18 Ideas For Sustainable Christmas Gifts and Holiday Presents
ethical christmas gifts
04 Dec
ethical christmas gifts

18 Ideas For Sustainable Christmas Gifts and Holiday Presents

*in Bing Crosby’s voice* It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! It’s time to start writing your letter to Santa and going on a hunt for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, as the year winds down it’s the perfect time to treat yourself or your those closest to you to something special.

This year, like every year, we want to encourage you to find gifts that don’t cost the Earth. Supporting sustainable and ethical brands has never been more important, but it has also never been easier.

From eco-friendly stocking stuffers to conscious gift exchange goodies, read on to discover our favourite ethical and sustainable Christmas gifts and holiday presents!

Workshop, classes, experiences, and support:

Experiences are a great alternative to tangible objects, especially if these activities are promoting a shift to conscious consumerism or are supporting more sustainable options.

Have a look at creative classes and workshops such as pottery, cooking displays, fermentation classes, woodwork, jewellery making, and much more.

Pampering is another experience that is always well received and something that a lot of people never buy for themselves. Massages, bathhouses, saunas, or even an hour in a float tank can be great, innovative gifts.

‘Experience’ gifts are an increasingly popular option and a fun and creative way for friends and family to learn a new skill and bond. Not sure where to start? Why not buy a gift box, which allows an individual to select one of the many experiences available?

You could also give someone your time and spend it in a place they love, or a hand-written voucher for something they would appreciate. Think about giving the gift of support and encouragement of someone’s passion.

For the plant-lover in your life:

Did you know interacting with plants can make people happier, healthier, brighter, and calmer? This year, offer your loved ones a potted herb garden or a bright orchid that will give ongoing joy and beauty. And it will negate all those greenhouse gasses produced by some of the gifts you could’ve bought.

Give your time:

Consider giving the gift of a donation to a charitable cause, or even participating in one yourself. There are countless charities that offer this, from farm animals and domestic pets that need some love to endangered species.

Make your own gifts:

Handmade gifts are so meaningful—there’s nothing quite like them! Creating a gift for someone means making something special, unique, and putting something of yourself into the gift.

It could be something like an artwork, a poem, a story, a song, a knitted sweater, some DIY bath salts, candles, or even cute Christmas cookies.

Eco-friendly gifts:

If you prefer to give a more traditional and tangible gift (and know the person receiving would love that, too), then why not order them one of these sustainable christmas gifts from ‘Good’ and ‘Great’ brands?

WAMA

Rated: Good
woman wearing black bra by wama underwear

Underwear Packs – Ships internationally from the US

Everybody needs underwear, so why not gift ethical and sustainable underwear this Christmas? Plus, helping to kickstart a basics collection is a great way to get someone started on their sustainability journey. We love WAMA’s collection of underwear packs, available in a range of styles in 3, 6, or 10 packs. The comfy undies are made from hemp and organic cotton, so they’re good on bums and for the planet!

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Conscious Step

Rated: Great
grey ethical socks by conscious step

Socks – Ships internationally from the US

Staying in the accessories/underwear realm, socks are also an amazing way to show your friends and family how easy it is to take the first step (see what we did here) towards a more conscious wardrobe.

Conscious Step creates premium fair trade, organic, vegan socks which support great charities. The brand is committed to lasting social and environmental change and every step it takes in its production process supports farms and factories with fair wages, safe facilities, and sustainable materials.

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ARTICLE22

Rated: Good
christmas gift ethical cufflinks by article22

Story Bomb Cufflinks – Ships internationally from the US

This is a great present of the storyteller in your life. This exclusive series by ARTICLE22 consists of two pairs of hinged 925 sterling silver cufflinks and aluminium from recycled bombs. Elizabeth and Camille, founders of the ARTICLE22 brand, decided to turn these remains of bombs into jewellery in order to raise funds with the NGO MAG (Mines Advisory Group) which launches de-mining operations. The craftsmen, from one of the provinces most affected by the bombings in Laos, are working closely with the brand to create these unique pieces.

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Boody

Rated: Good
three women from different ages wearing sustainable boody underwear

Gifts for Her – Ships internationally from Australia

Made from organically grown bamboo, Boody is a clothing brand that supports the trend for all things green and ethical. Boody’s gifts keep on giving: choose from its timeless and waste-free underwear assortment, that is perfect for all the important women in your life including gifts for mum, your wife, sister, girlfriend – oh and don’t forget yourself. Find the range in sizes XS-XL.

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BEEN London

Rated: Great
sustainable accessories by been london

Ethical accessories – Ships internationally from the UK

BEEN London is a London-based brand turning waste into timeless accessories you’d want to use every day. All its products are made of materials that have been something else in a previous life, including recycled leather offcuts and plastic bottles. We love these accessories, from purses, to passport covers and laptop sleeves, there’s something for every budget. Secret Santa just got an upgrade!

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Plant Faced Clothing

Rated: Good
sustainable christmas gift plant life recycled metal pin by plantfaced

Plant Life 100% Recycled Metal Lapel Pin – Ships internationally from the UK

Streetwear without sweatshops, that’d be the motto of this 100% plant-based, ethical, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free streetwear apparel brand. We’re all for plant life so of course we recommend this cute pin made from post-industrial recycled metal, for the vegan or plant lover in your life.

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Birdsong

Rated: Good
woman wearing lilac beanie by birdsong

Ethical gifts – Ships internationally from the UK

Birdsong is a boutique label producing gorgeous womenswear, and we guarantee you’ll find some great gift options. Its clothes are handmade in London by knitters and seamstresses earning above the London living wage. The business is built on a philosophy of fairness and authenticity, promising customers “no sweatshop, no photoshop”.

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Whimsy + Row

Rated: Good
woman wearing gold jewellery by whimsy and row

Gifts Under $50 – Ships internationally from the US

Offers

Whimsy + Row – Outerwear

Easy, flirty and elegant jackets and coats ethically made for every modern and creative woman. Winter Sample Sale! Up to 75% off outerwear. (Ends: 31 JAN)

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Whimsy + Row – Bottoms

Hello, effortless chic: made out of the best eco-friendly fabrics, these pants and skirts will become your go-to! Winter Sample Sale! Up to 75% off bottoms. (Ends: 31 JAN)

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Whimsy + Row – Tops

Like finding a vintage gem, Whimsy + Row tops use deadstock fabric to create unique looks you will treasure. Winter Sample Sale! Tops starting at $16. (Ends: 31 JAN)

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This selection from Whimsy + Row is amazing for Secret Santa gifts, stocking stuffers, and small (but cute) presents. This LA-based brand makes ethical fashion that looks great—a rare find indeed. By limiting each garment to short runs, Whimsy + Row utilises deadstock fabric, reduces packaging waste, and takes care of precious water resources.

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Funky Kalakar

Rated: Good

Poca Black Card Holder – Ships internationally from India

Offers

grey sustainable men's bag from Funky Kalakar

Funky Kalakar – Men’s

Classy but with an unconventional touch. These must-have men's bags and shoes are made with zero-waste. 15% off men's shoes and bags with code FKGJAN15. (Ends: 7 FEB)

Checkout code: FKGJAN15
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vegan handbag by ethical fashion brand funky kalakar

Funky Kalakar – Bags

Add a strong, feminine touch to your outfits with these vegan designer bags. 15% off women's bags with code FKGJAN15. (Ends: 7 FEB)

Checkout code: FKGJAN15
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Funky Kalakar – Shoes

Feel positive and nurtured with the earthy hues of these ethically made heels and flats. 15% off women's shoes with code FKGJAN15. (Ends: 7 FEB)

Checkout code: FKGJAN15
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Funky Kalakar brings alive the stories of ancient craft in the form of contemporary vegan wallets and handbag designs by handcrafting them using natural materials.

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A_C

Rated: Great
A c officiel reusable tote bag

Reusable Tote Bag – Ships internationally from Australia

A_C creates luxury accessories from pineapple leaves which have been turned into the amazing eco-fabric Piñatex. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. A_C’s trendy AF Cloth Tote Bag is here for all chill occasions. Think Saturday mornings sipping soy lattes at the farmers market, somewhere to chuck your Nube leggings for yoga or slung over the shoulder for brunch with the girls and guys.

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Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
woman wearing beige scarf by ethical brand mila vert

Cupro Scarf and Face Cover – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Offers

Mila.Vert – Pullover and Scarf Set

Local craftsmanship and organic, recycled materials is what makes Mila.Vert so exquisite. Limited-time offer! Pair up pullovers and scarves to save. (Ends: 31 JAN)

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Mila.Vert – Top and Bottom Set

European-based brand Mila.Vert makes the highest quality clothing, with timeless, minimal, and chic design. Limited-time offer! Pair up tops and bottoms to save. (Ends: 31 JAN)

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Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. The Slovenia-based brand wants to make desirable clothing, avoiding the ethical and environmental issues that the fashion industry represents. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL, or make a custom fit order free of charge!

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We also recommend these retailers, which all have great gift selections for all kinds of budgets and styles:

Made Trade

We could not recommend Mate Trade enough. They’ve curated the perfect holiday decors, gifts for him, for her, for them, for babies, pets, and gifts for every kind of occasion!

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Rêve en Vert

Rêve en Vert truly believes that Christmas is a moment for considered and mindful consumption that means something special to the recipient. We love their selection of items that spark joy and serve a lovely purpose. They have everything from eco-friendly Christmas cards to curated sustainable gift boxes.

Shop Rêve en Vert’s gifts.

Immaculate Vegan

Wanting to find that perfect sustainable and vegan gift? Then get some inspiration and shop from Immaculate Vegan’s vegan gift ideas.

Shop Immaculate Vegan’s Gifts.

 

Et voila! If you’ve finished your Chrissy shopping already (kudos for being so organised), have a look at our sustainable gift wrapping ideas. Received an unwanted gift? Here are our tips on how to deal with those items you can’t find a place for in your life.

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