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Sustainable Secret Santa Ideas

By Kelly Green
06.12.18

Stuck for sustainable gift ideas for your Secret Santa? Look no further...
updated: 01.11.19

At Eco-Age HQ we're getting ready to exchange our sustainable secret santa gifts next week - and if like us you're only looking for sustainable or homemade options £10 and under, here are some ideas to inspire the perfect present:

Turtle Bags, from £6.00

Know someone in the office that always forgets to bring their bag for life on the lunch run?  These GOTS certified organic cotton string bags from Turtle Bags make a stylish and sustainable gift that's perfect for plastic-free grocery shopping - choose from a range of colours and long or short handles.

Reusable Metal, Glass or Bamboo Straws

For all of the festive drinks over the next few weeks, encourage your Secret Santa recipient to ditch plastic straws for good with a set of reusable metal, glass or bamboo straws. We found ours at our local zero waste shop for £1.79 each. 

Organic Cotton Bowl Cover, £6

For that friend who has #SundayPrep down to a fine art, these GOTS certified organic cotton bowl covers have been handprinted using water based ink - ideal for protecting leftover food as a replacement for clingfilm. 

Natural Handmade Cocoa Butter Soap Bar, £5.95

These colourful and quirky soap bars from The Printed Peanut are handmade in Yorkshire, England, using cocoa butter and olive oil to create a moisturising and nourishing bar of soap. They contain no SLS, parabens or palm oil and are vegan, not tested on animals and arrive wrapped in 100% recycled paper that has been printed in the UK using water based, eco-friendly inks. You can't go wrong.

Soy Wax + Essential Oil Candle, from £10

If your Secret Santa recipient could do with some calm and relaxation this holiday season, Join luxury candles are a fail-safe gift. Handcrafted in London in small batches and scented with essential oils, they are 100% natural, vegan and cruelty free. 

Organic Hand Cream, £10

This organic hand cream by Under your Skin is both nourishing and detoxifying, blended from powerful antioxidant stem cells found in milk thistle. Packaging is made of biodegradable sugar cane making this a great plastic-free present.

Available from reve-en-vert.com 

Natural & Vegan Lip Balm, £4.80

A welcome gift for winter, this vegan, cruelty-free lip balm from Bloomtown contains natural and organic oils to soothe sore lips (but no palm oil, parabens, sulphates, synthetic colours or synthetic fragrances).  By buying this balm you'll also be supporting environmental and social causes, as Bloomtown dontates 10% of its profits to such causes.

Beebombs, £7.99

If you've picked a keen gardener for secret santa, when planeted these beebomb seedballs will create a beautiful wildflower area perfect for the bees and other pollinators. Handmade in Dorset using local clay and a mix of 18 native wildflower seeds, these will brighten up any garden space whilst encouraging growth in the bee population.

Available from ethicalshop.org

Exfoliating & Moisturising Sugar Scrub, from £6.50

Give the gift of some home pampering with Bloomtown's exfoliating sugar scrub.  Starting at under £10, these vegan, palm oil-free, cruelty-free sugar scrubs are made from scratch in Cornwall using only natural exfoliants and nourishing botanicals, including British-grown sugar.  As an extra gift, 10% of Bloomtown's profits are donated to environmental and social causes.

Organic Nail Varnish by AILA Cosmetics, £10

Know someone who is never seen without a perfect manicure? This fast drying, chip resistant nail varnish will last longer than your average manicure, as well as being vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free. Though AILA do not claim to be chemical-free, these nail varnishes do not contain the eight most toxic ingredients commonly found in nail products.

Available from reve-en-vert.com

Reindeer Ethical Socks by Thought Clothing, £5.95

These sustainable festive socks from Thought Clothing are made with super soft bamboo blend making them breathable, natural, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so your feet (and the planet) stay happy and healthy. 

Available from plasticfreedom.co.uk

 

Or why not try making your Secret Santa gift this year? See our homemade Christmas gift ideas and for more inspiration browse our ethical stocking fillers.

Sustainable Secret Santa Ideas