With Christmas just over a month away, I’m going to guess you’ll be in one of two camps: the camp that has almost finished all their shopping and just needs a couple more things, or like me, hasn’t bought a single thing yet! Either way, hopefully this blog will help provide some inspiration.
I have always loved supporting small businesses, and I think this is even more important at the moment given the current economic climate. In this blog I have rounded-up 16 online small businesses that sell wonderful, sustainable and eco-friendly gifts that you can treat your loved ones (or yourself!) to this Christmas.
Shida Preserved Flowers
Preserved real flowers that last up to a year, which are 100% bio-degradable (unlike fake flowers) and help to greatly reduce waste and transportation costs (compared to fresh flowers). There’s different bouquets to choose from, and you can send them as letterbox flowers, or with a vase. I bought some back in summer and they’re still going strong.
Preserved hand-picked roses, which also last up to a year. They are preserved without the use of toxic chemicals, plastics or synthetic fibres. Their collections look like actual artwork, with roses of all colours and sizes placed delicately within sculptures, terrariums or display boxes. A unique gift that will be cherished.
Eco-friendly products including weekly planners, journals, desk pads and even meeting notebooks. The covers are 100% rayon and the insides use recycled paper and vegetable-based ink. Perfect for stationery lovers who want something stylish and understated.
VENT for Change
Another eco-friendly stationery company with a range of notebooks, sketchbooks, pocket books and pencils that are bold and eye-catching. Proceeds from every product sold go towards supporting children’s education projects worldwide as well.
Bringsty Vintage Living
A treasure trove full of antiques, upcycled furniture and homeware which I visited in person earlier this year and picked up a few things. Would highly recommend visiting if you’re ever near Hereford, in the meantime you can purchase some of their great finds online too.
Table 30 Three
Handmade homewares including coasters, trinket dishes and Christmas decorations. Each item is made from Jesmonite, an eco-resin which is water based and environmentally friendly, and produces some gorgeous designs. Bespoke pieces can also be ordered.
Fox and Willow Dorset
Hand-poured soy wax candles that are 100% cruelty free, free from parabens, silicone, PEG and phthalate, and vegan friendly. Scents include gingerbread, baked bread, sugared berry and mulled wine. The packaging looks lovely and is fully recyclable too.
Basil & Ford
Old and discarded things such as books, vintage maps and even cigarette cards are given a new lease of life with cool typography and designs added on top. Getting one of these added to my own Christmas list immediately, but it’ll be hard to pick only one!
Evergreen Soap Company
All natural, artisan soaps that are full of nourishing oils and butters and are delivered in recyclable packaging. A variety of different and unique scents to choose from including spearmint and pink clay, charcoal, rose and cedarwood, and blood orange and cinnamon.
Bain and Savon
A small family-run company that produces vegan, natural soap and skin care. Lots of products to choose from including face cleansers and clay masks, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, foot scrubs and bath bombs. I’m rather intrigued by the shampoo bars myself.
The company’s vision is to “see a world where the nail and beauty products people use are safe to them as well as the environment”. Their large range of nail polishes are sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free, and pregnancy safe. As someone who always paints their nails, I’ll be trying these soon! They also offer a range of lipsticks too.
Zoe Bee Beauty
Natural and vegan skincare that looks good enough to eat! The face creams look whipped and fluffy and the selection includes rose quartz, charcoal and oat, coffee and walnut, and avocado and aloe. There is a lot of high praise for these products online, and it seems like they sell out within minutes of restocking.
Different items are available including greetings cards and beauty kits, however my favourites are the gorgeous handmade frames that display pressed flowers. A great gift for those who love nature and the outdoors. For every purchase made, the company contributes 20p towards an environmental cause.
Using recycled, vintage, sustainable and organic fabrics, this family-run company produces sleep masks, wash bags, make up bags, shower caps, coin purses and tote bags. For a small company, I was impressed by the wide range of different patterns and designs to choose from.
World of Bamboo
Offers a range of sustainable alternatives to everyday items that usually include plastic, such as razors, cotton buds, and travel cutlery, as well as full starter kits. This is a great idea for anyone you know who is beginning their journey to living a more sustainable life.
Pretty Bee Fresh
Alternatives to plastic and cling film, these beeswax wraps are resuable, eco-friendly and are ideal for those who like cooking up a storm in the kitchen. The wraps can last up to a year, sometimes they might start to lose a bit of their stickiness or get little cracks but these can be fixed with their repair wax set.
Do you know of any great small businesses selling sustainable gifts? Feel free to share in the comments below!
Image credits in this post belong to the individual companies featured.