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The 10 Best Sustainable Gifts

Words By Alice Florence Orr

4 Minute Read

Give the gift of craftsmanship with our pick of sustainable, European-made presents

Wall art to sustainable sneakers, these are ethical gifts for any friend or occasion

“Green” gifting is trending — for good reason. With climate issues in the news, sustainability has become an important factor in many people’s purchase decisions. Do you have that friend who went vegan in January or who forgoes fast fashion in favour of conscious brands? It can be tricky to pick the perfect present — but don’t worry, ethical gifting can still be special and accessible.

From hand-poured candles to wooden kitchen utensils, give a gift that says “craftsmanship” with our curated pick of the 10 best sustainable gifts.

Set the mood with natural scents

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The Perfect Home Scent

Why look anywhere else when you can choose a candle made locally in the UK? These hand-poured scents are inspired by the slower, sensual moments in life. If they can’t burn a flame indoors, give the gift of zen with a minimalist Japanese diffuser, using only 100% essential oils.

Atelier Cph specialise in neutral, minimalist and textural prints for your home

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Wall Art for a Home Gallery

Whatever their taste, abstract or photography, a quality wall print is a thoughtful gift. All of our art prints are printed sustainably in the UK, while our partners like Atelier Cph and Kind of Cyan create and print their beautiful artworks in European studios.

Breakfast in bed? The Iris Tray by London-based craftsmanship brand Mythology

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Sustainable Wooden Kitchenware

Breakfast in bed never tasted better than when served on a handcrafted wooden tray. A quality kitchen utensil is more than just functional, it adds a beautiful, natural look to any space. Perfect for a friend or family member who loves a Scandi neutral palette.

04.

The Recycled Cashmere Accessory

Regular cashmere is so last year. Now we’re all about ethical and recycled materials in our clothing, including these buttery-soft accessories that perfectly exemplify “sustainable luxury”. Plus, every Riley Studio piece is made in the UK.

Perfect for the person who travels for work

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Eco-friendly Tech Accessories

Finding a sustainable gift for the tech lover might seem like a tall order, but these brands have eco-tech sorted. From STOW to Oakywood, we recommend functional beauty in the form of a desk pad, tech wallet or laptop sleeve.

Give them a gift that keeps everything in one place

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The Ethical Leather Wallet

“Eco-friendly” and “luxurious” need not be antonyms. A hand-made leather wallet is the perfect gift for a young professional, and what better place to source one from than an artisan workshop in Europe? These pieces are made to last.

The Liam Suede Sneakers in Cognac by Scarosso

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The Sustainable Suede Sneaker

A white sneaker might be the classic, but don’t overlook an ethically crafted suede trainer when looking for a gift for the snappy dresser in your life. Sustainable sneakers are trending and we can’t get enough of European-made brands like Belledonne and Ascot x Charlie.

Photo via @home__stead

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The “First Home” Gift

So they just bought their first home. It’s a big milestone. Give them an ethical gift that they’ll cherish for years. Here are some ideas that are both fabulous and functional, from a handmade throw to lead-free glasses to cheers their future.

Travel case by Mismo

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The Ethical Romantic Gift

Discover a present with true meaning by choosing a piece crafted by real artisans in Europe. These romantic gifts are made with care and given with love.

Light up their life with Yellopop's joyful neon
This carbonator by Aarke is a piece of daily luxury

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The “Has Everything” Gift

Truly stuck? These “wow” gifts are guaranteed to make an impression without sacrificing your ethical values. From skateboard art to neon lighting, who said sustainable luxury was boring?

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