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Little Green Space co-friendly gift guide 2019

Our festive round-up of superb environmentally friendly Christmas gifts that are sure to delight friends and family!

All the gifts in our 2019 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.

RSPB Monopoly   £34.99

The family favourite game Monopoly has had a wildlife makeover by conservation charity RSPB. Instead of becoming a property mogul, you can now turn your hand to nature conservation and protecting birds. It's the traditional game you know and love: work your way around the board, and if you land on an un-owned square, buy it up. But instead of Mayfair or Old Kent Road, RSPB Monopoly gets you collecting the sites of stunning birds. While playing the game, you'll visit habitats such as woodlands, wetlands and coastal reserves – and even the Community Chest and Chance cards have been given a nature theme. As well as being great fun, the game introduces young audiences to the UK's native wildlife – and buying from RSPB's shop supports the charity's vital conservation work.

Bee Good Plant a meadow gift set

Bee Good Plant a Meadow Gift Set   £25

These new gift sets from Bee Good will help to create new habitats for bees and other pollinators – while protecting and pampering your skin. There are three different sets to choose from: Bee Meadow, Butterfly Meadow, and Urban Meadow – with each containing a tin of native wildflower seedballs, along with a selection of lovely Bee Good products such as soothing lip balms, softening hand cream and nourishing daily moisturiser. All Bee Good award-winning skincare contains honey, propolis or beeswax from British bees, and wildflower extracts from sustainable sources. The seedballs are selected to attract pollinators, and contain a variety of wildflowers including barefoot trefoil, wild marjoram, red clover and foxglove. They can be distributed in a field, a garden or window box, and can be planted at any time during spring or summer to provide a valuable nectar source for our struggling bees and butterflies. A wonderful gift for anyone who loves nature.

RSPB Monopoly

Chocolate and Love Gift Boxes From £11.99

A fabulous gift for chocolate-lovers, these gift boxes feature a selection of Chocolate and Love's multi award-winning, ethically produced chocolate bars. They tick all the boxes in terms of sustainability: organic, Fairtrade, and presented in fully recyclable packaging. FSC-certified paper from responsibly-managed forests is used for the outer wrappers, and even the inner silver wrapper – which looks like plastic, but isn't – is made from renewable sources and is biodegradable. The company also collaborates with re-forestation organisation WeForest to plant trees – with 27,000 trees planted so far. Chocolate and Love bars are created using the finest ingredients, resulting in high-quality, delightful products. The stunning gift boxes are illustrated with elegant, hand-painted designs – inspired by the regions where the cacao beans grow. Each box contains a range of delicious flavours, with vegan options available – such as Pomegranate: a 70% single origin Madagascar bar, with a unique, subtly fruity flavour. You can also buy individual bars in each flavour – ideal for a luxury stocking filler. These include coffee – made with 55% dark chocolate and real Arabica coffee, with a gorgeous, intense flavour that isn't too sweet – or newly launched milk chocolate with caramelised hazelnuts and sea salt.

Social Stories Club Conscious Collection   From £13

These gift hampers are a fantastic option for environmentally conscious loved ones, and it's good to find a gift that helps others while still being a real treat for the recipient. Social Stories Club's gifts come in a range of sizes, and every product inside supports a different cause, contributing towards positive social and environmental change – from reforestation to supporting disadvantaged communities. The products include beautifully packaged soap designed by artists with complex epilepsy and learning difficulties, tea that supports education for girls, and ethically and sustainably produced chocolate. There are also shortbread biscuits made on the Isle of Mull, in a factory powered entirely by locally sourced renewable energy. Opening the Social Stories Club gift box is a delight – the products inside are high-quality, varied and beautifully packaged, and each gift comes with a story booklet explaining the fascinating and inspiring stories behind each item.

Walden Perfumes Gift Set   £30

Walden perfumes are beautiful, high-quality fragrances made from 100% natural ingredients. Named after Henry David Thoreau's book 'Walden' – a celebration of simple living, in harmony with nature, written while Thoreau was living in Walden Forest – the company prides itself on traditional perfumery methods. The fragrances are blended by hand in small batches, using natural ingredients. Walden perfumes are named after extracts from the book, and this gift set is a great way to try out a selection of these lovely scents. Our favourite is A Different Drummer: a spicy, intoxicating blend of pepper, cedarwood, amber and sandalwood that's perfect for the festive party season. We also loved Two Eternities: a light, floral fragrance featuring wild roses, jasmine and iris, with a fresh citrus base of bergamot and sweet orange oil.

Bambu Candles Relax Spa So Candle
Walden Perfumes Gift Set

Bambu Candles Relax Spa Soy Candle   £10

Bambu candles are made from 100% natural soy wax, with natural wicks made from cotton and paper, and quality fragrance oils for an excellent, long-lasting scent. There are many fragrances to choose from – including some super Christmassy ones – but we think the Relax Spa candle tin makes a wonderful stocking filler, especially for someone who is in need of some luxury downtime. With soothing scents of lavender, rose, jasmine and sandalwood, the candle smells divine, and is instantly calming. It burns for up to 40 hours and fills a room with fragrance, creating the ambience of a spa. Bambu candles are eco-friendly – soy wax is a clean-burning wax, producing none of the nasty toxins that traditional paraffin wax candles release. It's also biodegradable, and a renewable resource. The fragrances used in Bambu candles are all paraben- and cruelty-free, so are suitable for vegans. Hand-poured in small batches in Worcestershire.

RSPB Water bottles
Peak Skincare Ladybower Face Buffing Grains

RSPB Re-usable Bottles   £24.99

A great gift for anyone trying to reduce their use of single-use plastics. With many cafes and shops now offering water bottle refilling stations, there's no longer any need to buy water in disposable plastic bottles. Made from durable, stainless steel, these triple-layered bottles feature gorgeous illustrations of UK wildlife – choose from barn owl, puffin or blue tit, designed exclusively for RSPB by Elizabeth Grant. The bottles can keep drinks cold or hot for longer, and are corrosion resistant so won't taint the taste of your beverage. They have a 500ml capacity, a secure, leak-proof screw top and flat, non-slip base.

Blushberry Botanicals French Lavender & Sweet Orange Hand Cream   £12

Blushberry Botanicals are luxury vegan cosmetics handmade in small batches in Scotland, using the finest natural ingredients. This rich and nourishing hand cream is 100% organic and has the relaxing scent of lavender and sweet orange. It's ideal not just for the hands, but also on other areas of dry winter skin such as elbows, knees or feet – and leaves skin feeling soft and fragrant. Because of the rich formula, you only need a little of the hand cream, so the tin lasts a long time. Alongside the nourishing hand creams, Blushberry Botanicals also produces aromatherapy bath soaks, luxury lip butters, cream deodorants and clay face masks – all made from natural ingredients and free from preservatives, artificial fragrances and colours, palm oil and parabens. Packaging is kept to a minimum, with products presented in recyclable and reusable containers.

Blushberry Botanicals French Lavender and Sweet Orange Hnad Cream
Scottish Fine Soaps Cottage Garden Luxuxry soap bar

Scottish Fine Soaps Cottage Garden Luxury Soap Bar   £5.95

This fruity and floral soap is presented in delightful packaging, illustrated with summer flowers and butterflies, and makes a super stocking filler for a keen gardener. Scented with classic scents from a traditional cottage garden – including summer fruits, rhubarb, bergamot, jasmine, and lily – it creates a rich and creamy lather with a relaxing, fresh fragrance. The Scottish Fine Soaps collection of luxury soap bars also includes the Modern Classic range, featuring stylish tartan designs – we particularly like Fresh Linen, with its subtly spicy fragrance. Or choose from the new Original Recipes range, featuring traditional ingredients, such as geranium and lavender. Scottish Fine Soaps is a family-owned business of four generations, and products are manufactured in central Scotland. They are not tested on animals, and are made from quality, naturally derived ingredients with no parabens or microbeads.

Peak Skincare Ladybower Face Buffing Grains   £9

Peak Skincare creates delightful, innovative, eco-friendly beauty products by hand in the heart of the Peak District National Park. The products are inspired by this beautiful region, and named after places in the Peak District. Ladybower Face Buffing Grains are made with rosehip shells and rose petals, combined with mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt, and oatmeal – locally produced at nearby Caudwells Mill. The result is a facial exfoliator that smells lovely, and gently buffs skin to create a natural glow. There are many other wonderful products in the range, including Bakewell Hand and Nail Balm – a nod to the famous pudding, with a delicious fragrance of almond and raspberry. All Peak Skincare products are cruelty-free, plastic-free, and palm oil-free – and are presented in 100% compostable packaging.

Little Green Space November 2019

Chocolate and Love gift boxes
Social Stories Club