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Ethical Christmas Gift Guide 2018

ethical christmas gift guide 2018

It’s that time of year again. Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! As such, I’ve put together my annual ethical Christmas gift guide for 2018 packed full of ethical ideas for him, her, and for little ones.  From vegan, to palm oil-free, to plastic-free, to zero waste, to organic, I hope there’s something here for everyone.

I don’t subscribe to the idea that you should spend lots of money at Christmas. Therefore, all of my ideas are around the £30 mark or less and start from just £8.  

If you are after a more up-to-date guide, do check out my new guide to eco-friendly gift ideas for 2021.

Ethical Chirstmas Gifts For Him and Her

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Here are my top ethical Christmas gift ideas for 2018:

DIY origami paper lamp kit* (£19.95) from OWL Paper Lamps.  I love this paper lamp kit that you make yourself (full instructions provided!).  Please note, this item ships from Portugal so bear this in mind with shipping times. 

Stainless Steel Lunchbox* (£18) by Green Tulip.  A great gift for anyone.  I have a stainless steel lunchbox that I use for work that my partner pinches on a regular basis!  

Soap, candle, and flannel gift set* (£21.50) from Soapdaze.  I love Soapdaze, and this gift box packed with a vegan candle, handknitted facecloth, and vegan soap is a lovely gift for someone that deserves a good pampering.  

Beeswax Food Wraps (£15) from Abeego.  I love my beeswax wraps, and I think they made a lovely gift.  Alternatively, you can make your own wraps. It’s really easy – promise!

Succulent enamel pins* from Katy Pillinger Designs (£18 for 3).  A cute gift for your friends.  Split them up so you all have one each, or give them all to one lucky recipient.  

Fresh Clean Home (from £8.30). Currently reduced on Amazon* but also available at other retailers.  I have it on very good authority that this book is brilliant for anyone that’s keen to give making their own cleaning products a go ;)  You could even gift it with some amber spray bottles* and/or a bottle of liquid castile soap*. 

Vegan and Palm Oil Free Pamper Gift Set (£18.70) from Bloomtown.  Vegan?  Check.  Palm oil-free? Check.  This gift set is perfect for anyone looking to indulge in a bit of natural beauty.

Vegan and plastic-free candle* (£11) from Vegan Bunny.  After a delicious smelling soy candle from a plastic-free company?  Vegan Bunny is the place to go!  

From clockwise, top left:

The Danish Art of Whittling (RRP £9.99).  I have been ogling this in my local bookshop and it looks like a wonderful guide to whittling (my newfound favourite hobby).  

Hydroflask (£23.99).  I love my Hydroflask – I wrote an ode to it here – and I promise, whoever you gift it to is sure to love it too.  

Safety Razor* (£32.50) from Wearth.  For anyone looking to swap from plastic razors.  

Bamboo Multi-Tool* (£15).  I  have one of those for my bike and it’s by far one of the most useful things I carry with me on a daily basis, and not just for my bike.  There are a few things you can’t mend with a multi-tool!  

Guppy Friend* (£25) from Ethical Superstore.  For ocean conscious pals that want to help stop microfibres from their laundry.  

Georganics Tooth Care Set (£19.90)* – A complete oral care gift set for anyone that wants to green their dental routine.  

Ethical Gift Ideas for Kids

Pretend Play Kitchenware Set* (£29.99) from Toby Tiger.  This sweet set contains enamel pans and metal utensils, and it’s so lovely to find a plastic-free set.  I could imagine this being a lovely hand-me-down set that will last for decades.  

The Lorax: How To Save The Planet Edition* (£11.41) from Harper Collins. We have this book and my kids love it.  As well as containing the classic Lorax story from Dr. Seuss, it’s also packed full of ideas on how kids can help the environment.  

Paper Bead Craft Kit* (£11.95) from Ethical Superstore.  Is there a kid that doesn’t love crafting?  I certainly haven’t met one yet.  This kit allows kids to make beads from recycled paper, which can then be used to make jewellery.  Hopefully, adults can get a shot too!  

Banana Pyjamas* (£19.99) from Toby Tiger.  These fun GOTS-certified organic cotton are sure to be a hit at bedtime.  These beauties come in lots of other fun patterns too.  

Personalised Water Bottle* (£15) from Not On The High Street.  Which kid doesn’t love seeing their name printed on anything?  I know when I was little I used to get incredibly excited when I saw my name printed on anything in a gift shop.  Now some 30 years later my kids are the same.      

Recycled Fire Engine (£19.95) from Ethical Superstore.  This cute fire engine is made from recycled milk bottles and is sure to provide tons of fun.

ps: here are 10 zero-waste and plastic-free shops on Etsy if you’re looking for more low-impact gift ideas, and here are some more lovely kids eco-friendly gift ideas.  I also have a great post on how to shop ethically online.

Do also check out my guide on how to have an ethical Christmas (without the stress).

Fashion, Life & Style, Special Occasions

Ethical Gift Ideas for Men With Brothers We Stand | AD

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This paid-for content is in association with ethical retailer Brothers We Stand.

I know I have already shared some ethical gift ideas on the blog this month. However, what if you are still struggling for ideas for your significant other/dad/brother/best friend?  I know I certainly find men in particular difficult to shop for.

Thankfully ethical menswear retailer Brothers We Stand (who excitingly have just opened up their first physical store in Bristol’s Wapping Wharf after years of trading solely online) have handily put together an ethical gift guide for men.

An Introduction to Brothers We Stand

If you have never heard of Brothers We Stand, they are a clothing retailer. They exclusively sell ethically produced menswear from a tightly curated collection of independent ethical brands and designers.

Every item they sell has undergone rigorous research by the Brothers We Stand team. This ensures that each product offered meets the highest design and ethical standards.  From what the clothes are made from; to how the clothes are made and by whom; and to how durable the clothes are. These are all key considerations made before any new product is stocked by Brothers We Stand.

All of this information is shared to shoppers through a unique tag telling the story of each item.  When you are browsing a particular item simply click on the ‘footprint’ section. This gives you a detailed rundown of what makes the item ethical and sustainable. In some cases, it even lets you know where the item could be improved in the future.  Sometimes ethical shopping is all about compromise. I really respect the fact that Brothers We Stand hasn’t shied away from this fact.

Ethical Picks This Christmas

Here are some of their top picks for ethical and sustainable gents this Christmas!

Recycled Card Holder

elvis kresse card holder

This beautiful double cardholder (£31) from Elvis & Kresse, is made from decommissioned British fire hoses. What’s more, it is lined with reclaimed parachute silk from the British military.  There’s a whole lot of recycling in there, and the finished piece is a thing of beauty.  And it’s even Oyster card friendly if your gent is London-based.

Organic Jumper

ethical gift ideas for men

This GOTS certified organic cotton jumper (£87) is from Danish ethical brand DCA is ethical, sustainable, and built to last.  It’s stylish and cosy and beats a novelty Christmas jumper hands down any day!

Organic Polo Shirt

KNOWLEDGE COTTON APPAREL ORGANIC PIQUE POLO

This 100% organic cotton polo shirt (£50) is again from DCA, and is perfect for dapper gents interested in sustainable style.  Even the dye used is non-harmful, and they are dyed in modern dye houses focused on minimising water usage and responsible wastewater treatment.  Two thumbs up!

Organic Socks

Jollie socks from Brothers We Stand

If you are looking for something less spendy then you can rarely go wrong with socks.  Especially with these organic cotton Jollie Socks (£14), which are made in the UK, and for every pair sold a pair is donated to a local homeless centre.

Organic Cotton Hoodie

Red Silverstick hoodie from Brothers We Stand

Finally, this lovely GOTS certified organic cotton hoodie (£59) is a midweight hoodie ethically made in Portugal by ethical manufacturers Silverstick.  With a doubleweight hood and reinforced pockets, this hoodie will be sure to be a favourite for many many years to come.

Be sure to catch the full gift guide over at Brothers We Stand!