If you’re on the hunt to buy Christmas presents and need some inspiration, look no further. Here’s a range of festive ideas from Starling business customers.

Bare Kind

Animal print socks from online shop Bare Kind are designed to give everyone that warm fuzzy feeling. Not only are the socks made from soft bamboo fibres, every purchase results in a donation to an animal conservation charity.

Panda print socks from Bare Kind (10% of profits go to Panda International)

Mums Bake Cakes

Homemade cakes often have something extra special about them, especially when they’re made for you and dropped round to your house. Mums Bake Cakes is an online directory that connects you or a loved one to local bakers.

Cakes made by a local baker listed on Mums Bake Cakes

Wakuda

From candles to art prints, there’s something for everyone at Wakuda, a digital marketplace for Black-owned businesses. More than 70% of the 2000 products listed are vegan or organic.

Luxury candles from Wakuda

The Little Loop

If you’re looking for a present for a grandchild, niece or nephew, you may want to choose a giftcard from The Little Loop, a eco-conscious online rental service for children’s clothing. The recipient could choose a cosy jumper or party dress - whatever they most want. They can wear it and then swap as the seasons change, or as they grow and need bigger sizes.

Clothes from The Little Loop come in a reusable zip bag

Make Up or Break Up

When it comes to stocking presents, a little pot of glitter could be a great option, especially biodegradable glitter that comes in all sorts of colours. Festival Glitter from Make Up or Break Up can be bought online in festival mix, holographic, stars and more.

Make Up or Break Up sells biodegradable glitter

Sadé

For bookworms and keen learners, a quarterly subscription to Sadé, the magazine for children aged seven and above, could make a brilliant gift. Edited by 11-year-old Sadé, each edition includes facts and stories from history, science and the arts, often with an emphasis on inspiring young Black girls.

Sadé and Davina of Sadé Magazine

Ocean Bottle

Reusable water bottles from Ocean Bottle can be used for hot or cold drinks and come in six colours. For every water bottle sold, Ocean Bottle funds the collection of the equivalent of 1000 plastic bottles from counties where plastic pollution is especially bad, including Indonesia, Brazil and the Philippines.

Reusable water bottles from Ocean Bottle

Imagine Me Stories

Through Imagine Me Stories, you can send a child a gift box containing a book featuring Black main characters and a Black history activity pack. There are gift options for various age groups: 0-3 year olds, 4-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds.

Previous books included in Imagine Me Stories gift boxes

COAT paint

If you know someone who is planning to redecorate their home, this could help. The team at COAT makes and sells sustainable paint in 36 colours, sold online and delivered in recyclable tins. There’s a giftcard option too.

COAT sells made to order paint

Made Bare

At Made Bare, everything is handmade from natural ingredients, such as lavender, peppermint and rosemary. The online shop includes lip balms, lip scrubs, body scrubs and gift packs.

Made Bare sell products made from natural ingredients

Colour Celebrations

The online Christmas shop for Colour Celebrations features a limited edition toy, plus wrapping paper and a festive Santa hat.

Santa toy from Colour Celebrations

If you know someone that’s about to have a baby or has just had a baby, you may also be interested in their milestone cards, which feature Black babies and babies with mixed ethnicity and are designed to celebrate a baby’s growth and development.

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