It can be hard to find something different on Christmas, among the usual shower gel gift sets and boxes of chocolates.
And if you want to give a Xmas gift – something that is eco-friendly and ethical and will be cherished forever?
It is possible to give gifts that give something back, as well as to delight the recipient, and to help you out, we have selected a few of them.
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From sustainable clothing sets and natural soaps, to eco-friendly reusable cutlery and plastic-free toys, there’s something for everyone.
In addition, buying from sustainable outlets usually means supporting small businesses, which is even more important during the recovery in the event of a pandemic .
So if you’re looking for lasting Christmas ideas, here are some of our favorites.
Sustainable Clothing from Origin Africa
The UK’s first 100% non-profit fashion brand offers a host of sustainable clothing gift boxes ready for Christmas.
Origin Africa donates all the profits from its clothing line to fund social impact projects in Africa, while all of its clothing is produced in a sustainable and ethical manner.
The gift boxes include an organic cotton babygrow with the slogan “I Can Change The World” and a set of hats, all made and printed in Tanzania.
Other sets include a set of matching ‘Mommy / Daddy and Me’ Wink t-shirts and a men’s and women’s lounge set with joggers and t-shirt.
There are also organic t-shirts, sweatshirts, recycled silver jewelry and clutch bags, as well as the brand’s first “Made in Africa” t-shirts in gift boxes.
ATypical Thing Recycled Silver Jewelry
If you want to give that special someone a little sparkle this Christmas, why not check out a gift made from recycled precious metals?
A typical thing has a collection of beautiful handmade jewelry, all made from recycled silver and gold.
Made in Birmingham’s historic jewelry district, all items are made as sustainably as possible and as environmentally friendly as possible.
Our favorites include the Ethereal Recycled Triangle Stacking Ring and Circular Hammered Nails in Recycled Solid Gold.
For a gift that lasts, take a look at Covered bags , who create enduring and timeless designs from their base in Bath.
The bags are inspired by a passion for nature and technology fused together, the bags combining natural materials with craftsmanship.
The designs include tote bags, backpacks, and messenger bags and are all genderless, so perfect to give to anyone as a gift.
Kovered is also passionate about reusing and recycling materials so that every product is as sustainable as possible.
Founded in Devon, Daze Soap creates natural soaps and care products that respect your skin and the environment.
Handmade products make fantastic stocking fillers, including popular “soap on a rope” products, as well as face oils, lip balms, and even eco-friendly cleaning pads.
Soap Daze also offers bath and men’s toiletries, soy wax candles, vegan makeup diffusers and reeds.
They also have a range of prepackaged gift boxes that would make wonderful gifts, including soap sets, bathroom gift boxes, and vegan skin care sets.
SeaForYourselfCo durable cutlery sets
If plastic pollution is high on your agenda, you’ll love these beautiful bamboo sets from SeaForYourselfCo .
The sustainable company is on a mission to provide alternatives to single-use plastics, such as toothbrushes and cutlery.
They also donate 20p of each salt to a charity aimed at reducing plastic pollution.
Gift ideas include great stocking fillers like a bamboo cutlery set, a straw set, or a toothbrush, all of which are compostable, recyclable, or biodegradable.
They also have gift packs that would make the perfect giveaways, with the cutlery sets delivered in cute cotton pouches.
Gifts of good things
With fears of toy shortage at Christmas, why not instead turn to small businesses that offer ecological gifts to children?
Heavy plastic toys can be replaced with handcrafted wooden toys, eco-friendly cotton figures, and even playsets made from reclaimed plastic.
Gifts of good things offers toys for all ages, from newborns to teens and even adult gifts.
Some of our favorites include a set of sustainably made vegan toys in Sri Lanka and a plastic-free ‘Green House Building’ kit.
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