Small Brand & Eco-Friendly Christmas Gift Guide 2021
From a tantalizing treat box to an epic cheese-making kit - all the gifts in this edit have one thing in common: they are crafted and produced by small brands who prioritise sustainability and ethical practices that protect the planet.
This list hopes to make your gift-buying mission a little bit easier, and a lot more eco-friendly.
Sauce Shop's BBQ Box £12.49
Fans of flavour will love this trio of BBQ Sauces from Sauce Shop - a small company based out of Nottingham who support carbon reduction projects across the world. They have promised to plant one tree for every online order, and this box includes their OG BBQ Sauce, as well as a Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce and Smoky Chipotle Ketchup.
Grow Your Own Herbal Tea Kit £14
Pleasing a tea-lover is easy. Options for beautiful tea gift sets can be found everywhere, but this “grow your own herbal tea kit” is much more fun! The kit from New Leaf Nurseries includes four different types of seeds: Lemon Balm, Fennel, Chamomile and Mint, and comes with everything needed (including recipe ideas) to create refreshing homemade cuppas!
The Little Coffee Company’s Roasted & Ground Ethiopian Coffee £16
The Little Coffee Company is a great, small brand supporting female-led coffee ventures around the world. With beans that are ethically sourced from Ethiopia and roasted in London, it’s a bonus that this coffee comes in a cute, pink, very Instagrammable tin.
Eating for Pleasure, People & Planet £15.99
A must-read for any eco-conscious foodie, this book was released last year by Tom Hunt - a British eco-chef who is all about cooking climate friendly cuisine. Not only is it a great cookbook jam-packed with recipes, but it’s also full of impactful information and research, written in an easy-to-read way, that will have anyone fired-up to become a more thoughtful cook and consumer.
Charlie & Ivy’s The Chilli Collection £20
Why not spice up a foodie's life with this fabulous Chilli Collection from Charlie & Ivy's? They make all their products on a farm in Yorkshire, and this particular box will upgrade anyone’s condiment collection. It includes two chilli bread dippers, two mayonnaises (the Chipotle Chilli Mayonnaise could be a useful addition to Boxing Day leftovers) and a smoked chilli dressing.
Mode and Grace Organic Chocolate Fudgy Brownies £22.50
These brownies are definitely superior, gift-worthy brownies. Not only are they fudgy, but floral too! Arriving in a beautifully wrapped box, all Mode and Grace’s brownie ingredients are organic with the chocolate being fairtrade and the eggs being both free-range and sourced locally. There are also gluten and dairy free options available.
Toast’s Beer Taster Pack £24
Toast is on a mission to turn beer lovers into beer activists. They’ve created some pretty great tasting ales, lagers and IPAs which are brewed using excess fresh bread that would otherwise be wasted. By making a positive impact on the food industry, they allocate all distributable profits to charities who fix the food system. So, from the zesty, to the refreshing, to the hoppy - this taster pack of “planet saving beers” gives everyone something to celebrate!
Habulous by Nicky Edmunds’ Ceramic Mug £25
A mug-collection can never be too large - especially when the mugs are as beautiful and eco-friendly as this one by Nicky Edmunds. Her ethical homeware brand Habulous, is based in Dartmoor and creates lovely, sustainable high-quality ceramics set to last a lifetime.
Libby Ballard’s Travel Mug £27
As well as being a beautiful on-the-go travel mug, this ceramic creation would also be a lovely mug to use at home. All of Libby Ballard’s travel mugs come in a variety of seaside inspired colours and shorter tumbler sizes are also available. All of her ceramics are one of a kind, handmade in the UK, and come in beautiful gift boxes (with the option to get them gift wrapped) using recyclable packaging.
Beeswax Wrap Eco Kitchen Starter DIY Bundle £28
Reusable food wrap is fast becoming a staple in most eco-friendly kitchens. These floral beeswax ones are not only practical, but also very pretty! Handmade in the Cotswolds, this starter bundle is perfect for inspiring and aiding a plastic free kitchen. The food wrap comes in two different sizes and an all-natural coconut scrub pad, dish soap and a rewax bar are also included.
Bare Bones Chocolate Collection £30
Bare Bones is a company that truly cares about delicious and ethical chocolate. They have an admirable bean to bar process that prioritises sustainability (the chocolate packaging is even made from recycled coffee cups), and they craft their chocolate in small batches in Glasgow. This collection showcases their five award-winning bars and will make for a very tasty gift.
Black+Blum’s Stainless Steel Lunch Box £31.95
Black+Blum have been creating high-quality plastic-free food containers for over 20 years. This stainless steel lunch box is a practical and impactful gift, and especially great for when office lunches become a thing again. It comes in a simple design with a few colour options and most importantly, it’s leak proof!
Sloe Gin for Liberty London £35
Produced in Yorkshire and crafted in small batches, this gin was created for Liberty London by Sloemotion - a family business who focus on sustainability and conservation in their gin-making processes. This beautiful bottle is made using hand-picked wild sloes and promises to be a warming and wonderful Christmas tipple.
The Ultimate Cheese Making Kit £36.50
A cheese-lover's enthusiasm will be taken to a whole new level with this kit. It allows a total of 40 batches of 8 different types of cheese to be made, and with everything apart from milk included, homemade mozzarella, Scottish crowdie, halloumi are just a few of the possibilities waiting to be unleashed in this Pandora's box of cheese.
Selfridges Christmas Treats Gift Box £55
Who doesn’t enjoy receiving a treasure chest of treats? This gift box will have the recipient “ooh-ing and aah-ing” at the yummy array of goodies inside, and with all products being vegan, the box is part of Selfridge’s Project Earth range which aims to guide consumers towards more sustainable choices.
The Smart Garden 3 £119.95
The Smart Garden by Click and Grow would be a pretty cool gift. It makes growing organic produce a whole lot easier, and is a perfect gadget for those who want to cultivate fresh herbs, fruits and veggies at home. All you need to do is pop in a growing pod, add water, and then let the garden do it’s thing. It already comes with complimentary basil seeds, but it might also be nice to add on some more seeds - like mini tomatoes or Italian kale!
The Natural Wine Mixed Pack £74
When in doubt, getting someone a lovely pack of wine is a safe-bet! Monty Wines, an independent wine supplier in Bristol, are all about natural, organic wine and offer a wide selection of bottles from carefully selected vineyards. This pack includes 2 whites, 2 reds, 1 orange and a sparkling Pet Nat.