This sustainable Christmas gift guide will help you make a better choice and support a few of my favourite UK-based sustainable brands and businesses.
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1. Zero waste beauty/grooming kit
A beauty kit for her and a grooming kit for him will never be a miss if you ask me. What I love the most is it’s a gift that is long-lasting and not just a one-off. And even when the products are finished/used, they can be recycled and disposed to be safe for the planet.
Reusable makeup pads, a bamboo safety razor, a shampoo bar are just some of the products that could be found in the bundle. The first two could be used for years which saves money but also our beautiful Mother Earth.
You can always gather a couple of your favourite products and make your own bundle in case you are not a fan of the pre-made ones. The webshop also offers gift cards to make your choice of Christmas gifts super simple.
Get some more ideas from my Zero-waste bathroom post.
My personal choice of pre-made bundles are these two below. You can find them online, on my all-time favourite zero-waste shop that I’ve been loyal to for years. andkeep.com
More about andkeep.com
“We are &Keep, based in sunny Dorset, by the magnificent sea we work so hard to conserve. We believe the things we buy are important, so we provide a range of mindfully selected, eco-friendly, reusable and sustainable products, to help you make informed ethical purchases that protect our planet.We are a company devoted to helping you to reduce the impact everyday living has on our formidable blue planet, and to leaving it a better place for future generations.
Most of our products are plastic-free and, where there is a little plastic (like our sports bottle tops), it’s the BPA-free kind and kept to an absolute minimum. Our products are all cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Our packaging is always completely plastic-free, recycled materials.”
2. Natural Soy candles – Vegan & Hand-made
Okay, shall we agree on something here? Can you ever go wrong with gifting a good quality candle? Especially if it’s vegan, unique, hand-made and it supports a small business? Let me help you. The answer is ABSO-LUTELY not! 🙂
These, incredibly good-smelling candles, made of soy wax and poured out with so much love will not just turn your home into the best smelling house in your ‘hood but your friend’s house too. I will just say that after lighting the Ohros candle you’ll get a sudden desire to invent a scent-transport machine so you can send it to everyone. I think a better option, for now, would be purchasing a candle until you master the machine 🙂
More about OHROS
“Since Jan ’16, we have been producing scented, natural soy candles; hand-poured by VEGAN hands in our Hackney studio. We use 100% soy wax, essential oils and fragrances and natural unwaxed wicks. No more, no less. We hand make the wicks, hand pour wax, handwrite the labels and hand stamp the shipping boxes. All of our components are sourced from UK suppliers and made with great care and attention to detail. We keep things as natural and as honest as possible: no frills, no excess and no additives.
As seen in: Vegan Food and Living, NME, Courier magazine.
Ohros has collaborated with: Sweaty Betty, Crosstown Doughnuts, and Lazy Oaf.”
3. Reusable water bottle
Reusable bottles are definitely one of the best sustainable Christmas gift ideas for everyone. Because let’s face it, everyone needs to drink water. Multiple times a day. Every day. Forever! So basically with a reusable water bottle, you are buying a gift for life.
With so many varieties and choices, what is so special about this one?
Besides the minimalist style design, which will make anyone want to carry it around with them, they also donate £1 of every purchase to the Just a drop charity which provides clean water to those in need. How incredible is that?
And last but not least, the bottle can be used for hot and cold beverages. So you can turn it into your morning-coffee-bottle and it will keep your drink warm for up to 12 hours or you can use it as an after-hike/run/workout or stroll refreshment and it will keep your drink cool for up to 24h.
More about Drip bottles
“Drip bottles are an eco-friendly solution to the devastating impact of single-use plastic bottles.
Whilst you make an impact to the planet, you will make an impact to the lives of many others in need of clean water. Drip have proudly partnered with Just a drop, who help provide a clean water source, to so many lives around the world. £1 of every purchase will be donated to their latest projects. You can find out more about their amazing work here – https://www.justadrop.org/
Our bottles are made of stainless steel and allow for constant reuse. They keep your drink warm or cool for hours! Packaged in unique bio paper pouches and stamped with our branding, we make receiving your bottle both fun and kind to our environment. “
4. Sustainable clothes
I do agree clothing might be a bit tricky to gift but in case this is your jam, I am happily sharing this sustainable clothing brand with you as one of the sustainable Christmas gift ideas.
All the clothing pieces are made with love, the softest, organic, durable and natural materials. Besides that, there is a great story behind the brand.
They also offer gift vouchers and bundles for him and her to make your decision a bit easier.
But in case you decide on buying a certain piece, your package will be delivered in plastic-free packaging which you can later colour in. Cool, right? 🙂
More about Rapanui
“Our products are made from natural materials, using renewable energy, and everything we make is designed from the start to be sent back when it is worn out. We make new products from the materials we recover. Instead of making waste, we make new products from it. It’s a circular supply chain.
And in our factory on the Isle of Wight, our t-shirts are produced in real-time, in the seconds after they are ordered. We only make what people actually need, when they need it. The conscientious application of technology has enabled us to demonstrate that there is a different way of operating, and it works.”
5. Yoga classes
To be completely honest, before trying yoga I wasn’t a fan. At all!
I thought it was quite boring, too slow for ‘my liking’ and it’s just not for me. Uh, oh was I wrong. First of all, it is definitely underrated. And second, it’s the best thing out there to calm your body, your mind, to recharge, to stretch and activate every muscle in your body.
A friend of mine, who I cannot recommend enough, is the one that changed my mind and helped me to fall in love with yoga and the feeling throughout and after every session.
If you are based on the Isle of Wight you can join the classes in person. Not to worry if not. Emma offers online classes so you can be in the comfort of your own home or chilling somewhere. In Thailand. On your mat. (*dreamsaboutThailand*) Totally up to your preference 🙂
This sustainable Christmas gift idea is for everyone wishing to try a good yoga class. Especially for that stubborn friend who keeps throwing negative comments about ‘these boring yoga classes.’ 😛
Get in contact with Emma and she will provide a gift voucher for you.
More about Emma Yoga classes
“I am originally from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk however I am currently living on the beautiful Isle of Wight, sharing the beauty of yoga and also working as a Paramedic in Primary Care. After living and studying in London and Hertfordshire I had the opportunity to change the pace of life and move to the Isle of Wight with my partner. I never knew I could love somewhere so much! This island certainly has my heart.
I qualified with Sun Power Yoga Teacher Training in London and went on to train in children’s yoga (ages 3-11) with Yoga Bananas and more recently Mandala Yoga with Julie Montagu. I now teach group and 1-1 vinyasa on this beautiful island. During the summer you will find me teaching on the beach as well as in the studio. I am currently studying for a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice at Bournemouth University. I have a keen interest in lifestyle medicine, plant-based nutrition and the benefits of yoga for health and wellness. You will often find me with a smoothie bowl in hand! My mission is to make your yoga experience as accessible and comfortable as possible. Yoga is for everyone and I would like to help you discover all of the amazing benefits from this practice.”
And that would be it for this little sustainable Christmas gift guide. The reason why I’m sharing this is that I genuinely love all these products/services and really appreciate the work behind each and every one of them. Always aim to support small businesses over big companies and aim to buy sustainable products. Because it is never just the product. It’s the story, the people, the love, and a genuinely good cause for others and the planet.
Let me know in the comments below which one is your favourite?