While we love to spoil our loved ones at Christmas time, gifting shouldn't have to cost the Earth.
Whether you're on the hunt for something gram-worthy for your stylish mate, or you simply want to use the opportunity to intro your family and friends to sustainable brands that will change their lives for the better—giving eco-friendly and ethical gifts has never been easier.
We’ve ensured that each of the brands chosen has sustainability and the planet at the forefront.
Here are 21 ethical and eco-friendly gift ideas to give this Christmas.
Ecto Bodysurfing Handplane In Wood 11"
For the water baby in your life, gift them this seriously cool EctoWood Handplane which helps bodysurfers gain speed and lift when cruising a wave. The sustainable Paulownia wood ensures improved performance in any condition whilst offering paddling freedom. It’s perfect for beginners, casuals and elites alike. Support this Aussie brand right here.
PE Nation Top Spin Short And Sports Bra
For the friend or family member that loves to get their daily steps in, these sustainably made P.E. Nation bike shorts and matching sports bra are sure to be a hit this Christmas. These activewear staples are cut from a sustainable, recycled fabrication with added stretch properties in a shiny finish for a sculpting fit. Featuring a supportive high-rise waistband with a cool tie-dye print, they’re sustainable chic at its best. Shop them here.
Pana Organic Peanut Butter & Chocolate Spread (200g)
If peanut butter and chocolate had a baby, this jar of spreadable deliciousness would be it. Melbourne chocolatiers Pana Organic, have created this sweet treat perfect on toast, in doughnuts or licked straight off a spoon (no judgement here). It’s also gluten-free, diary-free, vegan and certified organic. Who wouldn’t want to find this in their Christmas stocking? Shop it here.
Avant Studio Letter Necklace
There’s just something about a personalised gift that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. And when said personalised gift is a stunning and timeless necklace from sustainable jewelers Avant Studio then you’ve basically won Christmas. With an ethos of female empowerment, environmental responsibility, social justice and supporting local and international communities, each piece from Avant supports a different cause in need. Shop this gold-plated necklace here.
Seed & Sprout Stainless Steel Smoothie Cup
Perfect for those daily summer smoothies, we’d be stoked to find this Seed & Sprout stainless steel smoothie cup under the Christmas tree. With sleek minimalist design and plastic-free eco credentials, it will keep your smoothie cold all day thanks to its double-wall design. And the tubular design and wider-than-usual neck make it easy to clean—see ya later day-old kale. Make your loved ones' life easier and more sustainable right here.
Maple & Sage Berry Dark Chocolate Slab
Just quietly, who doesn’t love chocolate? And when it looks as pretty as this slab, you know you’re on to a winner. Made with love on the Sunshine Coast, the dark chocolate and berry bar is a mix of dehydrated strawberries, dried edible flowers, freeze dried raspberries and puffed quinoa. It’s also 100% vegan so everyone can enjoy it. Shop it here.
Eco Modern Essentials
Because we’re all about embracing self care, you can’t go wrong with this Eco Modern Essentials gift pack. Perfect for someone who is just starting out their oil journey, this trio is made up of Eco Modern’s best-sellers. It includes lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil and frankincense essential oil. It’s currently on sale too (winning), shop it here.
Bed Threads 100% French Flax Linen Unisex Bathrobe In Tumeric
Nothing screams holidays more than a luxe robe and we’re loving this 100% French flax linen number from the legends at Bed Threads. Keeping maximum comfort in mind during the design process, the midi-length robe boasts one particularly comfy detail—a belt that ties at the hips, not the waist. Genius, right? Shop this unisex robe here and make someone’s Christmas.
Nash + Banks CAMBIO SOCCER BALL
For adults and kids alike you can’t go wrong with this PARK Cambio Soccer Ball,—a special collab between PARK x SoccerBible x Common Goal. For every PARK Le Football Féminin ball purchased, another identical ball will be passed to a girl at the Chitral Women's Sports Club in northern Pakistan. Two gifts for the price of one, with sustainability at its core—we dig that! Shop it here.
Adidas Original Supercourt Vegan
For the person who has everything, you can’t go past a pair of crisp white kicks. And even better, these beauties are part of the brand’s Clean Classics collection so they’re made with Primegreen, a selection of recycled material from Adidas Originals. Sure, this shoe alone might not help save the planet, but what you do in them could. Grab a pair here.
Seed & Sprout Baker's Dozen Gift Set
Perfect for the baker in your life, get them started on their sustainable journey with this epic gift set from plastic-free warriors Seed & Sprout. In the pack you’ll score two Un-Baking Paper reusable food grade silicone baking mats, 12 food grade Silicone Muffin Cips, a set of six large stretch lids and a set of four Round Eco Stow glass containers, all wrapped up in a cute gift bag. With a thoughtful gift like this, surely you'll score free baked good for life? Shop this epic gift here.
Aere SS Linen Shirt In Rust
One of our go-to labels for summer threads, Sydney label AERE, offers sustainable wardrobe staples in neutral hues and time-honoured fits. Perfect for your brother, dad or lover, this lightweight, linen shirt in rust won’t break the bank and is perfect for Christmas day. Shop it here.
The Body Shop Squeeze & Share Hand Cream Crackers
Cute packaging, combined with dreamy-scented products—you’re onto a winner here folks. Dish out some sweet surprises this Christmas with six 30ml hand creams in various scents like almond milk and honey, strawberry, Mango and British rose. Plus, you can feel good about your buys this Christmas because every purchase from The Body Shop will support a national program run by Launch Housing helping women experiencing homelessness. Shop the stocking-sized superheroes here.
Haus Of Dizzy Barbie Heart Earrings
Everyone likes a little bit of sparkle in their Christmas stocking and Haus Of Dizzy is the place to find it. Made in Melbourne by proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson, these sparkly stunners are laser cut and finished with a holographic glitter. Grab a pair for your mate (or yourself) right here.
Leif Body Double In Desert Lime
You just can’t go wrong with some luxe body balms at Christmas. We dig Aussie brand Leif who’s range of bath and beauty products are all vegan, cruelty-free and are inspired by native botanicals. Our fave is this desert lime gift pack that pairs up a healing and herbal cleanser and lotion. They’re packed high in Vitamin C, sandalwood and eucalyptus. Shop it here.
Bonds Organic Undies
Ok so it might not be the most exciting gift out there but damn, it’s always a handy stocking filler. And if you’re going to gift undies to your loved ones, then you absolutely want to make sure you pick a sustainable pair. Our top pick is Bonds new Organics range. Coming in a variety of cuts and colours they’re all crafted from organic GOTS-certified cotton grown using sustainable farming practices. We dig that and your bod will too. Shop men's here, and women's here.
Natalie Marie Jewellery Calder Ring
For that someone really special in your life, treat them to this delicate stunner from Aussie jewellery designer Natalie Marie. Handmade to order, this 9ct yellow gold in a minimalist, geometric-shaped design is the kind of piece you’ll want to wear every single day. With a dedication to sustainability from start to finish, this ethical label is absolutely worthy of your hard-earned cash. Treat someone right here.
For your green-thumbed mate, give them the ultimate gift this Christmas with Airgarden. This game-changing vertical garden uses innovative (and seriously cool) technology developed by NASA that allows you to grow up to 30 plants in less than one square metre, so no matter if you have a backyard, courtyard, rooftop or apartment balcony, you can start growing your dinner on the daily. Buy one here.
Bondi Born Turkish And Terry Towel
When you live in Australia, you can literally never have too many towels and this lightweight, quick-drying baby from Bondi Born is the ultimate summer accessory. Made in Sydney, Bondi Born is dedicated to the sustainable way of life, and is currently undergoing their B Corp Certification so you know they’re legit! Shop their rad towels here.
The Hunger Project
Did you know that there are still 690 million people living in hunger? While parts of the world consume too much, too many people do not have enough to survive, let alone live the life we in Australia often take for granted. The good news is, you can help thanks to The Hunger Project. They’ve reached 16.5 million people across 13,600 communities worldwide, and trained 500,000 local leaders in remote, rural villages in India, Bangladesh, Africa and Latin America. And right now, EthicalJobs.com.au has committed to match, dollar for dollar, any investment made to The Hunger Project Australia until 31 January 2021, up to a total of $30,000. Just $25 can teach an adult to read and write for the first time. Head here to make a donation in your loved ones name.
TWOOBS The OG In Abby Wam-Black
We have big love for this vegan brand and the siblings (Jess and Stef Dadon) behind it. While we guarantee you’d be on to a winning gift with any of their shoes, you can’t go wrong with their classic Jett Jaya sandals. With a serrated flatforms base and Neoprene-feel elastane upper, they’re comfy and sustainable. A winning duo. Shop them here.
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Image Credit: TWOOBS, Iconic, The Body Shop, Bonds, P.E Nation, Avant Studio, Eco Modern Essentials
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