Six ethical gift ideas for everyone

Green Christmas gifts and presents

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Christmas is fast approaching and, whether you’re ready or not, you needn’t compromise on your ethics to make it special. We've selected some top green Christmas gifts from our customers and friends to inspire you.

Something for the little one…

Pigeon

Pigeon Organics
Pigeon offers a range of beautiful children's clothes

Oxford-based Pigeon makes 100% certified organic clothes for babies and children up to eight years old. Its products are made exclusively from fairly-traded textiles and manufactured in Nottingham by a small family-run firm.

Where to buy

You can buy Pigeon products on its website, by phone or post. It offers delivery in the UK, Europe and internationally.

 

Something special…

Skye Weavers

Skye Weavers is a small weaving and sewing business based on the Hebridean Isle of Skye. The owners are passionate about the need to preserve the knowledge and quality associated with Scottish tweeds and garments, and are proud partners in the Campaign for Wool. Sustainability is at the core of their work: pedal-power is used to weave high quality textiles on a bicycle loom. The company produces a variety of woollen items including scarves, blankets, throws and wraps, and also makes tweed for garments, cushion covers, bags and accessories.

Where to buy

You can buy from Skye Weavers online, and it delivers in the UK, Europe and internationally.

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Something naughty…

Chocolate Tree

Chocolate Tree

Chocolate Tree is an artisan organic chocolatier, which uses only the finest natural ingredients. It makes a range of products from craft chocolate, ranging from organic bars to hot chocolates and vegan spreads. Based in East Lothian and Edinburgh, Chocolate Tree is a bean-to-bar factory grinding its own cacao beans. This gives the team full control over the chocolate and more transparency for their customers – to the point that they’ll be able to say which farmer grew the beans.

Where to buy

You can buy Chocolate Tree’s treats in its Edinburgh store or online.

 

Something beautiful…

Neal’s Yard Remedies

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Neal's Yard Remedies

Neal’s Yard Remedies is a multi-award-winning organic health and beauty company. From stocking fillers, to gifts for him, her or you, Neal’s Yard Remedies offers the largest selection of organic, natural and chemical-free beauty products in the UK.

Where to buy

Neal's Yard Remedies has more than 60 stores worldwide, and its products can also be bought at high street stockists and on its website.

 

Something unique…

Straysparks Creative Metalworks

Straysparks
Straysparks intricately crafted metalwork

Located in Somerset, Straysparks has been shortlisted for Best New Product Design at RHS Chelsea Flower Show three times. Straysparks caters for the garden enthusiast with a taste for organic, flowing design in the garden. The team use both traditional and contemporary blacksmithing techniques to make individually-designed artistic metalwork.

Where to buy

You can buy Straysparks products through its website, and it delivers in the UK, Europe and internationally.

 

Something that keeps on giving...

Send a Cow

Send a Cow has a huge choice of gifts that go directly to Africa. Every family who receives a gift through the charity promises to pass on a gift to another family in need. Whether it’s the first female calf, seeds, saplings or skills, each gift that you choose starts a chain of giving that continues to grow and grow. Your chosen recipient also receives a gift pack or e-card.

Where to buy

You can Send a Cow through the charity's gifts website.

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For even more gift inspiration, you can see all of the projects we lend to, including other organic, fair trade and traditional businesses.

Are there any ethical Christmas gifts or retailers that you’d add to our list? Share suggestions with us on Facebook or Twitter using @triodosuk – we’d love to hear them!

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