When it comes to sustainability over the festive season, even small changes can help make a positive impact on the environment.
Whether that's choosing to wrap your gifts in recyclable paper, shopping from small businesses, or thinking mindfully about what you're gifting this year, 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 Christmas gifts from brands big and small that are doing their bit to protect the planet.
From simple stocking fillers to unique gifts for an eco-minded shopper, you'll love our edit of sustainable gifts hand-picked from brands that have pledged their promise to the planet.
Sustainable homeware gift ideas for Christmas 2021
Reusable drinks bottle
Chilly's Bottle, £20, John Lewis
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.
Huski Lunch Box, £14.99, Lakeland
Try using a reusable lunchbox instead of a plastic take-out container. These non-toxic, BPA and silicone-free ones from Huski are eco-friendly and made using biodegradable rice husk.
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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Sustainable beauty product gift ideas for Christmas 2021
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.
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 alcoholic gift ideas for Christmas 2021
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 for Christmas 2021
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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