Spoil your friends and family with gifts without the wrapping paper.
This year, buy your beloved friends and family gifts to remember thanks to the Good Beans Invisible Gift List. Please everyone with thoughtful presents that don’t need wrapping and have a greener and happier Christmas, with love from Good Beans. xoxox
For the Foodie
Give the gift of tasty eating and scintillating conversation this Christmas. And if you’re looking for something extra special, take them to Fat Macy’s, the social enterprise caterer supporting young Londoners living in hostels into their own homes. They’re opening their very own permanent restaurant in early 2020 – stay tuned for news about their launch.
For the Yogi
The post-Christmas gym is full of people working off their mince pies. Allow your giftee to have another serving safe in the knowledge they have a class pass for Supply Yoga come January. The beautiful east London studio also use their profits to fund classes for people with mental health issues or those suffering from a life-limiting illness.
For your biggest fan
Do you have a family member still proudly displaying that drawing of a horse you did when you were four? They’ll love a handmade gift, and it’s easier than you think. You could try a festive biscuit recipe, a Wool and the Gang happy holidays decoration or if you’re feeling especially ambitious, a pair of espadrilles from Juta Shoes?
For the history nerd
Know someone who fancies themselves as a bit of a time traveller? Why not treat them to this pay-what-you-can guided tour of east London’s Ridley Road market? Or get some winter-warming pie and mash at this festive traditional east end market tour?
For your favourite activist
The Women’s Environmental Network work both in east London and nationally to support women led, grass-root movements. Buying someone a membership gives them access to loads of cool female-focussed events and helps them continue their important work.
For the person that never stops
Life just seems to get busier, and it’s becoming increasingly hard to switch off. Why not give your mate the break they need by gifting them a subscription to meditation app Calm, or a massage on demand from Soothe.
For those who love to learn
Expand minds this Christmas and give the gift of learning. Send them on a coffee barista training course with Well Grounded or an educational or crafty workshop at Hackney City Farm. You can even get gift vouchers for City Lit, London’s college for adult learners. Our favourite conscious festival, PebbleFest is back and full of talks and ethical brands. The next one is on 30th November but keep an eye out for their spring event on social media.
For the travel lover
Holidays make great presents, but all that flying and driving isn’t so great for the planet. Good Journey will help you get to the UK’s best attractions by train, bus, bike and on foot. And, you’ll get to enjoy discounts when you arrive car-free!
For the reader
A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving, however most magazines are full of ads, trying to sell us more stuff we don’t need. Try Pioneers Post, Ethos Mag or Positive News for inspiring content about life and business.
For the entrepreneur
Anyone who’s ever started their own business (hello!) will know how hard those early days are. Crowdfunder offers a great platform for start-ups to get the investment they need to grow. Browse the many different projects on Crowdfunder and invest in a business that aligns with your buddy’s values.
For art lovers
If you live in London, there’s no shortage of galleries and exhibitions to delight anyone with a passion for art. Let your loved-one enjoy 240 museums, galleries and historic places for free or 50% off with the National Art Pass.
For the person who doesn’t like presents
Donate to a good cause on your recipient’s behalf. We like supporting the small, local charities who we work with like Wen and the Bromley by Bow Centre, who both exist to make life better for people in east London. If you’d rather give your money to a national cause, how about donating to a tree planting project – air is for everyone after all.
Finally, if you absolutely HAVE to buy something physical, make sure it’s from someone good. Take a look at our updated Better Gift List.
Good Beans is an ethical marketing and communications agency working with social enterprises, charities and organisations that want to be better. Want to reach more people? Contact us.