Searching for eco-friendly Christmas gifts? Take a look at our list of presents to suit any budget.
One way is to just stop giving presents altogether, but whilst that’s a great idea for certain people and families, many others will view it simply as just not that festive.
An estimated 70% of Brits were predicted to have a greener Christmas in 2018. But there’s still a long way to go, with approximately 100,000 tonnes of plastic packaging being thrown away on Christmas Day alone.
For those of us who want to continue with the gift-giving tradition and help to do our bit, we’ve pulled together three easy ways to reduce your Christmas carbon.
Ditch the wrapping paper
Nothing symbolises the excess of Christmas quite like wrapping paper, which is a lovely tradition but is pure waste. You can instead look to wrap presents in things that work themselves as mini-gifts, such as silk scarves, decorated boxes which can be re-used or jam jars.
Recycling household items are also a winner, with old maps a perfect way to add a vintage feel to your gifts. There’s even the opportunity to add a touch of humour as well; disguising an expensive piece of jewelry in an old pair of socks should throw the recipient off the scent.
Make your own green gift
The old cliche goes that it's the thought that counts and with gifts this rings particularly true. One way to demonstrate this consideration whilst reducing waste (and saving pennies) is to make your presents yourself.
One option is to craft your own Christmas decorations, which are a great way to give something that will be used year after year (here’s a raft of ideas on some). It can be especially endearing for family members if you incorporate the creativity of your children too - putting a child’s drawing in a snow globe one example.
Cooking is another way to express your generosity, whether huge batches of mince pies delivered in reusable boxes or savoury treats such as Christmassy bread or pâté. You can even make homemade gin in a few days.
Buy an eco-friendly product
Stuck for time? Or worried that your culinary and craft skills aren’t quite up to the job? Luckily there are enough ready-made gifts out there which can brighten up a loved one’s Christmas, and leave you feeling happy you’ve focused on the environment.
We’ve come up with a list of eco-friendly gift ideas for all the family
Divine Vegan Tasting Hamper £29.95 from Ethical Superstore
This is perfect for vegans chocolate lovers and it's presented in a recyclable gift box, there’s no plastic waste. You can rest assured that Divine is a fairtrade brand that don’t use any artificial flavours or preservatives either.
For a stocking filler, there’s a smaller option of the Divine Chocolate 12 Bar Tasting Set for £5.99 also from Ethical Superstore.
Pukka Tea Selection Box £13.99 from Amazon
Did you know that plastic can be found in teabags? It has been all over the news recently. 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 a variety of flavours. All 100% organically grown, ethically sourced and biodegradable.
Eco Friendly Coffee Cup or Phone Case £12.99 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 is no compromise on style for when you are on-the-go.
They also have a range of biodegradable phone cases in five different colours, also for £12.99.
Mutiny Shaving Box - Redbeards Revenge £30 from Mutiny Shaving
Looking for a vegan-friendly gift for the man in your life? What about this artisan shaving kit from Mutiny Shaving. It comes with a traditional razor, five recyclable razor blades, handmade shaving soap (made with 100% natural ingredients), and an oak shaving brush. No more disable plastic razors required.
They also do a smaller version called the Mutiny Mini for £20 without the shaving brush. This comes with a choice of rosemary and lime, or cinnamon and orange soap.
Christmas Gift Box £15.00 from Green Tulip
This is a great choice for someone who wants an eco-friendly pampering session this Christmas. It includes these ethically sourced festive treats, all suitable for vegans:
- A 70% organic dark chocolate 40g bar, in pomegranate flavour
- 2 Pukka original chai herbal tea bags
- Soap Daze Frankincense Soap Slice made with 100% natural ingredients
- Wild Olive Bucks Fizz Bath Sundae
- Wild Olive Gin & Lime Bath Sundae
- Green Tulip Orange, Clove & Cinnamon candle with a 30-hour burn time
Handmade Wool Slipper Socks £16.95 from Natural Collection
Socks are a staple in many Christmas stockings. Available in sizes 4-7, these particular 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 Bath Toy £12.95 from Ethical Superstore
Good for teething and entertainment, babies will have fun splashing around and chewing on this waterproof bath toy.
You can be rest assured that it is 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.
Wooden Interchangeable Car £18.95 from Eden Project
If you are looking to buy an eco-friendly toy for a toddler, this interchangeable car from the Eden Project could be up your street.
It’s made from natural wood, is decorated with water-based paints and the packaging is recyclable. The pieces can be rearranged into three different vehicles - a car, truck or digger, to encourage hand-eye coordination.
My First Giant Bubble Kit £19.99 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.
For more money saving tips over Christmas, check out our 2019 Guide to Christmas Shopping.
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