Get giving: The ultimate Christmas ethical gift guide

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We know that Christmas isn't all about the presents but there really are some amazing gifts out there that give back and support incredible charities and smaller brands for who each purchase keeps them in business. 

If you're doing ethical presents, the gifts below are from some of our absolute favourite companies, plus they're beautiful, sustainable and do good...we'd be happy with any one of them under the tree.

Georgina Wilson-Powell 14 November 2017

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Christmas ethical gift guide - Aerende

Candle holder, £19

Go minimal this year with this simple but classic candle holder from Aerende. This super stylish social enterprise, supports British craftsmanship and finding people work. Choose from a pink or grey glaze, both were made by Studio 306 which supports adults recovering from mental health illnesses.


Ethical Christmas presents - lunchbox

Steel lunchbox, £29.50

Keep it simple and zero waste this Christmas with the cult Stainless Steel lunchbox from Elephant Box. Made in India it's robust, food grade steel that will keep even your leftover sandwiches safe. It comes in plastic free packaging for zero plastic guilt.


Bee Saver Christmas Gift Guide

Bee saver kit, £15

Be a friend to the bees with this Bee Saver Kit from Friends of the Earth. Perfect for kids and adults, it includes a garden planner, wildflower seeds, identification guide and instructions on how to make a bee hotel, plus an exclusive Christmas card and beautiful wrapping paper – making it the ideal fun and festive gift.


Ethical present guide - handbag

Handbag, £168

Add a retro touch to your ethical Christmas this year with one of these handbags from Arteli at Seekers of Design. It's intricate, crochet inspired pattern is made from the leaves of the Iraca Palm Tree and will make whoever receives it want to take you on holiday immediately (we hope!).


Ethical presents for Christmas - Ishkar

Glass tumblers, £80 (for six)

Ishkar bring together beautiful homewares from war-torn countries to help increase revenue to craftspeople and help save traditional skills. We're loving these gold, hand blown glass tumblers from Herat. They're just the thing to pep post-Christmas smoothies.


Ethical Christmas presents - Kindbox

Wellbeing box, £100

Who doesn't love a hamper under the Christmas tree and Kindbox has put an ethical spin on the idea. This Wellbeing Box includes some of our favourite treat yourself organic skincare brands like Bloomtown, Yogandha and Yogi tea plus a Franklin ball and fitband to help improve your practise and other lovely treats.


Ethical jewellery - ethical Christmas present guide

Necklace, £25

Need something quirky, ethical and easy to post? We're loving this brass, Fairtrade necklace in the shape of the River Thames from the Museum of London. It's only available from the museum shop, here.


Tales Of Thread Christmas Gift Guide

Pyjamas, £125

Give even the most traditional of Christmas presents an ethical spin this year. Tales of Threaddesign sumptuous, soft PJs which are then made by female artisans in Ghana, in a fully traceable and transparent process. Products like 100% cotton PJs have helped them train 53 marginalised, homeless and excluded women so far. Available at Mamoq.


Christmas Gift Guide - ethical homewares

Handmade bowl, £24

The London Smiths brings together the best crafters, potters and makers from within the M25. Wherever you live you'll love one of these green stoneware bowls by Diana Ng. Perfect for miso soup, dips or sides, you can grow the set with plates, bigger bowls and so on. £1 out of every £30 goes to charity too.


Ethical gift guide - organic cotton sweatshirt

Sweatshirt, £45

Organic unisex clothing company Tommy & Lottie make the perfect sweatshirt, plus this cheeky range helps save orangutans. The organic grey marl cotton jumper features an embroidered orangutan complete with fluffy hair. Each one donates £4 to the Sumatran Orangutan Society.


Ethical gift guide vegan backpack

Backpack, £120

Belo make fabulous backpacks that aren't just vegan friendly, they're also super flexible as you can wear them in several ways. This backpack has been made from upcycled seat belts combined with a lining made from recycled plastic bottles.


Ethical Christmas gifts - ethical knitwear

Men's jumper, £895

It's not Christmas without a jumper, so this year make it an ethically made one. Heritage Scottish label, Glenevan, produces out of this world cashmere that's inspired by modern geometric patterns. This grey version for men, riffs on skyscraper skylines, and has been handknitted in Scotland.


Silver earrings Christmas gift guide

Earrings, £44

Got a hedgehog lover in the family? We're loving these handmade solid recycled silver earrings from Little Silver Hedgehog. Each purchase from this jewellery helps fund a hedgehog hospital in Yorkshire, which has helped 450 hogs get back into full health and return into the wild this year.


Christmas ethical gift guide - Common Texture

Linen cushion covers, £100 (for two)

It can't be just us who love receiving homewares for Christmas. One of our favourite sustainable accessories brands Common Texture has brought out two cushions just in time for ethical gift giving. This green pair are made from 100% linen that has been hand printed by master artisans in a fair trade studio in south India. They'll make anyone green with envy.


Christmas gift guide - ethical knitwear

Hat, £29

Love giving hats for Christmas? Choose a sustainable option this year with People Tree's bright mustard Fair Isle inspired beanie. Made by a fair trade factory in Nepal.


Ethical gift guide - organic bedding

Bed linen, from £25

We're such fans of organic bedding here at pebble and it makes an excellent ethical gift for Christmas. Sleep Organic's 100% organic and Fairtrade cotton is soft, soothing and sustainable. Timeless designs and an excellent quality make a good night's sleep even easier. 

Get 15% off by entering our exclusive code Christmas@SleepOrganic too.


Sourdough Starter Christmas Gift Guide

Sourdough starter kit, £45

Cult bread masters Brick House have put together everything you need to kickstart your own sourdough revolution after Christmas. Save yourself from below par bread by learning how to make it yourself including a sourdough mother, cane banneton, organic white flour, dough scraper and tote bag for carrying all your new loaves.


Ethical Christmas gift guide - Made + Good

Wooden chopping boards, £70

One of our favourite ethical homewares stores, Made + Good, certainly isn't short of present ideas for Christmas but we love these handmade wooden chopping boards. Geometrically cut to add a modern touch, they're made of sustainably grown sycamore, oak or beech and finished with natural oils with a leather hanging cord.


Ethical presents, Nudo Adopt

Olive oil gift set, £72

Support small scale olive oil farmers, with this awesome present for foodies from Nudo Adopt. As well as three 500ml extra virgin olive oil from a sustainably farmed grove, the gift set includes the adoption of an olive tree in the farm and a beautiful limited edition, handmade oil cruet - a collaboration with Yorkshire artist, Michelle Freemantle.


Sneak Nat Cork Side Clean Web Grande

Trainers, £89

Po-Zu make some of the most sustainable shoes around and these simple cork sneakers suit everyone. Vegan-friendly, they're suitable for men and women and come with removable memory-foam Foot-Mattress so they're super comfy.


Ethical Christmas gifts, growler

Growler, £30

Give the gift of takeout beer this Christmas. A stainless, steel, reusable growler is essential for any craft beer lover who wants to take favourite cask brews home. It's like your reusable water bottle, for beer. This 2 litre version from sustainable Devon brewery Salcombe is engraved with its iconic seahorse logo.


Christmas Gift Guide bat box

Bat box, £22

Help save the wildlife on our own doorstep with this Bat Box from the National Trust. Give bats a home this winter in this FSC certified wooden box that can be hung under eaves. It has a rough hewn landing platform and grooves into the walls to help the bats climb inside.


Ethical gifts Whiskoffy

Whiskoffy, £24.15

Is it whisky? Is it coffee? Marvolio's Nostrums takes on the world of liqueurs and updates them for a more modern palette. Inspired aesthetically by old fashioned apothecaries, the award-winning, small bath Whiskoffy features malt Scotch whisky and 100% Arabica coffee, it's perfect for anyone who loves the after dinner drink but doesn't want straight spirits. 


By Sarah Christmas Gift Guide

By Sarah gift set, £65

All organic, hand-blended face and skincare oil gurus, By Sarah, have released a Christmas Capsule Collection which includes its multi award-winning Organic Facial Oil, Organic Body Oil and Organic Lip Balm. Especially good if any of your loved ones have sensitive skin, it's become a cult buy for plant powered skincare this year.


Ethical Christmas guide - weekend planner

Weekly planner, £28

Want to get on or keep on track in 2019? Ponderlily's fab Weekly Planners are built to build dreams, bullet journal, highlight goals and intentions or just keep a good old fashioned diary. And they don't just look pretty, they're made of recycled paper with a cloth cover and made ethically in Europe.


Christmas gift guide ethical bag

Weekend bag, £38

For ethical adventure gear look no further than Atlas & Ortus. This simple weekend barrel bag is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and is available in black, blue and grey. It's the kind of no nonsense go anyway bag you'll love for life.


Christmas ethical gift guide - Aerende

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Candle holder, £19

Go minimal this year with this simple but classic candle holder from Aerende. This super stylish social enterprise, supports British craftsmanship and finding people work. Choose from a pink or grey glaze, both were made by Studio 306 which supports adults recovering from mental health illnesses.


Ethical Christmas presents - lunchbox

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Steel lunchbox, £29.50

Keep it simple and zero waste this Christmas with the cult Stainless Steel lunchbox from Elephant Box. Made in India it's robust, food grade steel that will keep even your leftover sandwiches safe. It comes in plastic free packaging for zero plastic guilt.


Bee Saver Christmas Gift Guide

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Bee saver kit, £15

Be a friend to the bees with this Bee Saver Kit from Friends of the Earth. Perfect for kids and adults, it includes a garden planner, wildflower seeds, identification guide and instructions on how to make a bee hotel, plus an exclusive Christmas card and beautiful wrapping paper – making it the ideal fun and festive gift.


Ethical present guide - handbag

4 / 26

Handbag, £168

Add a retro touch to your ethical Christmas this year with one of these handbags from Arteli at Seekers of Design. It's intricate, crochet inspired pattern is made from the leaves of the Iraca Palm Tree and will make whoever receives it want to take you on holiday immediately (we hope!).


Ethical presents for Christmas - Ishkar

5 / 26

Glass tumblers, £80 (for six)

Ishkar bring together beautiful homewares from war-torn countries to help increase revenue to craftspeople and help save traditional skills. We're loving these gold, hand blown glass tumblers from Herat. They're just the thing to pep post-Christmas smoothies.


Ethical Christmas presents - Kindbox

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Wellbeing box, £100

Who doesn't love a hamper under the Christmas tree and Kindbox has put an ethical spin on the idea. This Wellbeing Box includes some of our favourite treat yourself organic skincare brands like Bloomtown, Yogandha and Yogi tea plus a Franklin ball and fitband to help improve your practise and other lovely treats.


Ethical jewellery - ethical Christmas present guide

7 / 26

Necklace, £25

Need something quirky, ethical and easy to post? We're loving this brass, Fairtrade necklace in the shape of the River Thames from the Museum of London. It's only available from the museum shop, here.


Tales Of Thread Christmas Gift Guide

8 / 26

Pyjamas, £125

Give even the most traditional of Christmas presents an ethical spin this year. Tales of Threaddesign sumptuous, soft PJs which are then made by female artisans in Ghana, in a fully traceable and transparent process. Products like 100% cotton PJs have helped them train 53 marginalised, homeless and excluded women so far. Available at Mamoq.


Christmas Gift Guide - ethical homewares

9 / 26

Handmade bowl, £24

The London Smiths brings together the best crafters, potters and makers from within the M25. Wherever you live you'll love one of these green stoneware bowls by Diana Ng. Perfect for miso soup, dips or sides, you can grow the set with plates, bigger bowls and so on. £1 out of every £30 goes to charity too.


Ethical gift guide - organic cotton sweatshirt

10 / 26

Sweatshirt, £45

Organic unisex clothing company Tommy & Lottie make the perfect sweatshirt, plus this cheeky range helps save orangutans. The organic grey marl cotton jumper features an embroidered orangutan complete with fluffy hair. Each one donates £4 to the Sumatran Orangutan Society.


Ethical gift guide vegan backpack

11 / 26

Backpack, £120

Belo make fabulous backpacks that aren't just vegan friendly, they're also super flexible as you can wear them in several ways. This backpack has been made from upcycled seat belts combined with a lining made from recycled plastic bottles.


Ethical Christmas gifts - ethical knitwear

12 / 26

Men's jumper, £895

It's not Christmas without a jumper, so this year make it an ethically made one. Heritage Scottish label, Glenevan, produces out of this world cashmere that's inspired by modern geometric patterns. This grey version for men, riffs on skyscraper skylines, and has been handknitted in Scotland.


Silver earrings Christmas gift guide

13 / 26

Earrings, £44

Got a hedgehog lover in the family? We're loving these handmade solid recycled silver earrings from Little Silver Hedgehog. Each purchase from this jewellery helps fund a hedgehog hospital in Yorkshire, which has helped 450 hogs get back into full health and return into the wild this year.


Christmas ethical gift guide - Common Texture

14 / 26

Linen cushion covers, £100 (for two)

It can't be just us who love receiving homewares for Christmas. One of our favourite sustainable accessories brands Common Texture has brought out two cushions just in time for ethical gift giving. This green pair are made from 100% linen that has been hand printed by master artisans in a fair trade studio in south India. They'll make anyone green with envy.


Christmas gift guide - ethical knitwear

15 / 26

Hat, £29

Love giving hats for Christmas? Choose a sustainable option this year with People Tree's bright mustard Fair Isle inspired beanie. Made by a fair trade factory in Nepal.


Ethical gift guide - organic bedding

16 / 26

Bed linen, from £25

We're such fans of organic bedding here at pebble and it makes an excellent ethical gift for Christmas. Sleep Organic's 100% organic and Fairtrade cotton is soft, soothing and sustainable. Timeless designs and an excellent quality make a good night's sleep even easier. 

Get 15% off by entering our exclusive code Christmas@SleepOrganic too.


Sourdough Starter Christmas Gift Guide

17 / 26

Sourdough starter kit, £45

Cult bread masters Brick House have put together everything you need to kickstart your own sourdough revolution after Christmas. Save yourself from below par bread by learning how to make it yourself including a sourdough mother, cane banneton, organic white flour, dough scraper and tote bag for carrying all your new loaves.


Ethical Christmas gift guide - Made + Good

18 / 26

Wooden chopping boards, £70

One of our favourite ethical homewares stores, Made + Good, certainly isn't short of present ideas for Christmas but we love these handmade wooden chopping boards. Geometrically cut to add a modern touch, they're made of sustainably grown sycamore, oak or beech and finished with natural oils with a leather hanging cord.


Ethical presents, Nudo Adopt

19 / 26

Olive oil gift set, £72

Support small scale olive oil farmers, with this awesome present for foodies from Nudo Adopt. As well as three 500ml extra virgin olive oil from a sustainably farmed grove, the gift set includes the adoption of an olive tree in the farm and a beautiful limited edition, handmade oil cruet - a collaboration with Yorkshire artist, Michelle Freemantle.


Sneak Nat Cork Side Clean Web Grande

20 / 26

Trainers, £89

Po-Zu make some of the most sustainable shoes around and these simple cork sneakers suit everyone. Vegan-friendly, they're suitable for men and women and come with removable memory-foam Foot-Mattress so they're super comfy.


Ethical Christmas gifts, growler

21 / 26

Growler, £30

Give the gift of takeout beer this Christmas. A stainless, steel, reusable growler is essential for any craft beer lover who wants to take favourite cask brews home. It's like your reusable water bottle, for beer. This 2 litre version from sustainable Devon brewery Salcombe is engraved with its iconic seahorse logo.


Christmas Gift Guide bat box

22 / 26

Bat box, £22

Help save the wildlife on our own doorstep with this Bat Box from the National Trust. Give bats a home this winter in this FSC certified wooden box that can be hung under eaves. It has a rough hewn landing platform and grooves into the walls to help the bats climb inside.


Ethical gifts Whiskoffy

23 / 26

Whiskoffy, £24.15

Is it whisky? Is it coffee? Marvolio's Nostrums takes on the world of liqueurs and updates them for a more modern palette. Inspired aesthetically by old fashioned apothecaries, the award-winning, small bath Whiskoffy features malt Scotch whisky and 100% Arabica coffee, it's perfect for anyone who loves the after dinner drink but doesn't want straight spirits. 


By Sarah Christmas Gift Guide

24 / 26

By Sarah gift set, £65

All organic, hand-blended face and skincare oil gurus, By Sarah, have released a Christmas Capsule Collection which includes its multi award-winning Organic Facial Oil, Organic Body Oil and Organic Lip Balm. Especially good if any of your loved ones have sensitive skin, it's become a cult buy for plant powered skincare this year.


Ethical Christmas guide - weekend planner

25 / 26

Weekly planner, £28

Want to get on or keep on track in 2019? Ponderlily's fab Weekly Planners are built to build dreams, bullet journal, highlight goals and intentions or just keep a good old fashioned diary. And they don't just look pretty, they're made of recycled paper with a cloth cover and made ethically in Europe.


Christmas gift guide ethical bag

26 / 26

Weekend bag, £38

For ethical adventure gear look no further than Atlas & Ortus. This simple weekend barrel bag is made of GOTS certified organic cotton and is available in black, blue and grey. It's the kind of no nonsense go anyway bag you'll love for life.



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