Our festive round-up of superb environmentally friendly Christmas gifts that are sure to delight friends and family!
Made by Coopers £15
Sleepy Head mist is an organic and vegan-friendly room and pillow spray that's formulated with essential oils to help you get a good night's sleep. With soothing scents of chamomile, frankincense and lavender, the mist will help to calm and relieve anxiety during the hectic festive season – it's also great to spray around a room to enhance meditation, or just when taking a few quite minutes to relax during a busy day.
Weleda Luxury £32
The ultimate treat for Weleda fans, this luxury gift contains 15 travel-sized containers of body washes, lotions and oils in a smart, reusable three-drawer presentation box. The selection of fragrances is superb – choose from invigorating scents such as citrus, pomegranate or sea buckthorn; relaxing lavender; soothing wild rose or almond; and healing arnica. All the products are a great way to pamper skin – especially if skin is dry and suffering from the effects of harsh winter weather. is an award-winning company that's leading the clean beauty revolution by producing top-quality, natural products using environmentally sustainable and responsible methods.
Bain and Savon £8.99
These wonderful-smelling bath treats are somewhere between a melt and a bath bomb – nourishing vegan butters smooth the skin, and bath ball pieces add fizz and bubble to your bath. A small piece, crumbled under running warm water, will soften and fragrance the water – and after bathing the skin is left hydrated and subtly scented. Unlike many other bath melts, these do not leave an oily slick or slipping hazard in your bath after use. Bain and Savon is a small family-run company based in Cumbria. All products are handmade with care, using natural ingredients such as pure essential oils, and herbs and plants grown in a walled vegetable garden.
M & J London £23
Inspired by skylarks soaring into the summer sky, the beautiful-smelling Larkin candle uplifts the soul with scents of ylang-ylang, basil, geranium and neroli. Made with high quality, sustainably sourced, non-toxic ingredients, M & J London's candles are hand-poured into 100 per cent recycled glass tumblers, which are reusable. The small Larkin candle burns for up to 30 hours, filling the room with fragrance. Each of M & J London's candles are inspired by nature, travels and memories – browse through their website to read the stories and find out which candle is the best fit for your loved one. These candles are a luxury choice, and are also highly ethical – alongside the eco-friendly production methods, a donation is given to a UK-based women's charity for each candle sold.
An ideal gift for budding gardeners, SeedCell's unique planting method makes it easy to grow a whole herb garden, whether in an allotment, kitchen garden or pots on the patio. Each biodegradable cell contains basil, coriander or parsley seeds – simply push the cell into soil, water, and wait for your herbs to grow! There are four pods for each herb, allowing successional sowing for a whole summer of herbs – and each kit comes with stylish wooden plant tags, so you can be sure which plant is which. The My Garden in a Box range is also available in tomato, chilli, salad and vegetable mixes – great for children and adults alike!
Soap Daze £8.50
With a sweet, spicy scent, this large soap is just right for the festive season. Creating a nourishing, fragrant lather, it's made using organic coconut milk and is suitable for vegans. Soap on a rope is a great idea, as you can hang it in the shower – and as this means the soap is never sitting in water, it doesn't go soggy, and lasts for ages! Frankincense has a scent reminiscent of pine forests, and is sweet and woody. It can protect skin cells, reduce the appearance of large pores and help prevent wrinkles. Along with the refreshing, sweet orange oils and warm, spicy clove and nutmeg – along with an attractive swirl of cinnamon – this is a most Christmassy treat. With minimal packaging, all-natural ingredients and no palm oil, it's also environmentally friendly.
These award-winning perfume oils are hand-made in Cornwall with no nasty additives such as sulphates and parabens. They're also vegan and free of palm oil. They contain skin-loving plant oils that nourish skin without clogging pores, and smooth dry patches – as well as offering an instant lift when applied to pulse points.
The oils are available in six wonderful fragrances inspired by natural environments such as gardens and woodlands. We love the Meadow fragrance – an all-natural, calming blend of lavender, rose geranium and chamomile. Bloomtown is the UK's first certified palm-oil-free company, and has sound ethical and environmental policies to ensure that customers know exactly how their purchases were produced. The company uses recycled and recyclable materials and packaging wherever possible, and orders are packed in biodegradable peanuts and bubble wrap, to reduce plastic waste. And Bloomtown also donate 10 per cent of profits to environmental and social causes.
Born Peaceful £24
If you find the hustle and bustle of the festive season is causing you stress, try taking some time out to soothe your eyes with this natural linen eye pillow. The pillow features a soft and cooling linen cover, and moulds gently to the contours of your face with a light pressure – blocking out light, relieving tension and calming the muscles around the eyes. Containing lavender and a flaxseed filling, it's perfect for promoting relaxation and, used at bedtime, can help ensure a good night's sleep. It's also ideal for yoga and meditation – pair with a natural, scented (from £9) for the ultimate relaxation gift. The eye pillow and candle come wrapped in tissue paper within a recycled box, and are available from – a wonderful source of gift ideas for yoga-mad loved ones. And if you have a yoga-loving man in your life, check out for a great range of yoga products for men.
Here's an innovative, eco-friendly gift idea: a biodegradable pot of loose leaf herbal tea that comes with a seed stick. When the tea is finished, fill the empty pot with compost, plant the seeds and wait for your herbs to grow – and perhaps use the harvest to make your own fresh herbal infusions! tea comes in several different blends – we particularly loved Forest, a blend of rose-hip, sage, fennel and hyssop. It has a wonderful aroma and refreshing, natural flavour. Rhoeco is an organic herbal tea company from Greece that prides itself on its use of fair trade, ethical and organic practices.
Nikki Strange £4.99
Nikki Strange produces a wonderful range of stylish, quality stationary, from notebooks, notepads and planners to wrapping paper and cards. We love this Cloudy Stars notebook – featuring stunning artwork, it's ideal for planning adventures or keeping a gratitude journal. Each notebook is printed on 100 per cent recycled FSC certified paper, using eco-friendly vegetable inks, and arrives beautifully packaged in biodegradable film and recycled tissue. There are other gorgeous designs to choose from, incuding botanical, tropical and northern lights – if you can't decide which to choose, a three for £10 multi deal is available.
JustBe Botanicals £16.50
Luxury chocolates are always a welcome gift to receive at Christmas – and these special, ethically produced dark, milk and white chocolate bars from JustBe Botanicals are no exception. Uniquely flavoured with aromatic oils, there are six different varieties in the gift pack, all elegantly presented in stylish boxes and tied together with a colourful ribbon. Our favourite flavour was a white chocolate bar infused with refreshing pink grapefruit and zesty lime – but there are bars to suit all moods, from energising geranium and cardamom to soothing lavender and raspberry.
Little Green Space November 2018