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Christmas gift guide: 200 feelgood gift ideas



Stocking fillers

Small gifts, big joy

Raise the bar

Blanka soap

Soap bar with green clay, pine and rosemary organic essential oils, made in Brighton using a traditional small-batch soap-making technique. £7.95, blankasoap.com

The right note

Vent for change notebook

Lined notebook, made in the UK with recycled paper. £7.99, ventforchange.co.uk

Claybells ring

Rose & Skin botanical clay facemask

Organic botanical clay facemask. UK-made, vegan and cruelty-free. £17, roseandskin.com

It’s not Terry’s

Handmade blood orange chocolate

It’s a handmade blood orange chocolate with plastic-free packaging. £5.50, OCElotchocolate.com

Old box, new tricks

Andrea Garland lip balm

A vintage pill box-turned refillable lip balm – top up with plant-based or beeswax lip balm. From £20, andreagarland.co.uk

Pigs in blankets

Piglet pillow mist

Calming lavender pillow and room mist from independent English brand Piglet. £25, pigletinbed.com

Scrub up well

Body brush

Body brush made with locally sourced ash from sustainably managed forests, with natural bristles. £29.99, souschef.co.uk

Stuck up

Sticky notes

Fruity sticky notes printed with soy-based inks. £5.50, insidestoreldn.com

Wake up and smell the coffee

Espresso martini soy candle

Espresso martini soy candle, made with vegan soy wax and infused with repurposed coffee grounds. £19.99, upcirclebeauty.com

Good hair day

Endangered scrunchie

Endangered scrunchie, handmade in London from fabric offcuts. £15, gungholondon.com

Cry your heart out

Washable tissue pack

With LastTissue’s reusable, washable tissue pack, the eco alternative to single-use sniffles. £19, lastobject.com

Gretta minds think alike

Gretta door stop

Planet Gretta door stop, painted in Sri Lanka as part of a scheme to empower people in rural areas. £18, meetthewedgies.com

Happy feet

Sock set

Sock set inspired by London-based artist Yinka Ilori’s British Nigerian heritage. £48 for set of three, scp.co.uk

Cliffhanger

Karabiner multitool

Karabiner multitool, proceeds go to the National Trust. £10, shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

Homegrown

DIY paper sculpture

DIY paper sculpture, handmade in Brighton from sustainable materials. £32, mypapercutforest.co.uk

Plant-based bubbles

Mini vegan prosecco

Mini vegan prosecco. Organic, low sulphate and low sugar. £72 for 12 x 200ml, thinkwinegroup.co.uk

It’s the bomb

Seedbom

Omar, The Bees and Me pollinator “seedbom” – biodegradable packaging contains organic compost and pollinating wildflower seeds beloved by bees. £4.50, kabloom.co.uk

Playing the long game

Vintage dominoes

Midcentury vintage dominoes in original packaging. £15.06, 1stdibs.co.uk

HB-sides and rarities

Nick Cave pencils

Handmade “Random pencils” featuring Nick Cave quotes. £15, cavethings.com

Heaven scent

Cornish lavender essential oil

Cornish lavender essential oil in recyclable glass packaging from anatomē, which supports organic farming, sustainable supply chains and health charities. £35, anatome.co

Pocketful of posies

Embroidered purse

Embroidered purse handmade in prison, proceeds go to British wildlife conservation charity Plantlife. £22, finecellwork.co.uk

Sugar rush

Rainbow Nerds

Retro Wonka rainbow Nerds. £3.25, souschef.co.uk

Clean conscience

Rye & Co vegan soap bar

Rye & Co vegan soap bar handcrafted in Lichfield using traditional cold-press methods. £6.95, wintersmoon.co.uk

Blue in the face

Baggu reusable folding shopping bag

Baggu reusable folding shopping bag in Conran blue eye print. £19, conranshop.co.uk

Keyed up

Artisanal cotton key hanger

An ethical, artisanal cotton key hanger, handmade by a female-led company working with Asian and African producers. £10, east.co.uk

Sleeping beauty

Laurel-print organic cotton eye mask

Laurel-print organic cotton eye mask. £12, east.co.uk

Oh, this old thing?

Antique necklace with reworked rhinestones

Antique necklace with reworked rhinestones. £80, wilsonjewellery.com

Baaaath time

Black sheep soap

Black sheep soap, in support of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. £3.50, ysp.org.uk

Writeous

Plantable pen

Plantable pen – originally made to sign the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, plant this biodegradable, cornstarch pen to grow a scots pine tree. £4.50, shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

French fancy

Organic cotton rainbow bag

Organic cotton rainbow bag by Filt, which has been making string bags in Normandy since 1860. £9.99, souschef.co.uk

Best-stroke

Cool Bathing silicone swim hats

Cool Bathing silicone swim hats, designed in Britain with biodegradable packaging. £16 each, seaandstream.co.uk

Pick-me-up

Pick-up sticks

Printworks pick-up sticks for your coffee table. £20, scp.co.uk

The wick of it

Moss green small candle bundle

Moss green small candle bundle from an independent retailer in Bristol. £5, thebristolartisan.com

(Wall)paperbag

William Morris-print Compton leather clutch bag

William Morris-print Compton leather clutch bag, hand-cut and crafted in a family-owned London workshop. £35, vam.ac.uk

Food

Eat, drink, be merry, repeat

Take the biscuit

Festive biscuit selection

Or, better, give this festive biscuit selection, from a bakery that promotes farmers who regenerate land with biodiversity. £35, novabakehouse.com

Worth its malt

Filey Bay single malt whisky

Filey Bay single malt whisky, made with barley grown on the distillery’s Yorkshire farm. £54.95, masterofmalt.com

Capsule collection

Home-compostable coffee pod

Home-compostable fill-them-yourself coffee pods. £28 for starter pack of 75, liminicoffee.co.uk

Puff piece

Pink pepper and puffed quinoa chocolate

Pink pepper and puffed quinoa chocolate. Organic and vegan, made by family chocolatier Meurisse, which supports sustainable agriculture. £5.99, thehambledon.com

Mastervest

Smart apron

Smart apron for messy chefs, handmade with organic cotton and natural dyes. £45, uskees.com

Coming up roses

Rose pistachio butter

A nut butter like no other: organic Spanish pistachios infused with rose, from an award-winning independent producer. £13.95, butter-nut.com

Bean there

Spicy fermented black bean rāyu oil

Smokey, spicy fermented black bean rāyu oil by White Mausu. £7, earlofeast.com

Keen bean

Nicaliso dark chocolate

73% Nicaliso dark chocolate – crafted bean to bar in a London workshop. £5.50, landchocolate.com

Shuck it

Oyster pepper

Oyster pepper from Terre Exotique, which works closely with local communities to help preserve habitats. £6.99, souschef.co.uk

Happy hampers

Odysea olive oil

Proceeds for Odysea and Rovies Plant-a-Tree fund olive, olive oil and tapenade-packed hamper go to charity Let’s Do It Greece, which works to repair the devastation caused by this year’s wildfires. £60, odysea.com

Keepsakes

Takeaway treat basket

Takeaway treat basket of reusable SolCup, natural Scottish chocolate and Nemi tea, which helps fund jobs and training for refugees. £52, thatcounts.co

Lead the pack(ed lunch)

Insulated cork lunch bag

Insulated cork lunch bag, made from a sustainable material. £8.59, mahahome.com

Hot stuff

Scotch bonnet hot sauce

Scotch bonnet hot sauce, handmade using local-sourced British ingredients. £3.99, eatenalive.co.uk

The bee’s knees

Reclaimed teak honey spoon

Reclaimed teak honey spoon, made in Indonesia from 100% natural and eco-friendly material. £8.50, monpote.co.uk

The holy ale

Bakewell Best Bitter

Miller’s ale giftset, with English ale, ale crackers and ale chutney. £14.95, finecheese.co.uk

Comb sweet comb

Daylesford chunk honey

Daylesford chunk honey, in limited edition to avoid unsustainably high yields, and leave enough honeycomb for the bees. £50, daylesford.com

Holy cacao

Milk choc gingerbread bar

Milk choc gingerbread bar from Tony’s Chocolonely, the original activist chocolate brand campaigns to end slavery on cocoa farms. £3.98, tonyschocolonely.com

Home

House-proud presents for happy homebodies

Throw down

Pink check throw

Pink check throw made from recycled plastic bottles found in landfill, rivers and the ocean. £55, weavergreen.com

Cherry oh baby

Gingko cherrywood speaker

Palm-sized and portable, the Gingko cherrywood speaker is made by a family business from 100% sustainable wood. £39, conranshop.co.uk

Hippy cup

Jazzware “bud” beaker

Jazzware “bud” beaker, hand-thrown from Staffordshire clay. £35, studioranj.com

Glow on then

LED string lights

LED string lights for a warm, feelgood glow. £8, habitat.co.uk

Good egg

Puffin egg cup

Puffin egg cup. £1 donated to the RSPB for puffin conservation for every cup sold. £23, hannahturner.co.uk

Green fingers

Gardening gloves

Gardening gloves made by a small Sheffield-based company. £15.99, burgonandball.com

Salad days

Fairtrade teak salad servers

Fairtrade teak salad servers, handmade in Indonesia. £20, wintersmoon.co.uk

Grate expectations

Kitchen grater

Kitchen grater from a Japanese family business which still smelts and rolls its own aluminium. £18, nimiltd.com

True brew

Handcrafted Japanese coffee pot

Handcrafted Japanese coffee pot in enamel from this independent shop. £75, labourandwait.co.uk

Give the brush off

Table brush

Table brush in small batches from locally sourced beech. £29.99, souschef.co.uk

Firm grip

Plug pull

Plug pull, useful for people with dexterity issues. £10, grannygetsagrip.com

Sofa so good

Donna Wilson Koyo cushion

Donna Wilson Koyo cushion, hand-knitted in Scotland from lambswool. £84, scp.co.uk

Chip off the old block

Stackable wooden Lego drawer

Stackable wooden Lego drawer made from FSC-certified oak wood. £113, nordicnest.com

Get lit

Lex Pott candle

Save electricity – light a Lex Pott candle. £25, made.com

Come rain, come shine

Table lamp made from discarded umbrellas

Table lamp made from discarded umbrellas. £120, anti-waste.com

Pretty platter

Studio Formata marbled tray

Studio Formata marbled tray, handmade using traditional techniques. £26, selfridges.com

Guardian angle

Anglepoise National Trust lamp

Anglepoise National Trust lamp; Anglepoise will contribute to the NT. £139, anglepoise.com

Soilmates

Yucca in a pot

Yucca in a pot, hand-delivered in Greater London. £18, thestem.co.uk

Top brass

Woodpecker door knocker

Woodpecker door knocker, handmade by an independent business. £132, adamsandmack.com

Kids

Feelgood festivity for eco-warriors-in-waiting

Little mermaids

Seashell Dream iPhone case

Seashell Dream iPhone case handmade from compostable materials. £27.95, uk.pelacase.com

Fish supper

Fishy dishy suction plate

A little fishy dishy suction plate that sticks to the table, made from 100% organic, sustainable bamboo. £16.99, bamboobamboo.com

Pop socks

Andy Sock-Hole Jr socks

Andy Sock-Hole Jr socks, from collection featuring characters from the worlds of science, literature and art. £6, chattyfeet.com

Spill the beans

Jungle print bean bag

Kids’ bean bag in jolly jungle print – wipes clean, so no need for washing. £30, habitat.co.uk

In wood spirits

Wooden stacking rings

Sustainably produced wooden stacking rings, using beechwood and non-toxic vegetable-based paints. Packaging is recyclable and plastic-free. £18, babymori.com

Sleigh it

Sleigh the Patriarchy “Ugly” Christmas jumper

Sleigh the Patriarchy “Ugly” Christmas jumper, ethically produced using a zero-waste manufacturing process. Part of the profit from each purchase goes to Bloody Good Period, LGBTQ+ charity Akt and other feminist causes. £37, thespark.company

Up your street

Plastic-free colour-your-own high street kit

Plastic-free colour-your-own high street kit. £7.95 (£16.95 with added watercolour pencils), cottontwist.co.uk

The elephant in the room

Elephant rag doll

Roommate elephant rag doll made from organic cotton, using socially responsible manufacturing methods. £13.96, babipur.co.uk

Bottle it

Chillys series two water bottle in pollen yellow

Chillys series two water bottle in pollen yellow – an update of the original cult reusable water bottle. £30, chillys.com

Rokand’roll

Roka backpack

Roka backpack, made using 12-15 recycled bottles and less energy than traditional production methods. £62.95, museumoflondonshop.co.uk

Sweet tooth

Wally the Watermelon teether and bath toy

Wally the Watermelon teether and bath toy, made from 100% sustainable hevea rubber. £14, kidly.co.uk

Roarsome

Auroara lion doll crafting kit

Auroara lion doll crafting kit – an organic cotton sewing kit from Pollock’s, an independent retailer in London’s theatreland. £25, pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk

Top hat

Sheep Inc x DwF carbon-negative stripe beanie

Sheep Inc x DwF carbon-negative stripe beanie. Made from merino wool sourced from regenerative sheep stations in New Zealand, all the profits from each beanie sold go to the Be Well Collective, a charitable organisation that tackles the mental health concerns of young people. £80, sheepinc.com

All the gear, new idea

Forest Den Kit

The Forest Den Kit: no single-use-plastic, no batteries, no complicated instructions – these bags of camo gear will get children into the great outdoors. (Full kit not shown.) £65, thedenkitco.com

All glitter, no litter

Compostable vegan glitter

Compostable, vegan – but still pots of fun. From £2.75, dustanddance.com

Little wing

Midnight owl costume

Midnight owl costume handmade in India by the Lady Bamford Charitable Trust, which works to improve education, help eradicate poverty and support women and children living in disadvantaged communities. £55, daylesford.com

Guitar hero

Kids Concept painted wooden guitar

Kids Concept painted wooden guitar, made from 100% sustainable wood. £28, selfridges.com

V-sign

Vegan T-shirt

Vegan T-shirt. Every purchase from Vegan Outfitters helps feed a rescued farm animal. Produced in solar-powered sewing and cutting workshops, using seven times less water than the average clothes manufacturer. £22, veganoutfitters.com

Rewilding

ReCycle Me jungle craft kit

The ReCycle Me jungle craft kit has everything a child needs to turn household recycling into art projects. £9.95, bamboobeautiful.co.uk

Junior jeweller

Rainbow bracelet making kit

Rainbow bracelet making kit – plastic-free; wooden beads. £16.95, cottontwist.co.uk

A is for anteater …

Animal Alphabet wall hanging

Animal Alphabet wall hanging, produced using ethical manufacturing standards and ecologically and socially sustainable practices from biodegradable materials. £49.95, goodthingsgifts.co.uk

Beat box

Mini music box

Small, plastic-free mini music box made in Germany from metal and card. £10, pollocks-coventgarden.co.uk

Bow down

Cotton velvet bow

Oversized 100% cotton velvet bow, made in France with a sustainable supply chain. £55, selfridges.com

Nice light

Squishy bear night light

“Ricepudding” squishy bear night light made from BPA-free, environment-friendly silicone. £27.50, noodoll.com

Jurassic Pack

Wooden dinosaurs

Set of six Fairtrade, brightly-coloured wooden dinosaurs in a net bag, handcrafted by artisans in Sri Lanka from sustainably sourced rubber wood, and decorated with non-toxic paints. £18, lankakade.co.uk

Fitness

Great quads, great causes

Boots, made for walking

Merrell walking boots

From 100% animal-free materials, with high-performance rubber sole. £100, merrell.com

Hats on

Ciele running hat

Ciele running hat, made from recycled fibres. £40, cieleathletics.com

Cool runnings

Howies running jacket

Running jacket made from PFC-free fabric. £59, howies.co.uk

Totally tropical

Tropical bra

Tropical bra made from recycled plastic bottles blended with spandex. £39, planet-warrior.com

Great lengths

Silicon swim cap

Silicon swim cap in four colours, in 100% recycled packaging. £8, selkieswim.com

Slope off

Ski goggles made from recycled plastic

Ski goggles, made from recycled plastic. £138, red7skiwear.com

On yer bike

Ocean Edition cycle helmet

Ocean Edition cycle helmet. 10% of the price goes to support marine conservation work. £69, dashel.com

Pull your weight

Cast-iron kettle ball

12kg cast-iron kettle bell made from recycled car parts. £35.99, ironfoundryweights.co.uk

Old bag

Cycling backpack

Cycling backpack made in the UK from recycled ripstop nylon. £35, albioncycling.com

Maillot blanc

Rapha merino wool cycling jersey

Rapha merino wool cycling jersey – special edition in 56% recycled polyester. £140, rapha.cc

Tough nut to crack

Expander luxury resistance trainer

Expander luxury resistance trainer, handmade in walnut. From £81, bombinate.com

Carry on

Burgundy duffel bag

Burgundy duffel bag. For every sale, a bag goes to a child in care. £34.99, madlug.com

Pièce de résistance

Electric Dreams resistance band

Electric Dreams resistance band, made from natural latex. £16.99, madfitt.co.uk

Walk the walk

Trekking pole

Trekking pole. Buy to support the National Trust’s work. £15, shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

Message in a bottle

Ocean bottle

For every upcycled Ocean bottle sold, the company will collect the equivalent of 1,000 plastic bottles. £35, oceanbottle.co

Matural healing

Hemp yoga mat

Hemp yoga mat, 100% biodegradable fabric. £89 by Shakti Warrior, thepositive.co

Glutes for good

Gym leggings

Gym leggings made from 17 recycled plastic bottles. £85, sweatybetty.com

Lift and lengthen

Foam yoga block

Foam yoga blocks, made from sustainable materials. £12.95, yogi-bare.co.uk

Arm candy

Pink arm weights

1lb pink arm weights, recycled stainless steel. £49.95, cultbeauty.co.uk

Hip, hip, hooray

Patagonia hip bag

… for Patagonia’s hip bag, made with 100% recycled fabric. From £25, eu.patagonia.com

Beauty

Looks good, feels good, smells good, does good

Lovely stubbly

Cedar and neroli beard oil

Cedar and neroli beard oil from a Bristol independent that checks every brand’s sustainable credentials. £16, priorshop.uk

Natural healing

Tata Harper water-lock moisturiser

Tata Harper water-lock moisturiser starter kit*, sold in convenient refill pods. £59, cultbeauty.co.uk

Soak it up

Camden bath soak

Camden bath soak*, made at home by an independent London business. £25, soapsmith.com

Colour it in

Axiology lip, cheek and eye balm crayon

Axiology lip, cheek and eye balm crayon*. Natural ingredients; plastic-free product.£12, asos.com

When life gives you lemongrass

Lime and lemongrass shampoo brick

Lime and lemongrass shampoo brick. Plastic- and palm oil-free. £3.95, jimsbricks.co.uk

Canned goods

Kankan starter set

Kankan starter set*: refill can (pictured) containing hand soap or baby wash, and a 330ml glass bottle. £24, kankan.london

Oudh pour homme

Ormonde Man refillable fragrance

Ormonde Man refillable fragrance* with oudh oil and black hemlock. £160, ormondejayne.com

Fresh start

Skin reset serum

Skin reset serum* – natural ingredients, refillable jar. £80, emmalewisham.co.uk

On the lash

Kjaer Weis Im-possible organic mascara

Kjaer Weis Im-possible organic mascara made from sustainably sourced beeswax, carnauba wax and acacia gum. £30, contentbeautywellbeing.com

Skin doctor

Hand and lip balm

Blended with organic plant oils, this hand and lip balm is designed to winter-proof your skin. £15, bysarahlondon.com

Save face

Face Off oil to milk facial cleanser

Face Off oil to milk facial cleanser* – made with 100% natural plant oil. £27, fenwick.co.uk

Combover

Hair comb made from repurposed plastics

Hair combs made from repurposed plastics. £16, re-comb.com

Pout palette

Westman Atelier lip suede palette

Westman Atelier lip suede palette made with 100% natural pigments. £78, libertylondon.com

Healing hands

Nursem hand care

Nursem hand care minis set. With every product purchased, Nursem gives a month’s worth of hand cream to a nurse or midwife. £15, theeveryspace.com

Clean, green hygiene

Davines A Single carbon-neutral shampoo

Davines A Single carbon-neutral shampoo* from a B corp company where almost every part of its growing, manufacturing and distribution is more sustainable. £20.50, cultbeauty.co.uk

* Chosen by Sali Hughes

Women

The good, the bags and the undies

Felt better

Indigo felt clog slippers

Indigo felt clog slippers, made from 100% recycled plastic bottles and sustainably sourced cork. £55, moshulu.co.uk

Call of the wild

Plastic-free phone case

Plastic-free phone case, made from biodegradable materials. £18, wavecase.co.uk

A labour of lava

Volcanic pot pourri

Volcanic pot pourri. One tree planted for every order. £39, boostology.co.uk

Coming up roses

Pink detached collar

Pink detached collar, made of 100% certified organic cotton. £50, ganni.com

Goody two shoes

Veja vegan trainers

Veja vegan trainers (various colours), made from recycled and natural rubber. £95, veja.com

Better bling

Wolf and Gypsy oval link 1990 bracelet

Wolf and Gypsy oval link 1990 bracelet, made from recycled 14ct gold (also comes in silver); eco-friendly packaging. £95, khoeo.com

Cash, no cow

Vegan wallet

Vegan wallet from cruelty-free company. Linings made from 100% recycled water bottles. £28, mattandnat.com

Pull shapes

Geometric tote bag

Geometric tote made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials sourced from rescued plastic bottles. £10, kindbag.co

Get a clip

Hairclips made of cellulose acetate

Hairclips made of cellulose acetate – a natural and eco-friendly material. £36, by MLE from wolfandbadger.com

Pearls of wisdom

Pearl bracelet

Bracelet made from new or salvaged freshwater pearls. £95, pondlondon.com

Banana pyjamas

Yellow pyjamas

Yellow pyjamas made from 100% organic cotton and block printed using AZO-free dyes. £85, socialsupermarket.org

Give them the boot(s)

Olive-green boots

Olive-green boots, made in Spain from sustainable leather with low-impact dying. £157, alohas.io

Saving lace

Dora Larsen lace body

Dora Larsen lace body made with recycled materials, including 100% organic cotton gusset. £86, doralarsen.com

Sock on

Molly Goddard jacquard socks

Molly Goddard jacquard socks: 100% cotton, hand-stitched, and with eco-conscious packaging. £75, mollygoddard.com

French kiss

Riviera slip dress

Riviera slip dress, made using 100% recycled satin polyester; labels made from recycled plastic bottles. £55, omnes.com

Ribbon cutting

Upcycled face mask

Upcycled face mask made from organic cotton, and ribbons from recycled plastic bottles. £23, selfridges.com

Tie dye for

Tie-dye beanie hat

Tie-dye beanie hat, 100% traceable, locally knitted cashmere. £73, crush-cashmere.com

Band together

Bow-tie hairbands

Bow-tie hairbands made by independent designers in Africa, using ethically sourced materials. The company reinvests profits into supporting African designers. From £14.99 by Mantua, akojomarket.com

On the case

Canvas and handmade leather vanity case

Canvas and handmade leather vanity case. £105 by Paravel, from matchesfashion.com

To have and to have knot

Traditional furoshiki knot bag

Traditional furoshiki knot bag. Made from deadstock gold, glittery fabric. £75, itsrooper.co.uk

Above board

Knitted chequerboard tank top

Knitted chequerboard tank top, made from recycled cashmere, wool and polyamide. £75, mirlabeane.com

Seeds of change

Handmade silk scarf

Each handmade silk scarf comes with a packet of wildflower seeds, ideal for supporting garden wildlife. £94, saintandsofia.com

Girl with the Packard Bell earring

Single silver earring

Single silver earring. All metals recycled using raw materials from the tech industry. £99, kinraden.com

Sweater weather

Detachable collar jumper

Detachable collar jumper, hand-knitted and made from responsibly-sourced wool. £62.30, aligne.co

Best feet forward

Recycled orange socks

Recycled orange socks – one pair of socks donated to a homeless shelter with every purchase. £14, Jollies, theeveryspace.com

Bio booties

Green house shoes

Green house shoes, made from a bio-based down-fill material using wild flowers and a biopolymer – both materials are biodegradable. £98, thepangaia.com

Twinkle toes

Ombre sparkly socks

100% recyclable, biodegradable and renewable ombre sparkly socks. £20, genevievesweeney.com

Saddle up

Dark-green saddle bag

Dark-green saddle bag, in handcrafted leather and dyed with vegetable-based colours. £125, vam.ac.uk

Gloves are on

Blue alpaca gloves

Blue alpaca gloves, hand-knitted from Fairtrade Peruvian yarn. £77, gracielahuam.com

Hey wood lookin’

Wooden sunglasses

Wooden sunglasses, made from certified woods, bio-based acetate, renewable cork and recycled aluminium. £129, findyourbirds.com

Men

Good for guys; good for the globe

All the trimmings

Nose hair and beard scissors

Nose hair and beard scissors, handmade using sustainable practices. £25, Muehle-shaving.co.uk

Natural selection

100% natural deodorant

100% natural deodorant, the aluminium shell can be refilled indefinitely. £32, haeckels.co.uk

Recap

Vegan courier cap

Vegan courier cap, featuring recycled labels and swing tags, plus biodegradable bags. £28, houseofsunny.co.uk

Play your cards right

Vegan card holder

Vegan card holder, with eco-friendly fabric and non-toxic dyes. £52, wolfandbadger.com

Recounting sheep

Recycled wool gloves

Recycled wool gloves, made with the excess fabric left over from woollen tailoring production. £40, universalworks.co.uk

Into the fold

Vapur x Paul Smith “anti-bottle”

Vapur x Paul Smith “anti-bottle” foldable, reusable 700ml water pouch. £20, paulsmith.com

Brighton sock

Brighton skyline socks

Brighton skyline socks, one pair donated to a homeless person for every pair purchased. £12.99, stand4socks.com

Bean there, done that

Recycled beanie

Recycled beanie, one hat donated for every hat bought. £28, wawwaclothing.com

Fruit boots

Green combat boots

Green combat boots, made from 100% apple waste from the juice industry. £163, viron-world.com

Monkey business

Raeburn Orangutan T-shirt

Raeburn Orangutan T-shirt, meets OCS 100 organic content standard. £69, raeburndesign.co.uk

Toasty toes

Vegan slippers

Vegan slippers, made from animal-free micro-fibres. £50, birkenstock.com

Permanent ink

Brass mechanical pen

Brass mechanical pen. Built to last, with a buy once philosophy. £95, wingback.co.uk

Packman

Printed tote bag

Printed tote bag, helps create jobs in UK textile regions. £24, communityclothing.co.uk

Going out out

“5am, Hackney Road” scarf

“5am, Hackney Road” scarf. Hand-drawn imagery on ethically produced, breathable merino wool. £129, electronicsheep.com

Fannypack it in

Bataan bumbag

3L Bataan bumbag, made from fabric remnants. £35, uk.cotopaxi.com

Asket where it’s been

Vegan braided elastic belt

Vegan braided elastic belt, from a super-traceable brand. £50, asket.com

Gowning around

Unisex blue organic cotton dressing gown

Unisex blue organic cotton dressing gown, 100% organic cotton. From £169, teklafabrics.com

Sit soft

Recycled wool blanket

Recycled wool blanket from 70% recycled wool garments. £40, tartanblanketco.com

Pets

Planet-friendly pressies for the family favourite

Fleabar

Flea-repelling dog shampoo bar

Flea-repelling dog shampoo bar, handmade from 100% natural ingredients. £5, barebubbles.co.uk

Cat nap

Coco cat bed

Coco cat bed, hand-finished in cotton rope. £145, lovemyhuman.co.uk

Top spot

Dalmatian dog bed

Dalmatian dog bed. 100% recycled plastic filling; 78% recycled fabric covers.
From £124, settlebeds.com

Super pooper

Beco poop bag holder

Beco poop bag holder made from 100% natural materials. £5.99, pawsnaturally.co.uk

In the cat house

Tonka cat house

Tonka cat house made from water hyacinth. £49, made.com

Fit for a king Charles

Personalised leather dog treat pouch

Personalised leather dog treat pouch in vegetable-tanned leather, which means that waste can be safely recycled. £26, sbri.co.uk

From the deep

Crochet octopus toy

Crochet octopus toy, soft yarn and stuffed with fire-safe wadding. From £26.50, lovemyhuman.co.uk

Drink up

Dudley’s doggy water bottle

Dudley’s doggy water bottle – specially designed to avoid wasting water. £10, naturaldoggytreats.co.uk

Act natural

Natural dog toy set

Natural dog toy set, plastic-free and ethically made in Nepal. £20, theeveryspace.com

Big stick energy

Olivewood chew toy

An olivewood chew toy made from annually harvested wood from managed olive trees. £12.75, pawsnaturally.co.uk

Bags of style

Sitwell poop bag holder

High-class poop bag by Sitwell, made in Britain. £35, lovemyhuman.co.uk

Crabulous

Catnip crab toy

Clawsome catnip crab toy made from recycled plastic. £3.99, becopets.com

Best in show

Rope and suede lead

A lovely lead for posh pooches in twisted rope and suede. From £79.50, mungoandmaud.com

And for the person who has everything …

Less stuff; more surprises, subscriptions and experiences

Scent by post
Unisex fragrance subscription. Artisanal, niche fragrances from smaller makers, with an emphasis on craftsmanship and sustainability. £14.95 a month for a 10ml bottle, or gift cards from £39 for three months, hoohaa.co.uk

Hoppy Christmas

Salcombe Brewery pack

Salcombe Brewery pack. All beer packaging from this Devon brewery is plastic-free. Three-month subscription (for 12 cans or eight bottles) from £75, salcombebrewery.com

Wine not?
Online wine tasting club, via a Hertfordshire company that delivers monthly in lightweight, recyclable eco packs that create fewer carbon emissions than glass bottles. From £26.99 a month, onlinewinetasting.club

Monthly grind

Perky Blenders coffee subscription

Perky Blenders coffee subscription: family-run roastery in east London with artist-designed packaging; beans are sourced sustainably, mostly from smallholders and independent farmers. From £19.50 for three months, perkyblenders.com

Picture this
Choose between watching independent films in Curzon cinemas, or streaming on Curzon Home Cinema. From £65 a year, curzon.com

Sharing plates
Cooking lessons led by refugee, migrant chefs and others struggling to access employment; they also help the teachers learn English, and promote cultural exchange with the wider community. £20 online cookery class voucher (from £35 in-person), migrateful.org

Culture club

Matthews Cotswold Flour

Sourdough kit. Matthews Cotswold Flour works closely with farmers to encourage regenerative, more sustainable farming practices. £59.95, fwpmatthews.co.uk

Choc, choc, who’s there?
Letterbox brownie delivery from an Exeter bakery that delivers across the UK in recyclable trays, using ethically sourced ingredients – Cornish butter, Colombia’s Casa Luker chocolate and eggs from a farm shop. From £13.95, explodingbakery.com

Petal pushers
Flower subscription from a carbon-neutral company that grows flowers on its Cornish farm, where possible. From £38, petalon.co.uk

10 ideas for greener gifting

1 Go for the indies
Support independent retailers where possible. Buy local to save on delivery costs (financial and ecological) and support your community; with small online shops you’re often buying from an individual maker.

2 Avoid plastic
Instead, look for recycled and recyclable materials: wood, paper, card.

3 Embrace vintage
Charity shops are great sources for one-off presents: look for board games, jewellery, books, handbags and silk scarves. Clean anything that smells a bit fusty, and package it up beautifully.

4 Check for eco credentials
Websites usually detail a company’s sustainability practices. If it doesn’t, ask about provenance, suppliers, charities they support, use of renewable energy. If nothing else, it might make them think.

5 Have a spending cap
Take the pressure off and agree to a family limit. Consider buying fewer – but more meaningful – gifts.

6 Packaging
Be conscious of how much comes with a product, what can be recycled, and what will end up in landfill.

7 Get creative
Homemade gifts can be wonderful: make food (jam or chutney, sweets, biscuits); get kids to make something for a grandparent; get out the knitting needles.

8 Ask someone what they really want
Avoids disappointed faces on Christmas Day, as well as piles of unwanted stuff that gets promptly regifted.

9 Forget presents …
… and give vouchers, subscriptions or experiences, particularly to those who have everything or have small homes.

10 It’s a wrap
Put presents in reusable bags; wrap in fabric and tie with ribbon; or wrap in newspaper or old maps.



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