The Conscious Christmas Gift Guide 2023

Buying presents for friends and family is never easy, and 2023 is certainly no exception. We’ve curated a list of the best vegan, ethical and eco friendly Christmas gifts from Independent Businesses in the UK.

Now is a perfect time to give thoughtful sustainable presents. And what could be more thoughtful this year than a gift which is a delight for the recipient, provides a much needed boost for an independent UK business and contributes positively to our planet.

Why not take a moment to browse through our carefully reviewed collection of independent shops selling the very best in ethical, handmade and environmentally conscious gifts?

We’re certain you’ll discover plenty of options to help lighten your festive ‘to do’ list.

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Especially for Christmas

Keep This Cracker comes flat-packed in minimal packaging, ready to pop into shape and fill with your own choice of gifts, and free from single use plastic. The collection comes in reusable card wallets designed for customers to keep and store their crackers away.

Zero waste and multi-purpose, these gift wraps are used time and again to delight and enhance the act of giving. The very best alternative to throw away paper to treasure and pass on to cherished family and friends, or to keep forever. 

Shop at: fabrap.co

One-stop shops

A pledge to live a more eco-conscious lifestyle at home led Grace and May to launch their own independent business, bringing the very best British products to you. They are proud to share the ideal that it is possible to have a beautiful home whilst supporting British design and manufacturing, combined with joining an ever-growing group of like-minded individuals who are aware of their shopping impact on the wider environment.

The Natural Gift Company is an independently owned ethical gift company. Each of their gift sets plays homage to small businesses and small-batch suppliers that are beautiful on their own but are even better when put together! They support other amazing small brands and artisans, selling thoughtful curated natural sustainable and eco-friendly gifts, packaged without plastic and with love and care.

The Natural Living Shop is an independent, family-owned sustainable living shop. They have a wide variety of eco-friendly gift ideas, that will not only help you feel good this Christmas, but will also help our little planet too!

Self Care

Earthy Nail Polish was born from a frustration towards unsustainable cosmetic products that do more harm than good to your nails. They use natural origin and bio-sourced materials with sustainable packaging, including a unique bamboo cap that is anti-bacterial and decomposable. They also operate a return reuse policy whereby all empties can be returned to be sterilised and reused.

The Glowcery believe that the products you put on your body should be as healthy and nutritious as the food we eat. They draw inspiration from the nutrition of fresh fruits and vegetables, to create a range of nutritious, plant-based and innovative superfood skincare. As seen in VOGUE, ITV This Morning and Plant Based News!

Wild Rising Skincare is brand that’s passionate about creating luxury natural and organic skincare for the skin and body. They’ve also recently introduced refill options which cut down on plastic and waste. They have been verified for being sustainable and received trust marks from Ethy.

Books

This book is the ultimate guide to sustainable living for those who want to make a difference without breaking the bank. Written by an experienced green lover, it provides practical advice on how to reduce your environmental impact and make your lifestyle more sustainable without spending a fortune. With simple, easy-to-follow steps, you’ll learn how to save money and resources, reduce your carbon footprint and live a healthier, happier life.

Shop at: ingrainstore.com

Cards and Stationery

Blooming Heck UK is an eco-conscious and sustainable paper company. They sell plantable greeting cards, notepads, bookmarks and more that are made with zero plastic. Blooming Heck believes that nature is the best gift you can give and should be done sustainably. Committed to helping pollinators and nature thrive by reducing card waste, it is hoped that with your help, all together we can help make this world a little more beautiful.

Blue Stiggy make eco conscious hand made notebooks and stationery that are personalise on their vintage Typewriter (her name is Dorothy). They are made from recycled paper and textile industry waste and are all orders are posted in plastic free packaging.

Shop at: bluestiggy.co.uk

Fashion

Alex is THE STYLE EXPERT for busy Professional Women who feel stuck in a style rut. She empowers you to reignite your confidence through your style. She helps women to maximise what they already have in their wardrobe whilst creating more conscious shopping habits, also encourages people to shop secondhand and make conscious changes in their consumption habits. 

Garmst brings the rental revolution into menswear. They combine maximum utilisation of stock, with monthly convenience and personal styling. They deliver four high-end and vintage shirts to wear for the month, and they can then choose purchase these pieces at a fraction of the retail price. It’s a hassle-free “try before you buy” service and minimises impulse buying. 

Shop at: garmst.co.uk

Socko combines traditional manufacturing techniques with waste to produce luxurious unisex socks and beautifully designed tools for clothing care. All Socko socks are made by a family run business in the UK using off-cuts of yarn that may otherwise have ended up in landfill or recycled materials. Socko is on a mission to extend the active life of clothing by re-teaching the lost art of darning. This is why each pair of Socko socks comes with a swatch of yarn and a darning needle.

Shop at: socko.shop

Haircare and Accessories

Beauty Favours have developed a range of shampoo bars that are vegan-friendly and cruelty-free but also blended to help maintain healthy hair and scalp! Their shampoo bars are concentrated with high levels of organic oils and actives and last longer than liquid shampoo. Each shampoo bar lasts the equivalent of 2-3 bottles of 250ml liquid shampoo. Also perfect for traveling around. They do not use plastic in our products, they are formulated without added water and they require minimal energy to make. 

That Good Hair is a pioneering and sustainable plant-powered hair care brand dedicated to serving the unique needs of individuals with textured hair and scalp conditions. They sell custom hair products including shampoos, conditioners and styling products. They use sustainable packaging with their aluminium bottles and offer a refill and recycle scheme. Their products are made with lean manufacturing practices to eliminate waste. 

Sew Last Summer is a slow-fashion brand based in Essex. Focusing on utilising and rescuing textiles from landfill, they create accessories that make you look good, and feel confident. They are passionate about sustainability, finding joy in the small things and daring to be different.

Homeware

Robinson Wicks is a family business with the environment at its core ethos. They make handcrafted, all-natural, scented candles with natural waxes (soy and coconut) and essential oils. Sustainability is at their core, every element of their business is eco-friendly and sustainable. 

Based in the small town of Stroud in the Cotswolds, Karakorum strive to support traditional crafts, small businesses and fair trade practices. They believe in the importance of ethical practices and sustainability in all phases of our business, from sourcing, to production, through to sales and packaging.

Shop at: karakorum.co.uk

Jewellery

Sek Jewellery sell handmade sea glass jewellery handmade by artisans on the island of Bali. Each ring is packaged in a little glass bottle which can be recycled – the card and glass can be popped in a recycling bin and the cork is naturally biodegradable. 10% of each sale goes toward Bye Bye Plastic Bags, an NGO in Bali powered by the youth who are saying no to plastic bags.

Street Craft Creations design and make jewellery using carefully sourced gemstones with recycled silver and gold. They create small batch collections and one-off designs for my website as well as bespoke pieces. All their precious metals are recycled, and off-cuts are melted down into more workable sheets. They also use vintage gemstones as well as lab-grown alternatives.

Iris and Lolli create handmade sustainable jewellery inspired by nature. They recreate natural objects in silver and gold, turning them into wearable pieces of jewellery that will last forever. They only use recycled metals, use handmade production methods that result in little or no waste.

Parents and Kids

Bamboo Beautiful sell a beautiful kids range with bamboo tableware, bamboo baby towels and blankets, and wooden toys. I also sell bamboo socks and scarves, reusable water bottles and coffee cups, natural, vegan, handmade soaps, beauty products, bamboo toothbrushes and more.

Kamso is an ethical children’s lifestyle brand inspired by African Heritage, based in London. Their clothing is made by Nigerian artisans in our studio in Abuja, using 100% solar energy. They ethically source all our fabric from suppliers across West Africa and their focus is to create long lasting clothing through careful craftsmanship.

Shop at: kamso.co.uk

Founded in 2023 by a mum determined to reduce the quantity of children’s clothing sent to landfill each year and reduce the financial burdens on families of replacing clothes for growing children, Simply Pre-loved Children’s Boutique is an online store, stocking quality check preloved baby, toddler and children’s clothing. If you are concerned about shopping sustainably, the impact of the fashion industry on our planet, and the Rising cost of clothing growing children, let Kate help you.

Tracy’s Treasured Keepsakes

Tracy’s Treasured Keepsakes create keepsake bears, cushions and blankets from those sentimental items of clothing. By creating keepsakes from their clothing it reduces the amount of clothing going into landfill. 

Sports Accessories

Ocean Bottle is home to the world’s most needed reusable bottles and barista-approved brew flask committed to making an impact! For every Ocean Bottle sold they collect 1,000 ocean-bound plastic bottles before they pollute the Ocean. They’ve collected 1 billion bottles to date and are on a mission to collect 7 billion by 2025! 

Shop at: oceanbottle.co

Vaela create sustainable, small-batch cycle-wear for women. Vaela’s mission is to make cycling better looking and even more sustainable by producing subtly innovative women’s clothing that works brilliantly on and off the bike. 

Shop at: vaela.cc

Travel

Aldea Travel is a curated impact-travel marketplace. It’s powered by a network of remarkable local guides and community organisations in Latin America. They connect travellers with remarkable local experts who offer a range of carefully crafted journeys that directly benefit the communities of Latin America.

Shop at: aldea.travel

Gift Cards (with a difference)

The Charity Shop Gift Card are a social enterprise that has launched the UK’s only gift card that can be spent exclusively in charity shops. The gift card provides a truly sustainable gift for those looking to shop more consciously. The gift card can be spent in hundreds of charity shops across the UK with more shops being added all the time.

EcoSwap is an All-In-One Gift Card for Sustainable and Ethical Brands. It’s the perfect gift for any occasion with a fantastic range of eco-friendly and ethical retailers to redeem from. All Brands are certified by either B Corporation, 1% for the Planet or Climate Neutral or they are a charity registered in the UK to ensure that they are genuinely sustainable and ethical.

Shop at: ecoswap.uk

Thanks for helping to support UK businesses and the planet. Happy Christmas!

If you supply high quality ethically sourced and environmentally conscious gifts and would be interested in featuring in a future guide, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Two Shoes Creative are a branding web design agency. They are all about helping ethical businesses and charities evolve and expand.

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