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The Ultimate Greener Christmas Gift Guide

Posted by Alex Crate on 15th December 2015

While it’s great to get crafty at Christmas and make your own gifts, sometimes it’s not always that easy to find the time. Fear not, if you’re still on the hunt for something special for a loved one or friend, then it’s all wrapped up here. Lots of our festive friends have suggested some great ideas and affordable gifts – all with a greener twist. So not only can you spread a little Christmas cheer, but you can do your bit for the environment too.

Scottish designer, Gillian Kyle suggests getting your Mum ready for some post-Christmas sales shopping with a stylish tote bag from her creative collection. They’re just one of those must-have accessories that make the perfect stocking filler and something that your Mum can reuse again and again.

The team over at KeepCup have the must-have accessory for coffee-lovers for the winter mornings, with their reusable cups. With plenty of colours to choose from in their range, you can design a long-term trusty friend for your loved ones commute.

Midlothian Snowsports Centre has gift vouchers on offer, so you can give your young ones an opportunity to experience skiing just outside the capital. From private lessons on our slopes to weekend clubs, there’s plenty that will suit.

If you know someone who is a bit of a Yoga fan or in need of some relaxation, check out the EcoYoga Centre at Inverliever Lodge. This could be the perfect gift to book for somebody as a surprise for a post-Christmas wind-down. 

John Lewis Edinburgh has a couple of suggestions for the home. The Monster High Definition HDP 750G Powercentre is the perfect gift for the tech geek of the house looking for that powerhouse of all devices. The device switches off all appliances plugged into it that are on standby mode, saving energy in the home and giving the gift of cheaper electric bills for the rest of the year.

Or, for the interiors enthusiasts in your family, take a look at the collection of ashortwalk clocks and signs for the home at John Lewis, made from recycled materials. Its top pick is the eco clock and thermometer, which would add character to any wall.

Our friends at Stirling-based iQ Chocolate are recommending its festive limited edition AngeliQ raw chocolate bar. They’re not only good for you with their antioxidants, but also good for our environment too, with everything being organic – from the chocolate to the aprons they make it in. You can grab yours at Harvey Nichols or buy online.

If you’re wanting to treat your loved one to a break away in the New Year, VisitScotland showcase some beautiful eco-cottages that are available to rent for a weekend. There’s nothing better than the gift of getting outdoors and seeing some of the best scenery in the world.

Over at IKEA, they’re suggesting the VÄRDESÄTTA pressure cooker which will make a great gift for the kitchen King or Queen in your household. It will give your loved one the opportunity to put their culinary skills to the test, producing a variety of meals all the while reducing cooking time and energy consumption.

H&M recommends a festive favourite from its Conscious collection like this sleeveless black jumpsuit. It is perfect for partywear season or a classic for the rest of the year.

Over at Amazon, the team are thinking ahead to January and the return to school and work, with their recommendation for a Secret Santa of cool ‘food wraps’ from Keep Leaf. What’s that? Why fab and funky reusable food and sandwich wrap, perfect for leftovers and keeping food fresh. There’s a whole range of quirky and pretty patterns to choose from too.

The designers at Caseable recommend their phone and tablet cases, especially for those expensive pieces of technology from Santa. There’s some great personalised designs that have had former lives as wetsuits or even work boots.

For those who have a bit of a bigger budget to spend and are looking for a gift for that special someone in their life, Debenhams is recommending the Citizen eco-drive watches for men and women. With luxurious designs and powered by light, they are a useful yet personal gift that can mark a special Christmas with your nearest and dearest.