Are you after a thoughtful, amazing gift for a loved one, which is sustainable and eco-friendly?
Now more than ever the incredible planet that we call home needs us to make better choices.
When it comes to presents, I know how important it is to be able to buy your loved ones something special. But eco-friendly and sustainable gifts won’t make you compromise on that special gift. If anything, they make it that much more exceptional.
Not only are you gifting something amazing and thoughtful, but you are taking care of the environment around us too. If you are stuck for ideas, then read on to find my top 10 brilliant sustainable and eco-friendly gift ideas.
A Buddy and Noo Gift Voucher
A gift voucher can sometimes seem like a cop-out, but it can also be a life saver. What you are actually gifting, is something the receiver ultimately really wants to do but in everyday life, simply cannot justify the cost.
Contacting a Personal Stylist and spending some much-needed time on ourselves is usually the last thing on the self-care priority list, which is why a gift voucher can be the perfect gift. Here at Buddy and Noo, I offer many services that can be a quick fix or a more in-depth style overhaul. If you are interested in gifting a voucher to a loved one, prices start at £25.
Beautiful jewellery and more importantly unique, the kind of special pieces that you know everyone will comment on, is something that does not need to cost the earth.
Whether you’re after silver, gold or resin, you will find simple, yet classic studs with Scratch London. Or you may like the look of the more unusual ‘puddle’ earrings (a recent birthday gift from Mr N) or the beautiful Moon stone ring, which is specifically blackened underneath to highlight the blue flash of the stone.
What I also love about Scratch London, is their packaging is plastic free, using eco-friendly FSC certified materials and organic fair-trade cotton. Trust me, once you discover them you will fall in love with their incredible jewellery.
I recently discovered Tropic Skincare for my birthday, treating myself to their ABC daily skin regime and I have to say, it has transformed my skin. All products are vegan, cruelty free, sustainably sourced and eco-friendly, as well as being a certified carbon neutral company.
If you haven’t come across a Tropic ambassador yet, then head over to their website and find one near you! The products look amazing too, with colourful packaging and they all smell incredible too. What’s more, they last a lot longer than your everyday products as well!
Based in Lymington & Winchester, Blu Bambu is a husband and wife run business born from a love of Singapore. Blue Bambu use an eco-friendly approach to create unique pieces of furniture and accessories for your home.
Imported directly from the makers, who use materials such recycled iron and reclaimed wood, you can find a range of stunning home décor products. Whether you’re after beautiful vases, unique coastal inspired artwork and accessories, you will find amazing gifts that will be a beautiful addition to any home. A perfect homely gift for a loved one!
Everlane is an American Company, which I came across through Instagram. Their products are just delicious. Soft, beautifully designed and made to a very high quality.
They pride themselves on their ethical standards when it comes to pricing, factory health and welfare standards, as well as sourcing sustainable materials. You can even trace your product back to the factory it was made from when you click on the image you like!
I am lusting after these ReNew Slippers. Like a boutique hotel slipper but more durable, they are made from 100% recycled nylon, recycled polyester lining and recycled rubber that is 94.2% free of virgin plastic. Phew! I thoroughly recommend checking them out!
All Things Raffia
These Raffia hats are simple gorgeous. Raffia is the type of material that will really stand the test of time, making it one of the most sustainable hats going. They pair up beautifully with a Summer outfit. All Things Raffia also host workshops, for those who may want to create their own Raffia hat or bag. You can contact Claire Richards to purchase a gift voucher for the workshops.
Not only will your loved one come away with a fabulous home-made product, but it would be a great experience for them too!
Live Laugh Create
We have spent much of the year staring out the interior walls of our house, which is probably why sales of paint and homewares have shot up! Why not finish off that newly decorated wall with a personalised print and to add some festive love to your wall? Or you could send a personalised print to a friend or family member you haven’t been able to see this year.
The prints are printed on high quality recycled textured stock and sent in a compostable cellophane bag; these are truly a great sustainable gift. So, if you are after something bespoke, unique and thoughtful Live Laugh Create has your answer.
Buy Wear Swap Repeat
Being sustainable doesn’t necessarily mean shopping new and looking for a label that states ‘eco-friendly’. The lovely Anna-Marie and Jemma are causing a stir with their
fabulous secondhand boutique Buy Wear Swap Repeat, which sells many vintage items and some BNWT (brand new with tags).
With most of their stock online, you can browse and buy the same as you would on Amazon, and I can guarantee you will most likely come away with something yourself!
I offer a Personal Styling service based from their shop too, so why not buy a Gift Voucher for the ultimate secondhand shopping gift experience!
Loungewear must be one of the biggest and most Instagrammed trend for 2020.
Yet as we hope to move away from the words ‘lockdown’ and ‘Covid restrictions’ in 2021, working from home and its benefits, such as spending all day in your comfies, is likely to stick around a bit longer.
These knitted trousers and cardi (we all know I love a cardi!) are made from recycled polyester. You can even get your dog a matching coat for the ultimate matching lounging gift set!
H&M were one of the first ‘big’ high street brands to look at their sustainability and their A/W 20 collection features innovative fabrics made from agricultural waste, post-consumer carpets, postindustrial plastic packaging and atmospheric carbon.
Smith & Weston Drinks Company
As it’s Christmas, let’s finish on a cocktail! I discovered this fabulous gin company at an Artisan Christmas market in Ferndown, Bournemouth last year. Seduced by the smell of their Mulled Gin, my mum and I went over to the Smith & Weston Drinks Company stall for a sample. We stood there talking to Howard, one of the owners, about gin for at least 2 taster glasses!
If there is one drink you HAVE to have this Christmas, it has to be their Mulled gin. Simply mix it with apple juice and warm it gently, to have THE most delicious festive winter warmer.
I hope that this blog post has given you some great ideas for your loved ones. This Christmas, try and buy sustainable, eco-friendly gifts and do your bit for the planet. If you would like to get in touch about a Buddy and Noo gift voucher, then simply send me a message today!