Christmas Gift Guide: 5 heart warming presents that give back…

Inspired by the #womenled campaign from our friends at The Women’s Chapter, we want to encourage women in Surrey to support all of the fantastic local shopkeepers that are founded or lead by women. Women truly are the driving force of the UK economy, with female founded businesses adding over £3 billion to the UK’s bottom line over the past year.

Check out our roundup of 5 heart warming presents that give back. From supporting women artisans in India to helping WWF protect tigers, you can give two gifts for the price of one by choosing one of these awesome presents…

1. ED-London gift boxes make the perfect present for the conscious consumer in your life. The Heather Rose scarf is a firm favourite at and the grooming products for men are ace. 10% of every sale is donated to the Anchal Project to help them build a health camp for the Anchor female artisans. Shop it now at ED-London.

2. The Tiger Protector, children’s book in aid of WWFWritten by Jeanne Willis about the wounded tiger who is taken in by a youngster, you can personalise the story to feature an adult and child of your choice, making each copy unique. Money raised from the book is donated to the work WWF undertakes to end the illegal trade in tigers and their parts, and help local communities protect their habitats. Get your copy now! 

3. Selfish Mother #GoodTees have raised over £100k for amazing causes around the world. What’s even better is that their super comfy and snuggly and each one has a different design. £5 from the retail price of each item is donated to the #GoodTees fund which distributes money to a small hand-picked list of charities. There’s also a range for the guys which are also super cool. Selfish Mother founder, Molly Gunn, is originally a Guildford girl so we’ve got a local connection in there too. Check out the full range at the FMLY Store online. 

4. Kujenga homewares and accessories – these hand-made bags are made from largely recycled materials, including reclaimed buckles and reused skirt and jumper material by the artists and craftspeople supported by Raise the Roof, an incredible charity started by Farnham resident Holly Bantleman in 2010. They work with artisans in developing communities to create beautiful, handcrafted accessories which are made to do good and support Raise the Roof’s aim to empower communities in Africa to build sustainable futures. Shop the look and find out more about this incredible organisation and it’s good work…

5. Tara & Tyronne is a series of delightfully written and illustrated storybooks for children of all ages with 10% of the profits going to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. The books are great and have been toddler tested over here at HQ to rave reviews. The story behind the story is heartbreakingly beautiful. High school sweethearts Jake and Emmy re-connected as adults only to find that Emmy had a rare form of incurable cancer.

She was referred to The Royal Marsden for treatment and inspired by the care and kindness they gave to her during treatment she and Jake decided to raise money and awareness by cycling (on a tandem!) across Europe from London to Copenhagen in what became known as EJTandemonium. Very sadly Emmy passed away in June 2017 but her legacy lives on through these splendid books. Find out more about Jake and Emmy’s journey and pick up a copy of Tara & Tyronne from their Etsy shop. 



If you’re still in need of more #giftspo come along to one of the Shopkeepers Week events taking place from 7th December – 14th December. And don’t forget to book your ticket to our Merry & Bright Christmas party! Free fizz, fantastic shopping and a chance to catch up with the lovely ladies of before the Christmas holidays.