Categories Campaign of the WeekEthical Shopping

Last minute gifts that give back revealed

The latest data from the new Buy Social Scotland ethical gift directory has revealed the top ‘gifts that give back’ experiences this Christmas. launched at the start of December to meet the growing demand to support social enterprises. It has seen over 1,000 customers a day flocking to the site in search of gifts that deliver a positive social or environmental impact in Scottish communities.

According to data from the site, the top ten experiences that can be purchased online right up to Christmas Eve from the Directory are:

Sustainable Zero Waste Classes from EcoArt

Upcycling Workshop Gift card from The Edinburgh Remakery

Monthly Meals Plan from Scran Academy

10 Weeks of Pottery Classes with The Potter of Leith

City Walking Tour Gift Card from Invisible Cities

Ceramics Workshop Voucher from Cyan Clayworks in North Edinburgh

Jewellery Class Voucher from Vanilla Ink Studios, based in the East End of Glasgow

Cook Class Vouchers at Glasgow’s cook school with a Conscience, Kaleyard Cook School

Horse Riding Experience at the Eat Sleep Ride stables in Eyemouth

Gardener for a Day experience with the Lanark Trust‘s Educational Gardener

There are over 6,000 social enterprises in Scotland generating over £3 billion in trading income and employing almost 90,000 people. Social enterprises deliver positive social or environmental change and re-invest some or all of their profits into supporting Scottish communities. features a wide range of ethical gifts that give back, with products, experiences and vouchers ranging from arts and crafts to health and beauty, home and garden, clothing and accessories for adults and children, and sport and wellbeing. 

Chris Martin, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise Scotland, said:

With so many ethical shoppers looking to find great products and services while also helping to build a better, fairer society, now is the time for Scotland to Buy Social and support businesses that give back.

The full Buy Social Scotland directory is at

Founder Member of Campaign Collective, chair of the Public Relations & Communications Association Charity and Not-For-Profit Group. Write mainly about charity, public sector and social enterprise campaigns.