12 Eco-Friendly Gifts Under £30
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Whether you are searching for Secret Santa ideas, or stocking up on Christmas stocking fillers for loved ones, we have created this perfect gift guide to prepare you for the festive season, with a particular focus on conscious and feel-good living. Sustainability is a key issue, and with all the climate concerns we have faced this year, it has never been more important to try and make a small difference. Spread the Christmas cheer with these eco-friendly gifts that cut down on single-use waste, and other mindful treats.
£15 Oliver Bonas
Made from a sturdy, flexible silicone, this cool 400ml water bottle collapses down whilst empty and you are on the go; so it is ideal for saving space, and is a much lighter alternative to metal bottles.
£29.95 Black + Blum
This lunchbox makes it super easy to take your food with you and includes an anti-bacterial bamboo lid that doubles up as a chopping board! It is completely plastic and BPA free, and the silicone strap is for added security to avoid any serious spillages on your commute! This a great way to reduce your food packaging waste, whilst saving money on expensive convenience foods.
£16.50 Oliver Bonas
The perfect present for anyone who is nuts about candles! This 100% soy candle is held in a natural coconut husk, which can eventually be re-used as a decorative pot or a plant pot. It is a great way to decorate your space and is fragranced with a gentle coconut scent. This beautiful candle will last for 40-45 hours, and then for as long as you like if you choose to rehome it once empty!
$19.95 Bare Vida
A quality set of bamboo utensils in a slim travel pouch, hand-made in Bali. Perfect for travel and food on-the-go. The sustainably-sourced cotton carry case holds a reusable knife, fork, spoon, chopsticks and straw. An ideal stocking-filler!
This little book lets you store 5 years’ of memories; simply jot down an idea or daily highlight on the same date over the years. This is a great way to practise mindfulness, and allows you to look back on each week, month, year as you capture the present. It makes an excellent gift for graduates, adventurers or anyone embarking on a new phase of life!
£24.90 Aphrodite & Ares, Not on the High Street
A vegan eco-friendly beauty kit for a luxurious but conscious pamper and relax time. Kind to the environment, to animals and to the lucky recipient! The stylish set includes an artisan shea butter soap, aromatherapy bath salts, a scented candle, spa face towel and exfoliating mitt. You can personalise your kit by choosing from a variety of fragrances.
£2.50 The Environmental Toothbrush
Toothbrushes made from bamboo are not new to the scene and we have searched high and low to find the best on the market. Introducing the Environmental Toothbrush which has made it to the top of the charts, due to the heat treatment used to carbonise the product, rendering it water-resistant, and therefore preventing the growth of mould in a typical steamy bathroom environment. Made from Moso bamboo, this toothbrush is arguably the most sustainable option to keep those pearly whites in check, because this type of bamboo grows a metre a day without the need for fertiliser, and is also dubbed ‘panda friendly’ as they do not eat it nor inhabit the area where it grows. Softer bristles are available if you are buying for children or someone with sensitive gums. At the end of its life, simply compost your toothbrush, as it is 100% biodegradable!
£7.50 Oliver Bonas
We have all made a mad dash to the supermarket and forgotten our bags, but here’s the answer; add a pop of colour to your weekly grocery shop or trip to your local farmers’ market with this lightweight foldable shopping bag. It is a great way to show off your purchased goods and comes in a variety of sunny colours.
£13 Last Straw, Selfridges
Yes, this is still in fashion! But this time, the metal straw has become transportable so there is never an excuse for damaging the environment with single-use plastic, or struggling with a crappy paper straw that rips after two sips (and is still wasteful). Great to take with you wherever you go, as it attaches via a portable keyring and comes with a cleaning brush to keep it squeaky clean.
£10 Danielle, Anthropologie
Incorporate this facial roller into your beauty regime and take your skincare routine to the next level. The jade stone minimises wrinkles and fine lines, while the gentle pressure promotes blood circulation, boosts collagen and helps to reduce puffiness. For best results, store the roller in the fridge to keep it nice and cool, and wash and dry your face prior to use.
An environmentally friendly alternative to throw-away sandwich bags, clingfilm or aluminium foil. These stand-up bags are suitable for fridge and freezer, and come in a range of sizes for all sorts of purposes: use the small one to pack a snack of fruit or nuts to keep you going through the workday; the medium is ideal for marinating meat or fish, or to stash salty popcorn for a trip to the cinema!
£5.95 Oliver Bonas
Wrap it all up in great style with eco-conscious cotton fabric wraps that can be reused many times or passed on by the person you are gifting to! This product takes inspiration from traditional Japanese furoshiki wrapping cloth, which was used to protect and transport goods, as well as for decorating gifts. It’s a great way to avoid wrapping paper waste and will create the best-looking presents under the tree!