Written by Paisley Tedder

10 sustainable gift ideas for the eco-conscious

Planet-friendly presents can seem like a tall order. While buying tonnes of gifts can mean overconsumption, choosing the right presents can go a long way to a more eco-friendly Christmas. The Good Homes sustainable gift guide is packed with ideas to help spread the green message into 2022 and beyond, for less than £50 per product.

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1. Close shave

Believe it or not, the bathroom is often where we find the most single-use products that are damaging to the planet. Switch out one of them for a loved one by helping them to ditch disposable razors for good by treating them to a quality zero-waste shaving kit (£16.99, Amazon).

Reusable shaving kit on white background in sustainable gift guide

Huku zero-waste razor set, £16.99, Amazon

2. Handmade soap

One of the biggest ways we can be more environmentally conscious is by switching from plastic bottles in our bathrooms to bars of sustainable soap. These handmade soap bars (£6.95, Winter’s Moon) have unique strong scents and look as luxurious as their big brand counterparts.

Handmade soap bars in sustainable gift guide on white background

Rye & Co handmade soap bars, £6.95 each, Winter’s Moon

3. Reusable cookware

Ditching the plastic-coated meal deal for a packed lunch can also work wonders for the planet. Therefore, our sustainable gift guide wouldn’t be complete without a cute reusable lunch box and cutlery set (£14, Paperchase), is perfect for sandwiches, leftovers or whatever else you fancy.

Bamboo lunch box and cutlery on white background

Bee Happy bamboo lunch set, £14, Paperchase

4. Bag for life

Everyone always needs a new tote bag. Not only do they save you 10p, but they also make a huge difference to the millions of plastic bags that end up in landfill each year. Your friends and family will definitely thank you for this stylish purchase (£26, Louise Mead).

Green patterned vegan canvas tote bag on white background

Mojito green vegan canvas tote bag, £26, Louise Mead

5. Refillable bottle

Keeping hydrated is essential, and eco warriors need to make sure they’re getting their H20 fix too! Treating them to a brand new, reusable water bottle (£12, John Lewis) will mean they can ditch plastic for good whilst still getting their eight pints in.

Orange water bottle on white background

Stainless-steel drink bottle in orange, £12, John Lewis & Partners

6. Time for tea

As a nation, we’re partial to a brew (or six!), so having a quality teapot (£38, Liga) is essential. This cork and ceramic offering is eco-friendly, durable, and easy to keep clean.

Cork ceramic teapot from sustainable gift guide on white background

Cork & ceramic teapot in Aqua, £38, Liga

7. Recharge

Charging cables always come in handy, whether you’re travelling or simply want a spare for work or school. This extra-special charging cord (£24.95, Pasoluna) is made from recycled fishing nets, so perfect for eco warriors.

Charging cable made from fishing nets box on white background

Le Cord iPhone charger made from recycled fishing nets, £24.95, Pasoluna

8. Bamboo brilliance

Help them freshen up their dental regime by swapping out plastic toothbrushes for more sustainable bamboo alternatives. This version (£2.95, SeaForYourself) is a perfect stocking filler.

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Bamboo toothbrush, £2.95, SeaForYourself

9. Eco-candle

This sweet-smelling Soft Embers candle (£29, Wild Planet Aromatherapy), blended with orange, clove bud and cedarwood essential oils, is a great gift for the eco-conscious. Wild Planet Aromatherapy strives to put sustainability and reusability at the forefront, producing small-batch products using ingredients that are sourced sustainably, respectfully and ethically.

White candle on white plate with orange segments and pinecones

Soft Embers candle, £29, Wild Planet Aromatherapy

10. Handmade hero

Made from aluminium – known as the ‘green metal’ because it can be infinitely recycled, and recycling aluminium saves 95% of the energy required to produce it from raw materials – this Nkuku Okota Standing Clock (£37, Amara) is perfect festive gifting fodder for style-conscious eco warriors.

Black clock with gold hands on white background

Nkuku Okota handmade standing clock, £37, Amara

 

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