Christmas Gift Guide
Christmas Gift Guide
Looking to gift consciously this Christmas?
We realise that it is a very busy period and it can be hard to find the right eco-friendly gift for a loved one so we have made the task a little easier! We have complied a “Definitive Ethical Christmas Gift Guide” - a list of some of our favourite ethically sourced products from awesome and creative independent brands that truly care about the planet. From sustainable, space saving rental baby clothes and organic smoothies to plastic free hydrating shampoo bars and fairtrade, organic dark chocolate from São Tomé there is the perfect something here for every style and budget.
The Honestly Good Smoothie CO.
Organic Smoothies; Honestly Good Gift Card, From £27.50
This year you can give the gift of goodness, with a gift card from The Honestly Good Smoothie Co. They deliver 100% organic, pre-portioned smoothie ingredients right to your door. They serve a seasonal weekly menu, with each and every recipe developed by their chef and nutritionist. The Honestly Good ethos extends to everything they do, from packaging that’s free to return for recycling or re-use, to the composting of apple cores and banana peels from the production process.
Sustainable Baby Clothing Rental, from £64
What to get a new baby or new parents for Christmas? The answer: not more stuff.
New babies already have loads of stuff. Teddies, toys, especially clothes. Babies outgrow 7 clothing sizes in their first 2 years, with many gifted clothes getting outgrown before they are even worn. So before buying them more clothes, we’d like to introduce Bundlee, the UK’s first baby clothes rental subscription. Bundlee helps new parents to be more sustainable whilst saving space, by renting their baby’s wardrobe. You can gift a three or six month subscription, and the new parents will receive 15 stylish pieces of clothing, curated for the season and their baby’s size. Parents keep the clothes for as long as they need them, then simply swap outgrown clothes for the next size up. Outgrown clothes are professionally cleaned before being enjoyed by the next renting family.
Organic Dark Chocolate Gift Set, £10
These premium quality bars are vegan friendly and mouth-wateringly good. And if that’s not enough, like all the Divine range – they are Fairtrade with 44% of profits going straight back to cocoa farmers. Even the packaging Divine have used is totally plastic free and fully biodegradable.
The smooth, rich cocoa from São Tomé delivers a deliciously distinctive depth of flavour with woody, spicy notes, perfectly paired with a range of intriguing feel good flavour combinations. Discover the exciting mix of warming ginger and aromatic turmeric, the delicious combination of real blueberry and popped quinoa and lastly, refreshing zesty lemon.
Irresistibly luxurious, every bar is created with ingredients cultivated and gathered in an ethical and sustainable way. Melt-in-your-mouth good, this new launch is the perfect Christmas gift!
Reusable Insulated Glass Water Bottles, from £19.50
Dopper’s mission is to empower people to choose reusable over single-use water bottles to protect the world’s water sources. Each bottle sold reduces plastic pollution and brings clean drinking water to the places people need it the most.
Representing this message, Dopper Glass wants the world’s waters to be as clear as glass. On top of that the luxurious appeal of the Dopper Glass makes it a perfect Christmas gift. With free karma points for saving the ocean.
Pure And Organic Argan Oil (50ml), £15.00
Harfi's Argan Oil is completely natural and chemical free and has been ethically sourced from an artisan co-operative in Fez, Morocco. This "liquid gold" is world renowned for its ability to restore moisture, soften skin and minimise the signs of ageing.
Containing high levels of Vitamin E, Anitoxidants and essential fatty acids Harfi's rich, versatile and totally vegan Argan Oil can be used on hair, skin, lips and nails to provide deep moisture and nourishment. It is a great multipurpose oil that is easily absorbed and effective for all skin types giving skin an instant radiant glow. Traditionally harvested and hand picked by local Moroccan Berber Women of the Atlas Region, this 100% pure and certified organic argan oil has been used for generations by Moroccan people as their go-to beauty product.
Organic White Joy Tee, £34.95
Origin is a brand with a difference. The first of its kind in the UK, Origin creates organic cotton garments, adorned with unique designs and handwoven fabrics. Not only does this process support artisans, fair working conditions, sustainable sourcing and carbon reduced clothing - the profits also help to fund local development projects in communities across Africa.
“We believe that fashion can be a force for good. We have created these t-shirts to spread Joy this Christmas - to both people and planet. This year, there will be more pressure than ever on consumers to make conscious Christmas choices about the presents they buy. We hope they will see Origin as a great antidote to all the fast fashion options and choose to shop where their money can truly make a difference”.
(These wonderful tees are 100% organic cotton, vegan approved and printed using water-based dyes.)
Ethically Sourced Sagana Brass Nugget Necklace, £80
The Sagana necklace features 7 geometric brass nuggets that have been shaped by hand and strung onto a delicate gold chain. It's the perfect piece to finish off your outfit, and can also be layered with other necklaces for a more dramatic look. This necklace was made by their brass artisan Victor and his team in their workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.
All Yala products are ethically and sustainably made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Yala is the first jewellery company in the UK to achieve Certified B Corporation status and was recently announced as the winner of “Jewellery Brand of the Year” in the 2019 Sustainable Lifestyle Awards.
Plastic Free Hydrating Shampoo Bar, £12.50
Saving the Planet doesn’t have to mean bad hair! The consumer backlash against plastic is increasing, yet there are few plastic free choices in personal care. KIND2 is the story of wanting to make a positive difference, through circular economy thinking and product innovation.
Included here is KIND2's most popular product; their hydrating, solid shampoo bar. Made in the UK and packaged in a compostable cardboard box, all KIND2 products are vegan and free from plastic, soap, sulphates, silicones and parabens. Each shampoo bar or conditioner bar lasts as long as 2–3 bottles. Kind to you, kind to the planet.
Vegan Wash Bag, from £49
OneNine5 have redesigned the wash bag (toiletry bag) for the modern traveller. Using a range of vegan-friendly and recycled materials - the wash bag incorporates a detachable and clear liquid bag to breeze through airport security and help reduce the estimated 151 million single-use clear bags distributed at UK airports every year.
The wash bag is available in three modern and unisex colours with premium, water-resistant zippers. The waterproof lining of the wash bag is made from 100% recycled plastic, with seven thoughtfully designed compartments to help maximise how much you can carry.
The Cheese Pack: Reusable, Plastic- Free Alternative To Clingfilm, £15
BeeBee Wraps are a reusable, plastic-free alternative to clingfilm. They have a breathable quality which makes them ideal for storing cheese and keeping it fresher for longer. This means less food waste and no more wincing at wet, sweaty cheese wrapped in plastic in your fridge! The Cheese Pack is the ideal companion to any cheese board the Christmas, not only do BeeBee Wraps keep your cheese happily fresh for days and weeks on end, but the three different designs help to identify which of last night's cheese your BeeBee Wraps are storing!
Bamboo Safety Razor, £21.99
Acala's stylish double edge safety bamboo razor is the perfect unisex, plastic free alternative to disposable razors. With a sturdy bamboo handle the razor provides a unisex design and a close shave for both men and women. It fits all double edge razor blades and comes packaged in just unbleached, recycled paper to make this a zero waste product. Billions of plastic razors and their plastic packaging find their way to landfills every year and take hundreds of years to decompose. By switching to their reusable safety razor you are contributing to the zero-waste movement, making a cleaner environment for all.
Fairtrade Light-Almond Organic Cotton, Bralette, £28
Soft and super-stylish, this light-almond organic cotton bralette is as good for you as it is for the planet. It’s Fairtrade, PETA-Approved Vegan and made from GOTS certified Organic Cotton. It’s also adjustable in all the right places and has enough stretch to ensure a perfect fit.
Y.O.U is a business with A purpose beyond profit. They have a buy-one-give-two promise in partnership with the charity Smalls for All. For every item they sell, they donate two pairs of underwear to communities in Africa and the UK. With Y.O.U undies you can simultaneously look good, feel good and do good.
Sustainably Made Leilani Black GymToSwim Sports Bra, £55
Ruby Moon's sports bra is fully adjustable so that you can choose how tight the fit needs to be so it is suitable for both working out or lounging by or swimming in the pool. This multi-sports racerback bra has a comfortable pad designed to support all your moves. It can be used for a diversity of sports activities including swimming, running, cycling, yoga, gym or dance. It is an essential piece that takes you everywhere!
It is PETA-approved vegan. Oeko-Tex certified, certified 42% less carbon emissions and made ethically and sustainably from recycled ocean plastics in Spain. With every RubyMoon purchase, you empower women worldwide. This sports bra is named after Leilani, a female entrepreneur in the Philippines.
Naturally Made Frida Cross Body Bag In Burgundy/Blush, £250
The Frida is a classic cross body style bag. The strap can be configured to wear the bag across the body, on the shoulder, or in hand for a retro inspired aesthetic and the compartmentalised interior offers lots of space for your daily essentials. Not just versatile and practical, Frida is sustainable too. Made from a "Frumat" material, an Italian cruelty-free leather alternative created using apple skins.
As a brand, Luxtra is constantly working with their partners to source more innovative and eco materials that allow them to make beautiful quality accessories without damaging the environment.
Artisan Made Notebooks And Glass Cases, from £18
These notebooks and foldable glasses cases are made from offcuts of the garments made at Couchman Bespoke. All cloth is either remnant cloth from factories and designers or organic straight from source. For each one sold £1 goes towards educational kits for children in Ethiopia. Couchman Bespoke is an ethical tailor with people, planet and animals in mind, offering to alter and customise clothes before they end up in landfill. £1 of every £10 paid goes towards preventing pollution and water waste from the clothing industry.