A sustainable Christmas gift guide

We’re only two weeks away from Christmas day, so we’re definitely running out of time to buy any last minute Christmas gifts – especially if you’re planning on ordering online.

I promised a few more gift guides for this Christmas and I’ve kind of failed on that promise – uni really took over my life and I just completely lost track of time. But I’m back, I’m festive, and I’m bringing you the most important gift guide for this Christmas.

We’re all aware that we need to be doing better for our planet because time is running out, but of course we still want to give amazing gifts to our loved ones this year. Well I’m here to tell you that you can absolutely do both, and I have a couple of gift options to prove it.

So, if you’re on the market for some sustainable Christmas gifts this year – and why wouldn’t you be? – I’m here to help out.

ORGANIC BASICS TENCEL LITE BRALETTE – £48*

Organic Basics do all of your basics in the most ethical way – I’m talking underwear, t-shirts, leggings, socks, scarves, the whole shabang. They use sustainable fabrics and ethical productions to bring you guilt-free products that you will just fall in love with, and the planet will thank you for.

This bralette is my absolute favourite – they were very kind to send me one and I practically haven’t stopped wearing it since. It’s the softest material and so comfy, but it still looks really cute thanks to the shape and cutout.

I can’t recommend Organic Basics enough, if you aren’t sure what to get someone, I guarantee you’ll find something they will love here.

CHILLY’S BOTTLE – £25

If you’re still using a single-use plastic water bottle then may I kindly ask you what you’re doing with your life? There are so many reusable bottles on the market now that will keep your water cold for far longer than a regular plastic bottle, come in really cute designs and are far better for the planet.

I’ve had my Chilly’s bottles for years now and I love them so much – they keep me hydrated whenever I’m out and about and ensure that my water stays ice cold all day long. I absolutely adore the new retro bottles that they just launched, the yellow is my personal favourite and they’re just so fun and colourful.

AHNE LONDON BLUE TOPAZ RING – £32

Jewellery is always a fabulous Christmas gift, and I’m completely and utterly in love with this ring. Ahne are a fabulous sustainable brand that use eco-friendly production methods and ethically sourced gemstones from the UK to create their beautiful jewellery. Each piece is also handmade to order in their London studios and arrives in biodegradable packaging, so they’re really doing a lot for sustainability.

I have an opal ring from Ahne and it’s one of my favourite pieces that I own, it’s really well made and so dainty and minimalistic. They offer each piece in either 14k gold-filled or eco-silver, so no matter what your style is you’ll find something perfect.

WOMEN’S BLUE + GOLD MARBLE TRAVEL GIFT SET – £40

Ethical Market is one of my favourite places to look for gifts – you’re sure to find something unique and always ethically made. Makeup/travel bags are always a handy gift because I never seem to have enough of them when I go travelling, and these ones are super cute too!

I love that these are made from water-resistant vegan leather, so they’re easy to wipe clean and won’t get damaged if they’re sat near a sink. The gold accents look really expensive, and since this is a set you could always split it up to create two gifts!

BBC EARTH GREEN TURTLE T-SHIRT – £35

I love People Tree for gorgeous clothing that is ethically sourced and made, and their BBC Earth collection is great for a number of reasons. Not only is it made of 100% Organic cotton, but it’s helping to raise awareness for the endangered species that we really need to be taking better care of.

I’m really into this green turtle tee, turtles are one of my favourite animals, but they have a range of designs that you can choose from. They also sell tote versions featuring the same designs, so you can pick the perfect gift for your loved one.

THE VERY GOOD CANDLE CO. RAPESEED WAX CANDLE IN ‘INDIO’ – £19

Candles are a great staple Christmas gift – even if you don’t know the person very well, 9 times out of 10 they’ll love a candle (queue the SNL ‘The Christmas Candle’ skit). The Very Good Candle Co. hand pour each candle into recycled amber jars in their studio in Amsterdam, and use 100% plastic-free, recyclable packaging.

This candle is inspired by the Coachella festival, which takes place in Indio, California, and uses warm patchouli and smoky birch to conjure up feelings of the desert heat. If that’s not quite your thing they have a bunch of other scents, so I’m sure you’ll find something to suit everyone’s tastes.

VALEUR ABSOLUE ‘SERENITUDE’ – £59

Perfume is another classic gift, so I love that I’ve been able to find a vegan and sustainable option that doesn’t break the bank. All their perfumes are made in an energy efficient way and are completely organic and cruelty-free. Their packaging is completely recyclable, but they also offer refills for another eco-friendly alternative.

The scent ‘Serenitude’ contains warming sandalwood, nutmeg and patchouli, and includes semi-precious Amazonite which help to release the scent and boost the soothing qualities. The bottle is visually stunning, and each scent contains a different set of stones, so it would make a really lovely gift.

GREEN PEOPLE SKIN RETREAT GIFT SET – £15*

Green People always do amazing Christmas gift sets, I actually reviewed one myself just the other week, and their packaging is just so festive and beautiful. I love Green People because they’re so committed to sustainability – all of their are products are organic and cruelty-free, and especially formulated to be really kind to sensitive skin.

This set is extra-gentle to ensure that your skin won’t be irritated, and contains a makeup remover, day cream and 24hr anti-ageing moisturiser, so it really has an entire routine all in one! It’s a great gift for someone just getting started in skincare and isn’t sure what or how much they need, because this set really does it all for you. You could also split this set up for perfect stocking gifts!

4OCEAN BRACELET – £20

I myself have always wanted a 4Ocean bracelet, so I know this would make the perfect gift for someone this Christmas. The bracelet is made from 100% recycled materials and is completely waterproof, so it’s an ideal present for the ocean-lover in your life.

The thing I love most about these bracelets is that, for every bracelet purchased, 4Ocean are able to remove a pound of rubbish from the ocean and coastlines – so by giving this gift you’re also giving back to the planet. They sell the bracelet in multiple colours, so it’s easy to find the perfect one.

PAPERLESS POST**

I haven’t done Christmas cards for a while now because with the glitter and decorations they’re often unable to be recycled, and I always felt like it was a waste of paper. Paperless Post’s cards are the perfect answer for this because they’re so much more environmentally friendly!

Paperless Post allows you to send a virtual card via email, and they have a bunch of different designs – including some from brands like Kate Spade, Anthropologie and Oscar de la Renta! You can also make these cards super personalised through their free app, adding your own message and even photos.

I think this is a much better way of doing Christmas cards – or cards for any occasion, in fact – you can make them a lot more special and personalised and you are helping the planet whilst doing so.

So that’s my sustainable Christmas gift guide! I hope you guys enjoyed this post and found it useful, let me know which one of these you would most like to receive! See you next time,

A x

*Although I have worked with these brands in the past, I was in no way asked or paid to promote them in this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more in my disclaimer.

**I received Paperless Post points in exchange for this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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