Green gifts for Christmas

Posted in: Environment

Posted on: 15.12.2015

Still looking for the perfect Christmas gift? If you’ve left your shopping to the last minute, don’t worry as we’ve come up with a list of ethical ideas that’ll make great presents for all your friends and family. Here’s just a few of our favorites plus a chance or two to win yourself a little something!

Ethical hamper - for the foodies

Nothing shouts Christmas like a hamper full of delicious goodies. Our friends at Ethical Superstore offer fantastic hamper choices which make for a truly unique and ethical Christmas present.

Ethical toys - for kids of all ages

From recycled trains and eco top trumps, to bug hunting kits and solar powered robots,Eco Action GamesEthical Superstore and the National Trust offer lots of exciting children’s gifts with optimum eco-friendliness.

Ethical books - for dad, mum and the grandparents

Why Women Will Save The Planet by Friends of the Earth (RRP £9.99) This new collection of articles and interviews, from leading lights of the environmental and feminist movements, demonstrates that achieving gender equality is vital if we are to protect the environment.  

Why are we waiting?: The logic, urgency, and promise of tackling climate change by Nicholas Stern (RRP £19.95) A perfect gift for anyone aged 16 and above who you want to convince about the growing impacts of climate change.

‘News’ trilogy by Robert Llewellyn Red Dwarf’ actor and writer Robert Llewellyn explores a number of alternative futures in his trilogy of cli-fi books, including a world where renewable technologies have become the norm for all our energy needs.


Ethical books - for girls and boys

Elliot’s Arctic Surprise by Catherine Barr (RRP £11.99) A picture story book with an environmental message, Elliot’s Arctic Surprise follows the story of a little boy who goes in search of Father Christmas, helping to save his home from oil drillers (Suitable for ages 4-8).

The Friends of the Earth’s new publication, The Homeless Bee (RRP £12.99) gives you the chance to put a child you know at the centre of this heart-warming tale of a lost bumblebee. A perfect personalized present for all young adventures and for anyone who loves bees (Suitable for ages 5-7) (Hurry though … last date to order to guarantee delivery for Christmas is 15th December) 

Friends of the Earth is giving one lucky person a chance to win a personalised copy. To be in with a chance of winning, click here.

The Carbon Diaries 2015 and 2017 by Saci Lloyd (RRP £6.99) A trilogy of books aimed at teenage readers, the Carbon Diaries chronicle the life of Laura, a 16-year-old student living in London at a time when the UK imposes carbon rationing because of climate change. A great read for today’s more environmentally conscious teens.

Ethical fashion - for teenagers through to the old rocker

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without receiving a pair of socks or tie, now, would it! If you want something with a little more style check out our friends at Rapanui, an eco-friendly clothing company based on the Isle of Wight. Their award winning ethical and sustainable clothes are made from organic or recycled materials and there’s something for everyone, from t-shirts and knitwear to hoodies and yes … even socks!

Ethical membership and experience days - for the whole family 

For a gift with a difference (and less wrapping paper required!) why not consider giving someone a year’s membership to an ethical organisation or special charity.

Our favourites include the National Trust, Trill Farm and the Eden Project whose membership packages are perfect for family days out. For the green-fingered friend or family member then a year-long membership to Plantlife or the Soil Association could make the perfect present too.

Ethical gifts - for the dogs (and other pets)

Make sure you don’t leave out your four-legged friends when it comes to handing out the Christmas gifts! Why not try Lily’s Kitchen for something special for your pet. Lily’s Kitchen only uses sustainable meat and fish in all its foods and treats, and has been rated the number one ethical pet food company for the last five years.

Or what about Pets Corner. A family run pet shop with good old fashioned values, an ethical approach to the care of pets and offering some great products too.

For more gifts ideas visit Good Energy’s Pinterest board or let us know some of your suggestions on our Twitter and Facebook pages.



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