12 Ethical Gifts for Christmas and the Holiday Season

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It's never been easier to give and find ethical Christmas gifts this year.

Whether you're looking for a sustainable stocking filler or a wonderful gift that will last for years, there are no end of ethical brands that have the perfect present for everyone.

Scroll down to discover some of our favourite ethical gift ideas for Christmas 2022. We won't judge you if you end up treating yourself too, after all you'll be supporting purpose lead brands who really care about our planet.

1. Rugged Nature

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Give the guy in your life a moisturising treat from Rugged Nature, who make 100% natural hair wax, beard oil and other grooming routine essentials. All of them come in metal tins and are made in the UK by a family company committed to reducing the impact of men's products.

2. Boho Eve Macrame

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Who doesn't love homewares gifts at Christmas, especially handmade and sustainable ones? Help a loved one show off their houseplants with a stunning plant hanger from Boho Eve or their knotted keyrings, perfect for finding your keys in a hurry.

3. Kind Socks

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It's not Christmas without some new socks, but this year make those socks ones that are ethically produced and kind to the planet. Kind Socks have endless bright prints and their unisex organic cotton socks are made in Turkey at a certified ethical factory.

4. Eden Perfumes

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Give this classic Christmas present an ethical makeover and choose a perfume that's vegan friendly and cruelty free (many aren't). Eden Perfumes, based in Brighton, have a wide range of ethically produced perfumes for only £18 a bottle. Many of them are their in-house versions of global classics so there will be something for everyone.

5. Fauna Brewing

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Buying beer and giving to charity are both popular Christmas gifts, but how about doing them both together? Say cheers to Fauna Brewing, where every can of craft beer supports a range of wildlife conservation charities. Their gift pack is only £10 and comes in a cool triangle cardboard box.

6. Moksa

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Give the gift of good sleep, with a Christmas gift set from Moksa, who create natural, handcrafted skincare that's plastic free and makes the perfect ethical present. The Sleepy Time Cleanse & Calm Kit contains oils and mists made from lavender, chamomile and mandarin.

7. Handmade Candle Co / Otter Candle Co

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You can't go wrong with gorgeous candles at Christmas that will light up your loved ones' home. Mainstream candles are often made with petroleum and toxic chemicals so swap to the Handmade Candle Co who use 100% domestically grown soy wax for vegan friendly candles in amber glass jars or try Otter Candle Co whose glass jarred scents support the The Zoological Society of London.

8. Minima

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Ethical jewellery is growing in popularity and there are some fantastic British brands striving to lower their impact. Minima (based in Norfolk) makes stunning minimal, geometric jewellery from recycled gold and silver. Their cult stackable gold rings will look good on anyone's fingers.

9. Piglet in Bed

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You can never go wrong with going cozy. These piglet in bed linen pyjamas get softer with every wash, and their classic styles are sure to please. Linen's natural long fibres help to regulate your body temperature as you sleep with its breathability and high moisture absorbency. They're incredibly comfortable, and are a gift you can use every single day (or night).

10. The Basket Room

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Pretty baskets and homewares are often the things we buy for others and not ourselves so make someone's day this Christmas with an ethically made, brightly coloured basket from The Basket Room. Or include the pooch this year and give them a stunning hand woven dog bed made from indigenous veta vera grasses in Northern Ghana.

11. OneNine5

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For a friend or loved one who is commuting, working from home and cafes, OneNine5 have a fabulous eco-friendly laptop sleeve padded with coconut coir, made of recycled plastic and vegan leather, that looks super stylish. It wouldn't look out of place in the smartest co-working space.

12. Chocolate & Co

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It's not Christmas without a bar of indulgent chocolate or two, so this year make chocolate gifts ethical too. This organic and Fairtrade certified chocolate brand has luxurious looking gift sets for only £16.99, which feature dark, milk and vegan friendly dark chocolate in biodegradable packaging. Aside from supporting cacao growers Chocolate & Co have already planted 28,000 trees.