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Top ethical gifts

Our pick of the best ethical gifts this Christmas – from stocking fillers to tropical forests
Katie Hill - Editor-in-Chief, My Green Pod
Top ethical gifts

We’ve put together our top picks for Christmas gifts, to take the leg work out of choosing ethical presents for even the fussiest friends and family.

Whether you want to indulge someone you love, give a friend an experience they’ll never forget or simply give a gift that gives back to nature, we’ve got you covered.

Take a look at our top picks below – or search our ethical Marketplace for more inspiration. We plant a tree in the tropics as a thank you for every transaction, so you’ll double up on giving!

Give an experience

Our top pick for a ‘something-to-look-forward-to’ Christmas present is a Valley Fest ticket. This fantastic, family-friendly festival (30 July-01 August 2021) overlooking Chew Valley Lake is an experience not to be missed. The 2021 lineup includes Travis, Deacon Blue and many more.

If you buy a ticket between 01 and 20 Dec you’ll be emailed a printable gift tag so you have something to ‘give’ on Christmas day. Ticket prices will go up in January, so bag a bargain! Click here for more.

Top pampering gifts

Christmas can be the one time of the year we indulge the people we love and say thank you for all the little things they have done for us.

For the ultimate pampering experience, organic hair pioneer Tabitha James Kraan has you covered. You can order a gift set of gorgeous organic hair products for fair or dark hair, or even book a cut or treatment in her gorgeous Cotswolds salon!

Our go-to brand for indulgent skin and body care – for men, women and kids – is Weleda. All its products work in harmony with nature – that includes you – to deliver maximum results. Skin Food – the beauty industry’s best-kept secret – is a fantastic stocking filler for all the family.

If you’re looking for a pampering gift that lasts, take a look at Shui Me organic reed diffusers. The essential oil blends are divine and infuse your space with calm and luxurious wellbeing.

Plastic-free beauty

Say goodbye to disposable razors with a gorgeous Aphrodite Razor! These beautiful razors come with a lifetime guarantee, and new blades will be delivered to your door when you need them.

The new Pit-Tastic! Gift Set is a great introduction to plastic-free personal care; it contains four miniature bars of natural deodorant in an embossed tin – perfect for travel!

Top Christmas drinks

Sample six of the best organic wines (three red, three white) for a great price with Vintage Roots Organic Everyday. This is a great gift for wine lovers who enjoy a drink but want to avoid getting a fuzzy head the next day!

Avallen Calvados is our new tipple of choice. It’s made with nothing more than apples, water and time, and works brilliantly as both a digestif and a pre-dinner cocktail.

Nail the G&T with Cooper King Dry Gin. It’s distilled in Yorkshire with 100% green energy, and each bottle sold plants a square metre of native English woodland.

If you want to avoid alcohol, or are looking for a new mixer, try Equinox Kombucha. This organic drink – which encourages a healthy gut and good digestion – comes in loads of delicious flavours, from Ginger to Raspberry & Elderflower. As a mixer, try the Espresso flavour with a shot of organic vodka for a light twist on an espresso martini!

Gifts that give

Got enough stuff? Gifts that give are getting more popular every year, and are a perfect solution for friends and family members who already have everything they need. For as little as £2 per month, you can buy a tree-panting subscription with women-led reforestation charity TreeSisters.

Alternatively you can Buy an Acre through World Land Trust, and conserve an acre of land for people and wildlife.

If you’d prefer to give a physical gift, take a look at the Plant a Tree Den Kit from The Den Kit Co. It’s a great present for kids, whatever their age.

You can’t beat Seedball for a stocking filler. The seeds are protected by clay, so all you need to do is scatter them on top of soil – in your garden, at schools or on unloved patches of land – and watch them grow! Different varieties are available to attract bees or butterflies, and you can get a specific species or a mix of wildflowers. Gift sets are available if you’re looking for a main present.

Ethical gift wrap

Wrapping is a great opportunity for reuse, and it can really get the creative juices flowing! Try using materials you already have – pieces of fabric or old magazines and newspapers work a treat. Beautify with ribbons or dried flowers – just try to avoid glitter, tape or anything that will pose a problem for recyclers!

For any extras, take a look at Re-Wrapped gift wrap. It’s made from 100% recycled and recyclable paper and printed using vegetable-based inks. The designs are gorgeous and the high quality of the paper will allow you to use it again and again. Try holding everything together with ribbon, string or strips of fabric rather than tape.

Loop Loop has a fantastic selection of Christmas cards embedded with wildflower seeds – after Christmas, just plant your card instead of putting it in the bin!

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