If you’re on the hunt for an eco-friendly Christmas gift that doesn’t cost the earth, you’ve come to the right place.
From an indulgent vegan wine hamper to a decadent faux fur coat, these thoughtful gifts say, ‘I love you, and I love the environment too.’
Matt & Nat Vegan Leather Bags
From US$150 | mattandnat.com
Matt & Nat produce a gorgeous array of backpacks, totes, wallets, weekenders, clutches and more – with not a scrap of leather in sight. Used in its place is less harmful PU and PVC, with bag linings made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, along with sustainable materials such as cork, rubber and cardboard used in design. Matt & Nat also has a beautiful range of vegan-friendly footwear, outerwear, sunglasses, candles, belts and more. There’s even a selection of dog accessories if you want to spoil your pooch.
Vegan Wine Hamper
£250.00 | fortnumandmason.com
Let the good times (and drinks) flow this Christmas with a delicious vegan wine hamper from Fortnum & Mason. Filled with wines from Italy, France, Australia, Germany and England, this unique hamper will see any conscious wine lover through the festive season. Inside, you’ll find an unoaked Chablis, elegant English sparkling from Cornwall, and a Muscadet sur Lie that pairs perfectly with seafood. If you’re in the mood for red, there’s an Australian Barossa Shiraz, an award-winning Tuscan Chianti Classico, and a Spatburgunder from the Pfalz.
Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum
From A$282 | lelabofragrances.com
Inspired by the old Marlboro ads, depicting a man on his horse under blue evening skies, Santal 33 is an intoxicating unisex fragrance with an addictive scent. Cardamom, iris, violet, and ambrox are blended with Australian sandalwood and cedarwood to deliver spicy, leathery, and musky notes – creating a soulful fragrance reminiscent of smoke wafting from an open fire in the American West. The best part? Le Labo operates with the belief that “it is more humane to test cosmetics on New Yorkers than on animals”.
Faz Not Fur ‘Skate Moss’ Faux Fur Coat
US$1,180 | net-a-porter.com
The perfect gift for those having a white Christmas this year, this gorgeous chocolate faux fur coat is sure to keep them cosy. Made in Faz Not Fur’s quaint Parisian atelier from specially developed faux fur, it features a contrasting army-green panel at the front and thick fluffy hood to keep the chill out. After struggling to find cruelty-free outerwear that still captured the luxurious appeal of mink or rabbit, Founder Nadja Axarlis’ first priority was finding a blend that looked and felt real – and her range does not disappoint.
Smart Garden 6
A$369 | finnishdesignshop.com
With this innovative, soil-free indoor gardening box, your friends and family will be able to grow their own herbs and salads all year round. Using the same irrigation method as professional greenhouses, Smart Garden 6 quietly pumps water to the roots as needed. Simply put water, nutrients and one of Plantui’s plant capsules into the device and voila – you’ll have flourishing vegetables, herbs and flowers in as little as six weeks.
From €279.00 | fjordson.com
Give the gift of timeless elegance with Fjordson’s Swiss-made eco-conscious watches, manufactured to the highest standards with easily interchngeable straps. As well as being certified vegan and free of animal ingredients and animal testing, they’re also made in ethical working conditions, packaged using recycled materials and sent to you via carbon neutral shipping. Plus, Fjordson donates 5% of the revenue from its #timetoact collection to Wildlife Rescue Centre, Natuurhulpcentrum Opglabbeek, a shelter in Belgium for the rescue and rehabilitation of sick or injured wild animals.
Avocado Vegan Mattress
From US$959 | avocadogreenmattress.com
When it comes the Avocado Vegan Mattress, it’s what’s on the inside that matters. What you won’t find: wool, polyester, polyurethane foams, toxic flame retardants or industrial-strength adhesives. What you will find: organic cotton ethically sourced from growers in India, ethically sourced organic latex, and up to 1,414 pocket support coils. Each layer is needle-tufted to the next by hand to create a durable, supportive mattress that’s so soft you’ll want to get one for yourself too.
Headspace App Membership
US$70/year | headspace.com
A personal meditation guide in your pocket, Headspace takes even the most inexperienced through a series of guided meditations – starting with just 10 minutes a day and working up from there. There are hundreds of themed sessions to help with everything from stress and sleep to focus and anxiety, as well as SOS exercises in case of sudden meltdowns. If you know someone who needs to prioritise sustainability of the mind in 2020, this is one of the best Christmas gifts around.