The 2019 Sustainable Christmas Gift Guide | For Him
Welcome to the second installment in our ultimate Christmas gift guide series – we’ve rounded up 25 top picks for her, and now it’s time for the guys in your life.
Traditionally, Christmas shopping is no friend to the environment, but it’s easier than you think to protest with your purchases even in the frantic festive season.
This year, opt for brands that protect people, animals and the planet for your loved ones – here are our favourite accessories, homeware, clothing and grooming products for men to hide under the tree.
Sustainable accessories for men
This vegan leather and natural linen toiletry bag from artisan craft label Harfi makes an ideal ethical offering for Christmas. You could even fill the bag with some eco-friendly grooming products for an all-in-one gift.
Cork wallet | Know the Origin | £30
Cork is one of the world’s most sustainable natural fibres – cork trees help offset millions of tons of CO2 every year and require less water and pesticides than other traditional fabrics like cotton. This wallet by Arture, stocked at Know the Origin, is handcrafted from cork which makes it durable and lightweight, and a Christmas gift that’s made to last.
Impeccable craftsmanship and chic Scandinavian design makes Nordgreen watches a must-have for the design savvy. This dark brown leather strap with a navy and gunmetal face is not just stylish but gives back to social and environmental causes with every purchase.
There’s something joyous about cosying up in some knitted socks in the winter, and you can’t beat merino wool for softness and warmth. These merino slipper socks from Komodo are hand finished in a solar-powered knit factory in Nepal.
Made in Manchester, this knitted tassel scarf with a nifty reversible design is from WAWWA, the ethical brand with a ‘1+1’ project that donates one product for every product sold to help the homeless.
Bum bags are going nowhere fast in 2020, so this classic style is a smart present purchase this Christmas. The transparent supply chain from 100% vegan streetwear brand ETCHS ensure this stylish pick is making a positive difference too.
Classic tortoiseshell clubmaster shades get a modern update with Pala Eyewear’s giving back program which supports visually impaired communities across Africa. Plus, each pair arrives in an eco-friendly case woven from recycled plastic bags.
Votch offer handcrafted watches with certified vegan ‘leather’ (as well as innovative pineapple leather Pinatex) in plastic-free packaging. This chrome coloured beauty is a unique modern classic with an ethical twist.
Socks for Christmas is never a boring choice when they’re this cool. Made in the UK with organic cotton by WAWWA, this 3-pack of sports sock will make some very happy feet both for your gift recipient and for people in need, as a pair will be donated to those less fortunate with every purchase.
Sustainable gifts for the home
Geo wine rack | Higgler | £18
Wine lover in you life? This stackable geometric wine rack from Higgler supports traditional metalworking craftsmanship in India through a fair living wage and health and education programmes.
Read yourself to a zero-waste life with ‘F**ck Plastic’ from Know the Origin. A fearless coffee table book for Christmas and beyond, this book offers 101 no-nonsense steps for cutting plastic out of your everyday life – the perfect gift for anyone ready to join the war on plastic.
Earthware mug | Every Origin | £9
Also available in cream, this stylish and contemporary mug was designed and made by artisans in Portugal from cork and clay, ethically sourced by London-based enterprise Every Origin.
These ethically handcrafted salad servers from Higgler are created using 100% natural Olive Wood, a responsibly harvested tree in East Africa.
This lightweight, portable bamboo cutlery set is a plastic-free solution to single-use cutlery when eating away from home. Made by My Little Panda and available from Acala, the kit contains a fork, knife, spoon, straw and cleaning brush all wrapped up in a jute pouch – the perfect zero-waste gift.
Ethical menswear for Christmas gifts
Never undermine the power of basics – this 3-pack of versatile premium quality tees from Goose Studios are ethically made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. What’s more, the brand donates to the Rainforest Trust with every purchase to help protect 50m² of tropical rainforest.
A cosy knitted jumper makes a crowd-pleasing Christmas classic – and this modern mustard crew neck style from Thinking Mu at Klow is ethically made in Spain from 100% supersoft natural wool.
A smart and sustainable shirt is a smart choice for the men in your life this Christmas – this pink chambray Grandad collar shirt from ethical fashion brand Wynad is hand stitched in India using 100% organic cotton, with 10% of every sale supporting local female empowerment projects.
Tencel golf jacket | Komodo | £35
The perfect trans-seasonal piece, this golf jacket from Komodo is a versatile gift for the ethical fashionista. It’s crafted from sustainable fabric Tencel with a recycled PET lining, and as always, garment workers are paid a fair wage.
Fairtrade organic sweatshirt | Know the Origin | £44
A comfy style in a festive tone that will work all year round, this vibrant red sweatshirt in organic and fairtrade certified cotton is ethically made in India.
Frankie Says Recycle t-shirt | TOBEFRANK | £15
A contemporary call-to-action creates a fun twist on the classic retro tee in this TOBEFRANK offering. Using deadstock fabrics and recycled thread, the brand’s t-shirts use less water and have a reduced carbon footprint.
Who doesn’t love a gift set? This product batch from WAWWA includes a matching hat, T-shirt socks, made with organic cotton and recycled plastic. With each purchase, an equivalent batch will be donated to someone less fortunate.
Eco-friendly Grooming Products
A zero-waste alternative to disposable plastic razors, this bamboo safety razor by Acala is crafted from super sustainable bamboo wood with refillable safety blades, and arrives in 100% unbleached and recycled packaging.
This 100% vegan and cruelty-free soap is handcrafted in Devon, UK by Soap Daze. Subtly scented with black pepper and ginger and made with organic coconut milk, thishandy ‘soap on a rope’ makes a great eco-friendly gift.
Ideal for men, this gift set from Soap Daze is tailored to sensitive skin using 100% natural and vegan ingredients. It contains a hand-poured soap, subtly scented scented with black pepper and ginger, plus a hand-knitted recycled cotton face cloth.
You can’t beat some new toiletries for Christmas, so give the gift of 100% natural Kutis deodorant – a vegan formula available from Acala in simple unscented, with Grapefruit & Manadarin or with lavender & Geranium.
Hopefully, you’ve managed to find the perfect gift for him from our favourites. Want some more inspiration? Click here to discover more sustainable products for him.
We’ve also curated another list for sustainable gifts for her.