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Ethical Gifts Guide 2021

Are you trying to make more ethical and sustainable choices? We're here to help! Discover our top ethical gifts, with ethical and sustainable gift ideas for all ages and interests, starting at just £4!

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Find hundreds of inspiring ethical and sustainable gifts that support charities, empower people and protect the planet at Good Things.

Organic Candles Supporting Creativity and Inclusion

Ethical Gifts Guide - organic vegan candle

This organic and vegan candle has a gorgeous wild fig and grape fragrance. It comes in a decorative and reusable glass featuring artwork by ARTHOUSE Unlimited artist Margaret Mace. Presented in an embellished gold box.

ARTHOUSE Unlimited is a collective of artists who live with learning disabilities and complex epilepsy. Every ARTHOUSE Unlimited product helps support the charity's work: challenging perceptions and creating better acceptance and inclusion for all people living with disabilities. Floral Plant Wax Candle, £16

Plastic-Free Play Celebrating Health Workers

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Fun, great for developing STEM skills and entirely plastic free! Playpress toys are made from sustainably sourced playboard and every set features a diverse set of role models. The pre-cut pieces are ready to pop out, and kids can then follow the visual instructions to create their toys. This Check Up Time set celebrates those who help us when we're feeling unwell and features a doctor, nurse, paramedic and poorly patient. Check Up Time Build and Play Set, £5.99

Reusable Water Bottles Providing Clean Water

Ethical Gifts Guide - Reusable Water bottle funding water projects

Reusable bottles are an eco staple, but these steel water bottles do more than most! They're insulated and have a double wall vacuum to keep drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours.

Better still, these bottles fund projects bringing clean water to communities in India and Tanzania (find the GPS coordinates of the project you've supported on the bottom of your bottle). Jerry Bottle Funding Water Projects, Medium in Mint or Purple £21

Handmade Bag Providing New Starts in Tanzania

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This beautiful bag can be used as a pencil case, makeup bag, small wash bag or whatever else you may choose! It's handmade in Tanzania by talented artisans at Neema Crafts. Neema Crafts transforms the lives of people living with disabilities in Tanzania. Handmade and Fair Trade Tropical Leaf Print Bag, £12

Eco-Friendly Arctic Play

Ethical Gifts Guide - Fair Trade sustainable toy arctic play pouch

Calling all wannabe Attenboroughs! This gorgeous toy play pouch unzips to reveal a colourful set of nine polar characters and their frozen landscape made from handmade eco-friendly cotton. The toys pack into a zippable pouch ready to take on imaginative adventures! Arctic Play Set Toy Pouch | Fair Trade, £28

Accessories Changing Lives

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We love these colourful hair scrunchies, handmade from local African print fabrics in Ghana, Uganda & Sierra Leone. They not only look good, but also empower women artisans who are survivors of trafficking, child-marriage and domestic violence. 100% of the profits go to charity projects empowering these talented female artisans to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Handmade Scrunchie, The Paul Hodges Trust on Etsy, £4

Take Care of Yourself Gift Set

Ethical Gifts Guide - take care of yourself ethical gift set

This thoughtful gift set includes a nourishing vegan and organic lip balm, handmade miniature felt houseplant and a colourful rainbow burst card with wildlfower seed token. Send it direct to a loved one and add your personal message for the card, handwritten by us. Perfect to nurture and lift the spirits! Take Care of Yourself Gift Set, £16.50

Wooden Blocks to Feed the Imagination

Ethical Gifts Guide - 42 piece Tegu ethical wooden toys

This 42-piece wooden building block set has a hidden secret. How do you make the most imaginative shapes, including vehicles with working wheels from your blocks? By sealing magnets in the wood! Each piece can be connected using the safely sealed magnets to create all sorts of possibilities. 

Every set of Tegu toys is made from sustainably sourced FSC-certified hardwood and purposefully manufactured in Honduras, providing opportunities and good wages to Tegu's 200 workers. 42 Piece Magnetic Wooden Building Blocks from Tegu, £110

Cuddly Teethers Made with Care

Ethical Gifts Guide - organic cotton teether toy

A perfect gift for new babies, these soft organic cotton teethers have a squeezy body and wooden teething ring perfect for grabbing, gnawing and chewing! This teether has a baby-safe GOTS-certified organic cotton shell and fill, and maple wood teething ring. Choose sloth, bear or lion (you decide which will taste best)! Wee Gallery Organic Teether £16.50

Recycled, Handmade and Ethical Cards

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These beautiful ethical cards tick all the boxes. Each recycled card is cleverly created by layering handmade paper made from recycled office materials. Cards From Africa is a Fair Trade enterprise providing work and a new start for orphaned young people in Rwanda. There's a card for every occasion and we love the way each card is signed on the back by the young adult who made it. Cards from Africa, Ethical and Recycled Cards £3.50

Beautiful Notebooks That Help Children go to School

Ethical Gifts Guide - VENT for Change Notes Ethical notebook

VENT for Change bring beautiful design and ethical practices together. These sustainable A5 notebooks are made from 100% recycled materials and come in a choice of three unique designs. VENT for Change support global education projects getting children back in to school with every purchase. Notes A5 Recycled Notebook, £7.99

Tanzanian Giraffe Cushion

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Who can resist this beautiful handmade cushion? Made by Neema Crafts in Tanzania, this friendly giraffe has a coat made from Tanzanian vitenge fabric, and mane made from cotton fringing! Neema Crafts is a Fair Trade enterprise empowering people with disabilities in Tanzania through work and skills training. Every purchase helps support their work and build specially adapted housing for the team in Tanzania. Round Giraffe Cushion, available with or without feather inner from £22

Donate a Gift

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What do you get the person that's really hard to buy for? Perhaps the answer is a gift in their name. There are various charities you can support. We like Refuge's Emergency Parcel for £25, which provides the essentials like nappies, clothing and toiletries for a family escaping domestic violence. UNICEF's healthy learning kit provides 100 children with school essentials for just £39. Here in the UK a £10 donation to FareShare will provide 40 meals for families facing financial hardship.

Have we missed anything? Comment below if you think there's an ethical gift we should include.

Don't forget at Good Things we can gift wrap our ethical and sustainable gifts in 100% recycled wrapping paper that can be recycled again! Just select the gift wrap option when you add your gift to your basket. Find out more about our hand gift wrap and handwritten card options.

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