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Best ethical and eco-friendly Christmas gifts: sustainable present ideas for him and her

Precious Adesina
Are you looking to make sure your present ideas are good for the environment this year? We've rounded up some sustainable gift options

Caring for the environment is at the forefront people's minds at the moment and that doesn't exclude the festive season. As a result, it may be time to consider the sort of gifts you are sharing this year.

It may seem as if finding appropriate eco-friendly Christmas gifts is hard, but both small and large retailers seem to have become increasingly aware of the public's desire for items that are better for the environment.

Whether it's clothes, soaps, candles or a beauty kit, there are sustainable Christmas gifts for everyone, which is why we've put together this list of the best ethical Christmas gifts for 2019, so you can give with a clear conscience this year. 

Best ethical gifts

1. Lucy Bee Ylang Ylang Jasmine and Cedarwood Natural Soap 

£8, Lucy Bee

Lucy Bee Ylang Ylang Jasmine and Cedarwood Natural Soap  Credit: Lucy Bee 

Lucy Bee's Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Cedarwood Soap has a relaxing and calming scent from its pure, organic essential oils. Lucy Bee was named one of the most ethical soaps in the UK by the Ethical Consumer Guide, so of course these natural soap bars are palm oil free, vegan, organic, cruelty free and Fairtrade.

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2. White & Green Herringbone Brushed Cotton Throw 

£128, Herringbone

White & Green Herringbone Brushed Cotton Throw  Credit: White & Green

If they love their luxury items, but are going (or even just considering going) ethical, then this is the throw they need. This is organic, (no pesticides or dyes) Fairtrade and as soft as cashmere. 

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3. Ponch Anorak

£135, Ponch

Ponch Anorak Credit: Ponch

Ponch has created rainwear manufactured ethically with 100% recycled plastic. Not only do they look super trendy, but they can be worn without any guilt. 

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Best Eco-friendly gifts 

1. Blue Rock Bamboo Toothbrush

From £3.90 a month, Blue Rock

Blue Rock Bamboo Toothbrush Credit: Blue Rock 

Blue Rock are all about helping people reduce their plastic use in the bathroom. They have both adult and child bamboo toothbrushes, so the whole family can look after the environment.

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2. OneNine5 Wash Bag 

£49, OneNine5

OneNine5 Wash Bag  Credit: OneNine5

Travellers are using an estimated 150 million single-use plastic bags as part of their journey – and OneNine5 is combatting this with sleek washbags, perfect for the conscious and mindful traveller.

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3. Hampton and Astley Luxury Scented Candle 

£44.99, Hampton and Astley

Hampton and Astley Luxury Scented Candle  Credit: Hampton and Astley

Get them a luxurious 100 per cent organic non-toxic candle that will last them for over 50 hours. Every time they use they'll think of you and the sweet scent you brought into their home.  

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Best sustainable gifts

1.  Matt & Nat Dwell Collection Brave Vegan Backpack

£120, John Lewis & Partners

Matt & Nat Dwell Collection Brave Vegan Backpack Credit: John Lewis & Partners

They'll need a bag and make their next one one that is more environmentally friendly. This faux leather design is by Matt & Natty and the lining is made from 100 per cent recycled materials. Large enough to fit a 13" laptop and it has handy side pockets.

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2. Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering And Relaxing Kit ​

£24.90, Not On The High Street

Personalised Vegan Eco Pampering And Relaxing Kit ​ Credit: Not On The High Street

A luxurious beauty kit doesn't have to include products that are bad for the environment or for animals. This vegan beauty kit will mean a guilt-free pamper session.

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3. Croft Collection Fresh Linen Reed Diffuser

£35, John Lewis & Partners

Croft Collection Fresh Linen Reed Diffuser Credit: John Lewis

This hand-dipped ceramic diffuser is designed to be re-used once it is all done. According to John Lewis, it can become a trinket box, case, a pen pot, the possibilities are endless. 

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Zero-waste gift ideas

1. Onya Sandwich Wraps

£8.50, Onya

Onya Sandwich Wraps  Credit: Onya

Onya offers a range of quality bulk food bags, produce bags, bread bags, sandwich wraps and more to help people transition from single-use to zero-waste. Start them off with some lunch wraps and they'll never go back to using single-use plastic again.

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2. Ecoegg Laundry Egg

£9.99, refills for £4.99, Ecoegg

Ecoegg Laundry Egg Credit: Ecoegg

Get them an environmentally friendly and reusable laundry detergent. It contains no harmful chemicals and completely replaces laundry detergent and fabric conditioner using two types of natural mineral pellets encased in a refillable egg.

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3. Refill x Chilly's Personalised Bottle

£20, Chilly's

Refill x Chilly's Personalised Bottle Credit: Chilly's

Plastic bottles are out and reusable ones are in. This one by Chilly's can be personalised to suit them specifically. So, no more mixing it up with someone else's. 

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For more Christmas inspiration, read our guides on the best stocking fillershomemade gifts and present ideas on a budget. You can also find more festive features here

All the products mentioned in this article are selected independently by our journalists. The Telegraph makes money by adding affiliate links to some of the products.