Searching for eco-friendly Christmas gifts? Luckily there are plenty of options out there to help you brighten up a loved one’s day and be kinder to the environment. We’ve come up with a list of budget-friendly ideas for all the family.
Divine Vegan Tasting Hamper £29.95 from Ethical Superstore
This is perfect for vegan chocolate lovers, and it's presented in a recyclable gift box, so there’s no plastic waste. Plus, you can rest assured that Divine is a Fairtrade brand that doesn’t use any artificial flavours or preservatives.
For a stocking filler, there’s a smaller option of the Divine Chocolate 12 Bar Tasting Set for £5.20, also from Ethical Superstore.
Pukka Tea Selection Box £11.89 from Amazon
Did you know that plastic can be found in teabags? This Pukka Tea Selection Box would make a great present for anyone who wants to ditch the plastic and try a healthier, tasty alternative.
They’ll be spoilt for choice with 45 sachets of organic herbal teas included, in 9 different flavours. All 100% organically grown, ethically sourced and biodegradable.
Glass Coffee Cup Coffee Cup £13.99 from Neon Kactus
Neon Kactus pride themselves on making modern, eco-friendly coffee cups for the coffee connoisseurs out there. These glass cups come in a range of striking colours to suit all tastes, so there’s no compromise on style for when you are on the go.
Shaving set from Mutiny Shaving, starting from £20
If you’re looking for a vegan-friendly gift, you could consider getting an artisan shaving kit from Mutiny Shaving. Their aloe vera set, for example, comes with a traditional metal razor, a natural fibre soap pouch and a handmade shaving soap bar and five free recyclable razor blades - all for £22. No more disposable plastic razors required, and the packaging is recyclable too!
Personalised vegan eco pampering and relaxing kit £29.90 from Not On The High Street
This is a great choice for someone who wants an eco-friendly pampering session this Christmas. It includes festive treats, all suitable for vegans:
- 1 soap
- 1 organic muslin cloth
- 1 exfoliating mitten
- 1 hand-poured candle
- 1 bag of botanical bath salts.
There is a range of soap and candle scents to choose from. You also have the option to personalise the box and/or the labels with a name (at an extra cost).
100% Wool Slipper Socks £16.95 from Natural Collection
Socks are a staple in many Christmas stockings. Available in sizes 4-7, these handmade, Fairtrade, woollen slipper socks will be sure to keep you cosy this winter. Not only will this make a lovely gift, but some of your money will also be going to a good cause (the charity Net4Kids).
So Pure Sophie La Girafe Multi-textured Teether £11.16 from Ethical Superstore
This colourful teether is lightweight and easy for babies to handle. You can rest assured that it’s made from 100% natural rubber, and painted with food-grade paints for child safety. It also comes in a lovely gift box made from recyclable materials.
Fair trade wooden jigsaw puzzle, £12.50 from Eden Project
If you’re looking to buy an eco-friendly toy for a little one, this shark jigsaw from the Eden Project could be up your street.
It’s made from sustainably sourced rubber wood and is decorated with non-toxic paints. There are 10 pieces, which can help children learn how to count as they play.
My First Giant Bubble Kit £21.00 from Dr Zigs
Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit is an ideal present for small and big kids alike.
Not only are the wands made from sustainable wood, and the ropes from unbleached cotton, but the bubble mixture is non-toxic and biodegradable. So, there’s no nasty chemicals involved.
Etsy has a massive variety of eco-friendly gifts made by smaller retailers. You can find anything from beeswax candles to homemade jewellery, accessories and even clothing. Many of the products are homemade and some of them can be personalised for that extra special touch.
Handmade gift ideas
The old cliché goes that it's the thought that counts, and with gifts this rings particularly true. One way to demonstrate this is to make your presents yourself, which can help to reduce waste and save pennies at the same time.
One option is to craft your own Christmas decorations, which can be used year after year. There’s plenty of inspiration online, from Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas TV show, to YouTube videos, like this one from 5-Minute Crafts.
It can be especially endearing for family members if you incorporate the creativity of your children too.
How to wrap gifts in an eco-friendly way
When it comes to wrapping presents, instead of using wrapping paper, you could consider using alternatives, like decorated boxes, brown paper bags or jam jars which can be used again. Recycling household items are also a winner, with old maps a perfect way to add a vintage feel to your gifts. Plus, watch this video to find out how you can wrap presents without any tape.
Need more inspiration? Read on for 10 free and thoughtful gift ideas for Christmas on a budget.
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