Our festive round-up of superb environmentally friendly Christmas gifts that are sure to delight friends and family!
All the gifts in our 2020 Christmas gift guide have excellent eco credentials.
From supporting social or environmental causes, to replacing single-use plastics with recyclable and biodegradable packaging, the companies producing these gifts are working hard to reduce their impact on the environment or create a positive change.
We've included plenty of affordable options that will make great stocking fillers, along with some luxury items for treating someone special.
Willow and Finn From £8
Willow and Finn creates eco-friendly, hand-poured candles, using ethically sourced soy wax and natural cotton wicks. There's a range of wonderful fragrances, but for the ultimate Christmassy atmosphere try Mrs Claus' Bakery – this clean-burning candle fills a room with the delicious, sweet and spicy scent of gingerbread baking in the oven. The candles are presented in a reusable fabric gift bag – and all packaging used is recyclable. As well as glass jar candles, which are available in two different sizes, Willow and Finn also offers candles in a range of vintage containers, as well as beautiful handmade pottery tealight holders and wax melt warmers.
This high-quality jigsaw puzzle features a delightful illustration of all sorts of sea creatures – from tiny seahorses to whales and dolphins – swimming above a colourful seabed. The 500-piece format is ideal for adults and older children, and is a pleasure to put together – with colourful, sturdy pieces that don't create any dust. Cloudberries puzzles, and the boxes they come in, are created using recycled, sustainably sourced paper and board. The company is also phasing out the thin plastic wrap that's used to protect the puzzles in transit, replacing it with a more environmentally friendly version. And for each puzzle sold, a tree is planted in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects, a non-profit organisation working to reforest some of the world's most fragile environments while supporting local communities and creating wildlife habitats.
Teeny Greeny £24.95
There are so many benefits to growing your own vegetables, and with these fabulous kits you can create your own kitchen garden – even if you don't have a garden! The grow kits contains everything you need to grow tasty microgreens on your windowsill, with a selection of organic seeds, bamboo growing dishes, wooden seed labels, and vegan, peat-free coir soil – along with step-by-step instructions You don't even need to wait until the growing season begins in spring, as these delicious and nutritious greens can be grown year-round. Microgreens are packed with vitamins and minerals, and can boost energy levels. They're ready to harvest just a week after sowing. The kits are great for kids – and can be a way to encourage healthy eating habits, as children are more likely to try new types of veggies if they've grown them themselves. Microgreens can be added to salads, pizzas, sandwiches, soups… and much more. There are lots of grow kits to choose between, featuring a selection of veggies from rocket and red cabbage to broccoli and kale. Choose a kit to help boost immunity, increase energy or improve digestive health, with prices starting at £24.95.
The Clovelly Soap Co £26.50
This lovely gift set is produced in Devon using natural ingredients, and comes in a choice of gorgeous fragrances. We loved the uplifting and soothing Rose Geranium fragrance, which wafted out of the box before we'd even opened it. The gift sets are a luxurious treat, containing a hand-poured, plant wax candle, handmade soap, fizzy bath bomb infused with flower petals, and nourishing skin balm. The skin balm is perfect for frequently washed hands – relieving dry skin, and leaving hands soft and subtly scented. The gift set is beautifully presented in plastic-free, recyclable packaging and is perfect for loved ones who deserve a little pampering.
A fantastic, fun game that will appeal to anyone interested in living a self-sufficient lifestyle. The concept is similar to Monopoly – but instead of moving around the board accruing wealth and property, you use your wheelbarrow to collect crops, pigs and chickens, learning how to live a more sustainable lifestyle along the way. Just like in real life, players face various challenges – maybe a storm destroys some of your hard-earned harvest, or your pigs escape and get into your neighbour's garden. But there are also rewards to be had, such as winning prizes at the local show – or even being featured on national TV alongside Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall! The winner is the first player to collect everything needed for total self-sufficiency – livestock, crops, an allotment, a greenhouse, a beehive and a wind turbine. This is a great game for adults and children alike – and it can really improve your knowledge about nature and the environment, with more than 50 quiz cards posing questions such as 'Which trees do conkers come from?' and 'How many plastic bottles does the UK use every day?' (answer: 21 million). After playing The Good Life game you will feel better equipped to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, and may even want to try out some of your new-found sustainable-living skills in real life!
Concrete and Wax £12
The Concrete and Wax Discovery set contains a sleek, stylish tealight holder along with four scented tealights, which are 100 percent natural. The holder is created from hand-poured concrete, and each holder is unique. Each of the four tealights offers a sample of Concrete and Wax's wonderful fragrances. We particularly loved Tobacco and Oak – which, with its subtle earthy and spicy scent, is ideal for cosy, winter evenings. Once you decide on your favourite scent, you can buy a slim pillar candle which will fit perfectly into the holder. Concrete and Wax uses locally sourced materials wherever possible, with recyclable or reusable packaging. The Discovery Set is a great introduction to the Concrete and Wax collection.
Pikku Publishing £6.99 each
These award-winning children's books are part of the Life in the Wild series by Nicholas Oldland, featuring a cast of endearing characters. Through gentle humour and charming illustrations, each book communicates an important message about appreciating nature and caring for our environment. In Big Bear Hug, a bear full of love and happiness spends his days wandering through the forest, making friends with his fellow creatures – but his positive attitude is tested when he comes across a human cutting down the forest trees. The Busy Beaver is always busy, but after a dramatic incident he discovers the benefits of slowing down and living a more careful and thoughtful life. And Making the Moose Out of Life follows the exploits of a timid moose who learns how to have fun and make new friends during an exciting adventure at sea. Each paperback book contains 32 full-colour pages and is suitable for children aged three to seven years old.
Lick the Spoon £3.50
Hot chocolate spoons make a great little stocking filler, and these Great Taste Gold Award winning treats from Lick the Spoon come in attractive, fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging. The spoons themselves are made from responsibly sourced birch, which is FSC-certified and biodegradable. With two spoons per pack, they're perfect for sharing on a cold winter's evening. There are four varieties available, including a vegan option that's made with 75 percent cocoa, using Madagascan dark chocolate. Simply stir the spoons into hot milk or plant milk to create a rich and satisfying hot chocolate. Lick the Spoon also produces a range of boxed chocolates, including delicious , presented in plastic-free, locally produced boxes, as well as a wide range of chocolate bars and gift ideas. These chocolate gifts are an excellent ethical choice, as all Lick the Spoon chocolate is sourced under the Raisetrade initiative – believed to be the world's fairest chocolate trading initiative. The company also sponsors the Avokany Avoko Faravohitra children's home in Madagascar, through the charity Small Steps for Africa.
Blue Coffee Box £16.99
Blue Coffee Box specialises in ethically sourced, high-quality speciality coffee. You can send the recipient a one-off box for £16.99, or choose a three, six or 12-month gift subscription to provide your loved-one with up to a year of delicious coffee. Each box contains two packs of carefully selected freshly roasted coffee – either whole bean or ground – with an information card about each variety and the community that produced it. It's all beautifully presented in a blue gift box that fits through the letterbox. The coffee in each box is sourced directly from farmers and local cooperatives, through the Direct Trade method, with farmers paid around 30 percent more than the Fairtrade price – enabling them to support their families and invest in sustainable farming. The coffee beans are then hand-roasted in small batches by expert roasters – resulting in superb quality coffee with a fantastic flavour and aroma. There is also a lower-priced single bag option, and all varieties can be ground for use in cafetieres, filters or espresso machines. An ideal gift for the coffee-lover in your life.
Little Green Space November 2020
Created from hand-picked rose petals from The Valley of Roses in Bulgaria, which are then steam-distilled and bottled, this flower water smells divine and can be used for all sorts of purposes. Use as a therapeutic and hydrating facial mist, a refreshing skin toner, or as a relaxing room and pillow spray – the scent is uplifting and stress-relieving. Presented in a spray bottle made from a special grade of violet glass, which is proven to optimise the bio-dynamic energy and synergy of the rose water.
It is 100 percent pure and natural, and free from chemicals, parabens and artificial fragrances. Also available in a smaller size (100ml, £9.85). As well as rose waters, Alteya Organics produces essential oils and a range of floral skincare products. The , for example, includes facewash, eye cream and moisturiser, all gorgeously scented. This range is especially suitable for mature skins – it's richly hydrating, and rejuvenates and balances skin. is a family-owned business, based on a family tradition of growing and caring for roses that stretches back more than 100 years. All Alteya Organic's products are produced with commitment to quality and sustainability.
Seeds of Hope Scotland £15
Each of the five winter-themed postcards in this set comes with a packet of wildflower seeds. Perfect for posting, the beautiful cards send a simple message of hope and are presented in 100 percent recycled kraft envelopes. There's a choice of two wildflower seed mixes. The cornfield annuals mix is a bright and colourful combination of scarlet field poppy, blue cornflower, yellow corn marigold, white corn chamomile and purple corncockle. Or choose the bee-friendly Scottish mix – a nectar-rich mix containing 24 different types of wildflower species that are perfect for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects. Both seed mixes are suitable for planting in spring.