Ethical & Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Christmas, Birthdays & more
Looking for ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas? Well, I have you covered. I have put together a whole host of ethical gift ideas for every possible occasion. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, any kind of day! And, I’ve kept things really budget-friendly, with ideas from £3.50 up to a maximum of £35.
My plan for this eco-friendly gift ideas post is to make it static on my front page, and I will keep it updated with my favourite gift ideas. That way it will be ever-evolving and ever added to, giving you a fresh load of ideas whenever you need it.
Make sure you bookmark it or save it to Pinterest. That way, when you ever need any zero-waste, plastic-free or eco-friendly gift ideas for any occasion then you know where to look!
The Moral Fibres Ethical Gift Guide
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Zero-Waste Gift Ideas
When it comes to buying an eco-friendly gift, something you know that they will use time and time again is always a great option. Here are some of my favourite reusable zero-waste gift ideas:
This reusable safety razor comes with 5 replacement blades, a hessian travel bag and full instructions for a zero-waste shave. Find it for £24.99 at Wearth London.
I have tried a few different metal lunchboxes, and many of them leak. Not this beauty, from Black+Blum, which has a silicone valve creating a secure vacuum-sealed closure. The silicone band also holds a handy stainless steel fork in place. Handily, it’s oven-safe for heating up food and freezer-safe for storing pre-cooked food.
Although I’m working from home right now, I’m finding I am using my lunchbox more than ever. We are going on long walks, and picnics at weekends, as many indoor activities and cafes are closed, and it’s been a godsend!
Buy it from Natural Collection for £31.95.
In a similar vein to above, a food flask is a great addition to a hike or picnic, especially in winter. You can carry hot soup or a chilli or stew with you for something warming when you are out in the cold.
This Black+Blum food flask is available again from Natural Collection for £29.95.
A water bottle, but make it fashion. This pretty Corkcicle water bottle is patterned with Rifle Paper Co’s signature floral print, and keeps your drink cold for up to 25 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.
Find it online from Paper Tiger for £35. Paper Tiger is one of my favourite local (Edinburgh) gift shops – do check it out if you are ever in the city!
The Neon Kactus glass coffee cups use only fully recyclable and sustainable materials, and look great too. And, unlike plastic or bamboo, glass doesn’t taint the flavour of your drink. Find it at Born Eco for £13.99.
Eco-Friendly Beauty Gift Ideas
Wanting to indulge someone special? Try these vegan-friendly and plastic-free beauty gift ideas:
This £30 gift set from Evolve is a fantastic way to treat someone special. It features a daily moisturiser, plus a hyaluronic serum for extra moisturisation, and a cleansing face mask made from raw cacao.
Vegan friendly, cruelty-free, and hand made in England, all of Evolve Beauty’s products are packaged in glass. What’s more, all of the packaging from their gift boxes are made from fully recyclable cardboard.
I’m coveting this one for myself, as Evolve Beauty’s daily moisturiser is my very favourite, delivering intense hydration without greasiness, oiliness, or stickiness. I feel it performs as well as moisturisers 3 times its price, and smells amazing too!
2020 has been all about the soap, and the handwashing – all of the handwashing. Make it special for someone with this beautifully scented vegan and palm oil free soap from Soapdaze, that comes with a hand-knitted facecloth. It comes in plastic-free packaging and is also delivered plastic-free. Find it on Etsy for £15.95.
Bloomtown are the UK’s first certified palm-oil free company. They specialise in beauty products that are vegan, cruelty-free, palm-oil free, as well as being free from a host of other nasties, including petrochemicals, sulphates, SLS, and parabens – all packaged in recyclable glass.
They’ve put together a fantastic gift set, allowing you to spoil someone you love with this selection of premium products that you can choose yourself depending on the recipients tastes. Bloomtown will then beautifully wrap it and personalise it with a card. Buy it for £33 from Etsy.
Ethical Food & Drink Gift Ideas
I always think food makes for a great eco-friendly gift idea. Whether you are looking for a little something for a special someone, a stocking filler idea, or are making up a hamper of ethical goodies, then there are some great ethical gift ideas in here. Look out for food ideas with compostable packaging, products made from ingredients that would go to waste, and more.
For chocolate lovers, Seed & Bean Chocolate is the one to go for. As well as coming in loads of delicious flavours, like Cornish Sea Salt or Lemon & Cardamom, their entire range is fairtrade, vegan, and certified organic as standard. What’s more the packaging is fully recyclable and home compostable. Find it from £2.99 for a bar at Ethical Superstore, and look out for boxes of truffles and gift sets too.
Percol’s certified organic and fairtrade ground coffee makes a great ethical gift idea. As well as tasting delicious, and being vegan, Percol’s ground coffee packaging is plastic-free and completely home compostable. After you’ve finished your coffee, you can place the bag in your home composter as the packaging is derived from a range of natural products such as paper, plant fibres, and eucalyptus wood pulp. Find it at Ethical Superstore for around £4.75 a bag.
Want to gift someone some really nice tea? I really rate Teapigs, especially their seasonal blends, which really elevate tea time.
Teapigs have all the certifications. They are a certified B Corp, which is a certification that recognises businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and help build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They are also Rainforest Alliance certified, and a certified Living Wage Employer.
Their packaging is also entirely plant-based, which means that the outer carton is fully recyclable, the used tea temples can be composted with your local food waste collection, and even the inner bag, which looks like plastic, is home compostable. Shop the range at your local supermarket, or buy online from Planet Organic, from just £3.95.
Earlier this year, I wrote how Small Beer is one of the UK’s eco-friendliest breweries. If you didn’t catch the article, Small Beer makes great tasting, low ABV vegan beers, and is committed to saving water in an otherwise wasteful industry. It typically requires 8-10 pints of water to brew a single pint of beer. However, the environmentally conscious people at Small Beer have got that down to just 1 and a half pints of water per pint. And like Teapigs, are a certified B Corp.
Through Not On The High Street, they’ve put together a gift pack of their beer selection, complete with a personalised label. Find it on Not On The High Street for £21.
Elephant Gin is a beautiful tasting gin, distilled using 14 botanicals giving it floral, fruity and spicy flavours which can be enjoyed both straight and in a cocktail. The company contributes 15% of all profits to two African elephant foundations to support the preservation of African wildlife. Find it on 31Dover for £29.15.
Social Stories Club put together hampers containing products that support different social causes.
This vegan hamper contains tea supporting education for girls in tea growing regions, relish made from wonky onions that were rescued from landfill, chocolate supporting farmers in Ghana, and hot chocolate supporting farmers in 14 different countries. Also included is a beautiful bar of soap designed by a community of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities.
Find the hamper (or browse their selection of other hampers) for £36 and free delivery direct from Social Stories Club.
Eco Book Gift Ideas
Now, more than ever, there are tons of books available to inspire you to live a more sustainable life. Here are just a few of my favourites to give you some eco-friendly gift inspiration:
Simply Living Well
I bought a copy of Julia Watkin’s book, Simply Living Well, at the start of lockdown, and it was a lovely balm for the soul. It’s a visually stunning, gentle, feel-good book full of lovely ideas for creating a natural and low waste home. Find it on Wordery for £13.75 and free delivery.
Fresh Clean Home
Got a friend interested in making their own cleaning products? I am completely and utterly biased because I wrote this one, but I would say that Fresh Clean Home is the best book for this. I talk you through all the ingredients you need, the materials, before sharing my tried and tested recipes for every room in the house, and almost every cleaning need. Find it on Wordery for £10.33 and free delivery.
The Sustainable(ish) Living Guide
Jen Gale has put together this incredibly practical and actionable guide to sustainable living. Covering every aspect of our lives from the stuff we buy and the food we eat, to how we travel, work, and celebrate, Jen provides stacks of practical, down to earth ideas to slot into daily life. Find it on Wordery for £10.50 and free delivery.
I received a press copy of Earth Mob earlier in the year and spent an enjoyable few days picking up a wealth of ideas on how to be more sustainable in the kitchen.
.From sustainability to seasonality, plastic-free, and zero-waste, Earth Mob is filled with thrifty kitchen tips and delicious recipes to help you save money and cut down on food waste as well as advice on how to shop and store food more efficiently. With information on sustainable food swaps, intuitive cooking hacks, and how to make the most of your leftovers, this small but mighty book is a great bookshelf staple. Find it on Wordery for £8.42 and free delivery.
Eco-friendly Kids Gift Ideas
Kids are tricky to buy for. I’ve put together a ton of non-gift ideas, otherwise, when buying for other people’s kids I like to keep it to the basics. Fun clothes, good books, simple toys, or sweet treats. Here are some of my favourite ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas for kids:
Toby Tiger make wonderfully fun and bright 100% certified organic babies and kids clothes, from birth to six years. They specialise in fun patterns and timeless, almost all unisex, designs that can be worn again and again, at prices around the £30 mark.
Every Christmas and birthday, without fail, my kids always seem to get the most long-lasting enjoyment out of classic games. These over-sized wildlife dominoes, which are £9.99 from Ethical Superstore, are bright and fun, and made from 90% recycled paper.
Tidy is a fun environmental book for little kids that isn’t too in your face about it, which I think is a great way to normalise environmentalism. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest. Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? This cautionary tale of overenthusiastic neatness delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour.
Find it on Wordery for £6.99 and free delivery.
Through illustrations, maps and infographics, bestselling author Rachel Ignotofsky, explains how our planet works, from its incredible ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity, weather cycles and more. With information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth, this is a great book for kids aged 8 plus.
Find it on Wordery for £11.28 and free delivery.
Looking for a little something to stuff in a stocking? These Play In Choc boxes contains two individually wrapped, deliciously creamy, organic dairy-free chocolates and a delightful cardboard toy to assemble. The toy is one of a series of 18 to collect and also comes with its own fun facts educational info card. Find them at Ethical Superstore for £3.50 per box.
I hope you find these eco-friendly gift ideas useful! As I said, I will be adding to this post – so think of this as an ever evolving post – and do check back when you are need of ethical gift inspiration!
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