Sustainable gift guide 2021 – Part 2
Part one of my Christmas 2021 sustainable gift guide included eco-friendly food, drink, health and beauty, so now let’s look at gifts for the home and beyond.
Old Man & Magpie cinnamon & clove candle | £15 to £18. Buy at Made+Kind.
Hand-poured candles made with sustainability in mind, using 100% pure and natural soy wax and paraben-free essential and fragrance oils, cotton wicks and attractive apothecary style recyclable amber glass jars. The natural cinnamon and clove fragrance is very festive too.
eatsleepdoodle colour & carry pond life tote bag | £12.95. Buy here.
A black and white pure cotton bag and a set of pens to colour it in any way you like, then when you fancy a change just bung it in the wash and the temporary ink washes out. They sell a wide range of customisable and reusable homewares, including bedlinen and tablecloths, and have loads of kid-appeal.
Sourced by Oxfam recycled terracotta pot | £9.99. Buy here.
A fun, cheery hand-painted plant pot made from recycled / upcycled materials. Bonus points if you bung an easy-care plant in it too. Each pot is unique, so colours may vary. Their whole ‘Sourced by’ collection is worth a look, just search for ‘planet conscious’ gifts and homewares.
Set of 4 fabric elasticated food covers | £26.99. Buy at Lakeland.
Four differently sized food covers made from breathable cotton that are washable up to 60 degrees. Handy for home cooks who want to banish single use plastic wrap and foil, and ideal for letting bread dough rise in peace or keeping bugs out of salads. Oh, and they can help reduce food waste, of course.
Le Creuset Cast Iron Round 24cm Casserole (Cerise) | £249.99. Buy at John Lewis.
While it may not spring to mind as a sustainable purchase, a superbly made kitchen item can be one of those buy-it-once-keep-it-forever things that should last a lifetime as long as you don’t do anything daft (see also: Denby crockery, Duralex glassware, any quality chef’s knife with a metal handle, etc). The foodie in your life will be delighted, as long as you pick something that doesn’t clash with their kitchen.
If that’s completely out of your budget range then try the John Lewis own brand cookware, or head over to Buy Me Once, the ‘long lasting things’ shop that has simple well made cast iron casseroles from £50, plus all kinds of other stuff.
FabRap reversible furoshiki fabric gift wrap, pack of 2 | from £14.99. Buy here.
Let’s think about single-use wrapping paper too, as the UK gets though so much of it, often unrecyclable. This versatile reusable Japanese-style gift wrap is made from top quality eco cotton and should last for many years, best for in-family circular gifting or swapping with close friends who also want a more sustainable lifestyle. Multiple beautiful designs and sizes available.
Are you trying to give more sustainable gifts this year?
Disclaimer: Items gifted without obligation by PRs or tried out at press events, apart from elasticated food covers. I’ve only included things I like.