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Christmas is nearly upon us! Where has the year gone? I love Christmas as it’s a time for celebrating with family and friends, but it can also be a time of unnecessary stress.
Who hasn’t found themselves running around with their hair on fire, all in the name of trying to find that ‘perfect’ present and ending up buying gifts just for the sake of it? And we all know that most gifts will probably be stuffed in a drawer, or a cupboard to gather dust.
Sometimes, I think the best gift to give is actually an experience rather than just another thing that’s wrapped up!
An outing or an activity that you can do as a family or with a loved one. Ideally something unusual you wouldn’t normally do, is so much more memorable than another pair of novelty socks or bottle of perfume.
But if you are giving a ‘physical’ present, why not gift ‘consciously’ this year? Dispense with the plastic, the throwaway and the over packaged! Shop instead for gifts that the recipient will not only love and cherish, but that won’t have a negative impact on the planet by ending up in landfill!
To nudge you gently towards zero waste gift-giving, I’ve put together some ideas that I hope will inspire, surprise and delight!
THE BEST ZERO-WASTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE
Eco Warrior is a collection of 6 different vegan soaps created by the Little Soap Company. Each bar has its own use, from skin cleansing and exfoliating to shaving and hair washing.
I love the Deeply Nourishing Shampoo Bar with Orange and Ginger Essential Oil Blend which also has deeply cleansing pink clay – great for the scalp.
All the soaps have their own unique fragrance, created with bespoke blends of essential oils – and I promise, they really do smell delicious!
Little Soap Company’s founder, Emma Heathcote-James, is passionate about environmental issues and making our bathrooms ‘greener’, and her range takes us a step closer by eliminating plastic bottles and packaging.
The Eco Warrior soaps are incredibly affordable at just £4 each (or £25 for a Gift Set of all 6.) You don’t have to compromise on quality or price to live a little more sustainably!
Perfect for a secret Santa or stocking gift, purchase them here.
I love this sustainable t-shirt brand which use Global Organic Textile Standard certified (GOTS) organic cotton. Founder Lori Cunningham set up Loskey in 2017 because she couldn’t find the perfect durable and sustainable t-shirt buy.
Frustrated by the lack of choice and product, she decided to make her own – and Loskey was born! But Loskey is not just about making and selling sustainable t-shirts. It’s about female empowerment and fair trade. Lori employs women from the developing world, ensuring that there is fair and safe employment opportunities for all her employees.
Loskey is also committed to minimising wastage and respecting the environment.
Choose from Classic V, High Scoop, Layered Cowl, all available in a variety of colours. The entire collection is ethical, certified organic and fully sustainable. Everything has been carefully and consciously considered and tailored to have a minimal impact on the planet.
Buy a present and make a real difference here.
I love these Wellness Boxes, they are the perfect gift for any beauty lover (think of it like a grown-up Lucky Bag!) You can buy a “one off” box, or gift an annual subscription if you’re feeling very generous!
It’s a brilliant way to discover and try new ‘wellness’ products. Everything included in these boxes is chemical-free, suitable for vegans and cruelty-free. Plastic-free and sustainable makes them the perfect zero waste gift option for Christmas too!
Purchase one here.
Read my full review of Natural Wellness Boxes here.
Bags made out of old fire hoses? Seriously! Yes, these stylish bags have been upcycled from old firehoses that would otherwise have gone to landfill.
Elvis & Kresse rescue and recycle old firehoses from The London Fire Brigade. For the past decade, they have saved 170 tons of hoses from going to landfill by recycling them into luxurious handbags, purses, wallets and accessories.
Gift an Upcycled Backpack
“In 2005 Elvis and Kresse fell in love with London’s decommissioned fire-hose. Determined to save it from landfill we took this lifesaving material home, gave it a second chance, and vowed to donate 50% of the profits to the Fire Fighters Charity. But fire-hose was just the beginning. Every year, 800,000 tonnes of leather ends up on the cutting room floor. Our leather partners cherish their hides, but no matter how carefully they cut their patterns, there will always be small seemingly unusable offcuts. To rescue this leather we developed a unique modular approach. We hand weave these fragments into whole new hides then lovingly recraft them into sustainable luxury bags and accessories. Our commitment to rescuing British fire-hoses remains the same, the trim, handles and internal detailing of the Fire & Hide range are all made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose. And we continue to donate 50% of profits to charity.”
The Fire & Hide Backpack Lite has two adjustable straps made from genuine decommissioned firehose. The body is made using leather off-cuts from fashion brand Burberry, along with reclaimed military-grade parachute silk lining, previously destined for landfill.
The rescued leather arrives in small quantities, which means they can only ever craft a few pieces of any colour. The variations available will always change according to what leather off-cuts they are able to rescue. Every option includes handles and trim from genuine decommissioned fire-hose, which was previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK.
With one ‘quick access’ external zip pocket, and two internal pockets. One is perfect for an iPad or important documents – and the other for your day-to-day essentials. The Backpack will comfortably hold an iPad, book and wallet plus all your other essentials. For ease, there’s a grab handle at the top to make it easy to carry (when it’s not on your back).
Purchase the backpack here.
Let’s be honest. There isn’t a huge array of design variation when it comes to Attaché cases. Although there is certainly more choice of ‘man-bags’ these days, briefcases and attaché cases haven’t really evolved since the 1850s, when they were first created.
Until now… Enter the Elvis & Kresse fire-hose Attaché Case!
Fit for any ambassador or would-be James Bond. It’s elegant with a twist, and perfect for the corporates in your family who want to stand out from the crowd. Like all Elvis & Kresse bags, it has been made from decommissioned fire-hose and reclaimed military-grade parachute silk.
Available in red and also rarer yellow hose, the case can also be personalised and embroidered with a name or monogram. The ultimate luxury and sustainable zero waste gift!
Purchase one here.
Full review of Elvis and Kresse here.
The Best Sustainable Outdoor Lifestyle Gifts
If you’re looking for gifts for outdoor lovers and gardeners, I recently discovered lifestyle brand Denys and Fielding.
And they are based very close to my home in Kent – hurrah!
Definitely worth having a browse if you’re looking for lifestyle gifts with eco-appeal. Denys and Fielding have a great selection, everything from garden furniture and plant pots, to gardening aprons and outdoor candles.
Take your pick from their handmade vegan skincare line specially designed with gardeners in mind.
All the products are sustainably sourced and produced – and even better – locally made in Kent.
What a perfect selection of zero waste gift ideas!
One of my favourite finds for my ultimate zero waste Christmas gift guide is The Kind Store.
This 100% vegan, natural and sustainable online shop has launched a responsibly produced Christmas collection.
These gorgeous gift sets contain some of their most-loved tried and tested vegan and ethical products, all in sustainable gift boxes.
With our planet in the midst of a climate crisis – and Christmas being responsible for as much as 5.5% of our total annual carbon footprint – The Kind Store’s ethos of ‘buying less, buying better,’ especially during the festive season gets my vote.
The store offers a beautiful selection of toiletries, skincare, make-up, home and on-the-go products, all of which are wrapped in plastic-free packaging to help you make ethical and sustainable choices.
“The Kind Store believes individuals have the power to collectively make a big difference, and encourages zero waste living by showcasing daily essentials that are good for people, the planet and animals.”
What I also love about The Kind Store is that although their products are zero waste, they are some of the prettiest items I’ve seen, making them perfect Christmas gifts! Just because we are saving the planet doesn’t mean we have to compromise on style!
And if like me you find the men in your family quite hard to buy for, The Kind Store have put together a wide selection of lovely gift ideas for the lads! Find these here.
Anyone who is making the move to reduce single-use plastic will appreciate this bathroom starter zero waste Christmas Gift. An earth-friendly selection of all the essentials you need to start living a more sustainable lifestyle in your bathroom.
The set contains bamboo cotton buds, a himalayan salt bar, a bamboo toothbrush and holder, a soap bag and dish, an argan oil soap bar and an olive oil soap. Everything comes in an eco-friendly jute toiletry bag with a heart-embellished gift tag, all for a very reasonable £20.95!
Purchase this zero waste bathroom gift set here.
Looking for more ideas for zero waste bathroom swaps? See my favourite zero-waste bathroom swaps here.
Why did we ever use plastic to make toys for babies when natural rubber is perfect!
Best Years soft, textured and brightly-coloured dinosaurs are sure to be a big hit with eco-aware parents! Babies will love these squishy toys which are all ethically-sourced. These dinosaurs are suitable from birth upwards – perfect for teething and as a bath toy.
Best Years have stacks of ethical and fair trade gifts for children, so check out their website for more gift ideas for little people.
What child doesn’t love to play in the mud? TP Toys Mud Kitchens (there are a few to choose from!) are such a brilliant idea. Very few children get the opportunity to dig in the mud these days. Such a shame as sensory play not only helps children to explore their creativity, it also develops their motor skills too.
Made from FSC Certified Timber, the sturdy frame includes a play oven with an open and close door, and a shelf for storing pots and pans that are included. There is also an extendable sliding ‘sink’ cover to give children more room for their ‘cookery’.
Complete with a removable splash tub with a water butt and tap, it’s easy -and fun – for kids to add water to the mix! And for writing shopping lists or getting creative with some doodling, the blackboard is a lovely addition.
Now you’ve sorted your sustainable gifting, what about the wrapping?
I love these reusable Christmas fabric gift wraps from WearthLondon – an ideal zero-waste alternative to wrapping paper.
Made in Britain using cotton, the wraps can be used over and over again, and passed around family and friends. They can even be thrown in the washing machine!
One of the things that appeals to me most, is that I can quickly wrap presents in less that 2 minutes. Think of the hours saved wrapping presents on Christmas Eve!
My favourites are these reindeer themed wraps that come in two colours, red and grey.
Available in two sizes;
Small– 45cm x 45cm – Suitable size for bottle of wine, gloves, books, DVDs, bracelet box, a watch, aftershave, clutch bag, Kindle, iPad .
Medium – 70cm x 70cm – Suitable size for a shoe box, board games, shirt, cuddly toy, camera, poster tube, mobile phone in a box, gadgets, large books.
I think these are a genius idea!
If you’re looking for guilt-free Christmas cards, look no further. Rest assured that no trees are cut down to create Snooty Catz eco-friendly cards! All are made from recycled, unbleached paper, the cards are printed with vegetable-based inks. 100% recyclable and made in the UK. they come wrapped in compostable display sleeves made from corn and potato starch.
With 5 designs to choose from – the Green Reindeer is my favourite!
Very reasonably priced at £2.95, you can purchase these here.
Hope this has given you some ideas for zero waste Christmas gifts this year.
I can definitely say I’m now officially in the Christmas spirit!
Make sure to check out my post on London’s Eco Christmas market on Saturday 30th!
And there’s still time to buy an advent calendar although a lot have sold out now!