Sustainable Gift Guide (2021 Edition)

Whether you’re looking for something a loved one can eat or drink, experience-based gifts or homewares, accessories and more, it’s never been easier to find sustainable gift options than it is now.

With an increasing number of people thinking about their environmental impact, web searches for environmentally-friendly gift options doubled between 2018 and 2020. And while I have previously shared lists of ethical retailers you can shop with throughout the year, this post is all about the epic gift options available if you’re trying to shop more sustainably – whatever the occasion.

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Food & Drink Gifts

Blue Coffee Box – The plastic-free coffee subscription

blue coffee box subscription delivery

Subscription box gifts are all the rage right now, but many of them involve sending a steady flow of plastic waste to the recipient’s address – and there’s sometimes a risk that they won’t always like what’s inside. For the coffee-lover in your life, why not give the gift of plastic-free coffee deliveries that come with a ‘taste guarantee’, meaning if there’s ever a variety they don’t like, Blue Coffee Box will replace it free of charge?

Featuring 100% home-compostable packaging and coffee sourced via the ethical Direct Trade method, this one’s a no-brainer whether you’re buying for a caffeine fiend or a decaf diva. Pre-pay for 3, 6 or 12 months, or set up a rolling monthly gift subscription, from £7.49 per delivery at

Earthly Kind – Plastic-free, vegan treat hampers

earthly kind vegan plastic free food snack hamper

If one big delivery is more your style than a subscription, look no further than Earthly Kind. With a range of hampers on offer, Earthly Kind are a one-stop-shop for plastic-free, vegan/plant-based hampers filled with delicious morsels from environmentally-aware brands.

There’s express delivery if you’ve left it ’til the last minute, and you’re guaranteed that everything inside is produced in line with ethical and environmental best practices. Want to know you’re gifting food that’s Fairtrade, organic, has low travel miles and comes from brands that give back? Shop at where options range from letterbox-friendly £12.50 snack boxes to supersize deluxe boxes at £39.99.

Sustainable Homewares

The Small Home – Candles, mugs, cushions & more

The Small Home is described as an ethically-minded small business, working with small, socially-conscious craftspeople and producers. Utilising waste materials from other industries and sourcing products from small-batch suppliers, you can rest assured that strong ethical standards are front and centre when you gift someone luxurious homewares from this online store.

Visit to explore the full range.

Stasher – The bags with 100 uses, for the person who has everything

After buying a couple of these for myself recently, I’ve now started gifting them to everyone around me. If you’re looking for a practical, multipurpose gift that the recipient can use time and time again, a reusable Stasher bag might be the answer. These nifty creations come in a range of sizes, from pocket clip-ons to megasize bags, ideal for everything from travel toiletry stashes and pencil cases to hiking snack packs. Fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, dishwasher and sous-vide safe, they’re made with food-grade platinum silicone – a planet-friendly alternative to plastic storage bags – which can be recycled into playpark flooring and other fun stuff if you ever manage to damage your bag beyond use.

In the UK, you can shop for Stasher bags at Amazon, Lakeland or John Lewis, among others.

Eco-Friendly Accessories & Stocking Fillers

Life Less Ordinary – Jewellery, bags & travel accessories

lotus flower bracelet_wallet_vegan cork handbag
Selling ethically-sourced and vegan-friendly goods, 10% of net profits from this indie brand go to great charities including Born Free, Indigo Volunteers and Reserva Youth Land Trust. Nice. From bracelets and necklaces through to eye-catching totes, cork handbags, wallets and more, Life Less Ordinary make and sell a range that covers everything from sustainable stocking-fillers to eco-friendly ‘big gift’ ideas. You can even order custom-made bracelets that feature the co-ordinates of a location in the world that’s special to you – or get a matching pair to share with someone special. Visit them at

Studio Adorn – Sustainable & zero waste jewellery


I’ve given this brand a shout-out before in a post about independent Norwich shops you can support online, but what you may not know about Studio Adorn is that this indie jewellery studio place an emphasis on sustainable practices, and they even have a zero waste range made from scraps leftover in the process of crafting their core collection. As well as earrings, necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery, you can buy a loved one their very own jewellery-making kit. Explore everything on offer at

Sage Folk – Plastic-free & zero waste toiletries

Toiletries make great stocking fillers and small gifts, especially when they’re really lovely brands. Indie eco retailer Sage Folk stocks a great range of plastic-free and zero waste options, including shampoo and conditioner bars, face cloths, lip balms, swish sustainable deodorant and even planet-friendly curl cream for curly hair. Reasonably priced and posted in fully recyclable packing materials, you’ll find brands like Wild Ona, Zero Waste Path, Bain & Savon and Friendly Soap here – among others. Shop the full collection at

Ethical Undies

ELB Handmade – Affordable, sustainable, hand-made lingerie

I am basically never going to stop going on about how great ELB Handmade is: gorgeous lingerie handmade to your measurements, ludicrously reasonably priced and coming from a teeny tiny one-woman independent business where fabric scraps are recycled and repurposed, packaging materials are all recyclable, no single use plastics are involved in the making process and all materials come from reputable suppliers with good working conditions. As well as bras and knickers you can order bodysuits, swimwear and even reusable cotton pads. Sets range between £14 and £27, and you can buy direct from

Experience Days

sky wire zipwire over the eden project in cornwall

Giving someone the gift of adventures and experiences is often a more sustainable practice than giving them ‘things’. But what does that look like? If you’d rather give someone a great day out or even a weekend away, than wrap another item that they may not truly love, here are some ideas.

The Gift of Giving

oxfam unwrapped charity gift cards

Of course, some of the best ways to gift ethically an sustainably are via ‘giving gifts’, where you make a charitable donation on behalf of a loved one. There are tonnes of brilliant options out there in this category, but here are a few of my favourites:

  • Choose Love – Buy vital items for refugees, from hot food to legal support, with a gift card option to buy on behalf of someone else.
  • Oxfam Unwrapped – Fund everything from water pumps to feeding families in poverty.
  • WaterAid’s Shop for Life – Donate toilets, taps, clean water and more to those in need.
  • Save the Children’s Virtual Gift range – All kinds of options from mosquito nets and food baskets to school places for children, with both physical card and e-card options.

If you have any other suggestions for fantastic ethical and sustainable gift ideas to include here, please do let me know! The more the merrier, and I’ll be updating this post with new brands and items I come across as time goes on.

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