Ethical gift guide: for the sustainable living

Put on your best holiday mood and dive into spectacular Christmas universe. Shopping for gifts can be hard, so it’s only natural that shopping for ethical and fair trade gifts is even harder!
With all the thousands of small business out there it can be hard to find those that are really producing gifts that give back. Luckily we’re starting to see a growing trend in sustainably conscious craftsmanship on Etsy. Many of them using their business to do good.
From sustainably sourced materials, to ethically manufactured products these gifts are actually putting something good back into the world.
Whether you’re shopping for ethical Christmas gifts or sustainable birthday present ideas, or perhaps a little something for yourself, this ethical gift guide has you covered.
Sweater  and Leg Warmers 
You can look up to these adorable warming sweaters for a winter season by DesignbyGUS, and best WoolenClogs boots and leg warmers made of cruelty free wool from European farms. Stylish and natural clothing will make you crave for a cozy evening with your family in front of the fireplace.
Vegan Soy Candles
Light is an essential part of a traditional interior setting for Christmas, so why not let it be as lavish and decorative as possible. Embellish your home with candles in different forms to light up the room in a trendy fashion. Please choose these vegan  and nature friendly soy wax candles by MiLiCrafts. The candles are made from sustainable and renewable plant based wax which benefits people and environment. The maker chooses to work with natural soy wax because it is free of animal testing, petroleum and paraffin products. These candles bring joy to your home while taking care of the environment. Also you can find scented pine cones for a small gift idea.
Pine Cones
Also you can enjoy wonderful handmade ceramics by MrBowlCeramics. Clay is one of the most beautiful and durable options available for pottery. Derived directly from the Earth, ceramic is also one of the most natural materials you can use in your home interior designs.
Create a harmonious look by blending matte surfaces with shiny glazing and pastoral structures, preferably up against a deep colored background.
Handmade Pottery
Use natural linen napkins for your table instead of thous made of paper or any other material. Flax is very friendly to earth. So a set of linen napkins, table runner or apron by CozyLinen will be a perfect housewarming gift for your friends. It is a practical gift for everybody and linen fabric last for years.
Full Apron
And what about home decor?
We have so many options for you to choose of. Just have a look to these wonderful Christmas ornaments which are made from foam base and natural Lamb's ear leaves by Kaleda. Or this scented ornaments set made of foam base pepper and cloves.
Christmas Ornaments
Scented Ornaments
One of the best and cutest interior decor, making you feel comfortable is pillows. Pillowlink is offering much more than just a pillowcases. It is truly sustainable living idea by using linen fabric pieces to make your home looking better.
Bolster pillow
Christmas is time for giving and receiving. So don’t forget decorative gift wrapping makes it’s easy to give each gift a personal and exclusive touch that will surely make the receiver exited even before unwrapping the gift. Have a look how we used these felted acorn ornaments by Vaida Petreikis for gift wrapping ;)
Felted acorn ornaments

Table etiquette basics. Things to do or not to do with napkins

Adorable table decor by Svenciu virtuve
Holiday is near, so why not talk about napkins and dining etiquette basics! ⠀
You will be dining at gatherings where formal dining protocol may be in order (or at least appreciated). But how many of us actually know what to do?
So we decided to make a short list of tips and common mistakes of what to do (or avoid) with napkins.

Table linens by CozyLinen
1. First and the basic rule is to put napkin on your lap and don't leave it on the table.
2. If there's a host, wait until he or she picks up a napkin, then pick up yours and place it on your lap. When there isn't a host, wait until two or three people in your group are seated, then pick up your napkin.
3. A large napkin is folded in half with the fold facing the waistline, while a smaller napkin is opened completely. In upscale restaurants, a server may drape a napkin on your lap.
4. Don't unfold your napkin above the table. Unfold your napkin, just above your lap, underneath the table.
Soy candles and scented pine cones by MiLiCrafts
5. If you leave the table during a meal, place your napkin, loosely folded, on the seat of your chair. A napkin is never returned to the table until you're ready to leave; it stays on your lap, even after the meal is finished.
6. When you're ready to leave the table, pick up the napkin by the center, gather it loosely, and place it to the left of the plate. If the plate has been removed, you may place the napkin on the table in front of you.
7. The baddest manners during the dinner is blowing you nose into your napkin, using it as a bib, throwing it on the plate when you're finished. Never, never ever do this!
Ceramic pottery by MrBowlCeramics
8. If you bite into something difficult to chew (like a piece of meat or gristle), you don't spit it into your cloth napkin. When no one is looking, you discreetly take it out with your two fingers and put it on the edge of your plate.
9. Don't place your napkin back on the table while others are still eating.
10. Don't blot lipstick on a cloth napkin or use it as a handkerchief.
11. Do use the napkin to blot the lips, not to wipe the mouth.
Photos by Simona Benetyte

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