With the countdown to Christmas lowered to days rather than weeks, or even months, it’s easy to slip into the frenzied shopping mode that affects everyone as the days tick past.
To spare you the panic we have highlighted a few gift ideas here, which are not only unique, but are all Fairtrade or made from recycled materials so you can feel even better about your purchases.
Complete Wasters, a Sileby-based recycling co-operative, sell a range of quirky and funky hand-made items produced from household recyclables. We’ve picked a few out for you below, but why not visit the Complete Wasters website to view their full range of products.
Retro Record Coasters
Created from old vinyl records, these coasters are available in a range of colours and artists.
A guaranteed conversation starter, these coasters are hand- made in the UK at The Green Place, Complete Wasters’ environmental visitors centre.
Available in: Tiger (pictured), Dragon, Pig, Monkey, Bear, Giraffe, Cow and Cat.
All parts of this kit are made from recycled cardboard and wooden parts. Paints, glue and brushes are all included, giving you everything to need to put your puppet together.
This hand carved dragon design has coconut shell and bamboo chimes, which create a soft sound when they catch the breeze. This chime was crafted in a Fairtrade workshop in Indonesia.
Now you can take the music with you, wherever you go. These stylish handbags are made from two 12″ records, and are available in a choice of red or white joining fabric.
These bags are made in a Fairtrade workshop in South Africa.
Also available in Sunkist Tutti Frutti Pink and Sunkist Apple Red.
These wallets are handmade from old drinks cartons by a Fairtrade women’s co-operative in the Philippines and are the perfect handbag addition for anyone who likes to have something just a little different.
There is finally a solution to the problem of what to buy the person who seemingly has everything; a set of bamboo panpipes.
These handmade panpipes come in two sizes, making them perfect for people both young and old.
Just Fairtrade co-operative is a shop based in St Martins Square in Leicester.
The shop offers a varied range of items, from clothing to cookware, through to decorations, gift ideas and toiletries.
Unfortunately, Just Fairtrade does not have any products available to purchase from their website, but why not pop into their store?
You are guaranteed to uncover little items that will make perfect stocking fillers, and the Just Fairtrade staff are very friendly and always happy and willing to help you find the ideal gift.
As if that wasn’t enough – money from the sales that Just Fairtrade makes on the items finds its way back to the items creators, so you can always be certain that your money is going to the right people.
Just Fairtrade can be found at:
St Martins Square
(36 Silver Street)
To find out more about what Just Fairtrade offers, please visit their website or call on 0116 253 8032.