Christmas is naturally a time for giving - an opportunity to give to our loved ones, to give to communities that need assistance, and it can also be an opportunity to give back to our environment by choosing to source consciously-created gifts.
We live in times now thankfully, in which there are amazing activist brands and eco-aware innovators, all striving to create products with real care that are designed to last.
Grab a mince pie and get ready to turn away from all things throwaway, with our top gifts that are guaranteed to be cherished by the discerning traveller in your life - or of course - enjoyed as a festive treat to yourself!
Treat a keen skier to handcrafted freeride skis from Lonely Mountain, a micro-ski company based in Perthshire, Scotland. Skis are made from a blend of traditional and modern materials, including cores from FSC-certified woodland and sustainably-sourced resin.
A beautiful foray into slow rural retreats for conscious travellers. Published by Gestalten and French travel journalist, Clara Le Fort - Slow Escapes showcases a gentle new wave of hospitality that focuses on regeneration of land and community.
A four-piece portable fireplace pack that will make a heart glow. Manufactured in Niigata Japan and crafted from durable stainless steel, this gorgeous piece of kit comes with grilling accessories and a base plate to protect the ground from damage. It also folds flat - perfect for storage and use on the road.
A glove company with integrity and a focus on sustainability, that has been handed down through four generations of the Magsnusson family in the small Swedish village of Hestra. Expertly-designed to withstand the Nordic elements, with styles to suit outdoor activities from biking to climbing, Hestra manufacture all gloves in their own factories and source their own wool, leather and other materials.
Give the gift of warmth, with technical towelling to suit those who enjoy time in even the most unforgiving water. Finisterre have been B Corp certified since 2018 and produce annual Impact reports to demonstrate their commitment to product, environment and people.
Patagonia are highly-respected for their climate activism, their 1% for the planet pledge and clothing that is designed to last. The snuggly marsupial fleece is made from 100% recycled polyester, perfect for a cosy chillout around a campfire and is a staple item that can be worn and loved for years.
Crack open a cold one to enjoy rain or shine. Yeti coolers range from soft boxes for a six pack that are leak proof to the ‘virtually indestructible’ large coolers - designed to withstand extreme temperatures, being pulled along on long treks and will keep their cool at all-day socials.
Teva sandals strive to minimise their footprint on the planet. Using traceable verifiable recycled plastic straps using REPREVE® yarn, the company has so far diverted 24 million plastic bottles from landfill. Teva sandals are designed for durability and comfort, ideal for everything from camping and hiking, to beach and water.
Share a responsibly-sourced taste of the Highlands, with a gift bag from Great Glen Charcuterie. Scottish venison is a natural and healthy meat, derived from deer that roam freely in the Scottish hills. It has strong credentials in terms of sustainability and traceability. Hint: If you join us on our Hiking and Food Culture Escape, you’ll get to try the charcuterie for yourself.
As an alternative to buying a gift for somebody who likes to ski (and because we simply love what this brand is all about), consider renting apparel for them from Cirkel Supply. As the name suggests, the company works in favour of a circular economy, to reduce the impact of clothing production on the environment.
Finally, if you’d like to give the gift of adventure for a loved one, chat to our team today. We can to help you by putting together a bespoke itinerary to fit specific travel tastes and departure date, to give them an adventure to cherish.