Updated: Feb 28
It’s not easy being green. Yet, every year eco-friendly Christmas gifts become more of a priority for more consumers. So, I have delved through the latest products from some of my favourite fellow eco-friendly shops and brought you my best eco-friendly Christmas gifts for 2021.
Handmade Planter Bag - £18
One great advantage to buying eco-friendly is you often find yourself buying from smaller businesses that make their products by hand. There’s something so genuine and personal about handmade items and this one is made for something else that always lifts my mood - plants.
This handmade planter bag from Ink and Bear is lined to give it a sturdy feel and the cotton bag itself is made from offcuts, reducing fabric waste. It’s also a bit of a family affair. The maker’s daughter designs and hand screen prints the material and her mother sews them into these quirky happy bags. Although these are made to hold plants, anything can be placed in these bags. This is a beautiful eco-friendly Christmas gift for friends with stylish homes. https://www.inkandbear.co.uk/product-page/large-green-handprinted-planter-bag
Ok, so this isn’t so much a Christmas gift as a way to make a Christmas tradition more eco-friendly. Christmas crackers are single-use and often decorated with glittered or other decorated paper which makes them non-recyclable. Apart from the fact that the gifts are often thrown away the same week, crackers are not a friend of the planet. Yet, it would be heartbreaking to leave behind such a staple of the Christmas dinner table. So Carriegraphy has created these fully recyclable Christmas crackers.
What’s more, each cracker can be personalised to include somebody’s name which means you can add your own gifts. Gifts that won’t be thrown away the next day. You can find Carriegraphy’s Christmas crackers in her Etsy store.
For all the harm we’re doing to our planet, perhaps the best thing we can avoid is wastage. Resin Be Thankful is a creative company making unique products from waste materials such as shredded paper and plastic.
These colourful coasters make perfect eco-friendly Christmas gifts for your bright and joyful friends who would love a splash of colour on their coffee table. Upcycling is one of the many ways small businesses like Resin Be Thankful are turning wastage into art and protecting the future of the planet whilst making it all the more creative.
As we wave goodbye to tinsel, plastic and glittered Christmas decorations that are not eco-friendly, we pave the way for longer-lasting more traditional decor. If you’re looking for a less gaudy and more homely look for Christmas this year then maybe my 100% cotton wall sign will be right for your Christmas 2021.
This item is handmade from 100% cotton which is sustainable and biodegradable. If looked after it will also last years, becoming that traditional festive item you pull out every year as a symbol of joyful family Christmases for years to come.
Furoshiki Inspired Fabric Wraps - From £15
Forget non-recyclable wrapping paper and think fabric! These Furoshiki inspired fabric wrap kits offer two options for Christmas. They make a charming extra special gift wrap for your presents or they can be given as a craft kit for your loved one to fashion their own fabric wraps.
Furoshiki is the Japanese art of gift wrapping with beautiful fabric that can be used year after year. Make Do & Trend have some stunning fabric designs and they are really fun to make too.
Mini Self-Care Gift Set - £23.50
So many consumers are making the move to all-natural beauty and hygiene products. However, if your friends are anything like mine then you’ll know it takes a while to find the right ones for you. That’s why this mini gift set from Juste Nature is perfect for those searching for more sustainable options for their care routines.
The small size makes them perfect for carrying around and the set includes deodorant balm, moisturiser, lip balm and a cotton storage bag. Even the packaging and mailing bag are recyclable.
Pri Pri Upcycled Children’s Clothing - From £20
Little girls are spellbound by these stunning swirling dresses, perfect for festive celebrations. Made from discarded saris, Pri Pri handmake each dress using fabric from Indian saris that were otherwise destined for landfill. Operating on zero-waste principles, Pri Pri is set to delight many a young child on Christmas day as they unwrap dresses dreams are made of.
Made from 80% cotton and 20% recycled polyester, this sweatshirt is not only incredibly comfortable but is made ethically. Printed with Love, Peace and Calm, the message is positive in more than one way, since it is printed with eco-friendly water-based inks.
I recommend getting this Christmas gift for someone you’ll be cuddling often since it’s super soft and snuggly! Other colours are available but I love this navy design with red writing.