22 Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas for Under £22
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift with meaning? We’ve collected together our ideas for 22 ethical Christmas gifts for under £22 that are ideal for every member of the family.
From handmade jewellery and ethical fashion to traditional toys, this gift list might make your Christmas shopping this year very easy indeed! So, put your feet up with a mug of festive fair trade tea and a Christmas biscuit or two and sink into our world of ethical gift inspiration…
We’re also running a giveaway competition on our Facebook page. Browse our list of 22 Christmas gifts for under £22, choose your favourite, and comment on our Facebook post with why you’d like it, and who you’d gift it to. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 17th December, and we’ll pick a winner soon after to give us time to get it to you in time for the big day! Head here to read our Terms and Conditions.
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1. Square Metal Key Basket
Quirky basket made from the shapes of recycled keys, perfect for storing a wallet, phone, or any other little surprise you empty from your pockets after a long day at work. Each key is cut from recycled iron, and welded into position by a skilled artisan in Moradabad, India. It’s the ideal recycled gift for the man who has everything.
2. Posh Percy Penguin Doorsto
Handmade by traditional textile artists in Bangladesh, this penguin doorstop is filled with sand to hold a door open with style. With two little orange feet, two flapping wings, hand embroidered eyes, and a dapper spotted bow tie – Percy’s ready to meet you.
3. Golden Filigree Cut Lantern
This antique inspired tea light holder has been handcrafted by traditional metalworkers at a fair trade cooperative in India. A perfect gift for a new home-owner, world traveller, or cultural curator.
4. Wild Animals Bamboo Dinner Set
Tell a story at tea time with this safari themed dinner set, crafted from eco-friendly and biodegradable bamboo fibre. It’s the perfect gift for children, introducing them to a world of eco-friendly living.
5. African Mini Candles Set
A set of 6 mini animal print inspired candles, handmade by expert candlemakers in an old cowshed deep in the Malkerns Valley, Swaziland. Split them up and gift them separately if you like!
6. Woven Rice Basket – Carnival
Add a bit of authentic Vietnamese history into a home with this traditional rice basket. These baskets would be used to carry rice from field to the market, and are recognised by their fold-down collapsible rim. The perfect gift for a homeowner, history buff, or bohemian fan.
7. Large White Frosted Pillar Candle
This hand-poured pillar candle has been handcrafted with a frosted white finish, just like a pillar of ice. Containing no paraffin, animal-derived ingredients, or artificial fragrances, it’s designed to be as kind to the earth and your lungs as possible. It’ll burn for up to 150 hours, so is a Christmas gift that’ll see someone through much of 2018!
8. Wooden Dominoes Set
Hand crafted from sheesham wood and brass, this dominoes set is an heirloom in the making. It’s the perfect Christmas gift for children, or a timeless gift for puzzle-solvers of every age. Designed to last, get ready to make some memories.
9. Recycled Bicycle Bookends
The perfect Christmas gift for a bookworm or steampunk fan, these recycled metal bookends are ready to take your evening reading on an adventure. Handcrafted from recycled bicycle chains, traditional artisans in Moradabad in India have given new life to materials that have already seen years of action. Where will they take you next?
10. Freya Messenger Bag
A slimline little messenger bag from Earth Squared that’s completely fair trade, lightweight, and has been printed with rows of falling white posies on a navy blue cotton base. It’s the perfect introduction to contemporary ethical fashion, or the ideal fair trade Christmas gift for her.
11. Asymmetrical Recycled Aperitif Glasses
Anyone for a tipple? This set of 2 stylised aperitif glasses has been handcrafted by expert glassblowers from 100% recycled glass in Swaziland. They look a little like they’re defying gravity – it’s a wonder to see! Each glass holds a tongue-tingling 90ml, and they’re a quirky Christmas gift for an eco-warrior, new couple, or new home-owners.
12. Men’s Felt Slippers
The perfect Christmas gift for him, keep his toes toasty by encouraging him to slip on a pair of natural felt slippers. Now he can relax, know he’s home, and leave his worries behind.
13. Nalini and Rajasthan Handkerchief Set
You're prepared for anything when you've got a hand-printed cotton handkerchief with you. We’ve combined our men’s and women’s handkerchiefs into one set. Either together or separately, they make the ideal Christmas gift for an earth-conscious consumer, hipster handkerchief-convert, or a handkerchief veteran.
14. Penguin Toy Storage Bag
A practical Christmas gift for a new parent or mother of many, this handcrafted toy storage bag has all the room you’ll ever need to fill with toys great and small. (Note that this prize is the toy storage bag, and not the toys inside).
15. Tree of Life Bread Warmer
The perfect Christmas gift for a home baker or British-Bake-Off enthusiast this natural terracotta and hogla grass bread warmer will keep those buns extra toasty.
16. Pull Along Puppy
Give the gift of traditional imaginative play with this little hand-painted puppy on wheels, the perfect companion for a child or toddler taking their first steps in the world.
17. Chilli Venom Gift Pack
An ideal gift for chilli lovers or aspiring chefs, these chilli sauces have been handcrafted in Swaziland at Black Mamba, a small scale chilli-loving kitchen which employs 60 women in the local community.
Handcrafted from carefully chosen bamboo stems, artisans have transformed a sustainably grown plant into technology that doesn’t need electricity, wires, or batteries. Drop a smartphone in the slot with the speaker facing down and you’re ready to roll.
19. Blue Tagua Cufflinks
A quirky and ethical Christmas gift for him, this pair of bright blue cufflinks has been hand crafted from tagua nut, known as 'vegetable ivory'. It’s a nut from a palm tree, and is an eco-friendly and sustainable material for crafting sculpture and jewellery.
20. Recycled Metal Bottle Caddy
You can keep the Christmas party going with this minimalist wine caddy, moulded from recycled metal. The perfect recycled gift for a fan of rustic, urban interiors or minimalistic home styling.
21. Delicate Beads Set
Nothing beats the feeling when receiving the gift of handmade jewellery. These natural earrings and bracelet aren’t just pieced together from cheap parts. They’ve been hand crafted with love and care from start to finish, and are proud to be both fair trade and ethically sound, too.
22. Hanging Red Glass Star Tealight Holder
Give the gift of candlelight this Christmas with the warm glow of a hanging glass lantern, handmade by traditional artisans at Noah’s Ark in India. There's a little hanging hook attached so you can suspend it from anywhere, whether it's a shelf, wall hook, or even an obliging branch.
Picked your favourite ethical Christmas gift for under £22?
Head over to our Facebook page before midnight on Sunday 17th December and comment on our post with why and who you’d gift it to, and you might find it winging its way to you by Christmas Eve.
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