Ethical & Eco-friendly Gift Ideas

This list gives you more than 25 ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas to get you started for a positive and sustainable gifting period!

That time of the year when you’re being blasted by advertising, promotions, pre-Christmas discounts, the dreaded Black Friday avalanche, events you need to attend, some you need to organise, gift lists, to-do lists and ahhh … I feel you!

Curating a gift list for the ones you love can also be tiring, amongst all the other things you need to get done, and you don’t want to waste your money on things they won’t enjoy.


Think about what that person likes to do and what they would need – heck, go and ask them even! Consider being more ethical and sustainable this season by

  • buying from ethical and eco-friendly brands (you’ve got quite a selection below!)
  • thrifting pre-loved items
  • make a DIY beauty product or a homemade food product
  • treat them out for an outdoors adventure and a homemade meal or outdoor picnic
  • instead of buying stuff, donate to your favourite charity or sponsor a child – here’s one that I personally am very close to.

If you’re willing to spend a dime, spend it on positive impact brands; brands that have an ethical business practice, practice fair trade, protect the environment, make a social impact. Choose the brand according to your own ethical values – this list of ethical and eco-friendly brands touches some of my values regarding ethics or sustainability in one way or another. You make your choice.

If you are looking for something for yourself and you’re interested in curating a more sustainable and ethical wardrobe please read FAQs on Sustainable Fashion which includes some tips on how to go about the transition.

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Multi-Brand Ethical & Eco-friendly Online Stores

Here’s a list of ethical online sites that curated a number of ethical and eco-friendly brands or pre-loved and vintage.

Shop fair trade goods on Made Trade.

Bead & Reel Brands are committed to mindfulness in Fashion

Mamoq – a holistic approach to sustainable fashion

Good Gifts – Canada based ethical gift site

Rent contemporary women’s designer clothes – a full wardrobe at your fingertips with free shipping

Pre-Loved Vintage Designer Luxury Items from around the globe with Open for Vintage UK

Ethical & Eco-friendly Sustainable Fashion

Forest friendly fashion by TAMGA Designs – floral prints on eco-fabrics, carbon offset and reforestation projects.

Fair Trade Fashion Essentials by People Tree – Free delivery on orders over £50 (until 30 Dec 2019)

ethical & eco-friendly gift ideas
People Tree UK

Zero-Waste & Vegan fashion Essentials by Tonle

Sustainable Artisanal Fashion by MATTER

Eco-friendly & Contemporary Garments by Rakha

Natural dyed, organic handmade Kimono by Studio NEBA

ethical & eco-friendly gift ideas
Organic, Natural Dyed Kimono by Studio NEBA

Ethical Footwear

Vegan Footwear by Bhava

Ethical Shoe brands curated by Made Trade

Transparent and Ethical Handcrafted Shoes by The Cano Shoe

Eco-friendly Underwear & Lingerie

Vegan Underwear by Chakra Intimates

Comfy Hemp-Cotton undies by WAMA Underwear

ethical & eco-friendly gift ideas

Ethical Lingerie inspired by nature by AmaElla

Ethical & Social Impact Accessories

Minimalist Jewellery handcrafted by marginalised youth by Kind Karma

Handcrafted Semi-Precious Stone Bracelets providing women employment opportunities and quality education in Nepal by Crafts by Maya Universe

Cruelty-free & Vegan Watches by Time IV Change

Sunglasses that give back spectacles in Ghana by Pala Eyewear

Sunglasses that give back eyesight through cataract treatments in Nepal by Anthopose Eyewear

Silkworm friendly – Ahimsa Silk Handwoven Scarf ethically made by Khali Khutta

Sustainable Home & Living

Ethically sourced Home & Living Goods by Made Trade artisans

Luxury Artisanal Pieces curated from Nepal by Kathika Lifestyle

Handmade Hemp Cotton Yoga mat, ethically made by Khali Khutta

ethical & eco-friendly gift ideas

Ethical Children’s Gift Ideas

Ethically handcrafted toys by Zeiki Learning, a non-profit social enterprise

Ethical & Eco-friendly Natural Personal Care

Ethical Pure Essential Oils that give back – doTERRA

Organic & Zero-Waste Deodrants by Coconut Matter

Eco-friendly & Organic Beauty Care by Earth Hero

Cruelty-Free Skin Care & Beauty by The Body Shop UK

Remember, choose a gift that is aligned to your and the receivers’ personal values. I encourage you to dig into the brand to ensure that the brands’ values suit yours 🙂 Happy gifting! Go on and make it a positive one.

Cover Photo: by Evie Shaffer from Pexels