Seven eco-friendly Christmas gift ideas from small businesses to watch in 2022

Christmas can be a time of over indulgence so if you’re looking to gift sustainably this year (and support independent businesses at the same time), here is our round up of eco-friendly gift from seven small businesses to watch in 2022.

Sustainable spirits gift box by Wildjac – £25.00 for 5x5cl bottles

You can never go wrong with a bozzy Christmas gift and this one from eco-distillery Wildjac not only tastes great, it ticks lots of sustainability boxes too! This gift set is perfect for those wanting to treat that special someone to a taster of  award-winning sustainable spirits. Featuring five 5cl ‘minis’ from the award-winning range, you can choose from eight different spirits to create a bespoke gift for your loved one – including Honey Spiced Rum, Fresh Citrus Vodka and new gin additions, Apple & Elderberry, Navy Strength and more.  

Each beautiful ready to gift branded box is fully recyclable and can be personalised on the front with a special message for the recipient.  Also included is a QR code where tasting notes, serve suggestions and the option to claim a free wildflower grow set can be found.   

Luxury Skincare Gift Bundle from Superfly Soap – from £60.00

This the perfect giftset for luxury skincare lovers – who are looking to switch to vegan and eco-friendly alternatives for 2022. It features a range of high-performance, luxury cosmetics that have been developed for maximum nourishment and anti-aging properties. All products in the range are vegan, made from natural ingredients and handcrafted in Scotland by Superfly Soap owner Lisa McWatt. Why not swerve the big beauty brands this year and support a small business that is putting its heart and soul into every single product.

The bundle includes:

  • Protect Day Cream with Papaya Extract 60ml
  • Nourish Night Cream with Hyaluronic Acid 60ml
  • Hydrating Serum with Hyaluronic Acid 50ml
  • Replenish Eye Cream with Vitamin C & Squalane 30ml
  • Regenerate Face Oil with Maracuja & Plum Oil 30ml

If you want to supersize your gift – you can also add a Balance Cleanser, Strengthen Hair Oil or one of Superfly Soap’s Facial Bars to package – just add them at the checkout. Each gift box comes with a gift card, shredded paper and recyclable packaging.  You can also add a gift message if this is being sent directly to the recipient.

Assorted box of three mini Smell the World candles – £30.00

Candle lovers will be over the moon with these mini soy candles that have been hand poured in the kitchen of small family business, Smell The World. Featuring three specially created Winter scents (choose from Peace, Love and Joy, Cosy Nights, Wild Wood or Smoke House) you can also choose which from white, red or grey jars – creating the perfectly personalised gift for your recipient. Handmade using 100% soy wax and natural oils, these mini candles can be placed throughout the home to transform any room with a calming and comforting scent of the season. Packaged in recyclable packaging, the jars can also be re-used as mini plant pots or tea light holders.

58 Gin, London Gin School Vouchers – from £120 per person

If you’re looking to surprise a loved one with an experience gift this year then eco-distillery 58 Gin has you covered with its highly acclaimed Gin School London gift vouchers, which can be conveniently sent directly to the recipient’s inbox right up to Christmas Eve. 58 Gin School London holds Tripadviser’s Traveller’s Choice Award, and each gift voucher will provide the recipient access to an unforgettable three-hour immersive gin masterclass. Your loved one will get to craft, distil, and wax seal their own gin, using a bespoke blend of botanicals in a mini copper still, leaving with a 70cl bottle of their own spirited creation. The gin masterclass also includes four signature 58 Gin cocktails per person, food, a gin tasting session, a lesson on London’s deep, dark history of gin and an amazing goodie bag to take away.

Carbon negative Discovery Gin by Cooper King Distillery and the Natural History Museum – £39.00

This gin, which has been created in collaboration with small Yorkshire based distillery Cooper King -and the Natural History Museum, not only looks great and tastes amazing  – it’s production is having a positive impact on the environment! For every 70cl bottle, innovatively cold-distilled in small batches using 100% renewable energy, one kilogramme of carbon dioxide equivalent is removed from the atmosphere (including carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases) and one square metre of English woodland is planted through the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. The packaging is sustainably produced, with a lightweight bottle made from 55% recycled glass and labelled by hand at the distillery. Created using fresh basil, beautifully balanced with fragrant lemongrass and aromatic clove, this bright, herbaceous gin will make the perfect sustainable tipple for anyone who enjoys a refreshing G&T.

Handmade scrunchies – £12.00 for two

Scrunchies may have been popular back in the 80’s and 90’s but they are back with a vengeance and these hand sewn ones by sustainable fashion brand, Wildstrings, could provide the ideal eco-friendly stocking filler. Made using off cuts of fabric, this hair accessory is both stylish and eco-friendly – what is more, no two scrunchies are the same. With the fashion industry playing a major role in climate change, opting to buy from a small business which handmakes to order means that your purchase is rooted in sustainable values and helps support grassroots designers who are striving to change the shape of the industry.

Hand painted Kimono by Avalana – £185.00

An extra special gift for a style conscious loved one, these exquisite hand painted kimonos by independent designer, Avalana, are made to order in the UK. With nine beautiful nature-inspired designs to choose from – this would make a truly unique and stand-out gift that will last for years. Each design is digitally printed on to beautiful soft and breathable silk sensation fabric and shipped in a beautiful presentation box. Because every piece is handmade to order there is no waste and over-production meaning that your purchase is much better for the environment than mainstream fashion brands. You will also be supporting a small, independent designer, who painstakingly hand paints every one of her designs to create a range of homewares and accessories.