Christmas gift guide 2023 - sustainable gifts from independent brands

Christmas gift guide 2023 - sustainable gifts from independent brands

The season is upon us and the search for the best gifts is very real. Don’t give them 💩 gifts that they will simply throw away or toss in the back of a cupboard. Instead, say Ohelo to planet friendly gifts from independent brands that are making a difference. From female-led companies breaking barriers to B corp. companies that are ethically making sustainable gifts perfect for both people and planet. From foodies to travel addicts we have the perfect suggestions for everyone on your list this year:

Best gifts for coffee lovers

Gift them a cup of joy

We couldn’t write our perfect gift guide without starting with one of our awesome cups now, could we? Our insulated travel mug is the perfect gift for all the people in your life who love coffee, or who are always rushing around and need their brew to go. Being 100% leakproof an Ohelo coffee cup will keep your drink hot and your bag dry! Featuring our unique 360 degree sip lid (no more lining up to a little tiny hole) they are so much nicer to drink from. The only lead free insulated tumbler in the UK is ethically made from safer materials – better for you and the planet. What’s more we give 5% to sustainable charities. Our British Racing green cup could also double as Christmas tree green at this time of year and will definitely put a smile on their face come Christmas morning. Make it extra special by personalising it with an engraved name – certain to make you win at gift-giving this year.

Blue swallows leakproof travel mug held by man in winter coat

Sustainable coffee with stories from behind the beans, for a brew with a difference 

Looking for a coffee gift that is sustainable without compromising on taste? Rise coffee subscriptions feature speciality roasts from independent roasters. They are sustainably sourced and super tasty, coming with background stories on the farmers and roasters, alongside some helpful tasting notes. 1% of all their sales are invested back into the coffee growing communities. The coffee gift box would be a great gift for the coffee enthusiast in your life – and you can pick whether to buy them just the one box or take out a monthly subscription for them.

Rise coffee subscription box

Best gifts for travel addicts

Keep them hydrated wherever the journey leads with the best bottle ever

We got you here. As the UK’s only lead free insulated bottle brand, Ohelo bottles make the perfect gifts for those who love to travel and look after the planet. Our insulated bottles are free from hidden nasties, 100% leakproof and dishwasher safe. Our handy handles are detachable so you can hook them to your bag strap – perfect for when you have your hands full with suitcases and carry on bags. Ethically made from safer materials our bottles can help your loved ones protect the planet they love exploring so much. Have their name engraved on the bottle to make your gift truly stand out.

Lead free insulated water bottles in range of colours, wearing santa hats

Travel jewellery boxes for your bling wearing bestie 

Have a friend that loves to travel but never has anywhere to pop that favourite necklace or ring when heading out for an adventure? A travel jewellery box may be the gift you are looking for. Wintour design boxes specifically for travel, while trying to keep their business as sustainable and socially responsible as possible. With a % of profits going to charity and each piece coming in recycled packaging this is a great option to keep your jewellery safe while on the move.

Wintour travel jewellery box

Smellies that save the planet from single use plastics: 

Shaking up the standard Christmas smellies is Ethosa. Their powdered body washes are easily mixed with water in their stylish refillable bottles, to give you that spa feeling at home while also eliminating single use plastics. By using their dreamy products you could eliminate 2.9kg of plastic waste from your bathroom. Their body wash travel gift set would make the perfect pressie for any travel or gym enthusiasts on your list, coming with a natural jute bag to easily carry everywhere.

Ethosa travel toiletries

Best gifts for foodies

A hamper fit for a king (or queen) 

Foodie delights that are good for you, your family and the planet? The goodness project has got your back! Their hampers are filled with natural, free-from and vegan friendly foods. Alongside the yummy treats, they are big at giving back with a charity of the month and a tree planting scheme. We have our eyes on the Artisan Christmas Hamper – filled with so many scrumptious nibbles, including a bottle of wine that gives a donation to the Born Free foundation, it comes in a cute wicker basket making it a perfect pressie.

 goodness project xmas hamper

Nibbles good enough for the sugar plum fairy 

For a little nibble of indulgence and luxury why not get them a macaron gift box from mademoiselle macaron. We love the winter wonderland set, perfect for this time of year. Made in Scotland by Rachel and her team these are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face with a sweet tooth. She even has a subscription option – if you want to keep the little bites of heaven flowing all year round!

Christmas macarons

Best gifts for home bunnies

A twist on the traditional – socks that rock!

One of our favourite brands to keep our feet fun is Swole Panda. Made from sustainably sourced bamboo these are luxuriously soft and moisture wicking to keep your toes dry and toasty for hours. With independent audits on all their manufacturing partners to ensure they are made in an ethical manner they are the perfect blend of style and sustainability. We love the Green Christmas Drawer box – it has a great selection of fun socks and the beautiful packaging is from FSC approved paper sources. Socks that truly rock!

bamboo christmas socks

A complete gift set for a cozy night in 

Give them the perfect cozy night in this winter with Out of the Box Gifts. This female-led company curate a range of eco-friendly products in their gift boxes. Why not pick their Cosy Gift Box – a lovely mix of gifts that have both tranquility and sustainability in mind. From the festive Cranberry & Orange candle and socks to the tasty treats this is the perfect way to curl up while watching It’s a Wonderful Life.

Christmas hamper set

Natural skincare to give them a radiant glow

Everyone’s skin needs a little extra help when it’s frosty outside. Luckily the folks at L’Organiq have just the products to help. This award-winning brand uses natural ingredients, is vegan and sustainably packaged. They even have a return and reward scheme, where you get rewards from returning your empties to them to put to good use again. We love their Men’s shave and hydrate gift box – with everything he will need to keep his skin smooth and perfectly kissable – just what he needs when there is mistletoe hung everywhere!

Mens shave gift set

Best gifts for the little ones in your life

First Christmas gift that is both stylish and sustainable 

For the tiny people in your life who are celebrating their first Christmas we absolutely love the animal print bundle from Etta Loves. This female-led brand shares so many of our own values when it comes to sourcing ethically and sustainably. They only use organic certified cotton, have sustainability audits on their manufacturers to ensure their workforce are fairly treated, and are a B-Corp pending brand, helping protect the planet for the little ones futures. This is sure to be a favourite come Christmas morning.

Babys 1st xmas gift set

Conscientious clothing for every boy and girl on the nice list 

The QT challenges the industry norm of adorable clothing being limited to girls and babies by creating unisex clothes that are just as perfect for nature loving boys as they are for animal loving girls. Discover amazing wardrobe essentials for 2 to 10-year-olds that are as cute as they are conscientious. This female-led brand strives to make their items as natural, recyclable, biodegradable, and compostable as possible, free from hidden plastics. Their full range is 100% organic and GOTS certified which we love. One of our favourites is the super snow leopard jumper and is bound to be a firm favourite with animal lovers everywhere!

sustainable snow leapard jumper on small boy at beach

Best gifts for those always trying to save the planet

Delightful Bee revival kits that will help them save our pollinators

Anyone on your list who is into rewilding, protecting nature or simply loves bees? Beevive is the original home of the bee revival kit. This beautifully tactile keyring is filled with bee food syrup to allow them to feed a hungry, tired bee in an emergency. Make it a bee-spoke gift by having their name engraved on it. We love their rose gold bee revival keyring, but they have a great range of options so there will be one perfect for the Bee lovers on your list. With sustainable recycled materials used in their packaging this is a Bee friendly gift that is sure to have them buzzing with excitement!

Bee revival keyring in rose gold

Perfect Planet friendly period pants that free your period from single use plastics

For a thoughtful xmas gift to help them free their periods from plastic look no further than Wuka. The amazing Wuka stretch range is suitable for both teens and adults, with innovative technology allowing pants to stretch up to 4 sizes – perfect for all body sizes (even growing teens), giving a comfortable leak free fit. This B corp brand takes their sustainability seriously, from limiting colour ranges to ensure they don’t use harmful dyes, using planet friendly materials, keeping their pants free from PFAs to plastic free packaging. Pants with a purpose!

WUKA teen period pants

Best stocking fillers

Santa paws smellies for your four-legged best friend 

Keep bath time for your doggo plastic free and beautifully fresh with a dog shampoo bar from Kind2. It is soap free to be gentle on your furry friends skin, while the Neem and Lavender scent is simply delightful. They even have a scent-free version with pooches with sensitive paws. With a tree planted with every purchase we think they make paw-some stocking fillers! Use code OHELO15 to save 15% on all purchases on the Kind2 website

 dog shampoo bar

A festive brew to warm even the coldest nights

After a cold carol service or stroll to see the festive lights there is nothing quite like a nice hot brew to thaw you out. A perfect stocking filler is the Baby its cold outside tea from the ladies over at Hot Tea Mama - a fabulously mulled blend of festive fruits, spices and all things nice... to bring you festive warmth and cheer, with none of the guilt. As it is caffeine free it is suitable for low caffeine diets, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and perimenopause – just the thing to pop in your mug to feel Christmassy this year. Fingers crossed we find one in our stockings come Christmas morning!

Christmas tea

The perfect lip balm to keep those lips kissable this Christmas

Cold frosty weather can make all of our lips get a bit chapped. The perfect way to keep them kissable for those mistletoe moments is with Sacreds TLC lip balm. Packed with super moisturisers such as organic Cupuacu butter and beautiful botanicals including red raspberry seed oil (repurposed from leftover seeds from the British juice and jam industries), pomegranate and carrot-tissue infused oil, it's like the ultimate smoothie for your lips. Sacred even give 10% of their profits to Client Earth and the Wilderness Foundation – making this a gift that keeps on giving!

TLC lip balm

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