Without a doubt, Christmas is my favourite time of the year.
I love the pretty lights, the good food, spending time with loved ones and the freedom to watch elf on repeat without judgement.
However, the holiday season can be very wasteful. Often, people will just buy gifts for the sake of buying gifts, without much of a second-thought.
So, how can you spoil your nearest and dearest whilst also being a bit more sustainable?
Fear not, for I have scoured the internet to bring you my favourite sustainable and cruelty-free gift ideas, all from a range of wonderful brands that won’t cost the earth (pun intended). Are any of these bits on your Christmas lists?
Cutting down on the amount of plastic water bottles and takeaway cups we used is such a simple way of being more eco-friendly. Not only are these bottles super stylish, but they can also keep your drinks ice-cold for up to 24-hours and your tea or coffee hot for up to 12 hours.
Looking to treat that special someone in your life? Perhaps you just want to treat yo’ self? Lara Intimates create sustainable lingerie that’s perfect for everyday wear. I’m loving the Coral bra which comes in five different colours that aren’t all a sickly shade of beige by the way. Win-win.
If you think lingerie is a bit of a risky gift choice for Christmas, then how about a gift card instead?
Know someone addicted to takeaway coffee? Help them reduce the number of disposable cups they use by gifting them this gorgeous takeaway cup. It’s made out of high quality, non-porous, borosilicate glass, making it super durable and resistant to extreme changes in temperature. Perfect for saving your fingers from getting sizzled.
They’re a well-known brand on the high street, but this doesn’t change the fact that Lush are a powerhouse for fighting animal testing, using fresh ingredients and promoting ethical buying practices. They have a huge range of gift sets to suit any price range and will appeal to anyone in the family. This gift wrap contains some of Lush’s very popular Rose Jam products which I’d HIGHLY recommend.
I first came across this brand last year and have been hooked on them ever since. Eden Perfumes have a range of fragrances that smell the same as your favourite designer brands, except these beauties are cruelty-free and vegan. Need I say more?
These candles from Vegan Bunny come in a range of delicious scents, as well as being Natural, Cruelty-Free and Vegan. They’re also super affordable too, meaning that you can treat your loved one without breaking the bank.
Hands up, who else here is a stationary addict? I’m absolutely in love with this beautiful notebook which is printed using vegetable oil inks onto 100% recycled paper.
Etsy is a fantastic place for buying something that’s a little bit unique. This necklace is handmade and is hand-painted to correspond to the Zodiac sign you buy. A sweet and thoughtful gift for those closest to you.
Investing in key pieces of clothing and accessories is a great way of living more sustainably. This backpack is oh-so effortlessly cool and is perfect for school, work or days out.
This beautifully packaged set of festive socks are made from soft bamboo and organic cotton, keeping your feet and the planet happy. A perfect stocking filler.
The modern, geometric pattern of this cushion means that it would easily fit in with any decor or colour scheme and would definitely spruce up any room. This super sassy cushion is made from handwoven fabrics and is monochrome which speaks to my soul.
In recent years, Superdrug has been gaining a reputation as being a leading brand for cruelty-free beauty, with their own range of products being completely cruelty-free and a lot of it vegan.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many phone cases I’ve has in the past that have snapped, broken or just haven’t protected my phone as well as it should have. These sturdy cases have natural shock absorbing qualities and unlike their plastic counterparts will break down if ever thrown away. Ideal for that one friend who’s ALWAYS cracking their screen (let’s be honest we allknow one).
Instead of buying physical gifts for your loved ones, why not treat them to an experience? Afternoon tea, pamper days or even a two-night glamping stay. A thoughtful gift that is sure to create priceless memories that will last well after Christmas is over.