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. UpCircle beauty products - made from re-purposed coffee grounds

UpCircle creates 100% natural skincare products made by re-purposing coffee grounds from cafes across London. 

Whether you're in need of some self-care or you know someone who loves planet-friendly beauty products, UpCircle are a great choice, especially as they contain no palm oil, silicones, parabens, mineral oil, parfum, sulfates or SLS & SLEs (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate)

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. Organic and Vegan Clay Face Mask

100% vegan, cruelty-free and palm oil free, this face mask is handmade in small batches, so nothing goes to waste and quality is ensured for every order. With no preservatives, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate or other harsh chemicals, this is a truly planet friendly face-mask.

    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.