Wanting to give gifts that will not only be enjoyed but also not harm the planet are becoming increasingly more popular, which explains why there are now so many places that offer them.
My first suggestion would be Amnesty International. They sell loads of different items. This year you can get sustainably made bamboo socks, sari notebooks, recycled plastic coasters and even a solar power bank so you can carry green energy with you all day. Not only are these good for the environment, but the money made goes to support the wellbeing of people all around the world.
Another great website is Etsy. Supporting independent retailers not only encourages less travel miles on the products you buy, but also helps small businesses to grow. There are hundreds of products. Amongst them are vegan bath sets, beeswax and cotton food bags along with festive pieces such as reusable cotton gift wrapping and reusable Christmas crackers.
If you are interested in trying to cut down the miles that objects have to travel to get to you in order to reduce your pollution levels, then it may be worth looking out for local markets. There are often loads of gorgeous and intricate gifts that have been made in the local area, using local produce by local people.
But, all of these can be a little on the pricey side, which if you are buying for a lot of people may be tricky, but that’s where a little DIY comes in. It can often be worth having a look for material in charity shops, from which you can make pillowcases or ornaments. This may require more effort, but you are actively recycling the fabrics along with showing that person just how much you care.
My final suggestion is a simple one, a subscription. Whether it be sponsoring an endangered animal or signing them up to an online subscription of their favourite magazine, you can always make someone smile. Make sure to look at local wildlife sanctuaries if you are looking to sponsor an animal, especially with young kids. Many offer adoption packages which include meeting the animal itself which is an amazing experience!