Ethical baby shower gift guide

Baby showers are a wonderful way to indulge your pregnant friends and celebrate their exciting new journey. Whether you choose to buy a unique baby shower gift for the expectant mum, their baby or both – the choice can feel a little daunting. There are some beautiful ethical gifts out there that are perfect for baby showers. Here is my pick of unusual gift options for mums-to-be:

Cloth nappy memory cards & pocket nappies from Baba+Boo

Beautifully made and with such personality and gorgeous designs. I’m a huge fan of Baba+Boo’s cloth nappies. Create a little bundle with their cloth nappy memory cards and a selection of their pocket nappies, for a gift that is as useful as it is ethical.

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For something different, Baba+Boo’s cloth nappy memory cards are a gentle, funny and adorable way to capture baby’s cloth nappy journey. Photo baby as she reaches milestones like her first poonami; or simply as a way of reminding mama that she’s doing her bit for the planet. Fourteen cards in total that are beautifully presented in a special gift box.

 

Reusable nappies aren’t just kinder to the planet, they’re kinder to your pocket too – something every mama cares about. And with designs like these, you’re giving a gift that’s on trend as well as useful. Baba+Boo’s designs are easy-to-use pocket nappies that are available as newborn and one size nappies; you can buy them as singles or in bundles of 3, 5,10 or 20.

Soothe Mama gift set from Ermana natural skincare

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If you’ve read my book then you’ll understand just how passionate I am about avoiding chemicals during pregnancy, which is why natural, chemical free products that nourish the skin and uplift the spirits make me so excited! This gift set from Ermana is not only beautifully presented in a chic presentation box but the products are absolutely beautiful too. It contains the Soothe Mama Body Balm and Soothe Mama Body Oil which are perfect for pampering pregnant mums.

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Combining cocoa, shea and coconut butters with almond oil and beeswax, the Soothe Mama Body Balm will help keep skin supple and nourished. It is also ideal for bump massage. Massaging your bump is a wonderful way to bond with your baby, as well as being relaxing.

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The Soothe Mama Body Oil is brimming with antioxidants and omega oils to feed and hydrate the skin, as well as helping protect against stretch marks. Apricot, macadamia, jojoba and vitamin E are all renowned for their nourishing and protective properties. Combined together they are the ideal luxurious and pampering body oil. Jojoba is very close in composition to your skin’s natural oils, meaning it is the perfect way to feed dry and dehydrated skin.

Online baby massage, language and connection course from Roots & Wings Parenting

Baby massage is a beautiful way to bond, connect and communicate with your little one. Taking an online course means that you can enjoy things at your own pace and both parents can be involved at a time that works with your family. This gift is delightfully ethical as it has no carbon footprint attached and is all based online.

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The video course will teach you how to massage your baby as you learn rhymes to correspond with different parts of the body. As well as six videos, this package includes 2 handouts, a how to guide and a colic sequence. Email support is available too and Alexia is immensely approachable and friendly, as well as highly knowledgeable.

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If you’d like to give your friend a unique baby shower gift in the form of an online baby massage course then all you need to do is buy the course from the Roots & Wings website and pass the login details on to your friend, or contact Alexia directly to arrange a personalised gift voucher.

Quarterly subscription box from Gentle Mamas

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If you are looking for safe and natural products then the girls at Gentle Mamas have selected some of the best out there for their subscription boxes. Offering the finest in natural and organics products, they pick 4-5 products each month which fit in perfectly with your non-toxic eco-friendly ethos. With gifts for mum and baby, these boxes are the ideal baby shower gift. Whether you buy a single box or an ongoing subscription, the boxes are curated according to the babies age. You can expect organic nipple butters, massage oils, natural toothpastes, silicone teethers, organic bodysuits, blankets, cardigans, natural perfumes, body washes, creams and so much more.

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They are also launching a brand new New Mama Luxury Box next week which includes a motivational planner, delicious chocolate and a wonderful array of luxurious natural beauty products. There are plenty of other gifts on their website which are ideal for pampering pregnant or new mums, as well as newborns.

Make your own relaxing bath salts gift set from Naissance

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I love this gift set from Naissance as it combines a wonderfully relaxing beauty treat, with a lovely activity. Creating your own beauty products mean that you know exactly what goes into them and with this beautiful gift set that means it’s cruelty free, vegan friendly, no parabens, no microbeads, no GMO, no SLS, no additives. As well as being packaged using sustainable paper and cardboard.

 

This set includes Himalayan salt, organic lavender essential oil, bergamot oil, lavender petals, a jar and a wooden scoop. The lavender is sourced from the Rose Valley in Bulgaria and smells divine as well as being relaxing and calming. Bergamot is refreshing and antiseptic, as well as being a powerful antidepressant. Lavender is fantastic for easing fluid retention and soothing away aches and pains.

Please check with your medical practitioner prior to using aromatherapy oils, especially if you have any health concerns. It is also worth noting that during pregnancy a woman’s skin is much more sensitive so expectant mothers should be extra-vigilant when using citrus-based oils (such as bergamot) as they can make your skin even more sensitive to UV light and may accelerate sunburn.

Beautiful natural makeup from bareMinerals

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This radiant collection for eyes, lips and cheeks is the perfect way to make any girl feel glamorous and decadent. If you want to gift your friend with something that is chemical free and natural, and can be used throughout pregnancy and beyond then indulging in some quality makeup might be a welcome move. With a stunning quartet of eyecolours, blush, luminizer, mascara and lipgloss this collection also comes in a beautiful bag making it a lovely gift.

Elegant jewellery from People Tree

If you are confused by which developmental toy is trending or worried about buying the same pampering mum-to-be products as another friend, then you might decide to buy your pregnant friend a gift that isn’t an obvious choice for a baby shower. As well as their wonderful ethical clothes, People Tree also do some stunning jewellery. A beautiful bracelet would be a lovely choice as swapping it from wrist to wrist after each feed is a great way for breastfeeding mums to remember which side they last fed from.

This beautiful gold-plated Soko cuff was handcrafted by African artisans and will add a dash of intrigue to any outfit.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Let’s hear it for the boys!

I’m incredibly lucky, in that my dad is brilliant. Not only has he always been supportive, encouraging and loving but he is also fiercely creative and artistic. His love of books has without doubt been passed on to me, and I believe that it was him reading to us as kids – combined with his eloquence and love of language – that led to me becoming an author, columnist and performance poet. All that aside, he has been an incredible granddad to my daughter. She is following in his footsteps as a musician (although she is very much forging her own path). So as father’s day approaches, I’ve been thinking about what sort of gifts are ideal for the men who have shaped us, inspired us, challenged us and encouraged us. Environmentally-conscious gifts for guys who are a little left field, a touch unique and certainly worth celebrating.

Matching tops from Inkrocket

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I recently discovered Inkrocket, and I fell in love immediately. This company was founded after Clare’s daughter expressed her concerns for poverty in Africa and insisted on doing something to help. Not only do they make beautifully designed clothes (that are also ethically and responsibly produced) but they also donate 15% of their profit to their chosen causes. I love the personality in the unique designs, and so I couldn’t resist adding their Daddy & Me – Adventure is Calling set to this gift guide. With a long sleeved t-shirt for the little one and a chunky ‘hideaway’ hoodie for daddy – I think this is the perfect gift for adventurous dads and their wild offspring! I love how family sits at the heart of this business too.

A bespoke song from Songfinch

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When the guys at Songfinch heard that I was doing a Father’s Day Guide, they got in touch to offer one of my readers a bespoke song. Songfinch has a pool of professional musicians who will write, record and produce a radio quality song based on any stories or memories that you supply them with. So we set up a little comp and I got my daughter to pick the most deserving winner – based on their response to why they thought their dad deserved his own song! If you are looking for a gift with a difference then this is a really lovely way to celebrate your unique relationship with your dad, sum up some precious memories and give him a gift that he’ll treasure for life. I love how eco-friendly this gift is, with no postage involved as it is all done online. So even if your dad is the other side of the world you can send something meaningful to him. Get on this one quickly to allow the songwriters time to craft your song for you. 

Here is the song that was written for our competition winner: https://www.songfinch.com/stories/derek-papa-d-steele

Any design on a cake from Bakerdays

I’m a big believer in celebrating with cake; from big birthdays to small victories there should always be an excuse for cake. If your daddy lives far away, then a letterbox cake with a unique design could really make him smile. If you’re local, you can always share the cake with him yourself. As the team at Bakerdays can create a cake with any design of your choosing, you might decide to feature the image from your baby scan if you’re celebrating father’s day with a daddy-to-be or if you want to throw some nostalgia at your dad then a family photo could cause a few tears (or hoots of laughter).

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When I told the team at Bakerdays that I was going to feature them in my father’s day gift guide, they sent me a beautiful (and very delicious) cake with my book cover on!

Kaufmann Mercantile

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Nowadays, so much of society feels disposable; from packaging and flatpack furniture to relationships. Nothing feels built to last anymore, which is why I am so enamoured by the beautiful, artisanal creations from Kaufmann Mercantile. Every item is built to last, making their products highly sustainable gift options. There is so much to choose from, you could lose hours delving through their wares. Here are a couple of stand-out items that I think would make awesome father’s day gifts – a birch cutting board, a Japanese Porcelain Nesting Sake Set, a lock knife, a cast iron skillet… there are some beautiful and unusual gifts on offer. You can peruse the full collection here:

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Days out

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I always think that memories and experiences are a beautiful gift. When someone has been in your life for many years, it can often feel as if you’ve exhausted every gift option. So taking your dad somewhere new or engaging in an experience together is a lovely idea. Days out also mean you can include dads and granddads, building lots of memories. Take your camera, a homemade picnic and some supplies, then find somewhere exciting to explore!

A Father’s Day Meal

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A home-cooked meal is a fantastic way to show your dad some love. It’s also a lovely way to get the kids involved in making something special for daddy. Get the kids on board to help with a special breakfast or afternoon tea. If they are too tiny to bake they can make cards or decorations. For me, one of the best ways to show someone that you love them is by feeding them properly.

Aveda

I love Aveda’s natural and eco-friendly products, and they do a brilliant range for men too. The Pure-formance shampoo and conditioner smell incredible, leave your hair feeling silky and nourished and you don’t have to worry about chemicals! (Click on the images to zip straight to the Aveda shop).

The light elements shaping wax is lightweight but has a great hold and would be the ideal addition to this little haircare collection.

Neville Beard Care Kit

This trio of magic includes an exfoliate, beard oil and shave cream for the perfectly groomed beard. I love how these products are brimming with natural tastiness such as olive oil, cocoa butter and organic argan oil. The addition of volcanic ash sounds deliciously masculine. Nothing says “you’re the daddy” more than a facial scrub with fragments of the earth’s core! (Click on the image to nab the Neville Beard Care Kit for your beardy Papa). 

However you choose to celebrate your dad (or the father of your kids) there are plenty of ways to say thank you that are gentle on your wallet and the environment, and as delightfully unique as he is.