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Celebrate All 7 Types Of Love This Holiday Season

December 07, 2018
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The Ancient Greeks divided the word LOVE into seven spokes, each one individually unique yet working in tandem to strengthen the other in continuous motion. Within the wheel is the love for humanity (Agape), familial love (Storge), a love which endures (Pragma), self-love (Philautia), affectionate love (Philia), playful love (Ludus) and erotic love (Eros).

No matter what holiday you are purchasing gifts for, Love is usually the intention behind your hunt, so rather than dividing up gift guides in the ways I have in the past, I thought I would gather some suggestions along this theme to ensure what we buy reflects what we mean.

PRAGMA - Enduring Love
 Pragma is the Love developed over time through effort, demonstrating the patience and tolerance that allow relationships to continuously flower. You find Pragma in married couples who have been together for countless years, finding harmony and friendship which has lasted decades. Celebrating PRAGMA with gifts given is easy in the ethical realm as products are curated in the same way, with hard work, good intentions, and an intention for durability ... maybe even a lifetime guarantee.

Created with a 10-year guarantee, this hoodie is as sustainable as it is snuggly. SHOP >

Thomas Clipper makes eco-friendly razors, colognes and shaving sets that combines impeccable modern design with the best craftsmanship in the world. SHOP >
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SunGod sunglasses are the most durable sunnies on the market and come with an incredible lifetime guarantee. I got a pair this summer and my husband has since stolen them. SHOP >

RIDSON & RIDSON Apron
Risdon & Risdon aprons are made to last; a lifetime guarantee covers each one, including materials and craftsmanship. SHOP >
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Elvis & Kresse create beautifully crafted accessories and luggage from ultra-durable reclaimed materials. Most of their creations come with a lifetime guarantee. SHOP >

THE BEESWAX WRAP CO. Beeswax Wrap
The Beeswax Wrap Co. offers 100% natural, compostable reusable food wraps that have been handmade with love in Stroud, England, by founders Carly and Fran. My husband is obsessed with these for covering up food and keeping the fridge organized ... SHOP >
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Solidteknics make uniquely durable cookware. Their pans and skillets are the first and only to be built from seamless iron and each pan comes with a multi-century warranty ... that's durability we don't see often these days. SHOP >
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Their range of sustainable basics is several cuts above the rest due to their zero compromise approach towards quality, ethics and style; a mindset as simple and wholesome as their garments. SHOP >
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LOST IN SAMSARA Backpack
Created from upcycled materials, this backpack was a fast favourite for my dude. It comes with pockets in perfect places and a handy laptop sleeve. SHOP >



PRAGMA FOR HER

SOKO Bracelet
Soko produces handmade jewellery using natural and upcycled materials. Crafted by African artisans and independent makers which transform each piece into art. SHOP >

LEOTIE LOVELY Computer Bag
This limited-edition, eco-friendly and ethically made computer sleeve is made with fabric handwoven traditionally by artisans in the South of France. SHOP >
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RICHMOND KETTLE COMPANY Kettle
Richmond Kettle Company has proudly produced British copper tea kettles for over 100 years using traditional Edwardian hand-tinning techniques, creating kettles which are both beautiful and completely unique. SHOP >
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MYSSY FARMI 
Created with wool from Finnsheep, born and raised both organically and responsibly on a 200-year-old family farm in Pöytyä, Finland, each cozy product Myssy Farmi produces comes with a lifetime warranty. SHOP >

Ally Bee offer sustainable luxury with her heirloom quality creations. Each piece is cradle-to-cradle certified and Made in Britain. I own a few pieces of her knitwear, and it's flattering, comfortable and epically durable. SHOP >
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CECILIA HAMMARBORG Coat
There are many reasons to swoon over Swedish sustainable fashion designer Cecilia Hammarborg's designs. With beautiful designs, recycled fabrics, and a concern for longevity, these coats are tailored perfectly and will last you for life. SHOP >
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MUNA HOME Black and White Cushion Cover
This beautiful wool cushion cover is handmade the old-fashioned way, using manual looms and a whole lot of love from the few artisans that still know how to use them. SHOP >
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This Elate vegan, cruelty-free and sustainable brush collection, act as your weapons and wands for your beauty ritual. SHOP>
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Made by the men of the village, just outside Taphin in North Vietnam, these beautiful earrings are traditionally crafted and made to last. SHOP>

LUDUS - Playful Love

Ludus is flirtation at its finest, the first stages of falling in love. It's the fun and playful honeymoon stage said to be one of the key elements to keeping love exciting. These gifts are more casual and fun, thus I've collected some of my favourite items that will leave you in a state of play.

For him or her, these ethically produced undies are made from GOTS-certified cotton and hemp. SHOP >

This is one of the best Bluetooth speakers I've owned. Made ethically, sustainably, and philanthropically by Bob Marley's children. SHOP >

These cedar incense cones come from Maine in the USA - home of the log cabin. SHOP > 

Swedish Stockings make their collections of tights from recycled yarn at a cutting-edge facility in Italy which drives a large part of their production with solar panels. SHOP>
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Created by Oyanca Artesania, sales of this hammock help artisans with traditional skills continue to create such stunning pieces of work. This is a perfect piece to snuggle up together in for a slow and steady afternoon. SHOP > 
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BANYAN TREE Massage Oil
Created with 100% pure essential oils and vitamin E, this massage oil creates the ideal ambience for romance while inspiring inner calm and harmony. SHOP>

STORGE - Familiar / Familial Love

This is the love shared through kindship and familiarity, It's that natural form of deep affection which flows between parents and their children, and back again. It's unconditional, and often times, indescribable. For this section, I've dedicated the gift ideas to conscious children who represent storge love with awestriking ease.

With a company ethos rooted in slowing down consumption and reducing waste in an industry known for its wastefulness, Wishbone Design Studio have dedicated themselves to making heirloom-quality bikes that transform as a child grows. SHOP >
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GIVE BACK GOODS Ocean Mist Handwoven Wall Hanging
A true work of art, each handmade woven wall hanging is individually made by artisans in Uganda. SHOP > 

One of my favourite illustrations created for the book I wrote, this Peace Print by Saltwater and Feathers is a beautiful piece for any child's wall. SHOP>

LEO AND THE LION LEARN OF LOVE Children's Book
I wrote this book for my nephew in hopes to help guide him to harness the Love he and all children so freely emit. In the book, the Lion teaches Leo how to care for himself and the world around him with his heartfelt sagacity, communicating the complexities of the modern world in a way which encourages children to work towards a kinder, fairer, more unified and peaceful future. The book was illustrated by the talented Caroline Winneguth from Saltwater & Feathers and printed with KLS, a cradle-to-cradle printer. There is also a digital copy available. SHOP>
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An awesome beach accessory for kids and adults too, handmade in Cornwall using high quality, sustainably sourced birch plywood. SHOP >
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SARAH BENDRIX Wooden Toys
A beautiful range of sustainable handmade toys made using sustainably sourced wood which is EU certified and CE stamped. Each beautifully crafted piece is made to be treasured and handed down through the generations. SHOP>

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES Triangle Puzzle Game
Entertainment for your next family gathering created lovingly by artisans of the Asha Handicrafts Association. SHOP >
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This is a gorgeous brand for little ones which features beautiful hand-drawn creatures on biodegradable bamboo serving sets. Each free from BPA and phthalates. SHOP>

GIVE BACK GOODS Teddy Bear Hat
This cute little hat helps break the cycle of poverty,  providing job opportunities which improve the circumstances of artisans and their community. SHOP >

EROS - Erotic Love

Representative of sexual passion and desire, this type of erotic love is named after the Greek god of love and fertility. It's the type of love that burns out quickly unless other forms of love exist along with it to fan the fire eros burns and keep it to a smouldering simmer.

AZURA BAY Bodysuit
Featuring scalloped lace edges, mesh-lined cups, adjustable straps, this bodysuit is perfect on its own or layered with jeans for a night out. SHOP>
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AYTEN GASSON Classic Black Silk Cuffs
Beautiful luxury lingerie items handmade with love in England from repurposed vintage wedding dresses, upcycled vintage Nottingham lace (Robin Hood!), Peace Silk and Organic Silk. SHOP>

Fir needles, embers, sage, sun-kissed dark skies, cedar, pine, leather ... some of the best smelling perfume I've ever smelled for her or for him. SHOP>

PHILIA - Affectionate Love

Philia is the love found in friendships, it's that sense of deep comradery, considered to be a love between equals, built through feelings of deep respect and loyalty, built from shared experiences and emotions.

Offer your pal a beautiful entry into the world of sustainability with this beautiful 148-page magazine divided into seasons with conscious articles, interviews and recipes that are relevant year round. SHOP >

FREEBIRD Friendship Bracelets
Designed by a husband and wife team, Freebird Design House produces jewellery for a cause, creating bohemian-chic style micro-macrame jewellery and accessories, made ethically in the Udon Thani region of Thailand. SHOP >

MUD LOVE Monogram Mug
A ceramics studio built on giving back. Every product you purchase provides 1 week of clean water to someone in need. SHOP>

PHILAUTIA - Self Love

Philautia is self-love, which is very much related to self-care. The idea behind gifting for this type of love are things which remind your loved ones (or yourself) to give little 15-minute intervals throughout the day or week to meditate, exercise, stretch, read, treat oneself to tiny spa treatments, or ensure a good night's sleep is gotten.

SUSTAIN BY KAT PJs
One-of-a-kind organic cotton pjs dyed with organic lavender, chamomile and rose. Bringing new meaning to relaxation. Free from the industry standard petroleum-based fabrics and dyes, this pjs are safe for you and good for the Earth. SHOP >

HAPPY HABITAT Blankets
Giving pre-consumer fibres and clippings that would otherwise end up in the landfill a second life, Happy Habitat recycles cotton using only a tiny portion of the energy and water needed to produce new cotton items. SHOP >

GIVE BACK GOODS Candles 
Hand-poured in Brooklyn, New York, each of The Starling Project's candles are composed of soy wax, recycled glass, cotton wicks, and ethically-sourced essential oils. The sale of each candle helps provide sustainable solar energy to communities in need around the world through the sale of each candle through UNICEF.  SHOP >

Infuse your home with the mighty scents from this aromatherapy gift set, featuring Christmas-exclusive Pine Essential Oil and a mini ceramic oil-burner. SHOP >

Cruelty-free, ethical, fair-trade and organic, Neal's Yard was the first health and beauty company to be awarded 100/100 for ethics. SHOP >

EARTHEN WARRIOR Sleep Mask
These magnificent masks are creatively created, upcycling and repurposing every step of the way. The super soft backing is made from repurposed cashmere, while the silky outer made from an upcycled silk blouse. Each one is beautifully embroidered, without the use of machines or glue, creating a wearable piece of art which is completely unique and love made. SHOP>

CHILOTE Slippers
The materials for these slippers are sourced in Patagonia from sheep who provide one of nature's most useful materials, wool. The fibre is then spun and knit by hand to create a slipper, alongside locally and ethically produced upcycled Salmon Leather discarded by the fishing industry. Each one is made start to finish by women paid ethically it Patagonia and the company is run by a woman as well. SHOP>

AZURA BAY Robe
This flattering is lightweight but cozy, created with classic lines in eco-friendly organic cotton. Perfect for gifting or keeping for yourself. SHOP >

LUKS LINEN Peshtemal
Lüks Linen creates handmade and ethically produced linens using natural materials, with a truly outstanding 20-year guarantee. These peshtemals make great towels, scarves, or blankets, depending on your needs and vibe.  SHOP >
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AGAPE  - Selfless Love

Agape, is to love unconditionally, benevolent boundless compassion strengthened by infinite empathy. It's the universal loving kindness we associate with Saints and our Gods / Goddesses. It's the purest form of spiritual love, a love bigger than ourselves, free of desire or expectation. Gifts of this kind are therefore best represented in darlin' donations.


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