If you want to buy eco, ethical or sustainable gifts, here are a few of my favourite planet-friendly ideas. (Other than our Thoughtful Clothing
, of course). Get inspired with my top ten organic, natural, and ethical gift ideas. They feel as good to give, as they do to receive. Here they are…
1. Vineyard Candles
Vineyard’s family-run team are passionate about the environment, their people, and living a good life. This is evident in their products in Cornwall and the way they run their business. Their candles
are 100% natural, and handmade from re-purposed wine and champagne bottles.
In their classic Vineyard collection, they take inspiration from the world’s most famous drinks. The result? A range of fantastic fragrances. A Gin and Tonic or Pinot Grigio sounds like a welcome gift to me!
2. Organic Skincare from Green People
Small actions spark big change and you can help. Green People’s gift collection, in partnership with the Butterfly Conservation, is a great place to start.
These luxurious, certified organic gift sets
for women and men, smell delicious. They’re suitable for all skin types. And a donation from each one helps protect British butterflies, moths and the environment.
3. Made UK Fair Trade Jewellery
MADE uses the most environmentally sound materials possible.
Their unique pieces are hand-crafted by skilled, dedicated artisans in Kenya. I’m a fan of their recent collaboration with British Designer Daisy Knights. It's full of chunky, statement pieces that stay true to Daisy’s love of land, sea and nature. Have a look at them here
KeepCup's mission is simple; to encourage the use of reusable cups. Their bold reusable cups, are sustainably made, lightweight and unbreakable.
The brand hopes to kick-start the demise of disposable alternatives. And to encourage a new way of living through their global #reuserevolution campaign.
Think about this... Over one year, a KeepCup reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 92% compared to disposables. It’s the definition of a ‘gift that keeps on giving’. You can even design your own KeepCup for a present with a personalised touch. Check it out here
5. Booja Booja Chocolate Truffles
Brighten the faces of friends and loved ones with these exquisite melt-in-your-mouth chocolate truffles.
They're made in Norfolk with fine, organic ingredients. And they’re completely dairy, gluten and soya free. I like the look of their new Artist’s Collection. 16 luxury chocolate truffles - in a gift box hand-painted by artists in Kashmir, India. Perfect for those who love chocolate and beautiful things. Find your nearest stockist here
6. English Tea's Organic Christmas Tea Tin
The English Tea Shop sources tea from the finest Organic and Fairtrade farmers, blenders, and producers all over the world. And its Soil Association certified organic tea is grown without the use of pesticides.
When it comes to packing their tea, the tea shop does it by hand to reduce their carbon footprint. And they also offer in-house training schemes to their staff. They’re good all round.
Have a look at their Christmas Tin. It includes Christmas Cake, Berry Savoury Pie, Sweet Vanilla Bread, White Wonderland and more. Yum. Find them here at Natural Collection
7. 100% Wool Blanket From The Future Kept
The Future Kept is all about good design, and lasting, carefully-sourced things you'll cherish and keep. They believe in, ‘Buy less, buy better’.
This British-made 100% wool blanket is woven near the edge of the Clwyd Ian mountain range in Wales. And it takes its inspiration from the area’s rugged colours and its serenity. It’s also made using 38-year-old artisanal techniques – a lovely gift to give (or receive). Get it here
8. Chocolate Spoons By Cocoa Loco
Cocoa Loco’s chocolate is single origin, organic and Fairtrade certified. Skilled chocolatiers make it by hand and in small batches in West Sussex.
This Christmas their gifts include these smooth milk hot chocolate spoons
. They're made using the finest single origin beans from the Dominican Republic.
Pop the spoon into a cup of hot milk and stir to create the most scrumptious hot chocolate imaginable. Great stocking stocking fillers for kids and adults alike.
9. The Mighty Wallet
The Mighty Wallet is a slim, eco-friendly and vegan alternative to old-fashioned bulky wallets. (Great for him, her, slim-fit clothing, or to lighten the load in bags too).
Every wallet is recyclable, expandable, water-resistant, and tear-resistant. And there’s plenty of designs to pick from - have a look here
10. Brass Terrarium From The Decorator's Notebook
This piece makes a really thoughtful and affordable gift.
Just fill the base with a little gravel, add a succulent plant or cactus, and admire your handiwork. It's also lovely when used as a brass-candle lantern on a shelf, mantelpiece or table.
Best of all, this terrarium supports the Fair Trade artisans who made it. Buy it here
If you have any more ethical gift ideas for Christmas, then we’d love to hear about them. Comment below, or send us a message on Facebook
For more gift inspiration, check out our team’s homemade Christmas presents here