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With Christmas just a few weeks away now, it is time. I know, I know, we all hate gift guides, but I feel a responsibility to offer you an alternative guide, as I have done each year. Its eco friendly gifts this year! The last two years, I have tried to supply you with ideas for “conscious gifts” If you have been with me a while, you know I am not a fan of encouraging you to buy stuff, especially stuff you do not need. So I try to give you ideas for gifts that not only delight the person you are giving them to, but also give back in some way.
This year I have decided to do my gift guide a little differently. I thought I would compile a list of planet friendly gifts. I wrote this list with the travel lovers in your life, in my mind. I like the idea of looking after our planet with the gifts we buy. I have also tried to leave out bamboo toothbrushes and reusable straws and coffee cups. Lets face it, we have seen them on every eco gift guide there is, plus I covered them in this post, Easy Plastic free Swaps. I hope you find this post useful!
Of course, we all know that buying new stuff leads to more stuff being made. Such is the circle of commercialism. But there are places we can source gifts that the eco conscious person in your life will appreciate. For example, if you are looking at buying a book for someone, secondhand bookshops, ebay, even local charity shops are all worth a look. Looking for a designer item for a lucky person in your life? Then places like Vestiaire Collective are a great place to look. As they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure after all!
You could of course gift things like experiences as opposed to items. Guarantees that your gift won’t end up in land fill then! For me, it is my absolute favourite thing to give and receive. You know my mantra, “A head full of memories, not a house full of things”. You can read about one such experience I have gifted in previous years, in this post, A Date With Churchill. We had such a great day out. A fab gift. Ok, here are a few ideas…..
A subscription to Audible – You know my love of books. I devour them. They do take up precious weight from your carry on allowance though! So, with audible, there is no need to buy or take books on your travels, just download them and way you go! This is such a brilliant idea for anyone, not just the travel lover! ***Special Offer – you can get 50% off of 4 months subscription to Audible until 14th December!! Offer available here
Charity Donation – One of my favourite charities is Born Free, and adopting an animal to support their work is an amazing gift. Any travel lover appreciates we need to take action so we do not lose our wildlife. I am sure that the people in your life have things they are passionate about. How about a donation or gift of support in their name?
Responsible Travel Experience – Ok, this would be a very generous gift, but so worthy if you do look to spoil someone. They also donate some of their profits to giving travel to disadvantaged children. This speaks to my heart as I strongly feel that travel really should be for all.
SoKind Registry – Eliminate the risk of unwanted and unused gifts altogether. This website allows you to set up a registry inline with your values. So if its eco travel, experience days, gifts to charities etc you can set them up here and let your loved ones know.
For physical gifts, I will start with the more budget friendly options. Let’s face it, sometimes stocking fillers, and “table gifts” can often mount up to far more cost than we originally intended. These budget friendly options are all £20 or under so might help a little.
Clean Teeth Gift Set – £15.95 – This set is great for the travel lover. Plastic free, and in its own gift bag. The set contains bamboo toothbrush, natural toothpaste and eco friendly floss.
*Zap-It Mosquito Bite Relief – £5.95 – This little zapper is brilliant at taking the itch out of a gnat bite. No chemicals and eco friendly, its effective on up to 1000 bites.
Packing Cubes – £10.99 – Made from high quality polyester, which is derived from recycled bottles. Ideal for making packing easier.
Eco Friendly Lip Balm – £3.50 – Everything about these, including the packaging, are planet, animal and sensitive skin friendly.
Red Hemp BumBag – £19.99 – natural, strong and ideal for keeping your valuables close to hand when travelling.
Hand Made Sari Notebook – £5 – beautiful, handmade note pads to keep those travel details to hand
Deep Ocean Wave Ankle bracelet – £14 – Hand made right here in the UK, these eco friendly and ethically crafted anklets are ideal for sea lovers
Fabric Wash Leaves – £3.49 – These little planet friendly wash sheets are for washing clothes on the go. Ideal if you are backpacking or moving around frequently.
Zero Waste Travel Set – £16.95 – Everything you need for your travels, in one eco friendly bag. Toothbrush, deodorant, toothpaste tablets, shampoo bar and soap.
Natural Deodorant Stick – £6.50 – No Palm oil, parabens or artificial nasties.
Bamboo Quick dry Travel Towel – £19.99 – Made from eco friendly nylon and bamboo fibres. Clips onto outside of luggage.
*Green People Wonder Balm – £32 – This little pot of goodness is a travel lovers dream. I use this religiously. It melts off make up, cleanses the skin, moisturises the lips and soothes dry skin anywhere on the body. All in a 50ml fully recyclable glass jar, and under the liquids limit in hand luggage.
Solar Power Charger Pack – £38.99 – I blooming love these. They fold up to pop in your luggage, but can charge two devices at a time. Brilliant to travel with.
Eco Friendly Travel Wash Bag – £49 – Lots of compartments in this handy bag, including a detachable liquids bag. All made from fully recyclable materials.
Weekend Bag – £139 – I love this brand. Will’s Vegan store is a carbon neutral company, as well as 100% ethical and planet friendly. This bag may seem expensive, but the quality is beautiful and will last you a lifetime.
Lastly, I have my favourite section. Experiences that are sustainable and planet friendly, but give the gift of more memories. I have popped just a few down for inspiration
Glamping Experience – £60 plus – I absolutely loved my glamping in Essex staycation this year. Being amongst nature, sleeping in a candle lit yurt, and going off grid. Bliss! There are so many fantastic glamping sites throughout the UK now, and lots of them are working hard at being totally sustainable. I found this one in Dorset that looks amazing.
Vegan Food Tour London – £80 – I really fancy this. It takes you through Shoreditch and some of its many vegan, sustainable restaurants. Price is for two people to enjoy.
The Green House Hotel, Bournemouth – £100 plus – The Green House hotel takes its impact on the planet very seriously. From locally made carpets in the room, to harnessing the suns power to heat the water, they are leaps ahead in making beautiful accommodation guilt free. I am hoping to stay here next year. Can not wait!
So! There we have it! A real mixed bag of eco friendly gifts, but one that I hope offers at least a tiny bit of useful information. I am always very conscious about the gifts I give and receive, so I really hope I have shown that there is a fair bit out their available for the budding eco warrior. I would love to hear what you think. Do you like the idea of giving gifts that are more eco friendly? Is it something you are becoming more curious about? Do you have anyone in your life that anything here could be suitable for? I would love to hear your thoughts xx.
Please note, items marked with * have been gifted previously.
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