The Ultimate Ethical Christmas Gift Guide: 32 Eco-Friendly Presents for 2019

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The Ultimate Ethical Christmas Gift Guide: 32 Eco-Friendly Presents for 2019


Christmas: yes, it is becoming increasingly commodified, but with so many ways to make gift giving greener it can be a sustainable season.

Our Ultimate Ethical Christmas Gift Guide is packed with ideas for eco-friendly gifts.

Phoebe Young

Thu 24 Oct 2019

Our Ethical Christmas Gift Guide is here to help you source that perfect sustainable something for anyone on your list. 

Whether you're after fairtrade gifts, zero waste presents, products made by a social enterprise or local artisans, or if you just need some ethical gift ideas and inspiration, there will be a brand for you here. They are all helping not harming the planet in their own way. 

Tis nearly the sustainable Christmas season, so do some merry mindful browsing, give something back to the earth and its inhabitants, as well as your friends or relatives.

From dressing gowns to cookery experiences, grab a cuppa and sit down to scroll.

The Ultimate Ethical Christmas Gift Guide: 32 Eco-Friendly Presents for 2019

CBD Massage Oil Candle, £34.50

Candles are a classic Christmas gift, but they aren’t always eco friendly or imaginative. Yugenial is changing this with their CBD massage oil candle. It epitomises their ethos of making ancient holistic health accessible to the masses, sustainably and without stigma. For anyone who struggles with sleep, anxiety or relaxation this is the perfect present. If it’s the plight of the planet that’s keeping them up, even better. This candle is made with minimum impact in mind. Its natural products and limited plastic have proven neuroprotective properties, which will help their mental health and their metabolism too.

Coordinate Bracelet, £19-£21

The Fernweh coordinates range of bracelets from Life Less Ordinary are the thoughtful, ethical way to commemorate a momentous moment you shared with someone. The personalised boho bracelets are handmade in Brighton. The time and location of where your memory was made will be engraved onto an Ecuadorian Tagua Nut, also known as vegetable ivory. This is the Christmas gift that freezes a fleeting moment forever and the eco connections do not stop there. Life Less Ordinary work with Indigo volunteers, a charity that partners volunteers with humanitarian projects.

Razors, £64-£89

Razors that do not discriminate: Leaf leave men, women and world with a clean and close shave. Shins, chins and other contours will be hugged securely by their heads to leave skin smooth. This is because Leaf are the only multi-blade pivoting safety razor out there. This brand has joined the plastic free party, and are out to help you go bare anywhere without polluting the planet with yet another disposable product. They are a great gift for anyone you meet who likes to keep things neat.

Eco Clothes Wash, £11-£14

Plant-based ingredients and essential fragrances formulate the Clothes Doctor’s sustainable washes. Made in the UK, their signature formula is gentle on fabrics and fragile skin, but strong on stains. Their special Silk and Cashmere washes are a wonderful eco swap for dry cleaning, making them an ideal gift for a fashion lover who worships his or her wardrobe. They professionally and naturally nourish fibres to leave them looking new and use refillable aluminium bottles. These Doctors are tending to the planet as well as your pyjamas.

Upcycled Jackets, £146-£350

Any clothes their local charity shop is unable to sell are upcycled and regenerated into jackets by JOA. This sews together their circular loop: nothing gets wasted and there’s something new in your wardrobe. It is not only waste that this brand are waging war on. They are socially engaged and endeavour to re-fashion the fashion industry for good. 30% of Joa’s profits are given back to their source charity shop. The cherry on top of this sustainable Christmas cake is that they have a ‘sentimental service’. They will rework an item you no longer wear into a personalised new Joa jacket for you.

Wash Bag, £65

Gifts by the fire are great, but gifts made out of fire-hoses are even better. This Christmassy red Elvis & Kresse wash bag is handmade out of London’s decommissioned fire-hoses. It was recently voted one of the best wash bags by 'The Independent', and for good reason. Once used to save lives, the heroic firefighting material is saved from landfill and transformed into a timeless wash bag that is wipe-clean and vegan. Thanks to its former life, it has properties that are perfect for your toiletries like water resistance and robustness. Elvis & Kresse have been donating 50% of their profits to The Fire Fighters Charity since their inception in 2005. This wash bag is truly a gift that keeps giving!

Braided Gold Ring, £299

Fairtrade Gold that makes you feel as good as you look? That’s what Lebrusan Studio’s Braided Ethical 9ct Gold Ring is crafted from. Are you looking for the perfect present for the eco-warrior in your life? Someone who wants to make a sustainable but elegant, stand-out statement? Give them a stunning piece of ethical finery this festive season. The supply chain for this ring’s precious metal is conflict free and easy on the earth, whilst the braided design is inspired by the beauty of nature. Intricate filigree work is used to form the brand’s distinctive pieces, with the covetable sparkle accomplished by fine gold strands and sustainably sourced diamonds. Lebrusan Studio truly is a gift for anyone who appreciates design that's beautiful inside and out.   

Upcycled Clothes, £20-£100

Give a gift that has a bit of a backstory. In a bid to help millennials make more responsible choices, Cariki are getting creative with their upcycling. Their SS20 range consists of saved clothes that would have been destined for landfill. With the use of design and innovation, they then give them a sustainable second life. Buy a windbreaker or a jacket generated from an old tent or off-cut leather. These pieces are as stylish and affordable as they are ethical, so that it is easy to choose the eco-friendly present option this Christmas!

Box of tea and crystals

Turmeric Latte Powder, £12.99

This beautifully packaged, smooth healing drink is a nourishing alternative to coffee and the perfect addition to someone’s daily wellness routine. For those who love to care for themselves as well as the planet, try Wunder Workshop's Classic turmeric latte Blend. Inspired by Ayurveda, it is made with organic, ethically sourced Turmeric from sustainable forest gardens in Sri Lanka and is naturally sweet from premium Ceylon cinnamon. Packaging is 100% recyclable, printed with natural inks, with home compostable inner foil.

JUST Jewellery, £19.99-£45.99

The JUST collection of jewellery from So Just Shop will spread sustainable justice as well as Christmas cheer when you choose it as a gift. The selection of jewellery in the collection has been hand-crafted by vulnerable women artisans from all around the world. It is made using traditional skills that have trickled down through the generations, collecting elements of contemporary design along the way. Supply chain transparency and ethical making are some of this shop’s priorities, so each purchase will have a positive impact on people and planet.

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Leopard Print PJ's, £138

Are you after a gift for someone who likes to look glamorous, keep it green and also indulge in a duvet day? If so, Asquith’s bamboo leopard print PJ's are the perfect choice. This soft, sustainable PJ set from the activewear brand’s AW19 collection comes in different sizes, can be worn as separates and can double up as daywear. You can mix and match, dress the pieces up with heels or down with slippers. Crafted from the softest bamboo fabric, they are a comfy, eco-friendly fashion phenomenon!

Seville Hoops, £85

If you want to give some special jewellery this Christmas, these glamorous gold earrings by Little by Little will add an exciting exotic element. The beauty of nature is the crux on which this brand base their creations. This particular pair play with the Seville oranges of Spain as their inspiration. They are both a strong statement and an example of sustainable style. Ethically manufactured in Peru using partially recycled silver, the source to consumer journey for this jewellery stays transparent. When you purchase these pretty earrings, LBL will make a donation to the Luminary Bakery in London and help a disadvantaged woman build her career. 

Hands wrapping a bowl of salad

Beeswax Wraps, £10- £25

Pretty Bee Fresh wraps are the perfect gift for anyone who wants to store their seasonal leftovers safely. These pretty products will make your Christmas more eco in several ways. The beeswax wraps are the superior sustainable alternative for planet-polluting clingfilm, as they are 100% biodegradable. They help fight food waste because their antibacterial properties will keep your festive fridge-load fresh for longer. You can also wash them under cold water and reuse them for up to a year. There’s a range of different designs and packs and even a vegan version! Wrap up a wrap for someone, and make the world more waste free.

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Candle and box

I Want To SLEEP WELL Gift Set, £27.50

Gift someone who struggles to get their night-time rest this Scentered ‘I want to SLEEP WELL’ gift set. The aromatic, non-spill aromatherapy balm and travel candle are created with a sophisticated blend of Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils. This mixture will help melt the mind and muscles into a sustainable slumber, ease the emotions and settle the nervous system. The planet will profit from this bedtime ritual too. Scentered seek to minimise their carbon footprint and repurpose their packaging. Their ingredients are 100% natural, their candle is crafted from soy wax and even their Christmas wrap is kind to trees.

Woman wearing yoga clothes

Medina Long Leggings, £90

The Medina long leggings by NITARA are made for anyone who wants to keep their yoga practice planet friendly. The fabric is made in the UK from 86% recycled plastic bottles. Yoga is great for keeping you conscious, connected and grounded and NITARA honour this. The leggings are so soft and supportive that you can sink into your practice wearing a silky and sustainable second skin. This present will spread positive change beyond the mat by supporting the Yoga Stops Traffik Charity. Breathable and built to last, this piece is extra special since the print is a limited edition and hand drawn by eco-friendly founder Ellie.

table of food

A Vegan Cookery Lesson, £20

The biggest bonus of experience gifts is that they can’t end up in landfill. Give someone who wants to clean up their culinary skills a vegan or vegetarian cookery lesson from Buyagift. Nothing is more clean and waste-free than a class where you get to consume what you create. The fabulous food you dish up on the day will be too delicious to linger for long. Yet, this present will last a lifetime because once you master a go to recipe it will go down through the generations. Gift someone the skill of serving up seasonal and sustainable plant-based plates. Planet and animals will profit from this tasty present, hosted in locations across the UK, too. 

Reusable Bottle, £20

Art meets sustainable living with this reusable bottle from Illustrate. The stylish way to say 'so long' to plastic this Christmas is by helping someone hydrate with this 600ml bottle is made from stainless steel. It is topped with a laser-etched bamboo lid and made indestructible with double-walled vacuum technology. It will keep your warm winter drinks piping hot through the cold Christmassy months and ice cool under the summer sun. The bottles are silk-printed with original artwork. The stately Stag on this one was originally designed and hand drawn by British artist Tobias Illustrations.

Organic Bamboo Baby Blanket, £45

Made from plants not plastics, this organic bamboo baby blanket by Little Earth Baby will be better for the health of your youngster as well as the world. Because it is 100% natural, your babies’ sensitive skin will not be sullied by synthetic nasties. The bamboo wadding and certified organic cotton will ensure that your little one is safely wrapped in sustainable cosy comfort. This is the present to give any parent who wants to keep family life as plastic-free as can be. Thanks to their partnership with Surfers Against Sewage, Little Earth Baby will be boosting ocean health when you buy their blankets too.  

Woman in black coat

Coats, £300- £560

If you’re after a gift for someone who likes to stay sophisticated and sustainable even for a stroll in the rain, wrap up a Rener coat this Christmas. These wind and weatherproof pieces were devised in Denmark, and have a quintessential cool, clean-cut Danish design. The wearer will be able to shake off showers fast but Rener believe in slow fashion. Their special range comprises of just five weatherproof pieces. All their premium quality fabrics are sourced from a green energy mill and they ensure ethical practices are maintained throughout the production chain.

Sari Necklaces, £79.00

Handcrafted using excess fabric salvaged from the making of sari scarves, Jewelled Buddha's Sari necklaces make colourful, creative Christmas presents. They are zero waste and made from natural, biodegradable materials. That's why this jewellery is a generous gift for the world as well as the wearer. Layers of upcycled prayer beads wrapped in sari silk are made by artisans from marginalised communities who also benefit when you buy. One-of-a kind, lightweight and infinitely wearable, they will set someone up in sustainable style for the new year and beyond.

Woman wearing bathrobe

Organic Cotton Bathrobe, £72.70

Make someone’s Christmas more cosy. This kimono style 100% organic cotton terry bathrobe from Greenfibres is the perfect snug and sustainable gift. The fluffy GOTS certified material is made for wrapping up after a bath, but the robe is versatile. Because it is medium weight, medium length and unisex, anyone can bundle it into a beach bag or a suitcase to keep comfortable on the move. Its pockets make it even more practical, and its eco-friendly fibres make it pure as well as plush. It is available in various colours to keep anyone warm this winter.

Solid Shampoo And Conditioner, £12.50- £15.50

The perfect present for anyone who loves the planet and hates a bad hair day. These high performing solid shampoos and conditioners from KIND2 are vegan and cruelty-free. They contain no plastic, parabens, silicones or sulphates. Instead, it’s active plant-based ingredients that keep your locks looking lovely. Coconut, Argan and Macadamia Oils add shine, while Chia and Hemp seed extracts help treat your scalp. Because they are concentrated and solid they last 2 - 3 times as long as a bottle of shampoo. This means money saving for you, and less plastic in the world.

Woman wearing scarf and jumper

Rebirth Scarf, £39

scarf from Mayamiko’s Rebirth range is the right gift for someone who prizes unique pieces that are positive for the planet. These warm woollens are made from 100% salvaged high quality wool, sourced sustainably from a mill in Northern Italy. This is an especially unique present, since no two scarves are exactly the same. A fair trade workshop in Malawi is where these soft accessories are hand sewn and given their signature designs and fringing. They are unisex so they'll make a great gift for your bestie, your buddy, your brother, your grandpa or any other loved one.

Gold Filled Bellevue Wrap Bracelet, £139

The RAW Bellevue Wrap Bracelet is an eco Christmas gift for anyone who appreciates adaptable accessories. This beautiful piece can be worn as a necklace, or as a chic stand alone statement, with its green Scandanavian minimalist design. It could also be layered up with other pieces to bring out its playful boho beauty. The bracelet comes in gold or recycled ECO-silver with an embedded, ethically sourced gemstone of your choice. It's made in the UK and boxed in FSC®-certified black cardboard and water-based glue. The bracelet is precious for more than one person because 10% of Raw's profits are donated to help female survivors of war.

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woman on a boat in a bikini

Leilani Sports Bra, £55

Any ethical active woman in your life will love Ruby Moon’s Leilani Sports bra. It offers amazingly strong support for the wearer as well as the world. Because it is adjustable, it can be adapted for any form of exercise. You can even swim in this sustainable staple. It is masterfully made from recycled fishing nets, so this present will clean up the oceans you splash in. It’s also vegan, Oeko-Tex certified, ethically made and contains no devilish dyes or chemicals. An incredible 100% of Ruby Moon’s profits are invested into women entrepreneurs. There could be no gift as apt for an active activist. If you are unsure about sizing, a Ruby Moon gift voucher would also be a brilliant planet friendly present. 

Gift Set, £32.95

Can’t decide on a present for someone who’s into self-care and sustainability? This gift set by Wearth London, curated by Alice & Peg, offers a little of everything eco. It comes packed with natural and nourishing vegan products, all handmade in the UK. The ethical lineup includes an energising and uplifting bath salts sachet infused with sea salts and other botanicals to give you a boost after a long hard day. A beautiful antibacterial bamboo body buff that’s fast drying and made from organic cotton is another amazing addition. A face mask, oil and a gift card complete this Christmassy collection that comes in a letterbox-friendly package.

Organic Cotton Muslins, £15

After a present for a parent who wants only natural materials near their newborn’s sensitive skin? These organic cotton muslins by LittleLeaf Organic are the 100% GOTS certified gift for you. The little one who's lucky enough to get cosy in these soft squares will be supporting the highest ethical standards, since LittleLeaf are also Soil Association certified. These durable pieces are perfect for delicate skin but tough enough to stand the test of time. That means parents can rely on them to take care of spills, help them to wind and wean and generally keep baby life clean and under control. They are unisex and also come in fun festive prints like snowmen and Christmas trees. Since they are made in a totally solar powered factory, they are carbon neutral too!

Gecko Tiptoes Jewellery, £55-£325

If you’re after that really special and unique gift, look no further than the Gecko Tiptoes set by Cicely Cliff. The design is inspired by the tiny toes of those delicate lizards, but also evokes memories of winter snowflakes, childhood games and underwater worlds as well. This statement jewellery is crafted from your old electronics, which all have precious metals enmeshed into them. It is this ‘ewaste’ from which local artisans in Bali create these stunning bespoke bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Unlike the limited lifespans of our laptops, these future heirlooms will last a lifetime and more. Cicely Cliff’s packaging is also made from reclaimed wood scraps, so the planet will gain from your glamour as well.

Chunky Knit Wool Mittens, £25.00

Do you only want to give ethical products as presents this year, but are struggling to find stores you really trust? Project Cece could be your one stop Christmas shop. They stock over 5,500 products from more than 150 ethical brands and their sustainability labels let you select which ethical principles matter to you most. These hand made chunky knit wool mittens by Bibico are a great example. They are handmade in Nepal from 100% wool and the brand works with women's cooperatives, to help vulnerable people out of poverty. Use this platform to find your eco-friendly fashion gifts.

Ethical Men's Clothing - Gift Voucher, £10-£100

After something for a stylish guy, but don’t know which present to pick? Give them the gift of choice with a voucher from Brothers We Stand's collection of ethical men's clothing. Brothers We Stand have developed a 6 point standard to define what they mean by sustainable production. So, whether it's knitwear, a wallet or a vest the voucher is used on, you can be confident of the garment’s ethical credentials. From print t-shirts and sweatshirts made in a wind-powered factory, to organic wool beanies, your recipient will be sure to find something they love for many years in this timeless, tasteful collection. 

Iconic Lauren Jewellery Collection, £66- £126

The Iconic Lauren collection by Cred Jewellery is literally a Gold Standard Gift. This brand pioneered the Fair-trade Gold Standard to give their beautiful bracelets, charms, earrings, rings and pendants a heart. These pieces improve the lives of the communities who mine their gold. Cred seek out diamonds and coloured gems from all over the world, to make sure they are sourcing the most sustainable, sparkling and responsible choices. This collection is rendered in Rose Cut Smokey Quartz and Yellow Gold plated Fairtrade Silver. A sophisticated, fair and festive present for someone you really want to spoil. 

Floral Body Soufflé, £20

A present for a principled person, who likes a little pampering: Wavy Beauty’s rich nourishing Floral Body Soufflé is the 100% cruelty free product that will provide your skin with some sweet scented, moisturising, nourishing nurture. Its aroma comes from organic geranium rose, and its rich vitamins help hydrate thirsty skin. This product is anhydrous, which means it has not been diluted. So, a little goes a long way, it will need replacing less frequently and the earth will be left a little lighter! Ethical, organic and PETA endorsed, this gift is packed with goodness. 

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