10 best eco-friendly Christmas gifts

Whether it’s by packing your reusable coffee cup and tote bag in the morning or thinking carefully about the gifts you choose to give the people you love, the small choices we make as shoppers can have a big impact on our planet and our community.

The British Red Cross gift shop features a range of sustainable gifts from brands big and small, all doing their bit to help planet and people - from ethical standards of production and transparency in the supply chain to using eco-friendly materials and minimising waste.

On top of that, every purchase enables us to continue to be there for the most vulnerable people in our communities, with all profits going back into the British Red Cross. You can read more about our work here.

1. Bags made from recycled bottles

These unique eco-friendly bags come in a range of eye-catching, bold designs but more impressively, are all made from recycled plastic water bottles. 

2. Circular Cup - 100% recycled reusable coffee cup

The world’s first, 100% leak-proof reusable coffee cup, made from single-use paper cups. The perfect eco-friendly swap for a coffee or tea-lover who is always on the go.

3. Face scrubs - made from re-purposed coffee grounds

These face scrubs from UpCircle are made with repurposed Arabica coffee grounds from London cafes. Sustainable, vegan, cruelty-free and UK-made with fully recyclable packaging.

Whether you're in need of some self-care or you know someone who loves planet-friendly beauty products, these would make a great choice. Coming in a range of scents:

Citrus Blend

Herbal Blend

Floral Blend

4. Oak wood candle cubes

Handmade to order, these candle holders are made from reclaimed wood and are perfect for holding standard size tealights. They’re also designed and handcrafted by an independent maker in England, so each purchase is not only supporting the British Red Cross but supporting a small business owner at the same time.

5. Bamboo Travel Cutlery Set

Did you know 50,000,000,000 pieces of single-use plastic cutlery are thrown away into landfills and oceans each year? 

This is why shopping consciously for products like this cutlery pouch can make a huge difference. Made from 100% sustainable Mao Bamboo, this cutlery set is completely biodegradable and would make the perfect gift for someone who is always on the go or a new parent with hungry little ones!

6. Organic Cotton Make up Remove Pads & Wash Bag

Ditch single-use wipes and switch to these plastic-free, vegan and organic cotton make-up remover pads, packaged in a handy cotton wash bag. 

We think these would make a really cute gift, especially paired with one of our UpCircle eco-friendly beauty products.

7. Cinnamon and Ginger Chai Soap Bar

Certified Organic, 100% natural, palm oil free, vegan & cruelty-free and made in the UK. This This soap is made with residual chai spices used to create Henny & Joe's chai syrup. With pink clay to reduce redness, irritation and spots and organic cinnamon and ginger oils to give skin a reviving boost. This is a truly planet friendly soap.

8. Port West Notebooks (various colours)

Know a friend who loves to journal? These notebooks aren't just beautiful, they're made with the planet in mind. Handmade in London & Kent from 100% FSC-Recycled and Post-Consumer Waste paper, and then naturally dyed. Post-consumer waste paper refers to paper that has already been tossed into the recycling bin and then is repurposed into new recycled paper. All carbon emissions released in the production of this notebook's paper are offset.

9. Biodegradable Coconut Kitchen Scourers

Perfect for that friend who binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo or if you're looking for an eco-friendly stocking filler with a story.

These are made from coconut coir waste (a fibre taken from the outer husk of a coconut) and one tree is planted by Zero Waste Club for every pack of scourers sold.

10. ‘Hello Sunshine’ - eco-friendly print

Gift a loved one some sunshine with this eco-friendly print.

Printed in the UK using 100% renewable energy on the highest quality 250gm, 100% post-consumer recycled paper.