Ding, dong! It's the HANX Christmas Gift Guide 2021
Ding, dong. It’s the most wonderful time of the year - and here’s hoping Christmas 2021 sees the return back some of the things we really, really missed in 2020. All the classics:
- Trying to get it on in your childhood bedroom with the Spice Girls poster egging you on.
- Reignite decades-long sibling rivalry over the purple one.
- Napping during the Strictly special, covered in crumbs.
Coming back together safely in person also means we sadly can’t get away with emailing a Deliveroo voucher in lieu of a beautifully wrapped box. So, whether you’re looking for slicker-than-your-average present ideas for teenagers, something special for bae or stocking fillers under £10 for your BFF, we’ve curated a very HANX-y list of the best gifts to give this year.
Now really is the time to put your money where it matters, so we’ve included lots of female-founded, up and coming and revolutionary businesses who will totally change how you view sex, treats, beauty, art and lifestyle goods. Grab a no-nogg (that’s a vegan eggnog to the uninitiated) and settle in for the HANX Gift Guide 2021…
For the Young Ones
🎄 SHAG T-Shirt, £20:
Generic slogan, fast fashion tees are out. Treat them to merch by SHAG. The independent movement of young creatives who want to change the way we speak about sex, gender, our bodies and health, they’ve created a super-soft, baby blue tee with back print messaging that speaks to a new perspective on sexuality and sexual health: “Treat People How They Want To Be Treated.” Want a taste of what they’re all about? Catch up on our IG Live with Managing Editor Sabelo Moyo and our Co-Founder Dr Sarah Welsh as they discussed the real C words: communication, consent and contraception.
🎄 Nuddy Body Care Bundle, £28.68:
Do we need to go on about how much we love Nuddy? Not only are they our newest neighbours at Sainsbury’s (congratulations, team!), they have a seriously good GSOH. The Super Rich Soap Bar in their Body Care Bundle says it all: “This Year Has Been Rather Mint-al”. It’s great for lathering up, scrubbing down and moisturising that bod. Best of all: it’s all vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and paraben-free.
🎄 HANX Starter Pack, £19.99:
We created the HANX Starter Pack as a cheeky little intro to our world of natural, no-blushes sexual wellness. No nasty chemicals, glycerin-laden lubes or cringe-inducing packaging here. Ideal for tucking into their bag as they head back to uni, it’s brings together a curated selection of our greatest hits: a 3 Pack of our ultra-thin, vegan condoms (choose from Standard or Large size), plus a full sized Lubricant, which is latex-friendly, plus a HANX drawstring bag and two pocket or bag-sized one packs, too.
🎄 Sex Ed: An Inclusive Teenage Guide To Sex, £8.99:
Ever wished you’d learnt about consent, healthy relationships, sexuality and sexting at school? We’re proud partners of School of Sexuality Education, who deliver expert workshops for teenagers to ensure everyone has access to a complete, inclusive and comprehensive sex(uality) and relationships education. Their first book is a practical, positive guide for teenagers and their parents, carers and teachers, in line with all of the new RSE curriculum content. Bonus: it’s neon banana-bedecked cover couldn’t be further removed from the embarrassment-inducing textbooks of our youth.
Gifts For Bae
🎁 Knude Society, the Lennon: £60:
Move over, coal. The naughty list deserves something a little more high-end this year… Treat them to the Lennon, the latest vibe from woman-led sexual pleasure experts, Knude Society. This baby is fully flexible (you can twist or bend it totally in half) and is 100% waterproof, too. Founder Emma is also giving 5% of profits from every sale throughout December between Crisis and The Trussel Trust. Feeling good can do good, too.
🎁 Girl on Girl: Art and Photography in the Age of the Female Gaze by Charlotte Jansen, £16.99:
We spotted this in the Tate Shop (also an excellent stopoff on a date), and have been pining after it ever since. A compilation and examination of the female gaze in art, it features the work of creatives including Maisie Cousins, Shae DeTar, Lilia Li-Mi-Yan and Yaeli Gabriely, and is a surefire winner for the intellectual you’d like to get sexual.
🎁 Our Lovely Goods 'One Evening' Candle, £20:
Founders Ebi and Emmanuel use only the best and purest ingredients for their shelfie-worthy candles and skincare. Their One Evening Candle is a cedarwood, jasmine and thyme extravaganza that’s designed for cosy evenings by candlelight. We always look for soy wax plus cruelty free formulas for our candles and this ticks all our boxes. Make the most of the far-too-early-to-be-this-dark nights, get this little wonder burning and snuggle up with someone spesh - it’s far too good to waste on a one date wonder.
🎁 HANX Year of Great Sex Set, £110:
Think of it as a promise. 😏 In our survey with dating experts Inner Circle, we saw 48% of us are heading into 2022 feeling optimistic about getting it on. Presenting our Year of Great Sex Set, which will see your sweetheart open 12 (one for every month) packs of our best-selling Condoms, plus our Subtle Zip Pouch emblazoned with the cheeky motto: “Nothing to See Here.” One to repeat when your great aunt asks what’s inside the wrapping…
For Plant-Based, Planet-Lovers
🌎 Fussy Christmas Gift Pack - Fir Tree Deodorant, £20:
Lynx Africa gift set, be gone! Our friends and natural deodorant heroes, fussy, are on a mission to banish single-use plastic - and have dropped a limited edition festive scent, made from some of the millions of unwanted Christmas trees that are left out each year. (Nothing wrong with a wonky branch). PS: they’ve just launched the Fussy Green Card for refill subscribers, which gives you cheeky discounts on sustainably minded brands - including us! Find out more here.
🌎 HANX Condom and Lube Bundle, £24.99:
If you’re making the earth move, take care of it, too. The UN Population Fund estimates that most of the 10 billion male latex condoms manufactured every single year are disposed of in landfills. Unlike many of the leading high street brands who use synthetic latex, our natural latex condoms are proudly biodegradable. Yes, that means that you can chuck them into the compost bin with your banana peels and coffee grounds, or in your household waste - and they’ll start to break down in just three months. They’re also vegan, like our water-based Lubricant, so you can pair em up for some loving. Tuck them in our new organic cotton zip pouch for a perfect stocking filler!
🌎 Kyoot Happiness Bundle, £19.50
As much as we’re loving the Quality Street distribution debate, vegan Christmas treats are taking things to another level this year... We discovered Kyoot at Raye the concept store and fell swiftly in love. Founder Noor is taking on the cocoa behemoths with her ultra-kyoot plant-based chocolate. Team HANX loves the Vanilla Quinoa Pops flavour, but literally any flavour in this pack will make for ultimate happy faces on Christmas morning.
🌎 FanFare Upcycled Jeans from £99:
Sickened by fast fashion’s free clothes on Black Friday campaign? Founder Esther time turned learnings from her time in the fashion industry (she was a buyer at Vivienne Westwood!) into creating a truly sustainable fashion house, Fanfare. We love their dedication to seasonless collections, which takes pressure off the supply chain and turns every Fanfare design into something to be loved again and again - versus the throwaway culture on the high street. Their repurposed, reused and recycled jeans turn landfill bound denim into the hero piece of your wardrobe - and you can even send in your own jeans for a Fanfare glow up.
For the Cool Moms
💙 Love, Me, Me, Me Servin’ Face Trio, £42:
Self-care experts Love, Me,Me,Me are all about helping you make time for ‘me’ time - something all parents. skincare is vegan, cruelty-free and they’re committed to no-retouching in any of their campaigns. Plus 10% of all their sales in December is going towards The Mix, the UK's leading support service for young people under the age of 25, which offers non-judgemental listening over digital and phone services.
💙 Locke Hotel getaway, Price Dependent on Location:
Spotted Locke’s beautiful, design-led apart hotels in the likes of the Guardian, Cosmopolitan and Forbes? Their interiors are inspired by a wide range of influences, resulting in escapist settings inspired by Californian deserts and Joshua Tree National Park. Grab a babysitter and treat them to a night in one of Locke’s bases in London, Manchester, Dublin or Cambridge - and look out for their amazing events, with everything from sipping with Dalston Wine Club and to ring carving with The Workbench on the schedule.
💙 Tatty Devine Viva La Vulva Necklace, £45:
Inspired by the Vagina Museum, the world's first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas, and the gynaecological anatomy, the female-founded art jewellers have recreated the vulva in acrylic. The finishing touch? A glittering crystal clitoris! Get ready to deliver impromptu biology classes to any and all enquiring minds as you strut your stuff.
💙 Lydia Reeves my vulva and i Book, From £35:
Female Body Casting Artist Lydia Reeves’ work focuses on allowing people to celebrate their incredible bodies, and to help eradicate any shame, embarrassment or negative thoughts that they may have encountered throughout their lives. Her beautiful new book, my vulva and i, features photographs of 200 unique vulva casts by Lydia, alongside compelling stories from participants about their journey they’ve been on with their bodies. Build up an art collection and challenge stigma around our bodies in one swoop. You can even get a signed copy!
💙 HANX Lubricant, £14.99
Ditch the Irish cream miniature, and treat them to something they’ll really enjoy. Our Lubricant comes in uber-luxe cream and gold packaging, and won’t look out of place alongside their Charlotte Tilbury goodies. It’s not all about the aesthetics. Drawing on our Co-Founder Sarah’s experience working in NHS gynaecology and obstetrics, we’ve designed this lube to be super gentle, with no thrush-inducing ingredients. It's exactly what they might need if they’re experiencing pre or post-partum dryness - but let’s face it, every single person on this planet should be getting involved with lube! We were over the moon to see it named in Vanity Fair’s Best Lotions and Potions for Mums To Be earlier this year, too!