The best sustainable gifts for friends and family are personal and practical. For us, a sustainable gift should stand the test of time, whether it’s passed down the ages, repurposed or simply hard-wearing. Not sure where to start? Smiths Emporium has compiled a guide to the best sustainable gifts for all kinds of characters – read on to get inspired!
For the artist
The creative cats in our lives can be tricky to buy sustainably for – or, so you might think! In reality, there are countless ways to inspire and spoil your artistic friends and family. Art itself is a great place to start…
Not only is an art print a fantastic source of inspiration and personality to add to any room, but the giclée printing method ensures prints are hard-wearing for over one hundred years! The heavyweight fade and water resistant paper will stand the test of time whether you decide to frame the piece or not.
Looking for something a little more unique? Smiths Emporium are proud to work with artists who think outside the box, producing wonderful pieces such as the tile art range. With a huge selection of hand-designed and hand-crafted tiles, these make a brilliant sustainable gift for the arty people in our lives. Stick them on the fridge using the magnetic backing, paste them on the wall to create your own stunning mosaic, or use the minis as your new favourite coasters – the choices are endless.
For the DIY enthusiast
The do-it-yourself enthusiast is never found too far from their toolbox. They often prefer to look past the manual, instead favouring the one-of-a-kind look of something that’s truly homemade, and we’ve got just the things for them…
Made by reclaiming and recycling vintage plumbing pipes and fittings, these bookends and coat hooks will delight any DIY enthusiast. Hand-polished and hand-painted, these sets are not only gorgeous, but also durable, and develop even more character as they age. Looking for something to add a touch of elegance? The trio of copper candle holders and the candelabra make a stunning centerpiece for a beautiful dinner party.
While it may not be the flatpack furniture of a DIY hero’s dreams, it certainly has the rustic and one-of-a-kind charm of something truly handmade. Our furniture has come from humble beginnings, and has been upcycled and well-loved to become the unique and durable pieces they are today without inflicting further impact on the environment.
For a special someone
Whether it’s a special anniversary or just a reminder that you’re thinking of them, the perfect gift for that special someone speaks a thousand words. Treat them to an evening of pampering with a selection of goodies for the body and soul, or dazzle them with a piece of jewellery filled with Irish heritage.
Smiths Emporium’s broad range of jewellery means that there’s something to suit every personality. The selection of leather bracelets by Anchor and Crew are stylish, durable and timeless, and best of all, they’re made through a highly ethical and traceable supply chain.
Alternatively, Ogham Treasure boasts hand-designed and hand-crafted sterling silver pieces that are infused with ancient Celtic history. Each piece features a hand-carved letter from the Ogham alphabet, also known as the ‘Celtic Tree Alphabet’.
Nothing says ‘I love you’ like an invitation to relax and unwind, and with Smiths Emporium’s range of Warrior Botanicals, your loved one will be able to do exactly that. Free from synthetic fragrances, artificial colours, parabens and sulfates, this range of body care is perfect for natural self care. Better yet, each balm, salve, mask and soak is beautifully prepared in reusable packaging, meaning you can create your own concoctions or simply recycle it once you’re finished.
For the hostess with the mostest
We all know someone who throws the most unforgettable dinners and parties. To celebrate that dazzling host, Smiths Emporium has some sustainable gifts we know they’ll love…
For those evenings with friends and a good few drinks, a cocktail candle is a fantastically quirky addition to the festivities. Available in a range of delicious scents – including mojito, cosmopolitan and manhattan – these will spice up any dinner party like no other candle. Alternatively, for more refined sustainable gifts, try the selection from Rewined, featuring pinot noir, merlot and cabernet scents.
A good tableware set ties together any dining occasion; from Christmas dinner to summer barbecue spreads, these stoneware bowls and plates add a rustic yet elegant touch. Each piece is entirely one of a kind because of the reactive glazing methods used. Smiths Emporium is proud to help protect these traditional methods of creating stunning stoneware, which are now so easily overlooked in favour of mass production.
For the little ones
There’s no forgetting the little ones in our lives. Because of an overproduction of single-use toys, it can be tough to find sustainable gifts for children – that’s where Smiths Emporium comes in.
Our range of TOFT crochet kits are perfect for all ages, but kids in particular will love these quirky sets that include all the instruction you need to make a cuddly friend. From Kat the Turtle to Mike the Jellyfish, and even some prawns in a tin, there’s a kit out there for birthdays, Christmas and more. Best of all, each TOFT kit uses yarn that’s spun in the UK, with wool from TOFT’s very own herd of alpacas.