Once again the holidays are here! I know I’ve found myself less interested in receiving physical items this year, instead I’d much rather grab a meal or drink together and enjoy the dedicated company of those I love amongst the hectic nature that life can bring. But, for those who’re still looking for tangible, beautiful and sustainable gifts, I’ve still got you covered!
Read on for this year’s top picks…
Zaytoun is a social enterprise supporting Palestinian farmers through fair trade. Their products are ethically sourced, sustainably grown and sourced from farmers in Palestine, supporting them through the challenges of illegal Israeli occupation and settlement. Harvested and prepared by hand, each product is a testament to the heritage and traditions of the Palestinian people and the exceptional quality of Palestinian produce. They have everything from peppery olive oil and fudgy Medjoul dates to sweet crunchy almonds, zesty za’atar, smoky freekeh and nutty maftoul, and 100% of profits are reinvested into furthering their mission.
TORE’s 100% recycled socks are certified by the Textile Exchange Organisation. Their eco-friendly socks are made from textile waste and recycled plastic bottles, used by fibre and yarn producers (such as Repreve) who spin them into yarn. The recycled yarn is then woven into new socks, using non-harmful dyes in their factory in Turkey, which is RCS 100 and OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified, as well as SEDEX and SMETA certified to improve working conditions and ensure sustainable business practices and sourcing of materials.
Weirdstock make bold bedding to add some retro soul to beautifully eclectic homes. All products are ethically made in India by skilled workers who are paid fairly. Everything is produced in small batches, using 100% organic natural fibres, no dyes containing harmful chemicals and no plastic packaging.
Fruu’s beauty products are largely made of ingredients extracted and derived from more than 15 different types of nutrient bursting fruits. They source the freshest possible ingredients without compromise, with all products made in small batches in their UK workshop to ensure they’re as fresh as possible. Most of their ingredients are produced as a by-product of processed fruit waste, which generates vital extra revenue for small fruit farmers. Formulas are also vegan-friendly and cruelty free. Their complete body bundle is complete with everything you need to keep your skin smooth and nourished, all enriched with naturally derived essential oils and butters to keep skin glowing.
Creating your own popcorn magic at home is fun and easy with these vegan, gluten free seasoning kits. Simply add a sprinkling of flavour to make the most delicious fresh popcorn at home for the perfect snack. This popcorn seasoning kit includes popping kernels and a variety of five popcorn flavours to suit any cravings for savoury, spicy and sweet taste buds alike.
House Babylon’s waffle bathrobe is crafted from organic Turkish cotton and are Oeko-Tex certified to be fully free of any harmful chemicals. The waffle bathrobe is lightweight, softly textured and made from 100% Turkish cotton at 230 grams per square meter. This unisex bathrobe offers a relaxed fit featuring a lapel and capacious pockets. Made in Turkey.
This letterbox gift contained 12 50g vegan, handcrafted soaps in a completely plastic-free gift. These natural soaps are made using the traditional cold press method, and are very versatile, perfect for cloakrooms or small en-suites, for guests who visit, or for camping/travelling. Soapdaze choose 12 from their 18 soaps, just let them know if there are any particular scents you’d rather have (or not have).
DeiDei’s Marie Bag is made from offcuts created during the manufacturing process of their bamboo clothing collection. Made Ethically in the UK and digitally Printed using Okeo-Tex standard dyes.
Nontoxic, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free candles, with recyclable and biodegradable packaging that add a pop of fun to any living space with these bold, artistic creations.
Wild Rising Skincare
All Wild Rising Skincare products are vegan, cruelty-free and made in Devon, UK. Their trinket ritual bowls are made and painted by hand in collaboration with a local potter in Torquay
Also explore the mini discovery set of their three best-selling face oils, the perfect starter kit for anyone looking to mix, layer, and blend their oils for personalised routines and results. Each includes a smoothing serum, regenerative serum, and deep moisture face oil.
Rozenbroek is a British, women-founded, sustainable clothing brand celebrating design and durability. All garments are designed and handmade in their solar-powered factory in Yorkshire, using only certified organic fabrics sourced as locally as possible. Items are produced in small bathes or made to order, and offcuts are repurposed into other items such as our tote bags, zero waste scrunchies and face masks, and all packaging is recycled, recyclable, compostable or biodegradable.
MY TOP PICK: organic cotton boxers
Pentire is a celebration of unique plant life that grows on the surrounding headland, where key botanicals thrive due to a combination of favourable climate, soil pH, and air moisture. They use fair trade and certified organic ingredients, accredited by the Soil Association and extracted naturally, housed in plastic-free packaging. Their non-alcoholic aperitif features their classic coastal botanicals carefully blended with blood orange, sea rosemary and oakwood.
Little Box of Love
An eco-friendly alternative to the popular pamper box gift, each box is thoughtfully curated with handmade items that use recycled materials, biodegradable packaging, eco friendly and cruelty-free production methods. All packaging materials are reusable, recyclable, biodegradable or compostable, ensuring minimal environmental impact.
The Mens Letterbox Gift includes chocolate, an organic cotton face cloth, mud mask clay, a handmade soap bar, bamboo toothbrush, and tea or coffee. Vegan options available.
Mission C’s CBD products support sustainable hemp production. They only use Broad Spectrum CBD extracted ethically from hemp plants that grow on their farm in Arizona or Isolate CBD extracted ethically from hemp plants in Kentucky and Colorado. Each product can be traced back to the exact seed it came from! Hemp is organic and an incredible crop for soil health, while packaging is fully recyclable and FSC certified. Their day bundle is the perfect pick-me-up for everyday use. A combination of Day + CBD Oil and Multivitamin + CBD Gummy Bears, the bundle leaves you energised and focused throughout the day.
The perfect treat for the nut butter lover in your life. Their butters are house in glass jars and FSC certified fully recyclable cardboard. No plastic. They’re also gluten free, peanut-free verified, palm oil free, contain no refined sugar and are vegan.
All Fill products are made in a family-run factory in Northamptonshire. Ingredients are biodegradable, with no dyes, harsh chemicals or plastic bottles. They’re cruelty free and vegan, and they offer bulk refills. Their refillable record cleaner helps keep records and LPs clean, while being house in plastic-free packaging with vegan-friendly and dye-free formula.
Battle Green is based in North Wales, offering eco-friendly options for a range of items. Many items are refillable and reusable, everything is vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and packaging is plastic-free, compostable and recyclable. Their build your own eco-friendly and plastic-free cracker gift set lets you build a customised gift for a loved one. Choose from sustainable soaps, shampoo and conditioning bars, face masks, lip balms and other reusable items. Each cracker also comes with a free gift tag and crackers are hand-finished with red and green biodegradable raffia ribbon and are sent out in plastic-free, recyclable (and often recycled) packaging.
Rio Nuevo create ethical and sustainable direct-trade chocolate that is also vegan-friendly. They pay 62 – 67% above Fair Trade prices, and every item is delicious. Their complete collection sample kit includes drinking chocolate from the rainforest, cloud forest, and amazon rainforest.
Reuse rates for reusable water bottles are strong and growing. However, despite 69% of people surveyed in the UK owning a reusable cup, only 1 in 6 use them every time they buy a hot drink. The reusable coffee cup is often forgotten or left behind due to the inconvenience of carrying multiple reusable. Bottlecup, however, is 100% plastic-free, 2-in-1 reusable water bottle and coffee cup. Beautifully designed for people on the move: one twist to reveal your vacuum-insulated reusable cup, with a silicone cup lid stored neatly and hygienically in the base.
Both water bottle and cup function independently of each other without compromise!
Every year over 4 billion toothbrushes end up in landfill or waterways. SURI’s electric toothbrush is redesigned for circularity, as its reusable, repairable and recyclable. Brush heads are made from plant-based corn starch and bristles are made from castor-oil. They recycle the heads for free in the UK and US, while the body of our brush is made from aluminium which makes it long-lasting and easily recycled.
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Leena Norms’ iron-on badges come with climate dares attached. Add some colour to your life while pledging to complete one challenge a month until you’ve earned the full set. Get creative and invite planet-chat without the baggage. Made with 100% recycled threads in a FAMA-certified factory.
Made from pyjama fabric off-cuts to reduce waste, this super soft sleep mask is made of from lightweight and breathable bamboo fabric, perfect for sensitive skin.
From the minds behind Who Gives a Crap, Good Time products are 100% plastic free and donate 50% of profits to support clean water initiatives. Their solid formulas are concentrated, which means one shampoo, conditioner or body bar lasts about as long as three bottles of the liquid alternative. They’re also vegan, fragrance free, and silicone free. Their cleansing bar in particular contains squalane and willow bark and is pH optimised for gentle skin cleansing.
Finisterre is a Cornwall-based brand designing functional and sustainable products for those that love the sea. Sustainability is a core part of their DNA, and they aim to make each item and durable as possible and minimise environmental impact wherever they can.
MY TOP PICK: Their swimsuits made with YULEX® Natural Rubber* – A plant-based alternative to neoprene that cuts carbon emissions by 80%
Their 100% recycled heavy duty roll top backpack
and their organic surf wax
Playpress create toys that are affordable and eco-friendly. They use sustainably sourced FSC-certified playboard – a compostable material made with wood pulp from sustainably-managed forests – and lightweight flatpack packaging making items travel-friendly with no bulky plastic or complicated set-up.
Their award-winning RNLI Inshore Lifeboat Playset let’s children construct their own play scenes and learn more about this life-saving charity, and every purchase includes a donation to the RNLI.
All profits generated by The Tingalings pay for school trips for children living in the highest pockets of poverty in the UK. Their children’s book series helps kids learn about the climate crisis and conservation. Using one character and one adventure at a time, the series gently opens young eyes to climate change’s extensive reach. Each story includes easy ideas for ways to reduce our carbon output at home and fun facts on the climate topics featured. Attractive, vibrant illustrations are provided on 100% recycled paper, printed in the UK.