Are you looking for eco-friendly Christmas hampers or gift boxes to gift to a loved one this festive season? Well look no further – I’ve found six sustainable hampers for Christmas, with vegan, Fairtrade products or socially conscious and environmentally friendly options.
Christmas hampers offer an easy and stress-free way to gift the ones we love with delicious food and drink items. However, it’s not a new concept – the act of giving hampers goes back a long way.
Apparently, the tradition of giving a hamper originates from the 11th century, when William the Conqueror, the then-English monarch introduced the concept to England from his native France. Perhaps one of the nicer things he did, during his bloody reign!
Despite, being around since 1066, up until very recently, there were few ways to commercially buy eco-friendly Christmas hampers. Thankfully, things have changed, and there are now several sustainable and environmentally conscious options when it comes to hamper gifting.
Six Eco-Friendly Christmas Hampers
Here are my top six eco-friendly Christmas hampers that tread lightly on the planet. From socially conscious products to vegan, handmade or palm oil and cruelty-free, there’s something to suit all ethics.
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- Social Stories Club
- Social Supermarket
- The British Hamper Company
- Bird & Blend
- Wild About Flowers
Social Stories Club
Edinburgh-based Social Stories Club is an online gifting company that supports over 30 social enterprises around the UK.
Each product inside its sustainable gift boxes or hampers has a unique story of people coming together to give back to social or environmental causes that matter. From festive winter spiced dark chocolate that empowers local cacao farmers, or crunchy apple cinnamon crisps that help to fight food waste.
The eco-friendly Christmas hampers range from between £48 and £196, and vegan hampers are available. Some hampers even come with non-edible treats – from sustainable socks to eco-friendly notebooks, or similar, for an extra special gifting experience.
Social Stories Club also offers corporate gifting on their range of hampers, should this be something you are looking for.
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Social Supermarket, a UK-based social enterprise marketplace, has curated a delicious range of eco-friendly Christmas hampers. These are packed with socially conscious food and drink treats.
These collections of indulgent treats – all from social enterprise brands with impact at their core – ensure that your gift gives back socially and/or environmentally.
To help understand what each hamper supports, under each hamper listing you’ll see a series of impact icons. These icons stand for the positive ripple effect of each purchase across the world.
For example, the eco-conscious icon signifies the brands that prioritise doing right by nature. From zero-waste products to those that plant a tree for every product sold.
Meanwhile, the economic empowerment icon signifies the brands that are taking care of people – particularly those who are socially disadvantaged. From those who make our clothes and grow our food, to those who offer valuable employment and training opportunities to those that need them.
Catering for both vegans and non-vegans and with prices ranging between £25 to £269.99, there’s something for every taste and every budget.
Social Supermarket can also send Christmas hampers directly to your recipient with a personalised message inside. And similar to Social Stories Club, Social Supermarket also offers a corporate gifting service.
The British Hamper Company
Looking to shop locally? The British Hamper Company offers a wide selection of Christmas food hampers, filled with delicious produce from British artisans and independent producers.
All of the food and drink that make up its hampers are sourced based on the quality of provenance and taste. Many products have also won the prestigious Great Taste Gold award from the Guild of Fine Food.
The British Hamper Company also cater to dietary preferences. Find hampers for vegans, vegetarians, coeliacs, and diabetics, as well as gluten-free and halal hampers. Prices start from around £30.
Bird & Blend
This particular hamper – the Dreamy Sleep Time Hamper – is packed with over 75 cups of their best-selling Sleepy Time loose-leaf teas, in three delicious flavours.
The hamper also includes handmade bath time goodies, including bath soak and bath bombs infused with Bird and Blend Dozy Girl tea. This blend is packed with chamomile, lavender, and rose to help send you into a blissful sleep.
To cover all bases, other hamper options include a tea and chocolate hamper, a tea cocktails hamper, and a chai tea hamper. These range in price between £25 and £35.
The boxes are made from certified wood paper pulp that’s sourced from responsibly managed forests and mills. The material is both eco-friendly and compostable and the printing design is done with water-safe paint.
If you aren’t sure about gifting food, then have you considered a beauty hamper? Bloomtown makes for a great sustainable choice when it comes to this type of gifting.
Its eco-friendly Christmas beauty hampers (£47.50) feature Bloomtown’s relaxing bath and body products. These sumptuous products are all made in small batches in Cornwall. What’s more, all of Bloomtown’s products are certified palm oil-free, vegan & cruelty-free! They are also safe for pregnant people.
The wrapped gift box includes a scented botanical wax candle, organic hand and body wash, an exfoliating sugar scrub, and a nourishing bath and body oil, all in the scent of your choice. With a choice of five scents, you’ll find something for most tastes. You’ll also find a lip balm and roll-on perfume oil in the box too. Talk about spoiled!
For that extra special touch, the gift box comes with a complimentary gift card, where you can have your own personalised message printed. And, for the final flourish, the box is wrapped in the complimentary gift wrap of your choice.
Bloomtown also offers great sustainable hampers for him that are well worth a look at too. Packed full of palm oil-free and vegan-friendly beauty products for men, it’s a total treat.
Wild About Flowers
Finally, Wild About Flowers (available at Not On The High Street for £40.75) offers a gift box of luxury comforts. From a hand-poured eco-friendly soy wax candle in the scent of your choice to natural handmade soap, an ethically produced chocolate bar, and a low-maintenance house plant. This makes for a great eco-friendly option over the more traditional food-based Christmas hampers.
The gifts are presented in Wild About Flowers’ sustainably sourced gift box. This is filled with homegrown complimenting petals, herbs, and grasses, for that extra special touch. And to make it personal, you can add a complimentary gift message to your box.
For more gift inspiration, do check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas gifts. I also have loads more festive ideas in my guide on how to have an eco Christmas. From decorations and trees to food, secondhand gift ideas, and more – it’s all there!