15 ethical Christmas gift ideas for 2019

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With the pressure on to buy the perfect gifts for your friends and family, shopping ethically can become trickier than ever in the run up to Christmas. But it doesn’t have to. The brilliant socially motivated brands on Social Supermarket make picking memorable presents with a purpose easy. 

Turn this festive season greener, fairer and more mindful by shopping from our ethical Christmas gift guide. See our individual guides to gifts for her, gifts for him, food and drink, and stocking fillers or keep reading our round-up of 15 of the best.  


Food and Drink

An Essential Hamper from Social Supermarket

Swap the bog-standard chocolate selection boxes and bottles of bubbly for one of our hampers. New for 2019, these are stacked with delicious food and drink from social enterprises. Relish made from excess produce, tea produced by an employer of refugees, and craft beer that’s tackling bread waste are a taster of what’s included. 

The Essential Hamper
The Essential Hamper


Sage Gin from One Gin 

One Gin’s premium sage recipe will keep the gin connoisseurs in your life happy. They’ve bottled up a cracking aromatic blend of fresh English sage, juniper and citrus. Better still, money from every purchase is helping resolve the world water crisis, as 10% of profits fund life-changing projects in the world’s poorest communities.   

Sage Gin
Sage Gin


Truffles from Harry Specters

Who doesn’t love a box of melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles? The award-winning flavours by Harry Specters taste all the better when you know a worthy cause is behind each box. They create employment for people with autism, helping increase their confidence, hope and aspirations. 

Take your pick from flavours like coconut, pistachio, dark chocolate and hazelnut – just try to resist eating them all yourself before you pass them on. 

Coconut Truffles
Coconut Truffles


Handpicked Roaster’s Choice Espresso from Cafédirect
  

Two top quality coffees go into this rich, sweet espresso – one Honduran, one Guatemalan. Made by the first UK hot drinks company to become Fairtrade certified, there’s a lot of goodness in every cup – and we don’t just mean the taste. Cafédirect invest 50% of their profits into charity Producers Direct, whose work improves sustainability and enhances the livelihoods of farmers.

Roaster's Choice Espresso
Roaster’s Choice Espresso


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Gifts for her

Reusable Coffee Cup from Turtle Cup

If you know a coffee addict who’s yet to make the switch to a reusable cup, treat them to this one from carbon neutral company Turtle Cup. The brand’s love for coffee is matched by a drive to clean up our oceans, and 50p from every sale goes to charities who are doing just that. 

Reusable Coffee Cup
Reusable Coffee Cup


Wild Wash Bag from Elephant Branded

The Wild Wash Bag is a unique handmade gift that’s perfect for avid travellers. Old rice bags are upcycled into these wash bags by villagers in Cambodia, who are given a competitive wage and an effective way out of poverty. 

When you buy from this collection, Elephant Branded also deliver stationery to children in Africa and Asia, who need the equipment to get the most out of school. 

Wild Wash Bag
Wild Wash Bag


Zola from Pala Eyewear 

Pala Eyewear is committed to doing good right from sustainable product designs to restoring vision and empowering communities in places that need help. Their Zola sunglasses are a favourite design, with a stylish angled shape and tortoiseshell print. 

Zola
Zola


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Gifts for him

Mustard Backpack from Madlug

Whether for school or college, commuting or travelling, Madlug’s Mustard Yellow Backpack makes a handy companion in a stand-out colour. 

Madlug operate on a ‘buy one, give one’ model: every time a sale is made, a bag is given to a child in care who otherwise might carry their belongings in a bin bag. That means not only will you be buying a gift for your loved one this Christmas, but a child in need too. 

Mustard Yellow Backpack
Mustard Yellow Backpack


Homeless Gift Box from Stand4 Socks

Socks: a classic Christmas gift. They’re done a little differently by Stand4 though, another brand who work on a ‘buy one, give one’ model. Each pair of their super soft bamboo socks in this three pack gift box supports a different cause, including specially designed Stand4 socks going to homeless people. 

Homeless Gift Box
Homeless Gift Box


The London Gold with Grey Wool Strap from James Lucy 

A beautiful watch with a wool strap backed by leather, designed and created by social enterprise James Lucy. Half of the brand’s profits are given to international charities, which are voted for by customers. So, you could have a say in where the money from your purchase ends up. 

The London Gold with Grey Wool Strap
The London Gold with Grey Wool Strap


Card Holder from Elvis & Kresse

Elvis & Kresse have breathed new life into a life-saving material – London’s decommissioned fire hoses. That’s what this lightweight card holder with three compartments is crafted from. As well as using a sustainably sourced material, 50% of the profits from these luxury accessories go to The Fire Fighters Charity. 

Card holder
Card holder

 

Stocking fillers

Wee PAL 2.0 Portable Charger from Power A Life 

Another product that’s empowering children in some of the world’s poorest countries to achieve at school is this portable charger from Power A Life. Funds from sales go towards solar lights that help them in ways such as being able to do homework in the evenings. 

Small but powerful, the chargers come in three colours and work on all the latest smartphones. Anyone who’s ever been struck by low battery panic (and who hasn’t?) will appreciate unwrapping one. 

Wee PAL 2.0
Wee PAL 2.0


Hand Wash from You’re So Kind 

An ideal stocking filler, You’re So Kind’s hand wash is a sweet-scented treat for the skin, made from organic ingredients. 100% of profits go to a handful of the UK’s most recognisable and effective charities, including Mind, the British Red Cross and The World Wildlife Fund.  

Rose and Orange Blossom Hand Soap
Rose and Orange Blossom Hand Soap

Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint from UpCircle Beauty 

UpCircle Beauty turn would-be waste ingredients into skin care products, like this body scrub made from repurposed coffee grounds. The result is a nourishing exfoliator that leaves skin refreshed and silky smooth. Completely vegan and cruelty-free, it’s a winning product for your eco-conscious friends and family. 

Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint
Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint


Glass Christmas Tree Decorations by Page & Bloom 

Give a handmade, plastic-free alternative to a traditional bauble this Christmas. Page & Bloom handcraft these roses using pre-loved paper and encase them in terrarium-style glass bauble. The makers behind the flowers are women who have experienced domestic abuse – the company provide fair employment to survivors in partnership with domestic abuse charities. 

Christmas Tree Decoration
Christmas Tree Decoration


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Head to our ethical Christmas gift guide next for even more gifting inspiration.  

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