So you’ve left Christmas shopping to the last minute or just forgot to get something for a few people (like your cousin who you learn is rocking up to Christmas lunch) and need some quick Xmas gift ideas that meet one or more of the following criteria:
a) doesn’t need to be shipped as it won’t make it to your loved one in time for Christmas,
b) doesn’t f*ck up our planet,
c) empowers people not hurt them,
d) is stylish AF, and
Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up a wonderful list of last-minute eco-friendly and ethical Christmas gift ideas to help.
(And don’t forget to share this page with your social networks so you can help others sitting in the same boat!)
This online fashion and lifestyle retailer curates some of the most gorgeous artisan handmade, fair-trade, ethically-made products saving shoppers time. Purchase an Accompany Gift Certificate and you can give the gift of letting someone buy something they really love from the website (lots of stylish items to choose from fashion, accessories, bags), as well as the gift of helping someone in the developing world as well.
Accompany Gift Cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem at checkout. Gift card price starts at $25. Purchase here.
This quarterly sustainable lifestyle magazine has celebrated its 10th birthday and has upended publishing with its gorgeously designed pages filled with inspiring stories and informative content on conscious living and slow fashion.
Have a super picky friend who loves unique, handmade items such as jewellery, office stationery and home decor? An Etsy Gift Card makes the perfect Chrissy gift. There’s five different currencies to choose from US, EU, GBP, AUD and CAD. You have the option of emailing the e-gift card to your loved one or emailing it to you (which you can then print and give it in person yourself).
Etsy Christmas Gift Cards price starts at US$25. Purchase here.
Have a fashionista on your Xmas list? We recommend tonlé, a zero waste fashion label that you can feel good shopping from because the label ticks so many ethical and environmentally-conscious boxes: it sources fabric waste from mass clothing manufacturers, creates stylish clothing by hand using slow techniques such as screen-printing and hand weaving, offers workers a safe and supportive workplace where staff earn a living wage, backs up their ‘eco’ claims by quantifying their environmental impact and uses recycled and recyclable packaging.
Grab your tonlé Gift Card here.
Dedicated to supporting and economically empowering artisans from around the world and in developing countries through fair trade and job creation, GlobeIn’s fair-trade gift boxes feature gorgeously made, artisan handcrafted items that help to reduce poverty by giving these communities a way to reach and sell to the global community.
Have a friend or family member who loves hiking, travel or outdoor adventure? A Kathmandu e-gift voucher is an ideal present. You can choose the type of card graphic/photo you want, from ‘Merry Christmas’ to a generic one. Kathmandu became the first brand in the Southern Hemisphere to be accredited by the Fair Labour Association and has been building a culture of sustainable innovation for the past 30 years, publishing annual sustainability reports and smashing its sustainability targets.
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Price range $25-250. Purchase a gift voucher here. Valid for three years. Electronic gift vouchers can be sent to the buyer or direct to the recipient, just indicate your preference at checkout.
Have a social justice warrior friend or a family member who has everything and hard to buy for? Then CARE Gift is the gift for them. Choose from a range of gifts such as ‘Help a Woman Start a Small Business’ through to ‘Sending a Girl to School’ and you’ll be giving a meaningful Xmas gift.
Each and every CARE gift purchase helps the charity to save lives, helps families out of poverty, helps them grow food or access clean water and generally make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. They’ll even send you a beautiful gift card and give you the option to add a personalised message before you give it to your loved one.
Buy a CARE Gift here.
One of the most lusted after boho fashion brands in the market, Spell & The Gypsy Collective has also gone conscious, and now you can give your fashion-forward super style-conscious friend/daughter/wife/sister/niece a guilt-free Spell virtual gift card and they’ll love you for it!
The brand’s ethical fashion awakening occurred in 2016 after a customer approached them about who and where their garments were made and from there, the brand has become ever more determined to do good in business, with 86% of their Tier 1 garment factories have been ethically certified and 95% of the fibres in their collection are ‘verified sustainable’.
With a 2025 sustainability plan firmly in place, we can expect to see even greater things from this eco luxe label.
Get a virtual gift card here. We love that they give you the option of choosing your own design and personalising it too. Gift cards will be emailed with a download link to your voucher. Only redeemable online.
Have a beauty-obsessed loved one? Purchase a Nourished Life gift voucher and help steer them toward vegan, organic natural skincare, makeup and beauty products that don’t harm their health or the planet’s! Nourished Life is one of Australia’s most recognisable beauty e-marketplaces stocking the largest range of clean beauty products from brands such as Inika, KORA Organics, Ethique, LA MAV and Ere Perez.
Starting price of a Nourished Life Gift Voucher is $25. Purchase here. Gift vouchers will be emailed to you within 30 minutes of purchase. Forward on to your loved one or you can print and give the voucher in person on Christmas Day.
This one’s for the nerds in your family and friendship group. National Geographic publication and broadcast has been on the cutting edge of science and exploration storytelling for 130 years. This iconic magazines employs scientists, photographers, journalists, filmmakers from around the world to tell stories that no other magazine can, or has. With more than 2.8 million monthly print subscribers, a program that is broadcasted in 43 languages and 82 million followers on Instagram, purchase a digital subscription for a loved one and help to continue its wonderful legacy!
Purchase 12 digital issues for as low as US$12 here.
If your loved one lives in the US, purchase a gift card from one of our favourite zero waste shops Package Free Shop created by zero waste star Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers. This is the American mecca for all things single-use plastic-free and zero waste living.
Price range $10-200. Buy a gift card here.
Disclosure: The curated list is based on the writer’s research and experiences and does not fully take into account all ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. All opinions are that of the writer’s. Prices are correct at time of publishing. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. This list also contains affiliate links. For more information, click here.
Title image of Reformation’s Primrose Dress.