Let me take the strain out of ethical gift-giving, with this big guide to sustainable, zero-waste, plastic-free and eco-friendly gift ideas for Christmas, birthdays, and more.
Looking for ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas? Well, the good news is that I have you covered. I have put together a whole host of ethical gift ideas for every possible occasion. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, any kind of day! And, I’ve kept things really budget-friendly, with ideas from £3.50 up to a maximum of £40.
My plan for this eco-friendly gift ideas post is to make it static on my front page, and I will keep it updated with my favourite gift ideas. That way it will be ever-evolving and ever added to, giving you a fresh load of ideas whenever you need it.
Make sure you bookmark it or save it to Pinterest. That way, when you ever need any zero-waste, plastic-free, or eco-friendly gift ideas for any occasion then you know where to look!
The Moral Fibres Ethical and Eco-Friendly Gift Guide
Whether you are looking for ethical gift ideas for him, for her, or for kids, hopefully, I’ve got something for everyone.
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Zero-Waste Present Ideas
When it comes to buying an eco-friendly gift, something you know that they will use time and time again is always a great option. Here are some of my favourite reusable eco-friendly and zero-waste gift ideas:
I have tried a few different metal lunch boxes, and many of them leak. Not this beauty, from Black+Blum, which has a silicone valve creating a secure vacuum-sealed closure. The silicone band also holds a handy stainless steel fork in place. Handily, it’s oven-safe for heating up food and freezer-safe for storing pre-cooked food. It’s a multi-tasking machine!
Buy it from &Keep for £30.
In a similar vein to above, a food flask is a great addition to a hike or picnic, especially in winter. You can carry hot soup or a chilli or stew with you for something warm when you are out in the cold. It really is the eco-friendly gift idea that keeps on giving.
This Black+Blum food flask is available from Natural Collection for £29.95.
I have tried a few water bottles in my time, and my absolute favourite is the Hydro Flask.
It keeps your hot drink piping warm, or your cold drink icy cold for a really long time. The robust, powder-coated material is BPA-free, environmentally friendly, and easy to care for. I’ve had mine for about four years now, and there’s not a scratch on it. That’s how durable it is.
Choose from a variety of sizes, and 12 different colours at Alpine Trek. Each bottle costs between £30.95 and £34.95 depending on what size you go for.
The Neon Kactus glass coffee cups use only fully recyclable and sustainable materials and look great too. And, unlike plastic or bamboo, glass doesn’t taint the flavour of your drink. Find it at &Keep in a variety of colours for £13.95.
Eco-Friendly Beauty Gift Ideas
Wanting to indulge someone special? Try these vegan-friendly, eco-friendly, and plastic-free beauty gift ideas:
This £30 gift set from Evolve is a fantastic way to treat someone special. It features a daily moisturiser, plus a hyaluronic serum for extra moisturisation, and a cleansing face mask made from raw cacao.
Vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and handmade in England, all of Evolve Beauty’s products are packaged in glass. What’s more, all of the packagings from their gift boxes are made from fully recyclable cardboard.
I’m coveting this one for myself, as Evolve Beauty’s daily moisturiser is my very favourite, delivering intense hydration without greasiness, oiliness, or stickiness. I feel it performs as well as moisturisers 3 times its price and smells amazing too!
2021 has been all about the soap, and the handwashing – all of the handwashing. Make it special for someone with this beautifully scented vegan and palm oil-free soap from Soapdaze, that comes with a hand-knitted facecloth. It comes in plastic-free packaging and is also delivered plastic-free. Find it on Etsy for £15.95.
Bloomtown is the UK’s first certified palm-oil free company. They specialise in beauty products that are vegan, cruelty-free, palm-oil free, as well as being free from a host of other nasties, including petrochemicals, sulphates, SLS, and parabens – all packaged in recyclable glass.
They’ve put together a fantastic gift set, allowing you to spoil someone you love with this selection of premium products that you can choose yourself depending on the recipient’s tastes. Bloomtown will then beautifully wrap it and personalise it with a card. Buy it for £33 from Etsy.
Ethical Food & Drink Ideas
I always think food makes for one of those really great eco-friendly gift ideas. As such, there are some great ethical gift ideas here. Whether you are looking for a little something for a special someone, a stocking filler idea, or are making up a hamper of ethical goodies. In particular, look out for food ideas with compostable packaging, products made from ingredients that would go to waste, and more.
For chocolate lovers, Seed & Bean Chocolate is the one to go for. The chocolate comes in loads of delicious flavours, like Cornish Sea Salt or Lemon & Cardamom. Their entire range is also fairtrade, vegan, and certified organic as standard. What’s more, the packaging is fully recyclable and home compostable. Find it from £2.99 for a bar at Ethical Superstore, and look out for boxes of truffles and gift sets too.
Percol’s certified organic and fairtrade ground coffee makes for another of those really great ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas. As well as tasting delicious, and being vegan, Percol’s ground coffee packaging is plastic-free and completely home compostable. After you’ve finished your coffee, you can place the bag in your home composter. Here the packaging will naturally decompose as it is derived from a range of natural products such as paper, plant fibres, and eucalyptus wood pulp. Find it at Ethical Superstore for around £4.75 a bag.
Want to gift someone some really nice tea? I really rate Teapigs. Their seasonal blends in particular really elevate tea time.
Teapigs have all the certifications. They are a certified B Corp. This is a certification that recognises the businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. B Corp status helps build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. They are also Rainforest Alliance certified, and a certified Living Wage Employer.
Tea Pigs packaging is also entirely plant-based. This means that the outer carton is fully recyclable. The used tea temples can also be composted with your local food waste collection. And even the inner bag, which looks like plastic, is home compostable. Shop the range at your local supermarket, or buy online from Planet Organic, from just £3.95. Alternatively, find out more about plastic-free tea here.
Last year, I wrote how Small Beer is one of the UK’s eco-friendliest breweries. If you didn’t catch the article, Small Beer makes great tasting, low ABV vegan beers, and is committed to saving water in an otherwise wasteful industry. It typically requires 8-10 pints of water to brew a single pint of beer. However, the environmentally conscious people at Small Beer have got that down to just 1 and a half pints of water per pint. And like Teapigs, Small Beer is a certified B Corp.
Through Not On The High Street, they’ve put together a gift pack of their beer selection, complete with a personalised label. Find it on Not On The High Street for £25.
Elephant Gin is a beautiful tasting gin, distilled using 14 botanicals. This gives the gin a floral, fruity, and spicy flavour that can be enjoyed both straight and in a cocktail. What’s more, the company contributes 15% of all profits to two African elephant foundations to support the preservation of African wildlife. Find it on 31Dover for £29.15.
Rum has also been given the sustainability treatment, thanks to Discarded Spirits. Here they’ve taken finishing rum – rum that was originally created to add flavour to empty whisky casks before maturation before being discarded – to make this sustainable spirit. And not content with that, they’ve also taken the banana peels from flavour houses – which otherwise would have been thrown away – to impart a fruity toffee flavour to the rum. The peel is dried out, fermented, and steeped in alcohol for two weeks, for an intense hit of banana.
Find it at 31Dover for £29.95.
Alcohol Free Treats
If your loved one doesn’t drink alcohol, then Everleaf is a great way to treat them. These sustainably sourced complex non-alcoholic aperitifs, available in a variety of flavours, are a sophisticated grown-up treat.
This gift set (£40) contains one bottle of delicious Everleaf alcohol-free aperitif and a complementary scented soy candle. It ships plastic-free in a beautiful box, ready for gifting.
What’s more, 20% of sales from these gift bundles is donated to conservation charity Fauna & Flora International (FFI), for that added feel-good factor.
Social Stories Club put together hampers containing products that support different social causes.
This vegan hamper contains a variety of products. From tea supporting education for girls in tea growing regions to relish made from wonky onions that were rescued from landfill. You will also find chocolate supporting farmers in Ghana, and hot chocolate supporting farmers in 14 different countries. Also included is a beautiful bar of soap designed by a community of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities.
Find the hamper (or browse their selection of other hampers) for £36. Also, enjoy free delivery direct from Social Stories Club.
Eco Book Gift Ideas
More than ever, there are now tons of books available to inspire you to live a more sustainable life. Here are just a few of my favourites to give you some eco-friendly gift inspiration.
Simply Living Well
I bought a copy of Julia Watkin’s book, Simply Living Well, at the start of the pandemic, and it was such a lovely balm for the soul at this difficult time. It’s a visually stunning, gentle, feel-good book full of lovely ideas for creating a natural and low waste home. This is a great eco-friendly gift choice for anyone looking for ideas on how to green their home. Find it on Wordery for £12.34 and free delivery.
The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2022
Lia Leendertz The Almanac is a wonderful seasonal guide to the year ahead.
Divided into twelve months, this gentle book provides practical information about the month ahead. From sunset and sunrise times for each day, meteor shower dates, beehive behaviour, folklore tales and songs, seasonal recipes, seasonal gardening tips, and charts tracking moon phases and tide, it’s a great book that helps connect you to nature. It’s such a calming and rhymical read, and I always come away from each chapter feeling like I’ve learned something new. It’s such a beautiful book as well, it’s one to keep to hand all year round.
Find it at Bookshop.org for £12.08.
The Complete Gardener
Let me count the ways in which I love Monty Don (or Montague Dontague as we call him in our house).
If your loved one is into gardening then you could do no wrong and gift them a copy of The Complete Gardener. Packed with beautiful illustrations and practical gardening tips, Monty reveals the secrets of growing vegetables, fruits, flowers, and herbs while respecting the needs of the environment. I love Monty’s stance on peat-free compost, the importance of organic gardening, and looking after nature. He also provides emphasis on gardening for wildlife and the impact of global warming on the garden.
Find it at Bookshop.org for £25.11.
For The Home
For people that I find hard to buy for or eco-friendly gifts for couples, I quite often veer towards gifts for the home. From soy candles to incense, and other lux objects that have a pretty but practical function.
Sustainable Soy Candles
Osie Norfolk’s beautiful sustainable candles are hand-poured in Norfolk and are vegan and cruelty-free, as well as palm oil-free. Made from 100% soy wax, they are also scented will all-natural phthalate-free ingredients and essential oils. And for an added eco-friendly bonus, you can buy a candle refill from Osie for just £7.99 once you’ve burned the candle. Alternatively, you can reuse the lovely terracotta pots for plants in your home or garden.
I’ve got more eco-friendly soy candles for you to check out too if this one doesn’t quite fit the bill.
I bought myself one of these pretty little wooden incense burner houses earlier this year, and it never fails to make me smile every time I walk past it. Simply place an incense cone inside this sweet little handmade house, and sit back and watch smoke gently waft from the chimney and enjoy the fragrance of your choice.
Find it, and other types of wooden houses by the same seller, on Etsy. This one is £21.75 with free delivery.
These pretty mugs from ethical retailer Nkuku would look great in any kitchen, and especially so paired with a bag of plastic-free coffee or plastic-free teabags.
These ceramic mugs are handmade from a selection of raw materials including terracotta and stoneware, brought to life by skilled artisans in Vietnam and China, using a wealth of techniques that are thousands of years old.
Find them at Nkuku for £28.50 for a set of two mugs.
Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas To Wear
Give your loved ones something beautiful but practical to wear with these fun ideas:
I am one of those people who absolutely loves receiving socks as a gift. If your loved one is too, then try this set of three fun ethical socks from Leiho. For every set of these unisex eco-friendly socks sold, Leiho will be donating another 3 pairs to a homeless person, making this a great charitable gift idea.
I bought myself one of these handknitted lambswool hats from That Lovely Weekend and was blown away by the little box of joy that arrived. I swear, it was so beautifully packaged in plastic-free packaging that I almost didn’t want to open it! Open it I did though, and this lovely hat has been keeping my head so warm and cosy ever since.
Designed and made in Wiltshire, one size fits all. If the hat feels snug to begin with, be assured it will ‘give a little’ with wear.
Find it on Etsy for £34.
Eco-friendly Kids Gift Ideas
Kids are tricky to buy for. I’ve put together a ton of non-gift ideas that might help you out. Otherwise, when buying for other people’s kids I like to keep it to the basics. Think fun clothes, good books, simple toys, or sweet treats. Here are some of my favourite ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas for kids:
Toby Tiger makes wonderfully fun and bright 100% certified organic babies and kids clothes, from birth to six years. They specialise in fun patterns and timeless, almost all unisex, designs that can be worn again and again. Prices are around the £30 mark.
When it comes to buying clothes for my kids, or for other people’s kids at Christmas or for birthdays, then I’m a big fan of Frugi. Frugi ethically makes organic kids’ clothes, in ages 0 to age 10, in fun colours and prints. They are certified organic by both the Soil Association and by the Global Organic Textile Standard, meaning that as well as looking good, these clothes do good.
Every Christmas and birthday, without fail, my kids always seem to get the most long-lasting enjoyment out of classic games. This vegetable-themed tic tac toe set (£13 from Kidly), made from FSC certified wood, is sure to be a hit with little kids and big kids of all ages! The cotton pouch keeps all the pieces together when you’re not playing with it. However, it looks so good that you may just want to leave it out on your table!
If you’re considering buying a wooden toy as a gift, then do check out my guide to wooden toys, as not all wooden toys are necessarily eco-friendly.
This Bauhaus-inspired fox puzzle from ESNAFTOYS, available via Etsy (£31.72), is entirely handmade. Lovingly crafted with beech and oak, it is then finished with eco-friendly paints. Designed for kids to construct – with magnets making construction that little bit easier. As a clever touch, a fox pendant is also included for kids or grownups to wear.
Tidy is a fun environmental book for little kids that isn’t too in your face about it, which I think is a great way to normalise environmentalism. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest. Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? This cautionary tale of overenthusiastic neatness delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. This makes for one of those great eco-friendly gift ideas for kids up to around age 6.
Find it on Wordery for £6.99 and free delivery.
Another great book for younger kids is Nature Trail, by the poet Benjamin Zephaniah, and wonderfully illustrated by Nila Aye.
This joyful celebration of nature reminds us all to take a closer look at the world around us, and enjoy the wonder of nature wherever we find it. Packed with animals and minibeasts galore, this imaginative rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud. I bought this in the summer, and have had many a great bedtime since then reading this with my 5-year-old.
Find it at Bookshop.org for £12.08
Through illustrations, maps, and infographics, bestselling author Rachel Ignotofsky, explains how our planet works. From its incredible ecosystems and the plants and animals that live there to the importance of biodiversity, weather cycles, and more. With additional information on the dangers of climate change and ideas for how to protect Planet Earth, this is a great book for kids aged 8 plus.
Find it on Wordery for £11.37 and free delivery.
Looking for a little eco-friendly something to stuff in a stocking? These Play In Choc boxes contains two individually wrapped, deliciously creamy, organic, and dairy-free chocolates and a delightful cardboard toy to assemble. The toy is one of a series of 18 to collect, and also comes with its own fun facts educational info card. Find them at Ethical Superstore for £3.50 per box.
I hope you find these eco-friendly gift ideas useful! As I said, I will be adding to this post – so think of this as an ever-evolving post. As such, do check back when you are in need of ethical gift inspiration!