According to the Wildlife and Countryside link, around 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging will be thrown away and not recycled in the UK this Christmas.
Try something new this year: stuff your stockings and reusable advent calendar with eco-friendly and/or sustainable gifts (or just eco-gifts, if you don't believe in Santa).
Aside from encouraging our loved ones to go green, selecting eco-friendly Christmas gifts may benefit people and the environment. These might range from zero waste to gifts made entirely of natural materials with minimum packaging.
Find the perfect eco gift from our list below!
Why is gift giving bad for the environment?
Generally speaking, people choose non-essential gifts. This means that we frequently gift our loved ones with luxuries, sweets, and things they wouldn't typically purchase for themselves.
Because sustainable living is by definition about utilising only the resources you need and refilling them whenever feasible, this has negative effects on sustainability.
While part of this negative impact can be offset by handmade, environmentally friendly gifts, there is always the problem of wrapping every item we give.
Defra estimates that enough paper is used each year to gift-wrap the island of Guernsey.
Since you are shopping for someone you know well, pick up a gift they will love. You can still purchase eco conscious gifts that have an equally big impact when they are opened, even if they would rather receive material gifts than sentimental ones. Even better if you can source some recyclable wrapping paper!
12 of the best eco friendly Christmas gifts
Here are our top picks of the best sustainable gifts you can give to your loved ones this year! Let's get eco gifting!
Wanderflower Time To Unwind Set
Christmas can be a stressful time of year when we're on the go all the time! Give the gift of relaxation with the Wanderflower Time To Unwind Set.
Wanderflower is the ideal present of wellness and well-being; it is a carefully designed assortment of bath, body, and aromatherapy goods. Packaged in a reusable wooden keepsake box.
This gift box has recyclable, eco-friendly packaging that is free of parabens, cruelty free, and is suitable for vegans. The ideal gift for your eco warrior friends who need some time out!
The Food & Living Christmas Cheese and Wine Hamper
Nothing says Christmas like cheese and wine! Discover the pinnacle of vegan luxury with this gorgeous VF&L Christmas hamper. This hamper, which was specially put together by Vegan Food and Living Magazine, combines modern vegan treats with classic holiday flavours.
Located in the centre is a bottle of velvety Wild Thing Organic Merlot, which goes well with the strong, extra-mature taste of C'e vegan cheddar. Oloves' rosemary-marinated olives and Olina's Bakehouse's morish seed crackers are the standout items in this pair.
And for the icing on the (Christmas) cake? To create the ideal festive atmosphere, light up our vegan candle with wild fig and grape.
Santa Hat Christmas Charades Family Party Game
It's not Christmas without a family game! No arguments please!
A traditional and enjoyable family game of Christmas Charades. You might include this lovely little something in the Christmas hampers you are sending this year for your loved ones.
Grab a stick and pretend to be someone else for your group. For Christmas, the whole family may enjoy an easy-to-play game, regardless of age. Even better, it's plastic free!
And, Relax Bamboo Cotton Blend Socks
A pair of Christmas socks with a difference! These cute socks are made from soft bamboo and organic cotton, wrapped up in a gorgeous cosy bag.
The airy, naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of these sustainable socks ensure the well-being of both the environment and your feet! The Relax Bamboo Cotton Blend Socks are a great little stocking filler.
Boozy Gin Baubles
A joyful and lively present for grownups! Each bauble contains liqueurs created using premium spirits, real fruit syrup, and ingredients that are found locally and sustainably sourced. With this one-of-a-kind handcrafted gift from Lakeland Artisan, experience the finest flavours that Cumbria and the Lake District have to offer.
Boozy Gin Baubles are a good gift for those who enjoy a tipple or two after all the Christmas madness!
The Great Festive Hamper
The Great Festive Hamper is a great option if you're searching for a hamper for the whole family. An exquisite assortment of fifteen handcrafted culinary items, accompanied with an organic red wine bottle and an organic Mont'Albano Prosecco from Italy. Savour a variety of salty and sweet treats, as well as holiday mainstays like mince pies and Christmas tea, as well as a wide range of shareable and delicious snacks.
Beautifully presented in a wicker hamper you can pass down to future generations and fully recyclable gift packaging, and one tree is planted for every order!
Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Beautiful Single Malt Scotch Whisky from the most environmentally friendly distillery in Scotland. Matured in barrels of American whisky and red wine that have undergone unique treatment to give our spirit its distinctive sweetness and robustness. Made with 100% organic Scottish barley, 100% sustainable energy, and 100% recycled materials in the bottle.
Perfect for a nightcap on Christmas Eve, will you be sharing Nc'nean Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky with Santa?
Fabric Christmas Advent Calendar Kit
Make sure you give this one at the start of December to be enjoyed throughout the festive month!
Make the countdown to Christmas even more memorable by adding their favourite snacks to this beautifully designed fabric advent calendar.
Every small window on the advent calendar has a lovely holiday pattern. Every family member will adore this exquisite, environmentally friendly advent calendar year after year.
Ohelo Water Bottle
Ohelo Bottles are an award-winning independent brand that ethically makes all of their products from safer materials – they are the UK’s only lead-free insulated bottle brand. All their bottles and travel cups are 100% leakproof and dishwasher safe. They are lead-free as well as BPA-BPS0 and BPF-free. Endlessly recyclable and packaging is recycled and recyclable too. 5% profits go to charity.
Discover our favourites here:
Ohelo insulated water bottle – British Racing Green – RRP £29
Ohelo leakproof insulated travel cup – British Racing Green – RRP £29
Ideal as a present for a wide range of people, including parents, foodies, and those who care about the environment. These eco-friendly, organic beeswax wraps are an ideal substitute for single-use plastic food packaging and cling film. You can use them to wrap cheese and sandwiches, cover dishes and bowls, and even fold them into pouches to hold nuts and fruit.
When these adaptable, sturdy, and long-lasting wraps are about to come to an end, just bury them in the garden and let them decompose organically. They will last for around a year.
Recycled wine glasses
An excellent present for any wine enthusiast, recycled wine glasses can be used to serve anything from fresh juices to organic wines. Recycled wine glasses are the ideal present for anyone who cares about the environment. Why not give a set of glasses for their home to a loved one?
Trees are certainly the present that keeps on giving, offering a lifetime of benefits. Your loved one will be able to look back each year and feel happy knowing that their tree is growing and benefiting local communities, wildlife, ecosystems, and the environment.
Looking for more eco-friendly gifts?
We hope our guide to an eco-friendly Christmas has got you in the festive spirit! If you need some more inspiration for the most wonderful time of the year, we've rounded up some more eco friendly gift ideas here and make sure you check out all our hampers and gift boxes.
Order your hamper today for stress-free vegan gifts for loved ones or even yourself!
Eco friendly Christmas gifts FAQs
How can I be eco-friendly at Christmas?
Consider sustainability when researching the materials used to make presents. Make certain that presents made of wood and paper are from recycled or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials. Steer clear of single-use plastics that are unrecyclable and go for food and apparel that has earned the Organic certification.
What is a green gift?
Giving green gifts is about reducing your environmental impact during a time of year when it's easy to overindulge. There are numerous ways to be socially and ecologically responsible with the time and money you spend.
What is the most eco-friendly Christmas wrapping?
Newspaper or brown paper is considered to be the most eco-friendly wrapping paper, you can make it look more festive with sprigs of pine tree and ribbon!