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Top 10 Ethical Christmas Gifts That Give Back

Top 10 ethical Christmas gifts that give back

There's not much better than seeing someone's face light up when they unwrap a Christmas gift they absolutely love. But what if this year, the gifts you gave were not only fun and unusual - but also giving back to the people who make them, and reducing our impact on the planet? We've rounded up our top 10 ethical Christmas gifts that give back.

Read on for Christmas gift ideas for all ages, plus ethical Christmas cards and eco-friendly wrapping paper, all with wonderful stories to tell.

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

Rollet - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Rollet Ricochet Game

Christmas is the time for a family game, and as it looks like we'll be spending more time at home than usual this year, here's something to bring some fun! A beautifully hand-crafted fun and frantic ricochet game, Rollet can be played by two or four players and even has two options for different levels of skill!

The game is made in India by a Fair Trade social enterprise that's dedicated to improving the lives of the artisans who make these wooden games.  Rollet, £59

 

Felt dinosaurs - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Small Hand-Felted Dinosaur Christmas Decoration

2020's must-have Christmas decoration. Choose from six designs, each made with beautiful attention to detail and loads of character! Hand-felted in Nepal using traditional needle felting techniques where these dinos provide fairly paid work in excellent conditions, and protect and promote ancient techniques and skills. Small Hand-Felted Dinosaur Christmas Decoration, £5.95


Large Handmade Washbag in Arrow Print - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Large Handmade Washbag in Arrow Print

Neema Crafts make gorgeous handmade products like this screen-printed washbag. We love the designs, colours and the way every product is unique. Even better, by supporting Neema Crafts you make a difference to people's lives in Tanzania. Neema employs over 120 people with disabilities and provides a new start through handmade crafts, training and employmentLarge Handmade Washbag in Arrow Print, £15

 

Christmas card - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Christmas Bears - Handmade and Recycled Christmas Card

This beautifully made card is created using layers of handmade paper from recycled office materials. Cards from Africa give young, orphaned adults in Rwanda a new start through Fair Trade work, new skills and a supportive environment. Each card is made by hand and signed by the young person who made it. Christmas Bears Card, £3.50

 

Raft and scupper - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Raft and Scupper

This competitive wooden game is beautifully hand-crafted from sustainably-sourced wood. Battle your opponent to raft together your wooden boat tiles - and attempt to sink (or scupper) your rival! Raft and Scupper is handmade by artisans in India, where profits are reinvested to provide workers and their families with healthcare, education and to help with sanitation. Raft and scupper, £29

 

Cupcakes - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Cupcake Set

These cute cotton cupcakes come with removable cases and are presented in their very own "cake tin" to keep them fresh! They're ethically made from hand-loomed cotton using Fair Trade practices in Sri Lanka. The Fair Trade social enterprise that makes them reinvests profits to empower women through health education and skills training in rural Sri Lanka. Cupcake Set, £25

 

A6 write notebook - ethical christmas gifts that give back

 "Write" Recycled & Sustainable Notebook 

This stylish notebook has a 100% recycled board cover, and FSC-certified sustainable paper. Better still, every notebook supports global education projects that get children back in to school. "Write" Notebook, £9.99

 

Christmas card - Christmas instructions - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Christmas Instructions Recycled Christmas Card

How to have a perfect Christmas? Simply follow the instructions on this brilliant recycled Christmas card from ARTHOUSE Unlimited. They're a collective of artists living with complex epilepsy and learning disabilities. 100% of ARTHOUSE Unlimited's sales revenue goes back into the charity: striving to challenge perceptions and to create better acceptance and inclusion for all people living with disabilities. Christmas Instructions Card, £3.50

 

Green Toys blocks set - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Green Toys Block Set

Stacking blocks have become a childhood staple, but did you know there's an green alternative to the big names made from virgin plastic? Green Toys make their eco toys from recycled milk bottles which are shredded and turned into these child-safe, fun and durable toys! Green Toys blocks set, £24

 

Coasters - ethical christmas gifts that give back

Wooden Coaster Set with Stand

Have you got one of those people on your list that it's really hard to buy for? This might be the answer! These wooden coasters are hand-carved with skill by people with disabilities in Tanzania. By choosing Neema Crafts products you're helping fund specially adapted housing for their team, and enabling them to employ and upskill more craftspeople. Wooden Coaster Set with Stand, £20

 

Wrapping paper - ethical christmas gifts that give back
Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper

To wrap it all up (sorry), beautiful recycled Christmas wrapping paper that's recyclable too. This eco-friendly wrapping paper is made from 100% recycled, unbleached, post-consumer materials. 

Re-Wrapped create their beautiful bright colours by using environmentally-friendly vegetable-based inks. Once it's reached the end of its life (it's the kind of quality that means you can reuse it a few times), this paper is 100% recyclable too. We offer hand gift wrap for our gifts using recycled wrapping paper and compostable ribbon - no plastic tape in sight! Eco-Friendly Wrapping Paper, from £2.25 

 

Good Things seeks out innovative, fair and eco-friendly gifts, toys and games that do great things. Like toy boats made entirely from recycled milk bottles, or cards that are changing the lives of orphaned young adults in Rwanda. Have a look at our collections.

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