A list of all the gifts you were about to search for online

That’s right, we’re here to save the day. We know that around this time of the year, pre festive gift jitters can start to arise and concerns on how to protect the planet at the same time as treating the people you love, can nudge their way to the surface.

Is it really possible to buy into (pun intended) the indulgence of Christmas whilst remaining sustainable or even positively impactful? Here at ecomersh, we like to think so, and that’s why we’re here to help.

Pro tips for sustainable shopping:

Buy from small businesses closest to you to reduce mileage. 

You can massively reduce carbon impact by buying from local sellers or within your own country. Not only that, every time you buy from an independent small business, someone somewhere does a happy dance. Your pound really affects smaller companies, so spend it wisely.

Check out the packaging. 

Is it packaged in plastic or can it be sent without? Do they use environmentally friendly packaging like cardboard or natural papers? Plus – how are you gift wrapping it? Why not tie a string or ribbon around some newspaper or baking paper, rustic, hip and plant-safe. Or check out some of these gorgeous reusable gift bags, job done.

Lifetime guarantee. 

Consider whether the item you’re buying is something that has longevity in the recipient’s life. Sure, we’re not saying a box of delicious vegan chocolates is going to stick around for long, but, if you’re buying something non-consumable, make sure it’s good quality, has a lifetime guarantee if applicable or can easily be make-do-and-mended if something were to happen. Even consider – do they really need it or would they use it?

With all these rules to sustainable shopping, the practice can seem a little daunting. Fortunately we are here to help with some fab ideas for those even more fabulous people in your life. You can click on the images below to be taken to the product page and purchase if they look like a great gift for friends and family!

The best of below £10 (stocking fillers!):

Funky Soap Shop – Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Balm £8.99. We love it because it comes in biodegradable cardboard packaging, it’s fabulously festive and it’s totally vegan!

Blushberry Botanicals – Coconut & Lime Face Scrub £8+. Small batch, natural and organic ingredients make this scrub not only absolutely delicious (don’t eat it!) but good for the planet.

 

Organic Worldwide – Besaki Tealight Holder £10. This beautiful, hand carved tea light holder is zero waste, repurposed from the coconut oil process, and supports the local communities that make them.

Marward Crochet – Heart Earrings £5. These gorgeous accessories come in a range of seven different colours and the wool is vegan, plastic-free and hypoallergenic!

High & Dry – Natural Lip Balm £4. The perfect easy stocking filler comes in totally compostable packaging. Scented with a hint of rosemary and perfect to protect against chapped lips.

For the matriarch of the family:

Forever Daisy – Seaweed and Aloe Eye Gel £9.95. This gorgeous cooling under eye product is guaranteed to give the recipient a bright eye and a skip in their step! Plus it’s vegan.

Soap Daze – Joy Pink Salt Bath Mylk £18. Another fantastic vegan bath product, with sandalwood, rosewood and French Pink clay for the ultimate bath experience.

Siyana London – Meenakshi Organic Scarf £39. Handwoven by artisans of Madurai Tamil Nadu in India this scarf is made from locally grown organic cotton.

For the eco-conscious:

Life Less Ordinary – Tagua Nut Turtle Earrings £9.99. A unique and beautiful plant alternative to ivory, tagua nut is hardy and absolutely stunning.

Kitleys – Make Your Own Oat Milk £22.99. Finding ways to consume less plastic isn’t always easy but this awesome kit teaches you how to make your own milk at home. Teach a man to fish…

Earth Kind Creations – Cutlery Pouch £9+. Take your own cutlery wherever you go in this stylish pouch with unique eco-products. Perfect for picnics, festivals, lunch breaks and more!

For the man that has everything:

Life Less Ordinary – Vegan Cork Watch £30. The perfect gift for dad, brother or boyfriend, this gorgeous vegan cork watch is easy on the planet and easy on the eyes.

Sloth London – Ochre Bed Linen £100. Gorgeous, high quality, pesticide free bamboo sheets for those with the crispest bedroom style.

I Am Ecoist – Stainless Steel Water Bottle £10. Top quality leak-proof stainless steel bottle, easy cleaning and 500ml, ideal for work or gym.

For babies & their caregivers

Marward Crochet – Crochet Heart Bunting £15. A gorgeous choice to spread the love in any nursery, vegan, plastic-free and machine washable!

The Little Owl – Spring Luxury Dribble Bib £7.99. A gorgeous dining option for little ones, made from sustainable cotton and bamboo, machine-washable and extra thick.

Bee Lux by Rosa – Rainbow Beeswax Wraps £4.70+. Made with organic British beeswax, pine resin and jojoba oil, these wraps keep food fresh and they’re fun to refresh!

Phew… that’s just a taste of some of the great presents you can buy on ecomersh. Not only that, but you can be safe in the knowledge that you are supporting local, independent, eco-friendly and sustainable companies. Happy gifting!