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Georgina Wilson-Powell

14 November 2017

While Christmas isn't all about the presents, if you do want to give gifts this year, then we've got ethical, eco-friendly, vegan and sustainable gift ideas for everyone. We've pulled together the finest independent brands to create the ultimate list of presents that all help other people or the planet. Now who's got the mulled wine?

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Mayhker Christmas Ethical Gifts

Maykher, Beanie hats, £22

Gorgeous woolly hats are the name of the game at Maykher who work with artisan groups Haiti, Guatemala and India to create contemporary accessories. Your Christmas gift also helps getting young girls into education in these countries, 10% of the profits go to funding initiatives to bring down the 62 million girls worldwide currently not in school.


House Of Khadi shirts Christmas Ethical Gifts

House of Khadi, Khadi Shirt, £75

House of Khadi is reinventing the traditional Indian fabric of khadi for a modern audience. Its relaxed unisex shirts are created from handspun, non GMO cotton fabric and made in  rural communities in India. These shirts are super soft and they'll suit anyone.


Artisanne Lifestyle bowls Christmas Ethical Gifts

Artisanne, Woven Bowls, from £25

Artisanne work with 70 weavers in Senegal to create beautiful modern baskets and bowls that will add a designer touch to any home. Subtle tones with hints of colour make them versatile additions for everywhere. No one can ever have enough baskets or bowls in our book.


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Aromatherapy Associates, Time to Unwind, £35.00

Christmas should be the time for stopping and resetting. Help someone properly relax with this cute gift set from Aromatherapy Associates, which has a muscle gel, shower oil and body oil that harness the natural power of rosemary, frankincense and lavender.


Eola watersports lessons

EOLA, Watersports Gift card, from £20

Who said you need to give gifts? Why not give someone an adventure? EOLA offer gift cards to give people surfing, stand up paddleboarding or kitesurfing experiences all over the UK. They’ve also partnered with Surfers Against Sewage to help give back to the ocean.


Mayhker Christmas Ethical Gifts

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Maykher, Beanie hats, £22

Gorgeous woolly hats are the name of the game at Maykher who work with artisan groups Haiti, Guatemala and India to create contemporary accessories. Your Christmas gift also helps getting young girls into education in these countries, 10% of the profits go to funding initiatives to bring down the 62 million girls worldwide currently not in school.


House Of Khadi shirts Christmas Ethical Gifts

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House of Khadi, Khadi Shirt, £75

House of Khadi is reinventing the traditional Indian fabric of khadi for a modern audience. Its relaxed unisex shirts are created from handspun, non GMO cotton fabric and made in  rural communities in India. These shirts are super soft and they'll suit anyone.


Artisanne Lifestyle bowls Christmas Ethical Gifts

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Artisanne, Woven Bowls, from £25

Artisanne work with 70 weavers in Senegal to create beautiful modern baskets and bowls that will add a designer touch to any home. Subtle tones with hints of colour make them versatile additions for everywhere. No one can ever have enough baskets or bowls in our book.


Aromatherapy Associates Christmas Ethical Gifts1

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Aromatherapy Associates, Time to Unwind, £35.00

Christmas should be the time for stopping and resetting. Help someone properly relax with this cute gift set from Aromatherapy Associates, which has a muscle gel, shower oil and body oil that harness the natural power of rosemary, frankincense and lavender.


Eola watersports lessons

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EOLA, Watersports Gift card, from £20

Who said you need to give gifts? Why not give someone an adventure? EOLA offer gift cards to give people surfing, stand up paddleboarding or kitesurfing experiences all over the UK. They’ve also partnered with Surfers Against Sewage to help give back to the ocean.


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Green People Organic Skincare for HIm - Christmas Ethical Gifts

Green People, Tree and Seed gift set, £24.95

Long-standing organic beauty brand, Green People’s Tree and Seed gift set is a great gift for him. It includes a deeply hydrating, botanical Eucalyptus & Mint shower gel and facial moisturiser gift set for tired skin, which calms irritation and energises the mind with a refreshing, minty aroma.


Nkuku ethical gifts for the home

Nkuku, Nalbari Chopping Boards, from £24.95

Add a dash of sustainable style to any kitchen with these Nalbari Chopping Boards from cult ethical homewares brand Nkuku. Each is made from segments of sustainable mango wood, put together by artisans in Rajasthan (who are introduced alongside the boards on the site).


Juta Shoes Christmas gift slippers

Juta Shoes, Vegan Friendly Slippers, £60

Get one of a limited pair of faux fur slippers made from upcycled waste material from cult London shoemakers, Juta Shoes. Don’t want to give more stuff? Buy a shoe workshop gift card to enable someone make their own pair of shoes.


Where Does It Come From ethical scarf

Where Does It Come From, Scarf, £30

Brighten up any outfit with these hand-printed, sustainably made scarves from ethical fashion brand Where Does It Come From. The cotton was grown Gujarat, India and every step of the process is transparent. It has also partnered with the Teapot Charity and the scarves feature bees and flowers. Buzzin’.


Squinty Stuff  handmade upcycled cufflinks

Squinty Stuff, Tree Tie Pin, £8

Squinty Stuff takes abandoned and broken things and upcycles them into cool jewellery and cufflinks. Everything is handmade in Glasgow and we love these unique cufflinks - perfect for the guy who has everything.


Luks Linen throws for Christmas Ethical Gifts

Luks Linen, Damla Throw, £67

Awesome geometric prints and super soft cotton, the throws at Luks Linen are at another level. The brand specialises in subtle tones that appeal to both guys and girls. Each throw is handwoven by a family atelier in Turkey, using 100% sustainably grown cotton.


Awake Organics gift set for ethical christmas gifts

Awake Organics, Little Things gift set, £36.50

Award-winning British beauty brand Awake Organics gathers up its favourite products in mini form for an awesome travel kit - whether you’re heading to yoga or away for the weekend. It includes a Green Tea + Detox mask, Aura Clean deodorant, Frankin-Sense face cream and serum as well as a Buzzbalm Lip Balm.


Green People Organic Skincare for HIm - Christmas Ethical Gifts

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Green People, Tree and Seed gift set, £24.95

Long-standing organic beauty brand, Green People’s Tree and Seed gift set is a great gift for him. It includes a deeply hydrating, botanical Eucalyptus & Mint shower gel and facial moisturiser gift set for tired skin, which calms irritation and energises the mind with a refreshing, minty aroma.


Nkuku ethical gifts for the home

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Nkuku, Nalbari Chopping Boards, from £24.95

Add a dash of sustainable style to any kitchen with these Nalbari Chopping Boards from cult ethical homewares brand Nkuku. Each is made from segments of sustainable mango wood, put together by artisans in Rajasthan (who are introduced alongside the boards on the site).


Juta Shoes Christmas gift slippers

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Juta Shoes, Vegan Friendly Slippers, £60

Get one of a limited pair of faux fur slippers made from upcycled waste material from cult London shoemakers, Juta Shoes. Don’t want to give more stuff? Buy a shoe workshop gift card to enable someone make their own pair of shoes.


Where Does It Come From ethical scarf

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Where Does It Come From, Scarf, £30

Brighten up any outfit with these hand-printed, sustainably made scarves from ethical fashion brand Where Does It Come From. The cotton was grown Gujarat, India and every step of the process is transparent. It has also partnered with the Teapot Charity and the scarves feature bees and flowers. Buzzin’.


Squinty Stuff  handmade upcycled cufflinks

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Squinty Stuff, Tree Tie Pin, £8

Squinty Stuff takes abandoned and broken things and upcycles them into cool jewellery and cufflinks. Everything is handmade in Glasgow and we love these unique cufflinks - perfect for the guy who has everything.


Luks Linen throws for Christmas Ethical Gifts

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Luks Linen, Damla Throw, £67

Awesome geometric prints and super soft cotton, the throws at Luks Linen are at another level. The brand specialises in subtle tones that appeal to both guys and girls. Each throw is handwoven by a family atelier in Turkey, using 100% sustainably grown cotton.


Awake Organics gift set for ethical christmas gifts

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Awake Organics, Little Things gift set, £36.50

Award-winning British beauty brand Awake Organics gathers up its favourite products in mini form for an awesome travel kit - whether you’re heading to yoga or away for the weekend. It includes a Green Tea + Detox mask, Aura Clean deodorant, Frankin-Sense face cream and serum as well as a Buzzbalm Lip Balm.


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 Forest Whole Foods​ Christmas hamper

Christmas Cheer Food Hamper, £22.72

Tuck into the Christmas spirit with this delicious organic hamper from Forest Whole Foods. There’s popcorn and mulled wine spices, organic dates, Bombay mix, almonds and cacao nibs, and everything is certified by the Soil Association. Even the food comes wrapped in recycled paper shreds.


Join Adventurous Ink​ for an ethical Christmas gift

Gather Outdoors, Adventurous Ink subscription, £30

Join Adventurous Ink and receive a outdoorsy inspired book, magazine or art print every month in the post from Gather Outdoors. Instead of a gift at Christmas, give someone 12 months of surprises that inspire them to get outside and explore.


Pala sunglasses for ethical christmas gifts

Pala, sunglasses, £45

Pala’s shades not only look awesome, they help others as well. Each pair funds eye care projects in Africa that ensure that for every pair you buy, someone else gets a pair of glasses they need. There’s a huge range of trend styles and they won’t break the bank.


Secrets Of Green cotton cardholder for christmas

Secrets of Green, Cotton Cardholder, £10

We love this unique fabric cardholder from eco online store, Secrets of Green. Made by 20 Seventh Letter it’s inspired by London’s green spaces, printed in Scotland and made in England. Who needs plastic?


Lusophile eau de cologne for christmas gifts

Lusophile, Lavanda Eau de Cologne, £22

Our favourite Portuguese homewares store, Lusophile, has started doing gifts for him. We love this vintage looking, glass bottled eau de cologne that’s softly fragranced with lavender.


Ethical nail varnish gift set for Christmas

House of Kind, Nailmatic Trios, £24

Pretty nails don’t have to cost the earth. This cute trio from Nailmatic at House of Kind is 100% cruelty free and vegan friendly and is ‘7 Free’ meaning it doesn’t contain 7 of the most toxic chemicals typically found in nail polish. These babies are made in France and every element of production is within driving distance of their Paris HQ, reducing the carbon footprint. It’s time to paint the town red.


Ara The Altar ethical ring from Wearth London

Ara the Altar, Astra Ring, £45

Eco-conscious jewellery is the next big thing, so jump on it this Christmas. Want to give something that will last a lifetime? We love Ara the Altar’s simple handmade recycled silver rings, which are made in the north west of England and are  in stock at Wearth London.


 Forest Whole Foods​ Christmas hamper

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Christmas Cheer Food Hamper, £22.72

Tuck into the Christmas spirit with this delicious organic hamper from Forest Whole Foods. There’s popcorn and mulled wine spices, organic dates, Bombay mix, almonds and cacao nibs, and everything is certified by the Soil Association. Even the food comes wrapped in recycled paper shreds.


Join Adventurous Ink​ for an ethical Christmas gift

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Gather Outdoors, Adventurous Ink subscription, £30

Join Adventurous Ink and receive a outdoorsy inspired book, magazine or art print every month in the post from Gather Outdoors. Instead of a gift at Christmas, give someone 12 months of surprises that inspire them to get outside and explore.


Pala sunglasses for ethical christmas gifts

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Pala, sunglasses, £45

Pala’s shades not only look awesome, they help others as well. Each pair funds eye care projects in Africa that ensure that for every pair you buy, someone else gets a pair of glasses they need. There’s a huge range of trend styles and they won’t break the bank.


Secrets Of Green cotton cardholder for christmas

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Secrets of Green, Cotton Cardholder, £10

We love this unique fabric cardholder from eco online store, Secrets of Green. Made by 20 Seventh Letter it’s inspired by London’s green spaces, printed in Scotland and made in England. Who needs plastic?


Lusophile eau de cologne for christmas gifts

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Lusophile, Lavanda Eau de Cologne, £22

Our favourite Portuguese homewares store, Lusophile, has started doing gifts for him. We love this vintage looking, glass bottled eau de cologne that’s softly fragranced with lavender.


Ethical nail varnish gift set for Christmas

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House of Kind, Nailmatic Trios, £24

Pretty nails don’t have to cost the earth. This cute trio from Nailmatic at House of Kind is 100% cruelty free and vegan friendly and is ‘7 Free’ meaning it doesn’t contain 7 of the most toxic chemicals typically found in nail polish. These babies are made in France and every element of production is within driving distance of their Paris HQ, reducing the carbon footprint. It’s time to paint the town red.


Ara The Altar ethical ring from Wearth London

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Ara the Altar, Astra Ring, £45

Eco-conscious jewellery is the next big thing, so jump on it this Christmas. Want to give something that will last a lifetime? We love Ara the Altar’s simple handmade recycled silver rings, which are made in the north west of England and are  in stock at Wearth London.


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Coffee Scoop from Made and Good

Made + Good, Reclaimed Coffee Scoop

Coffee addicts will love this reclaimed walnut coffee scoop. It's a really luxurious little extra that will bring a smile to your face for decades to come. It's made from a British woodworker who believes we need to inject more care into making our belongings and it's available on Made + Good, which has a fab range of contemporary homewares that come to you direct from British makers and crafters.


Begood Shop Cork Clock for Christmas

Be good. Shop., Cork Clock, £24.95

Cork extraction doesn't hurt cork trees and there's no logging involved. There has been a huge rise in cork based sustainable products. Add this chunky cork clock to your home. It's designed by ashortwalk and can be found on Be Good. Shop.


Elephant Gin Christmas Ethical Gifts

Elephant Gin gift set, £35.90

Elephant Ginwas founded to funnel profits to conservation in Africa. This Christmas gift set features a bottle of the award-winning Dry Gin and each one illustrates the story of a special elephant whose name is handwritten on the bottle’s label. The recipient will learn all about 'their' elephant - its luck or fortune - and the reason for why Elephant Gin decided to name a batch after it. Elephants and gin are a winning combination.


Coffee Scoop from Made and Good

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Made + Good, Reclaimed Coffee Scoop

Coffee addicts will love this reclaimed walnut coffee scoop. It's a really luxurious little extra that will bring a smile to your face for decades to come. It's made from a British woodworker who believes we need to inject more care into making our belongings and it's available on Made + Good, which has a fab range of contemporary homewares that come to you direct from British makers and crafters.


Begood Shop Cork Clock for Christmas

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Be good. Shop., Cork Clock, £24.95

Cork extraction doesn't hurt cork trees and there's no logging involved. There has been a huge rise in cork based sustainable products. Add this chunky cork clock to your home. It's designed by ashortwalk and can be found on Be Good. Shop.


Elephant Gin Christmas Ethical Gifts

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Elephant Gin gift set, £35.90

Elephant Ginwas founded to funnel profits to conservation in Africa. This Christmas gift set features a bottle of the award-winning Dry Gin and each one illustrates the story of a special elephant whose name is handwritten on the bottle’s label. The recipient will learn all about 'their' elephant - its luck or fortune - and the reason for why Elephant Gin decided to name a batch after it. Elephants and gin are a winning combination.


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