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5 useful lockdown gift ideas that give back

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5 useful lockdown gift ideas that give back

This blog post features a gifted Nordgreen watch.

Helpful isolation and lockdown gift ideas that help others too

Whilst life has come to a standstill for many of us as we stay locked away in our homes, that doesn’t mean important events such as birthdays and anniversaries need to be missed.

In fact, it’s probably more important than ever to remember your loved ones birthdays and to let them know they have not been forgotten, even if you can’t see them in person.

There are lots of ways you can send a thoughtful gift that is useful during lockdown and also helps others at the same time.

Here are several gift ideas that are perfect for those in lockdown, or isolation, that give back too.

1. Nordgreen watches

For many of us, the days in lockdown are blurring into the same.  Without a timepiece and calendar it really can begin to feel like Groundhog day as we no longer leave our homes and see the same four walls each day!

To stay on track of time and allow some routine in lockdown life, a beautiful watch could be a welcome gift.

A luxurious, but affordable, watch is the perfect treat for a romantic partner and Danish watchmakers Nordgreen hit the spot with their elegant, minimalist unisex watches.

Here is the beautiful Native watch which was kindly gifted to me:

Nordgreen Native Watch Gold Mesh Black Dial 36mm

Nordgreen Native Watch Gold Mesh Black Dial 36mm

This watch is perfect for dainty wrists with its very thin watch face and adjustable mesh strap.

Nordgreen have a large selection of watches for both him and her on their website, so you can find the one your gift recipient will love most.

You can also prevent animal cruelty by opting for a vegan leather strap if you prefer a leather strap on your watches.

How Nordgreen gives back

Health, education and environment are important to Nordgreen and they give back with every watch purchase.

Once you have made a purchase and received your watch, you can select one of their partner NGOs to donate a part of the cost of your purchase to.

The causes are:

  • Water for Good - give two months of clean water to one person in the The Central African Republic
  • Pratham UK - give two months of education to a child in India
  • Cool Earth - preserve 200 square foot of rain forest in Latin America

You can find out more about how they give back at https://nordgreen.com/blogs/blog/nordgreen-gives-back

2. Who Gives A Crap loo roll

In many countries, including Australia and the UK, toilet roll was wiped out of stores as people panicked and stock piled this sometimes essential commodity, leaving many without.

Hopefully this loo roll debacle is long behind us now, but with fears of second waves being worse than the coronavirus outbreak we have already experienced, there are no guarantees a strict lockdown won’t be imposed in the future causing mass panic buying once again.

If so, the stores should be better prepared a second time round to limit how many essential items each customer can buy to prevent unavailability.

Another great idea is to sign up to a toilet roll subscription with Who Gives A Crap or buy one-off orders to stock up on your loo roll.  Their boxes of paper come in 24 or 48 rolls, so they’ll keep you going for a while!

They are wrapped in pretty coloured paper to look great on your bathroom side and spark interest.

5 useful lockdown gift ideas that give back

Not only do they look cool, but they have a recycled version made from used office paper or a luxury version made from bamboo.  No trees are harmed in the making of this toilet roll.  Plus, not only do they care about their environmental impact, but Who Gives A Crap donates 50% of all profits to build toilets for those without.  They also regularly support other causes.

Special offer - £5 off your Who Gives A Crap order

Simply click here to use my WGAC referral link to get a £5 off voucher!

3. Lost Stock clothing box

The coronavirus lockdown in the Western world has had devastating economic consequences in Eastern countries too.  One of these effects is shops being closed and orders for certain imported goods being cancelled.

“As a result of coronavirus, Western retailers have cancelled orders leaving garment workers in Bangladesh without income.

Millions of garment workers now face starvation and over US $3bn worth of unwanted new season stock is destined to end up in landfill” - Lost Stock

Lost Stock is an initiative that hopes to prevent all this surplus clothing heading for landfill and support the families in Bangladesh who have suddenly lost all their income.

You can order a clothing box for men, women or kids that will contain 3-5 items from this stock, in your chosen style and size.  The fashion boxes cost £35 each and will feed a family of four in Bangladesh for a week.

free stock photo wardrobe clothes hanging

Free stock photos

The clothes were destined for High Street retailers and you’ll get them at a fraction of their retail value, whilst helping to feed those in need.

Discover the boxes at Lost Stock and order for yourself or gift a box to your loved ones as a birthday treat that helps others too.  Whilst many shops are closed or people do not yet wish to go to the High Street, a surprise box of clothing can really brighten up someone’s day.

To ensure the money goes straight to those who need it most Lost Stock has partnered with Bangladesh NGO SAJIDA Foundation. Each box supports a family of four for a week.

4. Abel and Cole organic vegetable box

Staying healthy during the pandemic is super important for both physical and mental health.  Avoiding the supermarket on a regular basis and human to human contact is also so important to limit the chance of catching and spreading the coronavirus.  So what is the solution?

Subscription boxes of healthy food!

A fresh box of organic fruit and veg from Abel and Cole is not only a great idea for your own household, but it could be a unique and welcome treat to others in lockdown too, particularly those who are in isolation.

Abel and Cole are very flexible with their subscriptions as they can be cancelled at any time or paused.  There are no commitments.

We get an Abel and Cole every week and it’s been a great way to ensure we get a variety of healthy fruits and veggies during the lockdown, without needing to visit the supermarket.

You’ll get to support so many causes by choosing an organic Abel and Cole box:

  • Support local farmers
  • Support organic farming methods
  • Support less pollution
  • Support increased wildlife

Special offer - get 50% off your first and fourth Abel and Cole box

  • To redeem offer, add a weekly fruit & veg box to basket and enter the promotional code FIRSTBOX.
  • Your first, highest value box will be 50% off (minimum box value £12 and maximum value of £27.50) then after receiving 2 full price Abel & Cole deliveries, a box in your 4th order will also be 50% off.
  • £1.50 delivery fee applies.
  • Offer does not apply to those who have an order or delivery in place with us already.
  • Click here to shop!

5. Etsy unique handmade gifts

The handmade selling platform Etsy has so many useful and unique gift ideas from food and toiletries, to homewares and candles, to clothing and face masks.  It has so many items listed that are useful to those in lockdown, or can help to calm the mind, such as aromatherapy candles.

Etsy is also a great place to find personalised occasion cards and notecards so you can keep in touch with those you love by post.  Many sellers offer customisation and bespoke orders and are more than happy to help with a friendly, personal service.  Much different to the service you receive from huge corporations.

Choosing to buy gifts on Etsy means you are supporting the small businesses and individuals themselves - many who may be totally dependent on this income during lockdown.

Instead of lining the pockets of rich CEOs, why not see if you can find the perfect gift direct from an independent seller on Etsy first?

 

 

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