Sustainable fashion & beauty Christmas gift guide

Jenessa Williams 14 December 2021

For the fashionista and beauty fan in your life, here are 50 thoughtful thoughtful, ethical, and long-lasting gifts and stocking fillers that your recipient will be genuinely grateful to receive.

aesop

1. Aesop’s ‘The Listener’ gift set is luxury housed in entirely recyclable packaging, with relaxing scents of geranium leaf. Charitable profits will be shared with London Company Pan Intercultural Arts, who works to empower refugees and minorities through engagement with performance arts. (£59)

 

wallis dress

2. This Tencel denim-style dress from Wallis is a solid wardrobe staple for people of all ages and styles, guaranteeing good cost-per-wear. (£40)

 

oxfam basket

3. Crafted by artisans weavers in Ghana, Oxfam’s sustainable baskets are great as a display piece, but also come in handy for storing hair tools and accessories. (£19.99)

 

votary magic razor

4. Votary’s magic razor wands are made from 80% wheat straw, doing away with unnecessary plastic. (£20)

 

steamer

5. This stylish Phillips series 3000 steamer will make secret santa’s green with envy; a low effort way to tackle the ironing pile. (£29.99)

 

jazz socks

6. A lovely stocking filler for a music fan, Thought’s jazz-themed socks are made of soft, comfortable bamboo fibres. (£24.90)

 

Lily Fulop’s handy tips and tricks for lengthening the life of your wardrobe.

7. Got a fast-fashionista in your life? Treat them to Lily Fulop’s handy tips and tricks for lengthening the life of your wardrobe. (£12.99)

 

TheSewingDirectory

8. For the fashion lover who has it all, a sewing class is a great way to extend their skills. TheSewingDirectory offers some great online video courses for those who want to learn from home, but there are classes all over the country, ranging in prices and abilities (from approx. (£20)

 

Uniqlo

9. You can’t go far wrong at this time of year with a sturdy thermal top—Uniqlo have a great range of colours and sizes. (£19.90)

 

Jo Malone’s solid perfume compact

10. Jo Malone’s solid perfume compact fits perfectly into any handbag for easy on-the-go application. (£15)

 

Lorelai LQ handmakes one-of-a-kind earrings

11. Lorelai LQ handmakes one-of-a-kind earrings out of discarded single-use plastics, adding a touch of kitsch fun to any outfit. (£12)

 

Yougi’s Aromatherapy Soap Making kit

12. Set up some boxing day fun with Yougi’s Aromatherapy Soap Making kit, equipped with vegan, palm-oil free ingredients. (£40)

 

cashmere hat

13. Pick your favourite colour from Organic Basics unisex range of recycled cashmere beanies. (£60)

 

FlatLay Co’s ingenious bag

14. For the beauty collector who is always losing their brushes and spoolies, the FlatLay Co’s ingenious bag will keep everything in one place. (£19.99)

 

Lucy & Yak

15. Lucy & Yak might be famous for their dungarees, but their snug fleeces (made from recycled plastic bottles) are a fun, practical gift. (£45)

 

Luckies of London

16. Darn holes with Luckies of London’s patchwork sets; a great way to connect with teenagers about sustainability and environmental activism. (£18)

 

Charlotte Tilbury’s magic eye cream

17. Charlotte Tilbury’s magic eye cream is a festive classic; stretch yours further by stocking up on these lower impact refill pods. (£67)

 

CharKnots

18. Trading on etsy, Sheffield’s CharKnots makes trend-forward macrame market bags in various colours and sizes out of recycled cotton rope. (from £26)

 

The Ordinary’s Niacinamide Powder

19. The Ordinary’s Niacinamide Powder mixes into your everyday lotion, streamlining beauty cabinet clutter. (£5)

 

Zoya’s non-toxic nail colour

20. Zoya’s non-toxic nail colour comes in a generously sized bottle, perfect for a last-minute Secret Santa present. (£9.95)

 

Elephant & Bamboo

21. This long-length candle from Elephant & Bamboo would look beautiful on a festive table, with a subtle soy wax scent of apple and cinnamon. (£35)

 

Yoko Wool’s oversized slippers

22. Keep feet warm with Yoko Wool’s oversized slippers, made from Woolmark Label certified materials. (£30)

 

Heiko Clothing

23. Skip the wrapping paper and deliver your presents in a statement totebag from Heiko Clothing—two gifts in one! (£10)

 

Oliver Bonas

24. Oliver Bonas’s underbed storage bags are a great motivation for a closet clearout, helping your recipient to appreciate what they already have and love. (£25)

 

Stitch & Story’s knit-beanie kit

25. Get crafty with Stitch & Story’s knit-beanie kit, with all materials and instructions provided in a chic paper bag. (£14)

 

Cedar wood balls

26. Cedar wood balls are a Christmas miracle for knitwear fans, keeping any pesky moths at bay. Arket’s version are highly affordable and come in a minimal drawstring bag. (£5)

 

Orsola de Castro

27. For those who like to know more about the sociopolitics of clothing and environmentalism, Orsola de Castro’s book is an insightful, non-judgemental read. (£9.99)

 

john lewis sweatshirt

28. Sourced from sustainable cotton and recycled fibres, John Lewis’s affordable sweatshirt is part of a well-designed staple range. (£25)

 

Freitag

29. Every wondered what happens to disused lorry sideage and tarpaulin? Enter Freitag, who make incredibly sturdy water-resistant bags, washbags and accessories out of the waste. (£90)

 

shyla rings

30. Crafted from ethical and recycled glass and gold plating, Shyla’s rings and necklaces are a youthful, versatile gift. (£65)

 

Corkcicle

31. Hydration has never looked more fashionable than Corkcicle’s two-tone metal bottle. (£23)

 

re-comb’s afropicks

32. Blending together fragments of plastic waste, re-comb’s afropicks and parting combs give off an almost celestial elegance. (£16)

 

call it spring sliders

33. Made from vegan leather, Call It Spring’s sliders look great on their own for summer or styled with thick socks for Christmas morning. (£37)

 

The Body’s Shops reusuable make-up pads

34. Adorned with the days of the week, The Body’s Shops reusuable make-up pads can be thrown in the washing machine for reuse. (£10)

 

Diptique

35. A gift from Diptique always feels a little bit special—make the magic stretch further with this good-sized recyclable pouch of exfoliating wash. (£27)

 

Veja’s organic cotton trainers

36. Veja’s organic cotton trainers never go out of style—just team with a brightly coloured sock (£90)

 

Paul & Joe’s lipstick

37. Feminine and fun, Paul & Joe’s lipstick can be refilled after use. (£12)

 

South London Markers Market

38. The Bonbon has been the party bag of the season; let the South London Markers Market guide you in the crafting of your own. (£35)

 

John Lewis’s recycled borg gilet

39. The soft-teddy fleece of John Lewis’s recycled borg gilet looks great on all genders and ages, layering well over a roll neck or thermal top. (£45)

 

Paperchase’s sweet embroidered jewellery box

40. Paperchase’s sweet embroidered jewellery box has been weaved from rattan, a lightweight fibre that is naturally renewable. (£10)

 

Beyond Retro

41. Rather than a gift card for a high-street store, treat your loved one to some second-hand vintage shopping. Beyond Retro have some brilliant online options to suit every taste. (starts at £10)

 

Alska’s botanical blend

42. Alska’s botanical blend of roses, marigold, chamomile, lavender and cornflower is everything you need to gift a relaxing facial steam. (£7)

 

Girlfriend Collective’

43. Worn for exercise or for comfort under dresses, Girlfriend Collective’s stretchy shorts are made from 79% recycled polyester, and come in a range of deep hues. (£40)

 

Akt’s luxury balms

44. Embrace a more natural approach to deodorant with Akt’s luxury balms, presented in a lovely gift box. (£46)

 

The Patagonia recycled nylon and polyester belt bag

45. The Patagonia recycled nylon and polyester belt bag would be a happy companion on both long winter walks and summer festivals. (£25)

 

Paper Plane’s solid shampoo bar

46. Adding much-needed winter moisture to all hair types, Paper Plane’s solid shampoo bar will add a lovely scent to a stocking. (£6.95)

 

teamery’s handheld clothing ‘shaving’ gadget

47. Rid your knits of pesky pilling and give them a new lease of life with the Steamery’s handheld clothing shaving gadget. (£34)

 

Aesops’ vegan handcream

48. Aesops’ vegan handcream is cruelty-free, and the stylish metal packaging is fully recyclable. (£21)

 

Davines hair mask sachets

49.Squeeze every last drop with ease from Davines hair mask sachets, part of their huge eco-conscious range. (£9.50)

 

Upcircle’s happy yellow moisturiser

50. Upcircle’s happy yellow moisturiser makes use of discarded argan shells, helping to heal imperfections and protect from sun damage. (£20)

 

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