Here’s to another Christmas filled with all the things that make it special; family & friends, treats to eat & drink, time off and tokens of love and appreciation. Christmas is definitely a time for indulgence but we can still avoid waste. So, here is the RE.STORE guide to gift giving, from a local and sustainable perspective.
Based in Newton St Loe, West of England Falconry was established in 2009 inspired by Director Jay Marshall’s lifelong interest in ornithology. They're a charity dedicated to the well-being, education and conservation of birds of prey. Visitors can enjoy hawk walks, owl encounters or you can buy a gift voucher or sponsor a bird. A lovely gift of an unforgettable experience for any wildlife fans, adults & children alike.
You can say ‘Happy Christmas’ with some beautiful seasonal, sustainable and local flowers, thanks to Seasonal Blooms of Bath. Their ethos is to grow and deliver stunning flowers as sustainably as they can in and around Bath. One of their arrangements of fresh or (long lasting) dried flowers makes a great gift for friends, neighbours and family. They offer seasonal vases, hand-tied bouquets and florist buckets or why not sign up a special someone for one of their subscriptions.
Give the gift of growing with a kit from Teeny Greeny microgreens. Totally sustainable and organic, the grow kits are 100% plastic free and suitable for vegans. Enjoy the experience of sewing, growing PLUS harvesting the delicious, healthy and colourful garnishes for meals the kits provide. These kits are practical, educational and fun. Ideal for all ages and no garden required!
From wild swimmers to adventurous pets, cyclists and campers, SUP’ers and ramblers, Bath Outdoors will have something they need. Their range and experience in the outdoor pursuits category is phenomenal and it’s here in Bath. They test all the equipment themselves (thoroughly!) and it’s all built to last so you can shop for your loved ones in the knowledge it’s a gift they will enjoy for years to come. They also hire out E-bikes so a voucher for an adventure will go down well with the adrenalin-seekers in your life. Click & collect available.
If you haven’t heard of this incredible local brand yet, listen up ! Ubiety is the brainchild of our wonderful local hospice, Dorothy House. Amazing, plant-based products where all the proceeds go straight to the hospice for end of life care locally - so every purchase is the equivalent of double-gifting. We LOVE the candles and room diffusers and body balm - they smell amazing, are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. The packaging is beautiful and they add a touch of luxe for those folks who enjoy toiletries and home-scents.
Why not give a friend or family member a sustainable gift pack that they can continue to refill, long after Christmas has gone? Our bundles for bath and body are an ideal way to introduce someone to refilling who may not have tried it before. Get them started in some sustainable habits with our gorgeous, plant-based cruelty-free products. Ideal for conscious teens or eco-curious adults, you’re never too old to refill and reject single-use plastic. Shampoo & Conditioner, Hand Wash & Bath Foam make perfect gifts for all, especially in our re-usable gift bags.
Did someone say candles? There is nothing more atmospheric and relaxing than a beautiful candle when the evenings are dark and the temperatures have dropped. Perfect gifts come in beautiful, recyclable (and even refillable) packaging with these great, local, small businesses all creating incredible blends for every occasion. A candle is a beautiful gift, which we often wouldn’t treat ourselves to, so give a gift to delight their senses this season. These amazing makers don't just deal in candles though, there is so much more besides. Check their websites, because Somerset artisan goodness awaits !
Got a foodie in the family or a sweet-toothed someone? Make sure you investigate Harth chocolate. This micro-batch, ethical chocolate company from Somerset is passionate about the environment and use organically certified cocoa, sugar and natural ingredients. Handmade in small batches in a workshop on the edge of Bath, their bars, truffles and hot chocolate taste delicious. Beautifully, sustainably wrapped ( all the packaging is plastic free, recyclable, reusable or compostable), these will delight any chocolate lover at any time of year, but especially at Christmas.
There are probably a hundred more ideas locally, but hopefully these will inspire you when you're thinking about Christmas gifting this year and trying to tread more lightly on the planet !