Launderette’s Holiday Gift-giving list (you’re welcome)

The holidays are really about giving gifts (even though we wrote our wish list first, oops!). This year we’ve vowed to now let ourselves leave it to the last minute and end up forced to buy some meaningless, crappy gift from a high street chain. This year it’s all about giving friends and family something that was made with care for the planet, the craftsman and the gift-receiver. Here’s our top recommendations for great ethical gifts:

1.  Millican’s ‘Jonathan’ the roll wash bag

Inspired by artist tool rolls, this bag is any man’s best friend. It’s made in 100% organic cotton weatherproof canvas with 100% recycled polyester lining, and the bit of leather is vegetable tanned.  Manufactured in China but at least getting the materials right. Available in Slate Green or Antique Bronze.

Millican 'Jonathan' roll wash - £75

Millican 'Jonathan' roll wash - £75

Roll wash in Antique Bronze

Roll wash in Antique Bronze

2.  Teroforma Whisky Rocks

Co-founder Andrew Hellman took inspiration from a bag of loose stones found in his Swedish grandfather’s liquor cabinet to come up with an American interpretation of a centuries-old Scandinavian tradition. Milled in Vermont by the oldest soapstone workshop in the US.  It takes just three chilled stones just five minutes to send a glass of whisky to perfection!

Teroforma Whisky Stones - US$20

Teroforma Whisky Stones - US$20

4.  Tagsmith’s Folding Leather Business Card Case

Everybody needs a proper business card holder – one that’s built to last.  This one is handcrafted by an expert in Los Angeles using 100% Full Grain USA Eco-Friendly Vegetable Tanned Leather. It comes in a whole array of colours but the natural and black are classics.

Tagsmith's Handmade in America Business Card Holder - US$26

Tagsmith's Handmade in America Business Card Holder - US$26

5.  WEwood’s DATE beige/brown wooden watch

We love this idea! Each watch is made almost entirely from scrap-wood and uses state-of-the-art Miyota movements for the guts.  And for every WEwood purchased, they plant a tree in an American forest. It’s the perfect gift for your lumberjack/Americana/folk music loving man (or lady!)

WEwood wooden watch - US$119

WEwood wooden watch - US$119

6.  People Tree’s Men’s Bobble Hat

Men’s, huh? No way! This hat knows no gender, everyone can wear this, it’s so sweet! It’s this nice soft grey colour with a dark pink pom pom. Hand-knitted in Nepal using 100% and certified Fair Trade wool.

People Tree's grey/pink Bobble Hat - £25

People Tree's grey/pink Bobble Hat - £25

7.  Pants to Poverty’s Affirmation Socks

This is a good reminder to bring in 2012 and all you have to do is take off your shoes! They’re so pink and happy, thank you! Made with 100% organic cotton and for every pair purchased, one pair of thermal socks goes to homeless people in the UK.  Brilliant!

Pants To Poverty's Affirmation Sock in pink/lime green - £9

Pants To Poverty's Affirmation Sock in pink/lime green - £9

8.  Traidcraft’s Recycled Tulip Shaped Wine Glasses

Made by CRISIL, a glass-making factory situated in Cochabamba, central Bolivia. It is a family-owned business run by two brothers. These guys also do really beautifully engraved tumblers and highball glasses. We can hardly choose one!

Traidcraft's Recycled Wine Glasses - £14 for set of 4 (BARGAIN!)

Traidcraft's Recycled Wine Glasses - £14 for set of 4 (BARGAIN!)

9.  KIVA Giftcard

The best gift to get someone who is impossible to shop for. KIVA lets people choose projects they want to support whether a group or individual– for as little as $25. We got a KIVA giftcard two years ago and we’ve lent money to seven start-ups to help them embark on fashion businesses in developing countries. It’s fun and makes you feel like you’re really helping someone!

Kiva gift card - US$25 minimum

Kiva gift card - US$25 minimum

10.  Priti NYC Nail lacquer Winter 2011 collection

Priti NYC polishes are all completely non-toxic and made without toluene, dibutyl phthalate (DHB) and formaldehyde- all known carcinogenic ingredients. They also do a soy nail polish remover and a recycled glass nail file – genius! Available in over 100 different shades including metallics, mattes, bright neons, rich darks, classic nudes, and everything in between.

The new 2011 Winter Collection from Priti NYC - US$12.50 each

The new 2011 Winter Collection from Priti NYC - US$12.50 each

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM LAUNDERETTE!!!

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