The 2019 Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide | For Her
Christmas is coming, and this year, gift shopping doesn’t need to have the New Year’s hangover.
Whether your loved ones are already ethical enthusiasts or you’re still working to convert them, thoughtful and beautiful gifts are one of the best ways to back brands that do good.
We’ve gathered our top picks from the best sustainable fashion and lifestyle brands for the most conscious Christmas yet. First up, festive finds for her. Scroll on for great sustainable gift ideas – we’re talking jewellery , fashion and beauty gifts with a positive impact.
Sustainable Jewellery & Watches
Cruelty-free watchmakers Votch offer a modern, minimalist take on classic watches – this women’s style in soft tan vegan leather and brushed gold arrives in an eco-friendly felt pouch. Every purchase from brand also helps support Tiny Hooves, a charity rescuing and rehabilitating farm animals.
This stunning statement necklace by ethical, fairtrade jewellery brand Yala is hand-crafted by artisans in Kenya from recycled brass and glass beads – an ideal stylish and ethical gift for design lovers.
Beatrice Hoops | Gung Ho | £295
Celebrating the incredible eco power of the Bumblebee, these unique earrings from Gung Ho London are available in recycled silver, gold or rose gold, and are hand-carved by London-based sustainable jewellers Chalk Designs.
An effortlessly wearable minimalist design, this delicate chain pendant is hand made using responsibly sourced silver at a Living Wage jewellery making co-operative in Jaipur in collaboration with Birdsong.
Copenhagen-based watch brand Nordgreen give back to causes that support education, clean water and rainforest protection around the world with every purchase. This rose gold mesh design is the perfect balance between bold and simple – a meticulously crafted timeless timepiece.
Hand-crafted in India by an artisan co-operative, these vibrant cotton tassel earrings from ethical craft brand Harfi add a splash of colour to the colder mornings.
Ethical clothing, bags and accessories
Purple jersey top | People Tree | £25
This lightweight plum-coloured jumper with frill sleeve detailing is made from eco-friendly Tencel fabric blended with super soft wool by Fairtrade fashion brand People Tree. Act fast – it’s currently in the sale at just £25 reduced from £59!
Give the gift of warmth with this cosy knitted beanie by sustainable streetwear brand Wawwa Clothing. As part of their ‘1+1’ project, for every hat purchased, they’ll donate another to someone less fortunate.
Cool to be Conscious t-shirt | We are Nativ | £42
It’s cool to be conscious – we couldn’t agree more! This graphic tee from *We are Nativ is ‘EarthPositive’ – which means it’s made from 100% organic cotton and manufactured solely from renewable energy from solar and wind power.
In a rich red wine colour – ideal for the stylish oenophile in your life – this compact crossbody bag from BEEN is handmade in London from premium recycled leather with a recycled polyester lining.
Saya Designs create unique traditional hair sticks, hand carved from sustainably sourced root wood left over from plantations in Indonesia. This design fuses rosewood and tamarind wood; a handy hair accessory for both light and dark locks.
Taaza bathrobe | Higgler | £38
Higgler is a new design-led store supporting ethical and fair trade organisations around the world. A Christmas present to treasure every day, this 100% cotton robe, handmade in India is adorned with an intricate paisley print.
Broadway Market tote | Been London | £129
This minimalist laptop-friendly leather tote bag in rich festive green is handmade using 100% recycled materials by Been, a London-based bag brand committed to sustainable recycled textiles.
Handwoven using deadstock materials in Cambodia by Good Krama, this carefully colour-blended cotton scarf is designed to be versatile and trans-seasonal.
Pink bamboo bra | Know the Origin | £34
We love this minimalist sustainable underwear set in vivid pink. It’s crafted from bamboo, a biodegradable and hypoallergenic fabric, made in Australia by ethical lingerie brand Hara (stocked at Know the Origin)
Tulúa backpack | Untold Treasures | £50
This beautiful handcrafted backpack is crafted using pure natural caña flecha (palm tree fibre) and mola, a handmade Panamanian textile, by Untold Treasures, a South American artisan accessories brand.
Organic Cotton Socks | TOBEFRANK | £11
Sometimes, you can’t beat socks as a classic Christmas gift, but this year, opt for organic cotton. The black and white socks by eco-friendly fashion brand TOBEFRANK aim to sock it to unsustainable fashion through water-saving, pesticide-free fibre and recycled packaging.
This knitted scarf from affordable ethical fashion brand Komodo is perfect for those chilly Christmas walks. With recycled wool, hand-crafted in a solar-powered factory, cosying up consciously is easier than ever.
For winter sun worshippers, these tortoiseshell cat-eye shades from ethical eyewear brand Pala are the perfect socially conscious Christmas gift. For every pair of sunglasses sold, they give back to eye-care programmes throughout Africa to empower the visually impaired.
Cruelty-free and zero-waste beauty gifts
Ideal for a post-Christmas pampering treat, this antioxidant-packed URBAPOTHECARY face mask from Acala is 100% natural and organic with plastic-free packaging.
This zero-waste hair care kit from Acala is a great gift to kickstart a loved one’s sustainable beauty journey. It includes a solid shampoo bar by Beauty Cubes a hair repair mask from URBAPOTHECARY, and a tampico fibre hairbrush, packaged in a reusable fabric pouch.
For makeup lovers looking to inject some sustainability into their daily routine, this bamboo makeup palette from Acala holds up to 25 100% natural eyeshadows from the world’s first refillable makeup brand Zao.
New Rose soap-on-a-rope | Soap Daze | £8.50
For a sustainable and sweetly scented gift, opt for Devon-based vegan soap brand Soap Daze. This handy ‘soap on a rope’ infused with essential oils has gorgeous floral scent, and has been handcrafted in small batches for minimum waste.
Frankincense gift set | Soap Daze | £21.50
Go all out this Christmas with festive Frankincense – this Soap Daze gift set offers a cruelty-free vegan soap scented with Frankincense, a cinnamon and orange soy wax candle and a hand-knitted cotton face cloth.
Hopefully, you’ve managed to find the perfect gift for her from our favourites. Want some more inspiration? Click here to discover more eco-friendly gift ideas she will love longer than this festive season.
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