When it comes to sustainability, even small changes can help make a positive impact on the environment.
Whether that's choosing to wrap your gifts in recyclable Christmas paper, shopping from small businesses, or thinking mindfully about what you're gifting tp friends and family, only good can come from your promise to limit waste and shop sustainably.
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For the earth-conscious consumer in your life, we’ve compiled a selection of eco-friendly gifts from brands big and small that are doing their bit to protect the planet.
Sustainable fashion gift ideas
Able sustainable knitwear
Marin Sweater, £122, Able
Recycling old materials protects the planet's natural resources, meaning far less carbon emissions are wasted extracting, refining and processing materials like cotton and polyester to make new clothes. Brands, like Able, that commit to using all-natural and organic materials also promise a lifetime guarantee on all their clothing - encouraging a more sustainable way of living that preserves the planet's supply of raw materials.
Desmond and Dempsey Pyjamas
Desmond and Dempsey Pyjamas, £150, Selfridges
These stylish pjs from Desmond and Dempsey are part of Selfridges' Project Earth edit, a hub full of products that are better for people and the planet.
Made from 100% pure cotton, we love the chic design and oversized fit of this pair.
Eco-friendly merino wool scarf
Scarf, £85, Sheep Inc
This is a merino wool scarf with a difference - it's naturally carbon negative, with merino wool sourced from regenerative New Zealand farms. Made using solar-powered, zero-waste Wholegarment® machines, it includes a removable NFC tag to trace the garment’s origins to the farm it came from.
Classic fox orange dungarees, £45, Coco & Kiki
Coco & Kiki are a not-for-profit brand that was born out of the pandemic, when friends Corrine and Kishana decided that they needed to come out of lockdown better than the world went into it. They founded their ethical and sustainable childrenswear company, with a focus on adorable fox-themed dungarees. The corduroy dungarees are made in a small, women-run studio in Bangalore, India and feature coconut buttons and roll up, roll down trouser legs for easy adjustment. Profits are reinvested in projects around the world that help the most vulnerable.
Fisherman Beanie, £30, Finisterre
Sustainable fashion label Finisterre is passionate about choosing the right fabrics to create the best products - products that last, is fit for purpose and has the least environmental impact possible.
Natural fibres are the perfect material to use for next-to-skin products. They are incredibly versatile, providing softness and strength as well as being good insulators, breathable and sweat-wicking. They're also completely renewable, so the fibre can be replenished again and again. We're loving this chic pink merino wool beanie for cooler days.
Sustainable homeware gift ideas
Who Gives A Crap limited edition candle
Le Loo Candle, £25, Who Gives A Crap
If you haven't yet heard of Who Gives A Crap, the sustainable company making a serious impact on the way we use loo roll, you'll want to get behind their game-changing products. If their 100% plastic-free packaging to their recyclable paper toilet rolls wrapped in colourful wraps wasn't enough to sway you, they also donate 50% of profits to help build toilets for the 2.3 billion people who don't have access to proper sanitation - that’s 1 in 3 people.
Not tempted by gifting toilet roll? We hear ya! Who Gives A Crap has just unveiled Le Loo No. 2, their first-ever limited-edition vegan candle which makes the perfect eco-friendly gift. With blended notes of cedarwood, smoke, and moss, the candle was created in aid of raising awareness of traditional toilet paper’s impact on our planet.
Beeswax Candle Making Kit
Beeswax Candle Making Kit, £16, Not On The High Street
There's no better time to support and celebrate small businesses than at Christmas time, when overconsumption and consumer waste is at an all-time high. Not On The High Street is the perfect place to source unique gifts from small businesses and family-run brands. With many gifts coming with free personalisation, hand wrapping and an artisan feel, what's not to love?
Circular & Co reusable drink bottle
Circular & Co, £14.95, Amazon
Circular & Co's latest reusable drinks bottle is made from 92% single use bottles and has a 10-year lifespan. It's also 100% recyclable, lightweight and fully leakproof.
Recycled wine glasses
Recycled Wine Glasses, £19.95, Traidcraft
These handcrafted recycled wine glasses have been mouth-blown into a mould by expert glass workers in Cochabamba, Bolivia. They’re made from 100% recycled waste glass, washed and processed in the most eco-friendly conditions. Each glass holds a delicious 200ml, and is fully dishwasher safe. Now, that's worth raising a glass to!
Beeswax food wraps
Beeswax Food Wraps, £6.99, Amazon
These beeswax food wraps are the perfect eco-friendly alternative to cling film or saran wrap. Not only do they eradicate single-use plastic, but they also help to preserve food naturally, without the nasty condensation plastic wrap accumulates when warmer leftovers are placed in a cool fridge.
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Reusable drinks bottle
Reusable Water Bottle, £29.95, BURGA
Plastic is one of the main polluters when it comes to the ocean, with water bottles and takeaway coffee cups being key culprits. Why not try a refillable bottle? Not only do they help limit plastic waste in our oceans, but they come in lots of super stylish designs.
Linen Bib Apron, £31.20, MagicLinen
For the star baker in your life, MagicLinen offer a range of functional aprons in gorgeous pastel colours. This sustainable brand is loved by Meghan Markle, who was seen rocking the label's White Royal Toscana dress last summer. Compared to cotton, linen is a natural fiber made from the flax plant, which is a renewable resource that grows even in poor-quality soil and usually does not require any chemical pesticides.
Linen duvet set
Sandy Beige Linen Duvet Set, £199, MagicLinen
Not only is linen a beautifully light, breathable fabric for your bedding, but it is also fully biodegradable and can be easily recycled, making it one of the most sustainable fabrics in the world. We're loving these sets from MagicLinen - a brand that champions a local supply chain and low carbon emissions.
Sustainable towelling robe
The Perfect Towelling Robe, £75, Dip & Doze
There is little in life that can't be solved by putting on your dressing gown. Every bit practical as it is comfortable, Dip & Doze's 'Perfect Towelling Robe' comes in two striped colourways, complete with a chic cotton outer and a soft towelling inner.
Made using the finest, sustainably sourced and ethically produced 100% organic cotton, wrap yourself in this robe and you'll be enveloped in a cloud of comfort. With materials sourced from Fairtrade producers, free from pesticides and with a traceable supply chain that looks after its workers, this towelling robe is a must for any eco-consious wishlist.
Moments of Whist Trio Essential Oil Candles, £39.99, Whist
Authentically vegan and eco-conscious, Whist makes a contribution to a non-profit, indigenous reforestation programme with every product sale. Revered for its selection of essential oil candles and botanical wax melts, we're particularly obsessed with the Moments of Whist Trio, which combines three signature scents – After The Rain, Halcyon Hour and Fallen Leaves – in decadent glass holders that can be washed out and reused as pretty trinket jars.
Sustainable beauty product gift ideas
Function of Beauty customisable hair care
Personalised Hair Care, Prices from £25, Function of Beauty
If you didn't already know the name of the effortlessly aesthetic shampoo and conditioner bottles that flood your Instagram timeline with colour, it's Function of Beauty.
This game-changing brand offer fully customisable hair care products determined by a hair quiz that allows you to select everything from your hair goals, to your desired scent and colour. With perfectly paired formulas, every product is made to order, so waste is as minimal as it gets. All bottles are made from 100% recyclable plastic and packaging are sourced from environmentally responsible paper suppliers. Not to mention the 73k five-star reviews, we're convinced this cult haircare brand would look cute af under your tree.
Eco-vibe plastic-free toiletries
Beauty Kitchen Plastic-Free Toiletries, £34.99, Ecovibe
Approximately £42million of unwanted Christmas presents are thrown out in landfill each year, along with what equates to 108 million rolls of wrapping paper, according to GWP Group, so take the time to actually think about what the recipient would really like to open on Christmas morning to avoid any unnecessary waste – and save your cash, too. The perfect way to gift an eco present is by replacing someone's everyday items with reusable ones. Beauty Kitchen offers a range of plastic-free, recyclable and reusable beauty products - the perfect starter pack for an eco-conscious friend.
Wild sustainable natural deodorant
Sustainable Natural Deodorant, from £12, Wild
Deodorant might not spring to mind when it comes to Christmas gifting, but we're wild for this sustainable, refillable and vegan-friendly deodorant. Designed to last a lifetime with cases available in aqua, coral, purple, pink and black, any eco-conscious friend will love this planet-friendly swap. Wild's range of refills are biodegradable, vegan-friendly and free from nasties such as aluminium salts, parabens and phthalates and make for a welcomed departure from atypical deodorant fragrances, branching instead to wildly welcoming: Jasmine & Mandarin Blossom, Fresh Cotton & Sea Salt, Orange Zest, Coconut Dreams, Mint Eucalyptus, Bergamot Rituals and Sandalwood & Pistachio - with new additions always on the horizon.
For every deodorant Wild sells, it also contributes towards a global tree planting initiative through charity On A Mission. We totally love.
Refillable shampoo and conditioner
Refillable Shampoo & Conditioner, £25, indie
Using all-natural ingredients, fully recyclable packaging and promising to be the UK's first carbon-neutral haircare brand, small-batch label indie thrive on believing less, is more. Their refillable stainless steel shampoo and conditioner products are packed full of natural oils that will moisturise and nourish hair from the inside out, meaning you'll need far less product to keep your hair healthy long-term.
Sustainable alcohol gift ideas
The Hidden Sea premium wine
The Hidden Sea wine, from £8, Asda
If you're looking to gift mindfully this year, there's no better way than with a bottle of The Hidden Sea. More than just a wine company, this Australian wine brand has a razor-focused mission: to remove plastic from the ocean. In partnership with ReSea Project, The Hidden Sea removes the equivalent of 10 single-use plastic bottles from the ocean for every bottle of wine sold globally. The Hidden Sea has already removed over 15 million plastic bottles, and aims to remove one billion by 2030.
The Hidden Sea's Red Blend, Rosé, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc wines are vegan-friendly and grown in some of Australia’s most iconic wine-growing regions. Consumers can purchase The Hidden Sea from select Asda, Sainsbury’s, Booths and Morrisons stores nationwide, or by visiting thehiddensea.com.
Caorunn Gin, £28, Tesco
Carefully handcrafted in the Scottish Highlands, Caorunn expertly infuses five locally foraged gin botanicals. Artisanal and small-batch, this fragrant gin is distilled in "one of Scotland's greenest distilleries" and is widely available from Tesco.
Sustainable jewellery gift ideas
ALIGHIERI The Path of the Moons Necklace, £145, Selfridges
Using eco-friendly materials, including recyled materials, London-based jewellery brand ALIGHIERI is the grand dame of demi-fine, uber cool pieces.
Astrid & Miyu
Crystal Rose Gold Huggies, £55, Astrid & Miyu
There's something so special about gifting and receiving new jewellery, which is why sustainable brand Astrid & Miyu makes the perfect gift for an eco-minded friend. Conscious about recyclable packaging and using sustainably sourced materials, they even have a loyalty points system to encourage eco-friendly rewards for those who bring back their old jewellery or unused jewellery boxes.
Alta Capture Bracelet, £295 / $450, Monica Vinader
Loved by the likes of the Duchess of Cambridge and the Kardashians, delicate jewellery and statement pieces from Monica Vinader are top of our wishlist. Only using 100% recycled gold vermeil and sterling silver, the royal-approved brand is a gamechanger in the jewellery industry. Paired with their five-year replacement warranty and lifetime repair service, jewellery from this brand promises to be a gift you'll want to wear forever.
Twisted Gold Hoops Earrings, £18.40, Etsy
The home of artisan brands and small businesses, Etsy is the perfect place to source a sustainable gift this Christmas.
Initial and Birthstone Necklace, now £80, was £100, Harfi
Harfi prides itself on selling ethically sourced products, working with artisan cooperatives to supply high-quality handmade jewellery and accessories. We love their new initial and birthstone necklaces, which you can personalise with a raw birthstone and letter, making it the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
The concept is a royal favourite; Meghan Markle is a big fan of personalised jewellery honouring her children, as is the Duchess of Cambridge. The independent brand is all about fair pricing - for both the artisans who make the products and the customer. Other sustainable picks include the 'Astra Zodiac' necklace and the 'Rose Frame' necklace.
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