Keen to shop with a conscience this Christmas? 29 ethical gifts our Editors recommend

Take a considered approach this holiday season.

Ethical gifts: An assortment of the best ethical gifts
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Looking for ethical gifts that make thoughtful presents but also don't harm the planet this Christmas? You're in luck - I'm a Sustainability Editor who's passionate about shopping less and investing wisely, and I get to work with some of the best genuinely sustainable brands day in, day out. 

For me, Christmas is about spending quality time with family, enjoying a well-earned break, and choosing to spend with brands genuinely doing their bit for both people and planet - which is where this edit of the best ethical gifts comes in.

Of course, it's important to be aware of the fact that shopping in and of itself isn't sustainable. We all own too much and waste too often, especially at this time of year. Case in point: Wildlife and Countryside share that roughly 114,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is thrown away each Christmas in the UK. Not just that, but over 21 million people open at least one unwanted gift, with 5% of those ending up in landfill.

That said, there are some stunning options available that won't end up going to waste designed by brands that pay their workers fairly, use environmentally-friendly materials, and are transparent about their supply chains and carbon emissions, too.  

Still on the fence? Supporting businesses operating ethically pressures other businesses to follow suit. If ever there was a year to take stock of where your Christmas spending's going and who it's benefiting, it's 2023. Invest wisely in items people will genuinely use for years to come - the planet will thank you.

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Ally Head
Senior Health, Sustainability and Relationships Editor

Ally Head is Marie Claire UK's Senior Health, Sustainability, and Relationships Editor, nine-time marathoner, and Boston Qualifying runner. Day-to-day, she works across site strategy, features, and e-commerce, reporting on the latest health updates, writing the must-read health and wellness content, and rounding up the genuinely sustainable and squat-proof gym leggings worth *adding to basket*. She's won a BSME for her sustainability work, regularly hosts panels and presents for events like the Sustainability Awards, and is a stickler for a strong stat, too, seeing over nine million total impressions on the January 2023 Wellness Issue she oversaw. Follow Ally on Instagram for more or get in touch.