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Eco-Friendly Gifts for Under £40 - Top 10 Christmas Gifts 2021

Updated: Apr 7

With the festive season almost upon us, now is the perfect time to find your loved ones an eco-friendly gift to put under the Christmas tree. Here at ZeroSmart, we know that present giving is an enormously wasteful and environmentally damaging part of our cultural landscape. From the discarded, unwanted knick knacks to the endless bins filled with wrapping paper and plastic packaging, every year adds to the ecological damage.


The good news is that you can be part of the solution! There is no need to abstain from gift giving altogether. We’ve collected 10 unique and thoughtful ideas that would make the perfect sustainable gift for your friends and family. Take a look below.



Eco-Friendly Gifts Under £40

Recycled wine glasses £15

Ceramic & cork mug £12

Recycled tartan blanket £38

Organic tote bag £12

Storage basket £20

Stainless steel razor £8

Carbon offset & tree planting £36

Stainless steel water bottle £35

Reusable cotton pads £19

Recycled raindeer plushee £9



Recycled Wine Glasses - £15.00

If you know someone who is a wine aficionado, it's time you surprise them with an environmentally friendly wine glass. They are a beautiful alternative to standard wine glasses in two stunning designs - traditional clear glass and vivid emerald green. Because of the nature of production, each glass will be unique in shape and form.


View the recycled wine glasses here or browse through the rest of Spicer and Wood's glassware collection.



Ceramic Mug with LIGA Eco Cork - £12.00

If your beloved adores coffee, they will be impressed with this wonderful long-lasting eco-friendly gift. It is available in storm grey and cream and is a contemporary mug, little in size and best suited for your favourite drink. To easily clean it, the cork grip can be removed. The cup is environmentally friendly, and its design will leave your loved one warm inside.


You can find this fantastic piece of art in the Not On the High Street's shop here.



Recycled Tartan Blanket - £37.99

Made from 70% recycled wool and 30% recycled yarn made of plastic bottles, this bold tartan blanket is ideal for cozying up through the cold winter months. This one is available in two different sizes and there is a variety of styles and patterns to choose from on their website. This sustainable gift will brighten up any living space.


View the recycled tartan blanket here.


Organic Tote Bag - £12.00

These sturdy sustainable gifts can hold up to a maximum of 20 kg. They are an excellent environmentally friendly alternative to dangerous plastic shopping bags. Just One Ocean is a charity which assists in cleaning our seas. Their products are made from organic cotton and printed in the UK in a renewable energy powered factory.


Browse through Just One Ocean's tote bags here.



Seagrass Rice Storage Basket - £19.95

This rice storage basket is sustainably made from seagrass and is designed with an eye-catching multicoloured cross-stitch pattern. This could make a perfect gift for cooking fans and will brighten up any home. When it is not in use, the basket can be flat packed for easy storage.


You can get this handmade storage basket from Ethical Superstore here.



Stainless Steel Vegan Razor - £7.99

The ideal practical and eco-friendly gift for the zero-waste people in your life. With a beautiful handle made of natural bamboo, and entirely recycled packaging, this is the perfect replacement for disposable plastic razors. Replacement blades subscription is also available with every purchase.


Customise your environmentally friendly shaver here.



Carbon offset & tree planting gift - £36

ZeroSmart's carbon offset gift is perfect for the person who already has everything. This zero-waste gift includes the planting of 24 trees in our reforestation areas in Madagascar, the complete removal of your giftee's carbon footprint, as well as numerous long-term environmental and social benefits.


Customise your high-impact carbon offset gift here.



Stainless Steel Water Bottle - £35.00

Counter the tyranny of plastic water bottle waste by gifting a reusable stainless steel bottle. Ideal for both hot and cold beverages, the heavily insulated walls will keep your drinks at the perfect temperature throughout the day. Whether you’re going camping or to the office, you’ll want this sustainable gift by your side. You can choose between six bold colours and add an engraved name.


Shop at Ocean Bottle here.



Reusable Cotton Pads - £18.99

These are a perfect alternative for single-use disposable cotton pads. They are made from recycled cotton fabric and come in a sleek, minimalist storage case. These machine-washable pads would make an ideal sustainable gift for any makeup wearer in your life. At the point when they cannot be used anymore, you can cut them into small pieces and throw them in your compost bin.


Prevent single-use waste by purchasing these reusable cotton pads here.


Reindeer Plushie - £8.99

This adorable reindeer plushie is made from 100% recycled plastic waste. No one is too young to have a cuddly companion this festive season. Stuffed with rPET polyester made from 100% recycled plastic waste, this plushie is a cute way of sending hugs and cuddles to a loved one.


Squeeze this cutie into your shopping basket here.




Be Part of the Solution

With the fight against climate change gathering pace, it is reassuring to know that we can continue our holiday traditions by gifting presents from sustainable sources. Whether your gift was made from plastic bottles collected in our oceans or allows you to plant trees to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, we made this gift guide to help you pick a sustainable low-waste gift this holiday season.


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