The Best Eco Christmas Gifts That Are Fabulously Planet-Friendly

Because we can all try to reduce our festive footprint.

Christmas presents

by Natalie Hammond |

How much thought have you given to your festive footprint? We're not talking about what boots to wear on your next winter walk, but how much this year's merry-making will cost the planet. And while we definitely don't want to come across as a Scrooge, isn't it time to, well, call time on buying naff gifts that no one wants (and definitely no one needs)? Of course, we're not calling for a ban on presents - that would be a little bleak - but why not buy gifts from sustainable brands that have thought about how they treat their manufacturers, treat their workforce, what materials they're using and how far their raw materials have travelled.

Another option, of course, is the world of second-hand gifting. It doesn't get much more thoughtful than trawling through Vestiaire Collective - the fashion editor's favourite pre-loved platform - to find the exact bag or dress or coat that your loved one missed out on when it was first released, does it?


SHOP: The Best Eco Christmas Gifts

Sasspatch, Wappy Christmas Jumper, £50
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Sasspatch's ethically-made jumper is the opposite of the naff knitwear you grew up wearing for every family lunch over the festive period. Wappy Christmas indeed.

Above & Beyond, Refillable Lip Balm, £25
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Above&beyond is the first lifetime-use refillable lip balm. Not only is the packaging 100% plastic-free and designed to last a lifetime, but the balm itself is made from all-natural ingredients to keep their lips smooth this winter (and many more to come).

Isabella Antique Embroidered Maxi Dress £290
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Each item is lovingly made from Magpie's London based studio and repurposed from vintage fabric to eliminate waste. This dress, that took 6 hours to make from table to hanger, was crafted from 2 vintage 1970's tablecloths and an antique embroidery placemat. Uniquely one of a kind.

Lucy & Yak x Elizabeth Olwen, Maya Tee, £12
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Independent company Lucy &Yak makes ethical, organic clothing with a focus on waste reduction and environmentally conscious packaging, With every package and its contents being biodegradable, reusable and recycled, we'll be sharing the love by gifting plenty of hugs this Christmas.

Object, Plastic Free Starter Set, £40
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If a loved one is planning a plastic-free 2022, this is the perfect bundle to get them started on their journey. Object shampoo bars lather richly to help cleanse and rejuvenate hair with natural ingredients and essential oils. Haircare that does good, and looks (and smells) even better.

Kemi Telford, Doris Tartan Dress, £200
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Kemi Telford has a mindful approach to making clothes woven throughout the business. Not only does it vet all its manufacturers to ensure its employees work no more than eight hours a day, but it encourages its customers to treat their clothes a certain way (i.e. washing on cold and air drying) so that they'll last a lifetime.

Monica Vinader, Doina Chain 18ct Recycled Gold Ring, £115 at Selfridges
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Monica Vinader's Doina Ring made Selfridges' carefully curated Planet Earth edit for its recycled materials. Each piece in the collection is handcrafted with 100% recycled gold vermeil and sterling silver, reducing the brand's CO2 emissions by over 60%. Guilt-free gold.

Riley Studio, British Wool Ribbed Beanie, £65
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This beanie goes from field to the finished product in 300 miles. Not only is the wool sourced from Lancashire, England, but it's been left undyed so that no toxic chemicals are used at any point.

ROOP, Melissa Scrunchie In Pastel Tartan, £15
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ROOP makes its bags, scrunchies and scarves out of remnant, dead stock and vintage fabrics.

Baukjen, Darcy Eco Cashmere Hot Water Bottle Cover, £59
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Baukjen, which is now B Corp Certified, makes its hot water bottle covers from 100% recycled cashmere (50% pre-consumer recycled; 50% post-consumer recycled).

Rows, Scrap Snood, £45
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Rows, a lovely made-to-order knitwear brand based in Yorkshire, makes this rainbow-striped snood from 50% scrap yarns, 30% merino wool and 20% baby alpaca.

FUND, Bespoke Embroidered Brightside Jumper, £195
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With every purchase of this 100% lambswool jumper, FUND donates 100 school meals to children living in poverty.

Nobody's Child, Phoebe Midi Dress, £32
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Nobody's Child prides itself on producing mindfully-made clothes at affordable prices. We love Phoebe, this bow-tied and blossom-sprinkled dress made from 100% Lenzingu2122 Ecoverou2122 Viscose.

Hemper, Upcycled Tote Bag, £25
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Hemper makes its totes out of rice sacks that have been collected from the streets of Kathmandu.

KeepCup, Daybreak Brew, £17
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KeepCup is one of the chicest reusable receptacles.

Pangaia, FLWRDWNu2122 Slippers, £98
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These adorable boots are made with a plant-powered alternative to animal-derived down that is biodegradable.

Floral Street, SunFlower Pop Eau De Perfume, £24
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Calabrian bergamot - sustainably-sourced from a local cooperative of growers - is at the heart of this sunny scent.

Ganni, Argyle Vest, £175
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Ganni's peppy sweater vest is made from 80% recycled wool (although, you could always raid your dad's wardrobe if he has one).

Aveda, Botanical Repair Strengthening Collection Light, £42
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Aveda's vegan and cruelty-free products are made using 100% wind and solar power (through renewable energy credits and carbon offsets) and are packaged in recycled bottles.

B Sides, Marcel Upcycled Patchwork Straight-Leg Jeans, £325
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B Sides, crafted in the USA, sources its upcycled patches from industrial rag houses and cowboys in Colorado.

ACNE STUDIOS, Space-dye Wool Jumper, £530
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For a knit they'll love for years to come, ACNE STUDIOS is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, ensuring supply chains prioritise the workers' wellbeing and conditions. Created with fair trade principles at the heart of the production process. this is a cosy knit with a good heart.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Circular Design For Fashion, £25.52
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Drawing on the knowledge of sustainable leaders such as Vivienne Westwood, Gabriela Hearst, Marine Serre, Bethany Williams, Nkwo Onwuka, and Ferdinando Verderi, Circular Design for Fashion invites its reader on a journey towards the future of design - and has been written in recognition of fashion's huge potential to move towards a circular economy.

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