The MGF Ethical Christmas Gift Guide

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We’ve teamed up with some of our favourite Gin-Funder-led businesses to bring you a smorgasbord of smashing Christmas gifts we think you’ll love. Give the usual you-know-who websites the heave-ho and spend your hard-earned dosh on these gorgeous, independent, parent-led, ethical brands instead. Christmas is sorted, without leaving the settee.

Fancy seeing these lovely products in 3D? Tune in to our online daily Christmas Markets this week – Monday 11th – Friday 15th November at 12.30, plus Wednesday 13th at 8.30pm on our Facebook Page, where you’ll be able to meet the makers and designers, ask questions and see the products up close and personal – I’ll even sniff and stroke them for you if you like! (the presents, not the sellers).

Beeutiful

Beeutiful
Carly is a beekeeper who started making natural skincare products after reading that honey was used in WW1 to heal wounds. Having played in her kitchen & received positive feedback Beeutiful was born. Beeutiful still has it’s own hives & only the honey from Beeutiful bees is in Beeutiful skincare. Believing if you can’t eat it why put it on your skin, all ingredients are chosen for their therapeutic properties to hand make 100% natural skincare & all packaging is recyclable. Beeutiful avoids preservatives in their products by formulating balms and body butters meaning no artificial ingredients are required & a little product goes a long way. Having won numerous industry awards as well as Theo Paphitis’ Small Business Sunday award Beeutiful is making a name for itself in the “green” beauty & waste free markets. A donation from all Beeutiful sales goes to the British Beekeeping Association.

Web: www.beeutiful.co.uk
Facebook: @beeutifulskincare
Instagram: @beeutifulbees
Twitter: @beeutifulbees

Boom Creations

Boom Creations was set up in January 2019 by us, Karen and Alex. Two working mums based in Surrey, each with 3 children.  We have been friends for a good few years now, and as two hard working successful business mums, we found ourselves coming up with endless ideas of stuff we wanted to make, (more often than not with one too many glasses of wine involved) and things we thought were cool but we could not find to buy.  Fast forward six months and BOOM! here we are launching our first two products.
Our aim is to design, produce and bring to market a random set of quirky, fresh and innovative products that we think you will love, all of which are incredibly useful in their own way.  Each product has been designed by us and are things that you would not necessarily know you needed until you see it.  All products are designed to make your everyday life that little bit more fun and enjoyable.  We want to put a smile on people’s faces, whilst doing our bit for the environment along the way. We hope you enjoy our products as much as we did creating them!
Karen and Alex xx

Web: www.boomcreations.co.uk
Facebook: @queenboomcreations
Instagram: @boom_creations
Twitter: @creationsboom

Love of Mum

For the Love of Mum
Hello! Im Vicki, Mum of three (aged 6, 4 and 2) and founder of For the Love of Mum – an independent online store selling super stylish products for Mums and Mums-to-be.

Our ethos is to help Mums retain their own sense of style and identity during a period
of huge emotional and physical change in their lives. Our products have been
carefully curated to be practical for use during pregnancy or with baby, but are also
design-led and on-trend for the style-conscious Mum.

So if you’re looking for a beautiful baby shower gift or a lovely treat for yourself,
browse our selection of high quality, super stylish products now.
Curated by a Mum for Mums – styling motherhood!

Web: https://fortheloveofmum.com/
Facebook: @fortheloveofmum
Instagram: @fortheloveof_mum

Busy Bots

My Busy Bots
The brainchild of Leanne and Candice – two friends and busy mums, we design and create educational busy bags for children from 18 months – 8 years old. Our bags encourage learning through play and are great resources for parents to use to engage their child and help develop essential skills. They are also amazing to use when travelling, in waiting rooms, at restaurants or at home (when you are trying to make dinner or clean). Our products make the perfect gifts this Christmas as they are affordable, educational, reusable, mess-free (no glitter or glue) and are extendable.

Web: www.mybusybots.com/
Facebook: @mybusybots/
Instagram: @mybusybots/
Pinterest: @mybusybots/pins/
YouTube: @watch

A Year of Dates

A Year of Dates is a family gift business creating thoughtful products that encourage couples, families and friends to spend time together and make memories. Our Date Boxes contain activities sealed in colour coded envelopes, the element of surprise keeps the gift exciting all year. Also available: New Parent, Anniversary and NEW Movie Night Edition – gifts to suit all couples.

Web: www.ayearofdates.co.uk
Facebook: @ayearofdates
Instagram: @ayearofdates

Base Ace

Base Ace kits are exciting and expandable 3D platforms on which to build and play. Our kits are the perfect custom accessory for your LEGO mini figures and bricks. These robust and colourful kits can be connected and expanded to create space stations, castles or a dramatic backdrop for a superhero mission. Base Ace will inspire creative play and provide hours of fun.

Web: www.BaseAce.co.uk
Facebook: @BaseAce3D
Instagram: @baseace3d
YouTube Channel: watch

Brits Love Vintage

Brits Love Vintage specialises in handmade lampshades and recycling & repurposing furniture with commissions undertaken. Ex-Lewisham Midwife, Jackie, offers lampshade & furniture painting workshops in Whitstable, as well as Bottle Lamp Kits to make your own bottle lamp (everything included apart from the bottle) and Project Bags – everything included for you to transform your own small piece of furniture / or front door with Frenchic paint.

Web: www.britslovevintage.com
Facebook: @britslovevintage
Instagram: @britslovevintage
Twitter: @britsluvvintage

Eco Cards

Eco Friendly Co Images was founded by Scott in 1993 whilst driving around rural Devon, selling cards out of a banana box in the back of his rusty Dhatsun Sunny. Sue then joined “knowing nothing about running a card business whatsoever”. After researching everything from the types of inks they used to the bag they packed the card in, they created the list of ‘Eco-commitments’ that still determine how they create their products today.

Web: www.ecofriendlycards.shop/
Facebook: @glebecottage
Twitter: @ecofriendlycard

Little Wildlings

Little Wildlings was founded by myself, Cathryn. I’ve taught myself everything from scratch, from finding the factory who could produce everything on organic fabrics and eco friendly inks to designing the web page, product photography, social media, etc! All with 3 children in tow! I have a crazy love for animal prints and Mama jumpers so I wanted to create a collection that everyone could enjoy.

Web: www.littlewildlings.co.uk/
Facebook: @lovelittlewildlings
Instagram: @lovelittlewildlings

Mama Brown

Mama Brown & Co is THE online magazine and marketplace dedicated to making parenting more playful and family life more fun. Our marketplace is a celebration of fabulous small businesses who are creating innovative and beautiful products to support children’s play and learning, whilst the online magazine brings together a pool of contributors, all sharing advice, tips, hacks and inspiring us all to play, learn and grow together.

Web: www.mamabrown.co.uk
Facebook: @mamabrownandco
Instagram: @mamabrownandco

Nurture Collective

Nurture Collective is home to ethical, sustainable and unique clothing and gifts for kids, curated by Mims. ‘It all started with wanting Yasmin’s baby products to be chemical free and then it quickly progressed to her clothing. Away from high street brands, I discovered there were small independents out there doing really great things. So I thought ‘wouldn’t it be far more impactful to bring them together and tell their story.’ All the Nurture Collective products featured come with free postage and please use Friends15 for 15% off and the Curvy Balance Board comes with a FREE natural wooden baby rattle.

Web: www.nurturecollective.co.uk/
Facebook: @wearenurturecollective
Instagram: @nurture_collective

Ponchlin

Ponchlin was created after my husband was driven mad by muslins that slipped off his shoulder! Ponchlin is a stylish, simple and contemporary accessory. This multi-functional piece can be used as a baby feeding scarf, a car seat cover, swaddle and as a stylish scarf. We also have a scarf for children, a contemporary way to keep clothes clean for 1-5 year olds. Exclusive 15% off with code MGF15.

Web: www.ponchlin.com
Facebook: @ponchlin
Instagram: @ponchlin

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Snuggle Truffle is an online store selling throws, blankets and quilts that make you smile. Eleanor’s daughter had been having sleepless nights with itchy, sore skin and she’d tried everything. Then, randomly, she threw a peshetmal throw on her. She curled up in it and loved it. The throws are designed by Eleanor and can be washed in the machine without worry. They are the most useful item you’ll own – a towel, throw, blanket, scarf and more.

Web: https://snuggletruffle.co.uk/
Facebook: @snuggletruffle
Instagram: @snuggletruffle
Twitter: @snuggletruffle

Scrubbingtons

Welcome to Scrubbingtons, the home of washing solutions crammed full of nifty ideas. Finger sticking FOAM that unlike gel, actually reaches all the grimy parts, irresistible to even the most hardened shower dodger. Made from NATURAL stuff and tested by clever folk so we know it’s great for everyone – even those kids with really SENSITIVE SKIN.  Built in natural PONG PREVENTERS as well as a DEODORANT because real kids can be quite whiffy.

Web: www.scrubbingtons.com
Facebook: @scrubbingtons
Instagram: @scrubbingtons
Twitter: @scrubbingtons

Talking Products

Talking Products – whether it’s the recordable greeting card – which allows you to send your own personal voice message or the Talking Photo Albums – there won’t be a dry eye in the house when Granny hears the birthday song from her grandson, or when he listens to a story read by her.  Enhance your photographs by combining speech, music and sound effects to create a unique gift.

Web:  Deluxe Talking Photo Album / Record-A-Card
Facebook: @talkingpro
Instagram: @talking_products
You Tube: Watch

Dou Doods

The DouDoods are a gang of fuzzy friends for your little folk. These beautifully designed and luxuriously handmade baby & toddler comforters are the perfect cuddle buddies and sleep aids. Their quirky characters spark facial recognition and imagination development as baby grows into a toddler. A perfect baby shower gift. Create a sibling pack by adding a dress up mask or eye patch so an older sibling doesn’t feel left out.

Web: www.thedoudoods.com
Facebook: @thedoudoods
Instagram: @thedoudoods

Milky Tea Company

The Milky Tee Company is a breastfeeding clothing brand with the aim of helping mums feel confident and look stylish while feeding their baby. Designed by a mum-of-two, Lauren, our clothes have hidden zips on each side to allow easy access for breastfeeding, expressing or tandem feeding. They come plain or with slogans, including ‘Tired is the new Black’ and look like standard tops so can be worn even after you finish breastfeeding.

Web: www.themilkyteecompany.com
Instagram: @themilkyteeco
Facebook: @MilkyTeeCo

Heavens to Betsy

Heavens to Betsy is all about capturing the fleeting moments of childhood in a beautiful, storybook style. By commissioning Nancy to illustrate your photo, an everyday snapshot will become a piece of artwork, completely personal to you and your family, to cherish for many years to come. Nancy also loves to big up her local area and has a range of great gifts from the dressed up Catford Cat to the historical landmarks of Lewisham!

Web: http://heavenstobetsy.co.uk
Etsy: /uk/shop/HeavenstoBetsyArt
Facebook: @heavenstobetsyillustrations
Instagram: @heavens_to_betsy_illustration

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At The Girl Element, we’re taking a stand against gender-stereotypes that limit the potential of our girls. We want to empower our daughters and encourage them to do anything they dream of.

Our vision is to create a range of nightwear for girls who dare to be different. For girls who want to invent, imagine, create and explore. We want bedtime conversations to be full of wonder and curiosity and dreams to be big. 10% off with code MGF.

Web: www.thegirlelement.co.uk
Facebook: @thegirlelement
Instagram: @thegirlelement
Twitter: @thegirl_element

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The Mummy’s Gin Fund #nomumleftbehind fundraising pouch is an ace way to store and transport your baby stuff, lady stuff, man stuff, make-up stuff, toiletries stuff, work stuff or life stuff. Andy Day not included.

100% of the profits are shared between MGF’s #nomumleftbehind mission and MumsAid, an incredible charity providing free, life-saving post-natal counselling for mums. Help us kick loneliness up the backside, all whilst carrying your bits and bobs in a stylish fashion.

FREE POSTAGE UNTIL 2020!

Web: www.mummysginfund.co.uk/
Facebook: @MGFund
Instagram: @mummysginfund

DON’T FORGET – TUNE IN TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE EVERY DAY THIS WEEK AT 12.30, PLUS WEDNESDAY AT 8.30PM – TO SEE YOUR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.

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Founder of MGF, Helen is a mum of four who spends way too much time on the interweb and not enough time in bed. She loves wearing her dressing gown, car boot sales and watching TV programmes featuring food. Her specialist subjects include 'how to overfill your car boot' and 'how to avoid dusting'. Follow her at Twitter: @Ginfund, Facebook: @MGFund, Instagram: @mummysginfund and online: www.mummysginfund.co.uk.

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