Our festive selection of superb environmentally friendly gifts for Christmas, winter birthdays and other celebrations
Welcome to the Little Green Space Christmas gift guide 2023!
From supporting 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.
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Conscious Chocolate £11.95
This attractively packaged set contains four of Conscious Chocolate's delicious best-selling bars: Peppermint, Orange and Tangerine, 75% Dark, and rose-flavoured Love Potion No 9. Made from raw, organic and vegan chocolate, these bars are free from refined sugars, dairy, soya and gluten – and are a healthier alternative to mass-produced confectionery. They are flavoured with essential oils, and the taste and texture are rich and luxurious. The plastic-free packaging is fully compostable and recyclable, and features a gorgeous, colourful design that's ideal for the festive season. Conscious Chocolate's kitchens are powered by 100% renewable energy, and the chocolate is hand-made and hand-wrapped. A real treat!
Heather Rouge £16.99
A lovely set containing four scented soaps, and a candle adorned with real amethyst, tourmaline and rose quartz crystals. Handmade in Hampshire, the cruelty-free, eco-friendly soaps are suitable for any skin type and produce a rich, creamy lather that leaves hands feeling soft. They all smell wonderful, but we particularly liked the relaxing scent of Lavender Fields, and award-winning, Japan-inspired Sakura, which is scented with cherry blossom oil. The soaps and candle are presented in a recyclable gift box lined with biodegradable shredded paper. A fabulous eco-friendly festive gift that supports a small UK business.
English Heritage * £19.99
This wooden toy is handmade from sustainable wood in bright rainbow colours. Featuring seven pieces that can be interlocked, stacked, balanced, or used to create tunnels or bridges for cars or figures, the puzzle offers lots of different possibilities for play. It also makes an attractive decorative feature. It's made with non-toxic paints and is suitable for children aged three years and older. Part of English Heritage's range of traditional wooden toys.
Completing a jigsaw puzzle can reduce stress, promote a sense of calm, and improve memory. And 500-piece puzzles are an ideal size for many people – they don't take up too much space and can be completed within a couple of days. This unusual circular puzzle, beautifully illustrated by Claire McElfatrick, features animals impacted by the climate and biodiversity crises. Made with 100% recycled puzzle board, the pieces are thick and durable – so this is a puzzle that will last for years and can be enjoyed again and again. The lid of the box is sealed with biodegradable labels, replacing shrink wrap to reduce plastic waste, and the inner bag is recyclable. Gibsons has partnered with to save the rainforest – with each order placed, a donation is made to rainforest protection projects that help reduce and store atmospheric CO2.
Ripple Effect £60
With this unique gift you can twin your garden with a garden in rural Kenya. The £60 donation provides three years of support and training in sustainable organic farming, helping a family in need to grow diverse and nutritious vegetables such as sweet potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, spinach and squash, as well as African leafy vegetables. As well as knowing you have helped a family to become more self-sufficient, you will receive a sustainable wooden plaque to display in your own garden or allotment, as well as information about the gardens Garden Twinning families are growing in Kenya. You'll also receive wildflower seeds and a useful growing chart and tips from no-dig gardener Charles Dowding. A unique and impactful gift, for Christmas or any special occasion, that helps fight hunger and the climate crisis.
WAWWA * £39
A very handy piece of kit for travelling, camping, shopping or just to keep to hand. This durable, waterproof bag is made from ripstop nylon, repurposed from retired military parachutes that may otherwise have ended up in landfill. The bag packs up into a neat, lightweight package that can be clipped onto a backpack or stowed away in a pocket or handbag, ready to open out whenever the need for extra storage arises. And because it's waterproof, your belongings will be fully protected from the elements. WAWWA products are made in Manchester in the UK, with a focus on creating stylish, functional and long-lasting clothing and accessories utilising renewable energy and recycled and organic materials.
Miniml * £12
These zero-waste hand soap starter kits are designed to be refilled and reused again and again. The buy-once bottle is available in either glass or plastic (plastic bottles are sometimes better on slippery bathroom surfaces, especially when children are using the products) and comes ready-filled with gentle, nourishing hand soap. We love the deliciously scented French Vanilla soap, which is enriched with shea butter to keep skin moisturised. The kit is also available in refreshing Cucumber and Aloe, Sweet Clementine, or Lime, Basil and Mandarin fragrances. Included in the starter kit is a one-litre refill pouch full of soap – enough for two refills, which should last ages. When pouches are empty, they can be sent back to Miniml for cleaning and reusing – a closed-loop system that combats plastic waste at every stage of the supply chain. Made in Yorkshire using natural ingredients, free from nasty chemicals, and vegan and cruelty-free.
English Heritage * £20
Stay warm when out and about on winter walks with this cosy bobble hat. The stylish two-toned hat is hand knitted by fair trade workers in Nepal. It has an interesting ribbed pattern, a coconut button detail and is lined with fluffy Sherpa fleece to add some extra warmth.
Boostology * £19
A sustainable wooden Sudoku board game that will boost brainpower and keep adults and older children busy this Christmas. The stylish design comprises a playing board that's also a storage box, and 81 numbered wooden pegs. Puzzles range from easy to advanced, and the game includes instructions, puzzles and – if you get stuck – solutions. Suitable for beginners or experienced players, and an ideal gift for any Sudoku enthusiast. This is a plastic-free product, sent via plastic-free delivery. And for every Boostology order placed, – a Bristol based company working on reforestation projects in the UK and around the world.
Boostology * £20
Made from recycled sterling silver, these eco-friendly stud earrings will complement any outfit. There are three nature-inspired designs to choose from: snowflake (pictured), bee or elephant. Using recycled silver reduces the need for energy-intensive mining, helping to protect the planet. Each pair of earrings come presented in a stylish matt grey gift box.
This lovely little gift pouch of natural products is ideal for anyone wanting to reduce plastics in their daily skincare routine. The drawstring hessian bag contains deodorant, lip balm and body butter – all made in Mid-Wales using quality, ethically sourced ingredients. The effective deodorant is made without nasty additives and is created using a moisturising, non-sticky formula that keeps you fresh all day – and it's packaged in a 100% biodegradable paperboard tube. The body butter and lip balm are rich and nourishing. We love the rose-scented kit – all three products smell amazing, and the lip balm is lightly tinted so is an excellent, natural alternative to lipstick. Also available in citrus or unscented, this set is beautifully presented and doesn't need wrapping!
Natura Siberica £11.99
Award-winning natural beauty brand Natura Siberica creates skincare products from sustainably harvested traditional plants and herbs. The company's ethical and responsible practices contribute to sustain livelihoods of Siberian indigenous tribes. These three natural, vegan skincare products contain organic Altai oblepikha oil (Siberian sea buckthorn). This ingredient can boost elasticity and hydration, and promote the formation of collagen – a structural protein essential for youthful skin. It's also a rich natural source of vitamin C, which is renowned for its skin-brightening properties. Contained within the festive cracker-shaped packaging is a foaming face gel, a nourishing serum and a protective face cream – all three products are suitable for all skin types.
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