Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide 2018
One of my greatest joys at Christmas is to give gifts to my friends and family. I love putting a lot of thought and effort into what I am going to give them and thinking about what they might like and find useful. This year I am going to:
REDUCE the amount of presents I give by buying less but better quality, more sustainable and try to support small businesses as much as possible.
I will wrap as many of my presents in REUSED and/or REUSABLE packaging materials (another blog post about that coming soon!)
I will give plastic free, low waste gifts that are RECYCLABLE at the end of life, made of RECYCLED materials and pack the gifts in RECYCLABLE packaging.
A lot of more sustainable products are the easiest to access online and I have listed below some of my favourite plastic free and zero waste products and the most exciting-looking gift sets from the brands and shops that I love: zero waste toiletries and cosmetics, shopping and kitchen essentials, zero waste cutlery and metal straws, sustainable and ethical clothing and stocking filler ideas.
*** The post will be updated with more products as I discover more goodies, that I want to share with you***
Zero Waste Toiletries/Cosmetics
Having spent the past six Christmases in the UK I have noticed that British people absolutely love gifting toiletries and cosmetics to each other! There are a lot of lovely zero waste and plastic free toiletries and cosmetics available out there from soap and shampoo bars and hair rinses to skincare and shaving kits. I have listed some ready-made gift sets below. You can easily get together your own gift set too in the online shops mentioned below.
Zero Waste Ladies’ Gift Set (handmade cotton flannel, safety razor, beauty kubes shampoo, deodorant, charcoal soap in a cotton bag) (£44) - the Kind Store
Bamboo Make-up Brush Set (£36) - the Kind Store
Zero Waste Beauty Kit (soap, make-up remover, reusable cotton rounds) (£18) - the Zero Waste Maker
Men’s Toiletry Gift Sets (£44) - the Kind Store
Lavender and Cedarwood Man Box (£35) - Wild Sage and Co.
Plastic Freedom Haircare Box (Beauty Kubes shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo) (£42.50) - Plastic Freedom
Hair Care Gift Set (shampoo bar, coditioner, dry shampoo, cotton pouch) (£41.50) - the Kind Store
Unisex Shaving Kit Gift Bag (£47.99) - Acala
Zero Waste Shaving Kit (£29) - the Kind Store
The Naked Shave Kit (£25) - Greener Habits Co.
Skin and body:
Plastic Freedom Pamper Box (bath and body oil, face mask, salt scrub) (£42.95) - Plastic Freedom
Happy Skin Gift Bag (soap, shower buff, body butter) (£24.99) - Acala
‘Adventurers’ Gift Bag (repair salve, muscle joint salve, body butter) (£39.99) - Acala
Large Winter Kit (hand butter, healing salve, tissues and a leather tissue bag, soap) (£28) - the Zero Waste Maker
Mini Face Ritual (£30) - Honest Skincare
Zero Waste Goodie Bag (naturally dyed cotton produce bag made of recycled cotton and inside a Pine Soap Bar, Cinnamon Solid Lotion and Almighty Balm) (£19) - Zero Waste Path Shop by Zero Waste Shopper
Oral Care Essentials Kit (toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouthwash tablets) (£19) - the Kind Store
Activated Charcoal Natural Toothpaste and Oil Pulling Set (£11.90) - Georganics
Georganics Christmas Gift Sets (£19.99) - Georganics
Starting to use shampoo and soap bars is one of the easiest plastic free and zero waste swaps you can do - once you fall for soap bars, there’s no going back. There are lovely soap gift sets available…
5 Soaps Gift Box (come in a pretty metal tin and with a cotton muslin soap bag) (£14) - Wild Sage and Co.
Soap Lovers Gift Bag (£19) - Acala
Soap Gift Set (£40) - Honest Skincare
Zero Waste Shopping Essentials
A zero waste shopping essentials pack is easy to put together: a reusable cotton bag with a couple of reusable cotton produce bags. These are widely available in zero waste online shops. Below some of my favourite ones:
Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials
Anyone with a kitchen will find these plastic free and zero waste kitchen items useful! Why not put together a little sustainable kitchen hamper?
Zero Waste Kitchen Essentials (£23) - the Kind Store
Beeswax Wraps - Medium Pack (pack of 3) (£20) - The Beeswax Wrap Co. [get 10% off until end of November with code ELSA10]
Vegan Food Wraps - Medium Pack (pack of 3) (£20) - The Vegan Food Wraps Co.
Linen breadbag (£24) - Plastic Freedom
Coconut Scourers (£5.49) - Ecococonut
Zero Waste Cutlery Set and Metal Straws
Bamboo cutlery or metal straw sets are great small gifts or a stocking fillers for someone very often on the go - they are lightweight and compostable/recyclable everyday weapons against single-use plastics. Some of my favourite bamboo cutlery and straw sets are listed below:
Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set with a Cotton Cover (includes bamboo fork, knife, spoon, chopsticks, straw and a straw cleaning brush) (£14.99) - Yuggen
Bamboo Cutlery Set (fork, knife and spoon in a pouch made of recycled linen) (10.99€ ~ £9.60) - Pureosophy
Zero Waste Cutlery Wrap (includes fork, knife, table spoon, tea spoon, straw and straw cleaner, many designs available and made to order) (£20.50) - the Kind Store
Zero Waste Market Straw Pouch (metal straw, straw cleaner and a cotton pouch) (£6) - Zero Waste Market
Sustainable and Ethical Clothing
I only dare to buy clothing for people whose taste I know really, really well, i.e. my boyfriend. Below are some of my favourite online shops for sustainable, ethical and reasonably affordable clothing.
BE KIND T-shirt (£22) - Self Care Co.
Plastic Free Bamboo Socks (£24.90) - Plastic Freedom
Two Thirds - Sustainable Clothing for Men and Women
Idioma - Sustainable Clothing for Men and Women
Brothers We Stand - Ethical Men’s Clothing
Know the Origin - Sustainable Clothing for Men and Women
Sustainable and Ethical Jewellery
Ara the Altar - minimal jewellery made of recycled precious metals
Smoke and Ash - jewellery made of recycled sterling silver
No 13 Jewellery - jewellery made of recycled precious metals together with indigenous artisans
Clare Elizabeth Kilgour - jewellery made of recycled silver and plastic
Stocking Fillers and Other Gifts
Stocking filler gifts are also something that I have been introduced to in the UK. I have listed some of my favourite bits and bobs here that would make perfect zero waste stocking fillers.
Bamboo Toothbrush (£4) - Plastic Freedom
Loving Earth Raw Caramel Chocolate (£4) - Plastic Freedom
Grocery Bag (£6) - the Kind Store
Beauty Kubes (£8.50) - Greener Habits co.
Marble Face Soap (£3) - the Zero Waste Maker
Handcrafted soap dished made in Scotland (£10) - Nurturing Soul
Sisal Soap Pouch (£3.99) - the Kind Store
One final note: if you don’t know what to gift someone, my rule of thumb is give them food - especially chocolate, which is tasty and reasonably easy to find plastic free. ;)
I hope this Zero Waste Gift Guide was useful and gave you some ideas and inspiration about how to give more consciously this year.
Next up will be a blog post about sustainable Christmas Wrapping.. so keep your eyes peeled for that!