Approaching the Christmas season in an environmentally conscious way means even more that our gifts need to be thoughtful, well chosen and personal. In 2020, choosing to give or send a gift takes on a new relevance as we may not be able to celebrate close to our families. When making steps towards a more eco-friendly life, I realised that I didn't have to give gifts all of the time - sometimes simple hours spent together or an experience shared is enough. When I do give though, I take care to make it special.
This is our first sustainable Christmas gift guide, curating eco-friendly and ethical gifts to help you choose the best seasonal presents for the people you love.
Gifts for her ~ Organic chocolate, bamboo makeup and gorgeous treats from female-owned brands
(Clockwise from left) 'Cocoon' balm lipstick, £18.75, Zao; Compact blush, £21.50, Zao; Heart bath bomb, £4.50, Authentic House; Neroli & geranium organic hand balm, £10, Bramble & Blossom; Bamboo socks, £6.95, Thought; Ginger Solstice soy candle, £14, Run With Wolves; Organic chocolate box, £2.95, PlayinChoc; Organic makeup pads, £7.80, Authentic House; Shining Rose face balm, £12, Scence; Rose geranium lip balm, £4.95, Salix Moon; Ma'at whipped body butter, £6, Afro Deity; Detox washing grains, £8, Kutis
Gifts for him ~ Scents of spearmint, sandalwood and frankincense, with sustainable items to last him through to 2021 and beyond
(Clockwise from left) Reusable glass coffee cup, £13, Neon Kactus; Organic chocolate box, £2.95, PlayinChoc; Double edge safety razor, £19.88, Bambaw; Bamboo socks, £6.95, Thought; Shave bar, £8, Authentic House; Black Peppery lip balm, £3.90, Scence; Frankincense moisturiser bar, £10.50, Authentic House; The Herbalist beard oil, £10, Salix Moon
Gifts for teens ~ Sweet treats and stocking fillers for a new eco-conscious generation
(Clockwise from left) Base & top coat nail varnish, £11.50, Zao; Nail polish, £11.50, Zao; Pea shoots microgreen kit, £6, New Leaf Nurseries; Lemongrass & lime loofah soap, £6, Authentic House; Charcoal, lime & ginger soap, £5, Authentic House; Sunshine trinket dish, £4.50, Beci Callow; Omega 3 gummies, £5, Vegums; Silver and gold eco glitter tube, £4, Eco Glitter Fun; Bath bomb, £2.40, Authentic House
Best of sustainable beauty ~ Gifts to soak and pamper with for those for whom getting ready is half the fun
(Clockwise from left) Botanical intention soy tealights, £4.50, The Eco Witch Co; Peony salt foot scrub bars, £6, Bain & Savon; Rose & bergamot moisturiser bar, £10.50, Authentic House; Wildflower botanical face mask, £10, Mila's Apothecary; Makeup pencils, £9.75, Zao; Almond, rosehip & ylang ylang facial oil, £12, Salix Moon; Aloe vera mascara, £20.75, Zao; Moonbeam Explorer tea, £5, Rose & Dragon; Coffee & mango eye balm, £3.95, SoldeLunaCrafts
Sustainable and ethical gift boxes ~ A lot of the pleasure of receiving is in the unpacking. We've curated this set of customisable gift boxes to make it easy for you to give a memorable and eco-conscious gift
(Clockwise from top left) Beauty box, £36.95; Ethical man box, £39.95; Stocking filler box, £22; Eco-friendly Christmas advent calendar 2020, £72-130; Gift subscription to our monthly eco-friendly box, from £15.50 (October past box pictured); Peaceful night box, £36.95
I hope this Christmas gift guide helps you on your way to making some great, sustainable choices for the people in your life! Remember, every order you make from us plants a tree, and comes inside our signature box with a sticker letting your recipient know.