With Christmas just-ish around the corner it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And what’s better than giving someone a heartfelt gift? Giving someone an eco-friendly heartfelt gift! We have listed below some present inspiration that will tie in with all of your sustainable ethics.

1. Straws

Yes, straws may seem like a bit of a rubbish gift. HOWEVER, reusable metal straws that come in a cute little cotton pouch is a bit more up the right path. With more and more awareness of the negative effects of plastics, like straws on marine animals and our oceans metal straws are readily available and make a great gift for that eco-conscious person in your life.

2. Coffee cup

Buying for a coffee addict? Then look no further. Reusable coffee cups come in a range of shapes, sizes and materials from glass to metal to recycled coffee beans! Available in a range of colours there will be something out there to suit the style of your coffee mad friend or relative. But why stop there? Why not create a gift set with some ethically sourced Fairtrade coffee to go with it? You will really make there day and have a positive impact on the coffee industry and its workers.

3. Sustainable and ethical makeup

Sustainable and ethical makeup is makeup that is vegan (meaning it contains no animal products and is not tested on animals), organic, and sources ingredients in an ethical way which normally includes recyclable packaging. Cosmetics are a great gift for any makeup fanatic out there and eco friendly options are available.

4. Makeup bag

If you’re thinking of buying ethical cosmetics as a gift, then you’ll be looking for somewhere to put them! Makeup bags made from ethical products such as organic or recycled cotton are a great gift to accompany some ethical makeup.

5. Animal Adoption

Animal adoption as a gift is an animal lovers dream, from donkeys to tigers to pandas you can subscribe to supporting an animal in danger of extinction or in a position where their owners have to hand over care to a charity. It is a great way to support animals and the charities that care for animals in need and makes a very good gift.

6. Planet saving jewellery

With a new wave of awareness around plastic waste in our oceans, some companies have started taking a proactive approach. By harvesting this plastic waste and using it to create jewellery. With proceeds going towards continuing the effort of clearing plastic waste from the oceans it is a circular system that is improving the environment. This is a simple gift that offers fashion and ethics.

7. Personalised Tote or travel bag.

Are you buying gifts for someone jetting off on an adventure? Why not help prepare them with an environmentally friendly made travel or tote bag? There are plenty of options available big and small depending on their travel needs. A lot of the time they can also be personalised adding that extra special touch.

A person with a travel tote bag

8. Soaps

A luxury bar of soap is a great and indulgent way to treat someone. If you have a little search you will find that a lot of bar soaps are free from harmful chemicals and come in a plastic free wrapper. This makes bar soap a great gift to give rather than chemical filled shower gels encased in a plastic bottle

9. Homemade food hamper

Receiving something that is homemade is always more special because someone has taken their time to create something for you. Food hampers are a wonderful gift idea because you can tailor it to the person you’re making it for, making and including things they like. By making the hamper by hand, you know exactly what is in it and you can avoid packing with plastic.

10. Organic Wine or beer

Wine and beer are classic fun and easy gifts, but how can you translate these boozy beverages into an environmentally friendly gift? Well organic beer and wine are your best bets. Using organic wheat, barley and hops for the beer and grapes for the wine means that no harmful pesticides were used, and less water consumed in the making of the drink. The Independent has created some helpful guides to the best organic wines and beers for your inspiration.