6 Things To Give Meaning To Christmas

3 December 2020

After the events of this year, it feels in many ways like Christmas is almost an afterthought.

We don’t need to recount the ways in which 2020 has twisted, tested and transformed the norms of human existence. Yet what we can say with certainty is that people’s energies are being redirected this Yuletide: we’re thinking smaller, more sustainable and giving gifts with meaning. Here are 6 things we will be giving to our loved ones this Christmas.

Something to make you smile
Ketnipz is the Instagram cartoon series that follows the trials and tribulations of everyone’s favourite pink blob, Bean. Bean’s message is one of self-love, and earlier this year creator Harry Hambley explained to us how and why he was able to overcome his own personal struggles through art. Why not gift someone the Bean Eyes iPhone Case, so they can keep this message close all day long?

Something to keep you warm
Now's the time to support independent businesses and wrap up with staple pieces from British-made brands. Daniel W. Fletcher's commitment to sustainable practices runs throughout his collections, and we are a huge fan of his woolen hats, berets and scarves. Whilst for something bold and extra special this festive season, take a peek at this upcycled denim jacket from Ahluwalia.

Something to make a difference
Give the gift of mental health support this Christmas by purchasing a mental health support package from Choose Love. Choose Love is an incredible movement that works across the world to elevate the voices and visibility of refugees, with 100% of donations going to this cause. Our choice, mental health support, will go towards trauma counselling and therapeutic activities for children and families, giving people the tools they need to rebuild their lives.

Something soft on the eyes
Whilst we have almost too many favourites to name, supporting independent artists has been top of our list this year. Purchase a print from this lovely lot and your walls will look great. There is Boys by Girls regular, Sophie Mayanne, and her stunning self-portrait series, talented still life photographer India Hobson, or the striking work of film-making duo The Masons.

Something good for the soul
“It’s the little things in life” is a mantra we’ve held close this year. Comfort can be found in the simplest of places, like this hand-carved Birch tree spoon from sculpturist Samuel Alexander. We had the joy of meeting Samuel in our print Issue 15, where he shares his journey with wood-carving and how it helped his recovery. You can meet Sam via our online shop, where our last Glede print issue is still available to order. Filled with pretty pictures and important conversations, it's the perfect present to top off your giving list this season.

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