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Winter Lockdown Essentials

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1. Fair Trade Coffee

The delicious smell and taste of Wild Timor coffee is what tempts our team out of bed in the morning. It features a strong, smooth, velvety taste of Arabica Bean with hints of Robusta.

2. Comfy Loungewear

The feeling of putting on a new fleecy jumper or trackies is second to none. Indulge yourself in a soft, organic garment that will keep you comfy and warm all lockdown.

3. Cosy Wool Slippers

Our list of winter lockdown essentials wouldn't be complete without a pair of warm, wool slippers. If you're looking for ethical slippers that will keep your feet toasty but are more lightweight than uggs, these slippers from GK Collective are the pair for you. Each pair supports women from low-income families in Azerbaijan, and features traditional patterns used in Azerbaijani carpets.

4. Drinking Chocolate

A wonderful way to break up the monotony of these chilly days in lockdown is to make yourself a delicious, comforting mug of hot chocolate. Sit down with your favourite mug, wrap yourself in a blanket and enjoy one of Grounded Pleasures' delicious flavour creations which include mint, chilli, cinnamon, orange, vanilla and original.

5. Bush Medijina & Bush Balms

Indigenous Australians have used native plants to treat common ailments and illnesses for thousands of years. Whether you're having problems with sleep, stress or dry, cracked skin from using hand sanitiser, these bush balms use natural, organic ingredients that could help. The balms are made by Indigenous people in Groote Eylandt and Central Australia using traditional bush medicine.

6. Scented Soy Candles

One of the best tips we've seen about maintaining work / life balance when working from home is to do something to signal the end of your work day. Lighting a candle and listening to your favourite playlist is a fantastic way to unwind and reconnect with yourself and your surroundings after a day of looking at your computer screen.

7. Planter Baskets and Macrame Plant Hangers

Have you treated yourself to some new plant babies recently but they're still sitting in their plastic pots? Our range of woven baskets and macrame plant hangers will make your new leafy friends look even more beautiful!

8. A New Artwork or Wall Hanging

You're going to be looking at the same old walls for days or weeks at a time, so consider investing in a new artwork or wall hanging that will make your old space feel new. You don't have to spend hundreds on your new wall piece. A small, framed Indigenous art print hung in a previously empty nook is enough to fill your day with a new sense of wonder.

9. Indigenous Art Umbrellas

Don't let the rain put you off your daily walk! These colourful Indigenous Art umbrellas will brighten up the greyest of days. Designed by the Warlukurlangu Artists from Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Central Australia, the artists receive royalties for every sale.

10. Rainy Day Games

A lovely little rainy day activity. Dive into a game of naughts and crosses or checkers and relive these timeless classics. Made from sustainably-sourced rosewood, these games are masterfully hand-carved by artisans in India using skills passed down through generations.

11. A Beautiful Journal

If you don't regularly journal then lockdown is a great time to start. It might seem strange to start keeping a diary when everyday feels like groundhog day, but journaling has many benefits that are especially helpful during lockdown. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can reduce stress by providing an emotional outlet. Journaling can also provide clarity, perspective and help with problem solving. We recommend writing down at least one achievable goal at the beginning of each day to help give you a sense of structure, purpose and accomplishment. Don't beat yourself up if you don't achieve the goal. Try again tomorrow, or choose a more achievable goal next time. Don't forget to be kind to yourself!

12. Socks

There's nothing like putting on a new pair of soft, cotton socks. If you're overdue for some new pairs then lockdown is the perfect time to put in that order. We stock Conscious Step socks which are Fairtrade, GOTS organic and vegan certified. Plus each purchase includes a donation to a particular cause such as children's literacy, fighting poverty or planting trees.

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