Our suggestions for ethical gift-giving this festive season

Christmas is about so much more than the giving of gifts. But the tradition endures, grace of what it symbolises – kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness.

Words by Ipshita Sharma

If you want to ensure your gift-giving experience is minimum-impact, sustainable and ethically sound, we’ve compiled a list of recommendations and suggestions. And we expect not a single gift in return.



The perfect gift for those who weren’t able to travel during the holidays – a Holiday Factory pre-loaded gift card starting at AED 250 and going all the way up to AED 20,000. These are valid for travel within a year at dates convenient to the recipient, to any of their destinations. The vouchers can be redeemed against any of their packages which include return flights, hotel accommodation, airport transfers or dedicated tour guide! Worried about the carbon footprint, why not look at ways of offsetting it through projects at www.carbonfootprint.com.

More details on www.holidayfactory.com


Puppy Christmas

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The Stray Dog Center has come out with a calendar that supports the welfare and vet bills of over 300 stray dogs. The center is also always looking for help to walk the dogs. These a really nice way to help a genuinely good cause. My Cat & Co. have also produced another desktop calendar featuring cats of the UAE. A large portion of the proceeds will go to 38Smiles to support their quest to save stray animals and find them furever homes.

Doggie calendar – AED 60 for one and AED 100 for 2. Available on the Stray Dog Center FB and Instagram page.

Cat calendar – AED 89 for one. Available on www.mycatandco.com


Makeup your mind

, International Women's Day

Halalbeauty.ae specialises in selling Halal products around the world. The store mainly caters for Muslim women, looking for Halal-certified products that cater to their religious and cultural requirements. This website also focuses on chemical-free, vegan-friendly, cruelty and child labour-free brands.



Festive perks

Mokha 1450, coffee boutique, things to do

Mokha 1450’s expert team of baristas will lead a one-hour home brewing class that will equip budding home baristas with the skills and kit to make a perfect Chemex coffee at home. The cost of the class is AED280 per person which includes a brand new Chemex coffeemaker, filters, and a bag of Mokha 1450 Guatemalan coffee.

Saturday, 14th December 2019, from 2pm to 3pm at Mokha 1450 Coffee lounge located on Palm Jumeirah. Reservation necessary 04 425 4067.


Bright and shiny and recycled

Popular affordable fashion retailer COS has a ‘new’ upcycled silver collection: jewellery crafted out of everything from old coins to ex-silverware. Available in silver and deep purple, the collection is perfect for lovers of sustainable fashion.

Items from around AED 220. Available in all COS stores at The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Festival City, Yas Mall and The Galleria, Al Maryah Island.



fitness enthusiasts can now sign up for a course of 12 exercise classes ranging from yoga, pilates, HIIT, outdoor bootcamps on our functional training rig, conditioning classes and cardio box for just AED 500 at Zabeel House in the Greens.

For reservations and more info contact 04 519 1111


Spa-cial day

The Mandara Spa by H Hotel is offering a special voucher deal and also has a range of spa experiences curated specially for this festive month. Starting from AED 599, guests can choose from a unique selection of luxurious packages by the expertly trained Balinese therapists.

At the Zabeel House Native Club Spa there are going to be daily sales on luxury facials, detox seaweed wraps, revitalizing facials and sports specific massages, all of which are totally organic. Keep an eye on their Instagram page from the 14th of December for all the details.

The Spa by Fairmont Dubai is offering a direct 50 per cent off on their couples’ massage. This special aromatherapy treat comes with double massages in one room and then special access to the pool and all their other services like the sauna and the jacuzzi.

For reservations at Mandara Spa 04 501 8270 between 10am to 10pm, or email spa@h-hotel.com

For more information about Native Club Membership and rates, 04 519 1111 Instagram: @nativeclubthegreens

For reservations at Fairmont Dubai, SZR The Spa is located on the 9th floor 04 311 8800 or email spadubai@fairmont.com


Have a Lush Christmas

Lush has released a beautifully yummy range of festive goodies that include fizzing bath bombs, seasonal showers, vegan, cruelty-free, and amazing package-free products that are perfect for gifting and for yourself!

Available in all Lush stores across the UAE


The gift of reading

Those looking for doing something different this festive season, buy a book subscription box that is tailored for children. Peekado has various options that you can try from and has some special festive offers in place as well. You can pick from an option of buying or renting books based on age groups and interest levels.

Books available for sale or rent. Vouchers available from AED 50 onwards. www.peekado.com

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