Christmas is without a doubt the hardest time of the year to be sustainable. But you’ve clicked this link, which shows you care, and that’s a great start!
Maybe you have a friend who’s passionate about the environment and you’re struggling to find a sustainable option for them this Christmas. Maybe you’re trying to be more sustainable yourself and want a link to subtly (not at all subtly) hint to your family members. Or maybe you’re super sustainable and want to buy sustainably for all of your family and friends. Whatever the reason, here are some great sustainable gift ideas that can help.
Gift an Experience
Gifting an experience is my absolute favourite, I would always rather buy someone something to do than something to have. Take someone to the cinema, a play, a gig, go for a meal, a massage, a cookery class. Experiences don’t have to be expensive, but doing something together will always be special.
If you’re looking for a luxurious experience, I highly recommend Tredwells Vegan Tasting Menu (£75). The menu was created by Chantelle Nicholson, an incredible chef who supports conscious cooking and reducing food waste. Not to mention every single course is mind-blowingly delicious.
Support Charitable Organisations
Common Ground Collective is new on my radar, I just came across them last month and I’m so glad I did. They provide therapeutic and creative workshops for people with profound learning disabilities and complex needs. 100% of sales from all of their products go straight back into the charity. Their products are so beautiful and affordable, Small Baubles are £10, Large Baubles are £13.50, and some of their Potters in Protest bowls are as little as £3.50! They make perfect Christmas gifts. I just bought a shell from their Potters In Protest collection (as a gift for myself lol).
Also new on my radar, The Soap Co is a social enterprise based in East London. All of their products are crafted in the UK and 80% of their staff are blind, disabled, or otherwise disadvantaged. Their latest collection is certified plastic free, and they aim to become a completely circular brand. They have a great range of gift sets available from £15.
Buying vintage is one of the most sustainable ways to add new clothes to your wardrobe (or someone else’s). Not to mention it’s extremely satisfying to get a rare gem that you’re not going to see anyone else wearing.
There are a few pieces still available on my vintage shop The Slow Vintage Shop, and more coming before Christmas, so keep your eyes peeled!
Some other great vintage shops to check out are;
- Retold Vintage (UK)
- Imparfaite (FR)
- I Am That (US)
- Top Of The Town Vintage (UK)
- Waiste Vintage (UK)
- Anita Is (UK)
- Another Matinee (UK)
Support Sustainable Clothing Brands
Jakelle Studios is a wonderful small sustainable brand. Their bodysuits (£69) are made of bamboo and hand made to order in Devon. Because items are made to order delivery can take 7-10 days, so be sure to check Christmas availability before you order! (Photo via Instagram @chloe_tesla)
Lucy & Yak are a cult favourite for sustainable shoppers. They’re an independent brand based here in Brighton, their items are ethical, sustainable, and hand-made. They’re well known for their amazing dungarees which are currently available from £22 (I bought my cousin a pair for her birthday, she loves them!), but have lots of other lovely pieces too.
Know The Origin is a one-stop shop for all things sustainable. They stock a huge range of eco friendly brands and products at really reasonable price points (from £2.99). Their Christmas Collection is a great place to start if you need inspiration.
Luxury Sustainable Gifts
Maria Nila is my favourite haircare brand ever. I’m sure you all know this already because I never stop going on about them. I’ve been using their products religiously for four years, I’ve got half my family hooked on them too. And I just started working with them this year, which has been a dream come true. This year they’ve got amazing Holiday Gift Boxes which contain a full sized shampoo and conditioner, and one of their lovely handsoaps from £39. All of their products are 100% Vegan and Cruelty Free, sulphate and paraben free, and their packaging is carbon neutral. I would be ecstatic to receive one of their gift boxes for Christmas!
Rêve En Vert is an online luxury sustainable fashion and lifestyle retailer stocking a wide variety of luxury conscious brands. I recently joined them to make a Christmas gift box (available from £60) and was completely spoilt. I picked two EYM candles, I’m currently lighting this one very sparingly because it smells so wonderful I want it to last forever. They also have lots of lovely gifts on their website for under £50.
The best thing we can do to gift sustainably is simply ask someone what they want or need. Then we can guarantee a gift will not be unwanted or wasted. Although it might not seem as exciting for a gift not to be a surprise, it will definitely be appreciated. Last year my sister’s boyfriend bought me razor blade heads and I was genuinely thrilled. I dread buying them because they’re so bloody expensive. And they’ve lasted me all year, I’ve still got a few in the cupboard! I will probably ask for a re-stock this Christmas.
And if someone you know doesn’t want anything, why not make a donation in their name? For £28.87 you can reserve a place at a Crisis UK center for a homeless person this Christmas.