky ring.
Engraveable Fines: A gift with a personal touch for all
The best gifts in life are personalised, so when in doubt, give your gift a personal touch to make it truly special. Choose from a variety of different fines and engrave a name, date or a meaningful message – the world is your oyster.
Psssst...there's more where that came from, shop all ethical gifts here.
To ensure you receive your items in time for Christmas, make sure to place your made-to-order items on or before the 23rd of November to give ample time for shipping!