20 eco-friendly gift ideas

eco-friendly gift ideas for Christmas

These eco-friendly gift ideas make great Christmas presents for the environmentally conscious shopper.

Maybe you haven’t even thought about it yet. Maybe you’ve reached the stage where every unsuccessful trip to the local high street leaves you feeling fed up, frazzled and anything but festive. We know it’s not always easy finding the perfect presents. Plus, this yuletide challenge can be made even trickier when you’re shopping for guilt-free, eco-friendly gifts.

Fear not though, as here at Colville Leather we’ve taken the complicated out of Christmas and rounded up 20 of our favourite eco-friendly gift ideas …

1. Bamboo Desk Manager

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This large desktop organiser is the perfect gift for anyone with a notoriously untidy desk! Complete with a photo frame and sliding drawers, it is ideal for storing stationery, notes, paperclips and other accessories. What’s more, this desk manager is made exclusively from sustainably-sourced mature golden bamboo.

The Bamboo Desk Manager is available from Protect the Planet for £29.99.

2. Kiko Brass Frame

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These beautifully crafted recycled brass frames are a firm favourite amongst Nkuku customers, and it’s easy to see why. With a recycled glass front and back, they are just the thing for displaying precious memories such as photos and postcards. Each frame is complete with a string tie made from a recycled sari, making a unique gift with a rich and colourful story to tell. 

Kiko Brass Frames are available in a range of sizes, with prices starting at £14.95.

3. Recycled Wine Bottle Deli Dish

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This eco-friendly tableware makes a fitting gift for a friend or relative who loves to entertain. Skilfully transformed from a recycled wine bottle, this deli dish is perfect for serving cheese, olives and other nibbles. Glass Reform source all their bottles from local bars, restaurants or bottle banks in Devon, and they even dispatch their products in recycled bubble wrap.

This Deli Dish costs £20 and is available in clear or green glass.

4. Birds, Bees & Butterflies Seedbom Gift Box

One of Kabloom’s bestsellers, this quirky gift box contains four seedboms packed with flower power potential. Filled with a mix of organic peat-free compost and non-GMO wildflower or herb seeds, these seedboms split upon impact with the ground and grow where they land. They are perfect for your green-fingered friends and relatives who want to bring a little more life to areas of concrete jungle. Plus, they are made with a 100% recycled paper shell that biodegrades into the environment, leaving only plants behind.

This Seedbom Gift Box costs £14.95.

5. Recycled Tyre Photo Frame

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Handmade in Morocco from recycled car and bike tyres, this photo frame is a cool and quirky gift that’s also brilliantly eco-friendly. Old tyres are one of the most polluting products we face on earth, but with every recycled tyre product purchased, you help save one from hundreds of years in landfill. 

This Recycled Tyre Photo Frame measures 6x4 inches and costs £8.99.

6. Colville Leather Keychain

Lovingly handcrafted from the very finest Horween Derby leather, our keychains make affordable and practical Christmas gifts that don’t compromise on quality. Finished with a solid lobster swivel clip that can easily attach to a belt loop or bag, this is a great stocking filler for a sustainable fashion follower who has a tendency to lose their keys! 

The Colville Leather Keychain costs £15 and comes in Nut Brown or English Tan, with either a raw or rounded edge.

7. Circuit Board Coasters

These four cool coasters have been cleverly recycled from circuit boards from old laptops, computers and machines that would have otherwise faced a lifetime in landfill. An ideal gift for a self-confessed IT boffin, these coasters are also made in the UK, which means zero air miles.

Circuit Board Coasters are available from Protect the Planet for £19.99.

8. Gin & Tonic Vineyard Candle

Amid the ‘re-gin-eration’ of the popular botanical spirit, this handmade candle is just the tonic for any gin enthusiasts in your life. Hand-poured in Cornwall into a beautiful recycled wine bottle container, this all-natural soy wax candle is infused with subtle notes of English juniper and Tuscan lemon. 

The G&T Vineyard Candle is priced at £19.50.

9. Morri T-Light Lanterns

These beautiful glass t-light holders are handmade by talented artisans in small, ethical co-operatives in India. Skilfully crafted from recycled glass, these lanterns cast a stunning low light thanks to their smoky metallic finish. Stylish, eco-friendly and Fairtrade-certified, these lanterns make a gorgeous gift.

Morri T-Light Lanterns are available in four colours and cost £6.95 each.

10. Frankincense & Gold Mica Soap on a Rope

A fresh take on the classic ‘soap on a rope’, this 100% natural, handcrafted soap makes a great eco-friendly stocking filler. Containing a festive blend of nutmeg, clove and ground cinnamon, and infused with frankincense essential oil, it’s the ultimate in ethical pampering.

Find this gift at Green Tulip for only £8.

11. Colville Leather Wallet – The Eddy

A stripped-down, simplified version of the traditional bi-fold wallet, The Eddy really does exude character. Handstitched with meticulous precision, it gracefully combines stunning craftmanship with practicality, providing space for up to eight cards and some folded cash. Designed and crafted with longevity in mind, this is a gift that has the potential to last a lifetime.

The Eddy wallet costs £39 and is available in a range of colours.

12. Cactus Bamboo Socks

Socks – a classic Christmas stocking filler. But these aren’t just any old socks, they’re bamboo socks! Made from sustainable bamboo, these Eden Project cactus print socks are fun, funky, and fabulously eco-friendly. They’re also breathable and comfy thanks to the unique qualities of the bamboo.

These Cactus Bamboo Socks are priced at £4.50 and are available in three sizes.

13. Eco-Geek Starter Set

A marvellous present for any budding ‘eco-warrior’ female friends or relatives, this gift set includes some of The Wise House’s bestselling eco products. Starting with an organic cotton top, you can then choose from a range of innovative, eco-friendly additions, including organic soap and a chocolate face mask.

The Eco-Geek Starter Set starts at £11.

14. Recycled Silver Love Me Do Bangle

Handcrafted here in the UK, the Love Me Do Bangle channels eco-chic vibes, effortlessly combining sustainability and style. It is made from ethically-sourced and recycled silver, and even comes in a sustainably-produced gift box with 100% recycled packaging. A beautiful gift that can be worn with a clear conscience. 

The Love Me Do Bangle is priced at £39.

15. Recycled Silver Sphere Cufflinks

Staying with the theme of recycled silver accessories, these sphere cufflinks are a stylish, eco-friendly gift that finish off a smart suit perfectly. The silver is sourced from suppliers who value ethics and sustainability as well as quality and innovation, meaning both you and the lucky recipient can enjoy them guilt-free. 

These Recycled Silver Sphere Cufflinks cost £54.

16. Bike Chain Bottle Rack

This bottle rack is cleverly made from recycled bike chains, resulting in a quirky, eco-friendly gift that’s perfect for any wine aficionados! Given together with their favourite bottle of vino, this is an ingenious Christmas present for the conscious consumers on your buying list. 

Get the Bike Chain Bottle Rack from Shared Earth for £19.99.

17. Elephant Dung Notebook

Sure to make a unique stocking filler this Christmas, the Elephant Dung Notebook is an innovative and eco-friendly take on a traditional jotter, ideal for any budding creatives. It’s handmade from elephant dung and recycled paper, not to mention that the profits go towards the protection of natural elephant habitats in Sri Lanka.

The Elephant Dung Notebook is priced at £10.50 from Sancho’s Dress.

18. Diamond-Patterned Plastic Bottle Throw

Give someone an extra cosy Christmas with one of these super-stylish diamond-patterned throws made entirely from upcycled plastic bottles. Soft to touch, you’d never know these are made of plastic! They’re also marvellously easy to clean and perfect for allergy sufferers.

Choose from a variety of on-trend colours, with each throw costing £45.

19. Hand Dyed Colville Leather Belt

For a special gift that someone can treasure for life, a Colville Leather hand dyed belt ticks all the boxes. Stitched, finished and dyed entirely by hand in our Devon workshop, each belt offers a rich authenticity and timeless style that won’t fail to wow its new owner. Available in a range of colours, and with a choice of a solid brass or stainless-steel buckle, this is a gift to suit every wardrobe.

A hand dyed Colville Leather belt costs £59.

20. Knitted Christmas Tree Hat

Last but not least, this final eco-friendly gift idea is sure to get everyone into the festive spirit. Perfect for a fun Secret Santa present, this 100% wool Knitted Christmas Tree Hat will bring smiles aplenty with its amusing design. Plus, each hat is handmade in Nepal in a fair-trade working environment, with 10% of Pachamama’s profits donated to a Nepalese children’s charity.

Get this fun and funky novelty hat for £16.95.

So, there you have it, 20 eco-friendly gift ideas to make your Christmas shopping as pain-free as possible.

And something else to bring some festive cheer in the run-up to Christmas … our Black Friday offers. We’re excited to announce that Colville Leather will be offering 15% off all belts, wallets and keychains!

For guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas, be sure to order your Colville Leather gifts by 4th December for international orders and by 15th December for UK orders. 

Happy shopping!

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