The C-Word: No Nonsense Gift Guides, The Conscious Consumer

The tone of these gift guides so far have been very tongue in cheek and a little rude. That’s how I roll – #sorrynotsorry.

However, we’re going to save rolling our collective eyes at our holier-than-thou Conscious Consumer friend (the one that has been avoiding mass produced fashion like the plague – good! but forgetting about those morals on a 3am McDonalds binge – not quite so good!) and instead offer them some truly meaningful gifts, that make a difference. Just don’t leave them in a fast food joint at 3am after friend Christmas.


Gift for The Conscious Consumer



The founders of MOSS, Rob and Syreeta are an awesome creative couple whose lives were disrupted when Rob suffered a brain haemorrhage and stroke in 2014. Syreeta put her career on hold to care for Rob who unfortunately is still paralysed on one side. Together they crafted their brand MOSS. As they put it, “the brand was born from a desire to create light out of the darkness; an innovative and conceptual approach to dealing with life-changing events.” 

I love their hand poured candles with evocative names and stories like No.1 Wander to Man Mo Temple (with notes of pepper, spice and wood) which starts “We met in Hong Kong. Both urban nomads, far from home, living parallel lives, same cities, never meeting.  But paths finally cross in Hong Kong.”




Head and Hands is a loving curated indie store focused on self-care and positive mental health. Amanda, the brand founder, has collaborated with Sharla of Sharlala Jewellery on The Oracle Collection, a five talisman rings loosely inspired by ‘the hand of five mysteries’, ‘a Masonic invitation to receive secret knowledge’. Each symbol carries a mystic message for the beholder…

The collection launches on 24 November with a launch do in London on 28 November –

Not what you are after?

Have you checked out our Indie Christmas guides for…

The Pet Lover

The Magpie

The Hygge Devotee

The Shoe Obsessive

The Foodie 

Anna Willatt

A chronic over researcher, Anna is the one who will sniff out all the unusual things to do at a destination and create a spreadsheet of options so there's no FOMO. Less likely to be spotted at an infinity pool, Anna will be finding dive bars, flea markets, 3rd wave coffee shops and chatting with locals to find out what they get up to...and sharing that intel here as part of #TeamCoco.

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